What we think

At Shared Assets we believe that our land and natural resources should work for everyone.

Land based social enterprises are pioneering the development of new models of land management that deliver shared social, economic and environmental benefits, but they face significant challenges.

We undertake research, policy and advocacy work to identify what needs to change so that common good approaches to land management can thrive.

We work on a range of policy issues that are standing in the way of common good land use.


Practitioners, landowners and policy-makers all need knowledge and information about current best practice and existing models and challenges. A strong evidence base will also be crucial to make the case for systemic change.

Our research spans a broad range of land-based issues, and is communicated through our publications, thought-pieces and events. We bring together our knowledge of innovative approaches to practice on the ground, with the latest research and policy recommendations where necessary. Previous research partners have included the Forestry Commission, the National Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Latest research

  • Activate! Land in the hands of Communities
    Mar 2019 | Local Trust

    We were commissioned by Local Trust, and spent three months investigating community ownership and management of assets in Big Local areas, this report shares the learning from this, setting it in the wider context, and giving recommendations on how funders and policy-makers can better support the movement.

    Download it for free here.

    Read a summary here.

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  • Tenure in the MLWW Cohort
    May 2019 | Making Local Woods Work

    This report, for the Making Local Woods Work programme, looks at the tenurial arrangements across the cohort of woodland social enterprises (WSEs) involved in the Making Local Woods Work programme. It examines the different “bundles” of rights that different types of WSE hold, and draws some initial conclusions about how best to support WSEs. Shared Assets collaborated with Wild Resources Ltd to produce this work.

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How can we help you?

Get in touch to find out more about the bespoke research we conduct.

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Common good land use

At Shared Assets, we meet and work with many inspiring land-based social and community enterprises. These models of common good land use illustrate some of the most successful examples of enterprising community-led land management in the UK. Here are some examples.

Latest news and opinion

Blog articles, news and opinion pieces from the Shared Assets team

CIC! Why? What??

Shared Assets is now a Community Interest Company.
Mark Walton explains why, and what’s changed …

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