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.
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.
This short report offers a brief review of the policy, tools and guidance on available for woodland social enterprises considering different options for the ownership of woodlands. It covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and was funded by the Making Local Woods Work Programme. It is accompanied by this open-access spreadsheet which details all the resources we found – we’d welcome additions!
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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.
Shared Assets were lucky enough to spend autumn 2018 visiting and speaking to a large number of inspirational Big Local areas who are taking control of the land and assets around them. Following this, Hannah Gardiner wrote Activate – Land in the Hands of Communities, and below shares some of the main learnings.
I have just spent a few days at the Public Sector Solutions conference hearing about initiatives and best practice from all over the UK, and wanted to share some reflections on some of the directions of travel I encountered there.
Thanks to everyone who was able to join on June 6th for ‘Green spaces and community assets: delivering long term stewardship for new developments.’ This free lunchtime webinar looked at alternative models for green open spaces and community assets, below is a brief summary along with a link to the full recording.