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 explores the impact of the planning system on UK woodland social enterprises. It summarises the key parts of the planning system in all 4 UK countries, and outlines some of the main challenges that WSEs have with the system. It was commissioned by the Making Local Woods Work programme, and complements nicely with our previous report on Planning for Common Good Land Use, but takes a deep dive into the often complex world of planning and forestry. It consists of three main elements:
This report outlines how the planning system could support land-based social enterprises to use land for the common good.
Planning should support land-based enterprises to contribute towards sustainable development. These organisations can create jobs, produce the things people need, and improve landscapes and natural capital. Currently, there are not enough ways that the planning system and common good land users in the UK can achieve this. This report is an attempt to show how this can change. [Read the full report here]
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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.
Paula Renzel undertook a student placement at Shared Assets this year as part of the final term of her BA in Politics at Goldsmiths College. Here she shares her thinking on the links between the theoretical work of the economist Elinor Ostrom and the reality of the management of public land by Organic Lea, a London based food growing coop.
The recent Future of Public Parks conference brought together academics, practitioners and policy makers to discuss current research and innovation on how we value and manage our urban parks – but the political dimension of parks and free to access public space was never far from the surface.
We had a cracking party at the lovely Calthorpe Project to celebrate our 5th birthday recently. Our chair Lorraine Hart gave a great speech about why Shared Assets matters – we wanted to share it with you, along with some photos from the evening, and our brand new publication.