The Take Back the Land- Movement is a American network of organizations dedicated to elevating housing to the level of a human right and securing community control over land. The Movement must be led by impacted communities and is firmly rooted in ‘Positive Action’ campaigns, including those which break the immoral laws which allow banks to gain billions in profit while human beings are made homeless.
Somwherre in the forest of Dean…
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The “Thousand Huts” campaign was launched by Reforesting Scotland http://www.reforestingscotland.org on 15 June 2011. The campaign website is: http://www.thousandhuts.org/ [BROKEN LINK]
The Campaign seeks to celebrate, expand, protect & enjoy the use of huts in Scotland for living, working and relaxing in, & it is calling for: changes to the planning system to support hut building, better security of tenure for existing hutters, & an end to the eviction of hutters such as those at Barry Downs & Carnoustie.
On 15th October 2011 the Occupy Wall Street protests went global with over 1,000 protests around the world. In the UK occupations occured in a number of towns and cities. In London, activists tried to occupy Paternoster Square in front of the London Stock Exchange & Goldman Sachs. Police removed them, but they reconverged outside St Pauls Cathedral, where they remained for 4 months until they were evicted on 28th Feb 2012. Clergy at St Pauls in media interviews validated the views of the Occupy movement & Occupy’s critique of the current financial system. Occupy London continues to organise events all the time, including Occupy Democracy.
Lammas Low Impact Ecovillage, Pembrokeshire, Wales:
Welcome to Lammas
The Lammas project has been created to pioneer an alternative model for living on the land. It empowers people to explore what it is to live a low-impact lifestyle. It demonstrates that alternatives are possible here and now.
The project centres around the ecovillage at Tir y Gafel, in North Pembrokeshire, which has been designed using a model that can be replicated across Wales. It combines the traditional smallholding model with the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permaculture. The ecovillage was granted planning permission in 2009 by the Welsh Government and is currently part-way through the construction phase. At its heart it consists of 9 smallholdings positioned around a Community Hub building, and it is supported by a range of peripheral projects and networks.
The ecovillage runs guided tours every Saturday from April to October and also runs a range of courses, conferences and events throughout the year.
The project actively supports aspiring low-impact projects in Wales through providing planning guides and resources as well as supporting independent academic studies.
We have just launched this; our new website. Enjoy!
After the government was forced to do a u-turn on selling off Britain’s woodlands, they set up a forests panel to help decide what to do next. Their consultation ended on 31st July 2011.
This was TLIO’s response.
On 4th July 2012, the panel published their report, recommending that forests in England & Wales should remain in public-ownership. The Government’s finally responded on 31st Jan 2013, confirming it would not be selling off publicly owned forests in England & Wales . However, in Jul 2013, the Govt published its initial proposals for managing England’s public forests, watering down many of the crucial recommendations in the Independent Panel’s report. To keep up-to-date on the latest developments, see here.
Keveral Farm, Cornwall:
Keveral Farm is an organic farm community near Looe, Cornwall (in the south-west of England). We are 40 years old this year! The original community was established in 1973, and the farm is now owned and managed co-operatively by the members of the community. We are 10 adults plus a varying number of children. We live in a farmhouse, static caravans, a wooden cabin and a barn conversion.
Our farm-based activities include horticulture and veg boxes, camping including yurts for hire, ecological consultancy, orchards, apple juice and cider, preserves, woodland and tree work, mushrooms…. Some of us also work off the farm.
We take working visitors (including WWOOFers) to help us with our work, in exchange for food and accommodation or camping.
We are Steward Community Woodland, a group of people who are living and working together and have been experimenting with…
We live on 32 acres of plantation woodland on a steep hillside, located in the beautiful Wray Valley on the edge of Dartmoor. The community was founded in 2000 and is currently twelve adults and nine children.
Camped in a woodland on Coopers Hill, Runnymede
The group are occupying this land (owned by Royal Holloway University) to highlight the right of people around the world to shelter and grow food on disused land, having moved to this site near the location where the Magna Carta was signed having been prevented via an injunction to settle on a disused field on the Crown Estate near Windsor Great Park the week after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Read more about this here. Also, go to:
Middlewood Trust runs a study centre in North Lancashire, UK. It was established to promote environmental courses that would address the growing concern about long term damage to the environment.