The Land Justice Network was set up in June 2017 in order to campaign for land rights in Britain. Guy Shrubsole has done extensive research on land issues and is currently writing a book on the subject.
Land ownership in Britain is one of the most unequal in the world. More than a third of our land is still owned by the aristocracy, whose ancestors seized it during the Norman Conquest.
By fencing off land and using violence to exclude people, landowners have deprived the rest of us of what should be a shared resource. The vast majority of us own little or nothing. Even the land that was once meant to be common land has been taken away from us.
Land issues lie at the heart of so much inequality and environmental degradation in society today. Landowners are able to control and exploit our natural resources and force the rest of us to be beholden to them for food, shelter and other needs. Despite their huge wealth, our taxes are used to pay landowners millions in farming subsidies and housing benefit, increasing inequality still further.
How can we fight for land rights in the UK, if we do not have complete information about who owns what in England and Wales? Guy Shrubsole will present his research on land ownership in England, providing us with the ammunition to fight for land justice.