The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #213

date: 12/06/2024

Episode 213 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Nadia Shaikh from the Right to Roam campaign, who are seeking the same right to access land in England as we in Scotland have enjoyed by statute for over two decades and by custom for many years longer than that. They discuss how 92% of England came to be locked away from the public, some of the parallels and points of divergence between Scotland and England in this regard, the peculiar case of the “access island” where land that is technically open to the public cannot be reached without trespassing and how land access isn’t just a rural issue, with cities experiencing limits to land access via parks and other greenspaces being locked behind private gates.

You can learn more about the Right to Roam campaign here: https://www.righttoroam.org.uk/

More about Access Islands here: https://practical-emu.pikapod.net/access-islands/

And more about England’s private parks here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHvKvOUSor4

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Excerpts from “Hiding Your Reality” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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