All across the country communities are managing land in ways that create livelihoods, produce resources and deliver a wide range of community benefits, from environmental improvements to improved health and wellbeing. These include successful market gardens, woodland social enterprises and even parks and public open spaces.
In a time when COVID 19 has exposed the fragility of our existing systems - and in the face of climate change and the need for a transition to a zero carbon economy – sustainable, productive local land use offers models for communities to increase their resilience and resourcefulness.
Mark is the founder and Director of Shared Assets, a community interest company with a mission to make land work for everyone. He has over 20 years experience of working with communities on environmental issues and is an experienced trainer and facilitator. He has acted as an advisor to Defra, DCLG, and the Canal and River Trust, on issues such as working with civil society, asset transfer, and community engagement.