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Activate! Land in the hands of communities

March 2019

For centuries land ownership has been equated with power. Yet there has always been a strong tradition of communal, common-good or community-led control of land in the UK. These alternative forms of ownership and control have become particularly important in the 21st century.

From green spaces that nurture health and wellbeing, to community centres capable of generating sustainable income streams, communities are taking over and running formerly public places and spaces on their own terms.

Drawing together examples of Big Local areas that have found new ways to bring land and other assets into community control, Hannah Gardiner from Shared Assets lays out how funders and policy makers could do more to help others follow in their footsteps.


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