Talk: Guy Shrubsole: Who Owns England?

guy shrubsole

Thursday 20 May 2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


£10/£8/£5 – Get your tickets here

Guy Shrubsole is an environmental campaigner, co-founder of the Right to Roam campaign to extend public access to land, and author of Who Owns England? (William Collins, 2019), a polemical investigation into England’s oldest, darkest secret – who owns our land, and how they came to possess it. With 1% of the population owning half of all England, what does this mean for how land is used and abused, for how we solve the climate and ecological emergencies, and for the public’s access to land?

Since moving to Devon last year, Guy has continued to investigate land ownership both nationally and locally. This talk will focus on who owns Dartmoor, rights of common and rights of access, and what scope there might be for rewilding within the National Park, by restoring some of Dartmoor’s lost temperate rainforests.

Doors open at 7:00. Start time 7:30.

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Sat 15 May: From Step 3 of the UK government’s ‘roadmap’, which comes into force on Monday 17 May 2021, we are able to open to a public audience. For all events from 17 May, until further changes are announced:

  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. This may mean that the ambient temperature is similar to outdoors, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • All audiences will be seated in socially-distanced bubbles. Please stay seated as much as possible while inside the building.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available as well as soap and water in the toilets; please use these frequently.
  • Bar service at the Arts Centre is carried out by volunteers. If they are available at any event, they will take orders at your seat, and bring drinks to you.
  • All members of the audience must wear a facemask while indoors, except if medically exempt, or when eating or drinking. Our experience is that this is one of the things most important for making some (perhaps more vulnerable) members of the audience feel safe to attend concerts. Whatever your opinion of the efficacy of facemasks in preventing the spread of the virus, please help to reassure others, and showing that you’re thinking of them, by complying with this.
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