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For a thousand years British people have been battling against the 'Trespassers will be Prosecuted' mentality of landowners. Now, however, the law of trespass is under challenge. After mass trespasses and days of protest against 'Forbidden Britain,' the idea of a right of access to Britain's countryside has moved firmly on to the political agenda.
But any such 'right to roam' will be fiercely resisted by some. What would it really mean for agriculture, forestry and wildlife, as well as recreation? Who would benefit and who would lose out? This illuminating book answers these questions and places them in what turns out to be a fascinating historical, philosophical, and political context. The result provides essential reading for anyone concerned about the balance of power in a changing Britain as well as the fate of our countryside.
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Marion Shoard is a lecturer in Countryside Planning at University College London, and a writer and broadcaster on countryside matters. She is well known for her two books on Britain's countryside, The Theft of the Countryside and This Land is Our Land. The first drew attention of the public to
the harm done to the countryside by modern farming; the second, shortly to be reissued by Gaia Books, examined the nature of rural land ownership in Britain. A television documentary, based on This Land is Our Land and presented by Marion Shoard, was shown on Channel 4. As a result of the impact of
The Theft of the Countryside, Marion Shoard was dubbed the `Rachel Carson of the British conservation movement'. She is a frequent contributor to The Times.
"A Right to Roam" is essential reading for countryside planners. This well-researched, fascinating and easy-to-read book looks at the history of land ownership.." --Planning. No date given on review.
"this timely publication is extremelu comprehensive and well researched... in short an invaluable guide"--Bookshelf, May/June 1999
'Those who have read Marion Shoard's previous books will know that they will find a detailed history and analysis of the history of landownership in Great Britain.' THES, 29.10.99
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Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110192880160
Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0192880160