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Planning application withdrawn


In October 2020 the landowner withdrew its planning application to build 250 houses on Freeman's Wood.  Further information is on the Friends of Freeman's Wood website

Layla Curtis talk


Layla Curtis gave a keynote presentation featuring the Trespass App, which she created for "Landed (Freeman's Wood)", for “20 Years of Seeing with GPS”, an online symposium hosted by the Department of Digital Humanities at Kings College, London, on 12 June.

Freeman’s Wood designated as a Town Green


Freeman’s Wood in the Marsh area of Lancaster has been successfully designated as a Town Green (see 11 Feb post), following the unanimous decision made by a special sub-committee of Lancashire County Council on Monday 10th February.  The Friends of Freeman's Wood were supported by the Open Spaces Society.

Landscape Research Group report


The Landscape Research Group has published a report on their website about our Cadastral Maps project, with photos of the 2019 field trip.

Some Landed History


We completed the funded pilot for our project on landownership in north Lancashire over a year ago.  The project is entitled "Landed (Cadastral Maps)". I have recently done some further research, and so have updated the account of what we have done, and what we have found out.  You can read it here.  


Lancaster City Council supports Freeman's Wood


Lancaster City Council has vowed to support Freeman’s Wood and protect it for community use.   See the report.

This Land is Our Land exhibition


Layla Curtis and John Angus contribute artworks about Freeman's Wood to an exhibition at Paper Gallery, Manchester, entitled "This Land is Our Land" from 29 June to 3 August

Field Trip


The Landscape Research Group has arranged a field trip of our project "Landed (Cadastral Maps - a pilot" on Saturday 18 May 2019.  We will travel through our selected geographical slice of north Lancashire and visit some of the notable sites.  Booking via LRG.  

Landscape Research Extra


A short report on our project "Landed (Cadastral Maps) - a pilot" has been published in "Landscape Research Extra", an online journal produced for the Landscape Research Group.  It is here.


Freeman's Wood planning application


A planning application for 250 houses on Freeman's Wood has been submitted to Lancaster City Council.  Full details at


State of Print


"The State of Print" exhibition at University of Central Lancashire, Preston, December 2018.   700 cardboard boxes screen-printed by 70 artists.   10 boxes printed by John Angus with reproductions of Freeman's Wood signs. Click title for photos.

State of Print 1

State of Print 5 : Free the Land  State of Print 3  State of Print 4 : Our Land

Talk at Landscape Research Group showcase


John Angus gave a talk about the "Landed (Cadastral Maps)" project at the Landscape Research Group showcase, which was held at Greenwich University, London, on 17 May. 

"Landed" in a book


A recently published book includes a chapter about our project "LANDED (Freeman's Wood)".  

"Contested Property Claims - What Disagreement Tells Us about Ownership" is published by Routledge, as part of a series on Social Justice. The book is edited by Maja Hojer Bruun, Patrick J.L. Cockburn, Bjarke Skaerlund Risager and Mikkel Thorup.

Chapter 5, entitled "LANDED (Freeman’s Wood) - An exploration of landownership through contemporary art", was written by John Angus.  The text can be read here.


"Landed" in an exhibition


StoreyG2’s “LANDED” project is included in an exhibition at the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, which runs from 24 January - 23 March 2018.   This group exhibition, “CONDUCT”, includes displays on both the completed StoreyG2 project “Landed (Freeman’s Wood)”, and the current project “Landed (Cadastral Maps)”.  

In “Landed (Freeman’s Wood)”, StoreyG2 commissioned artists to create artworks exploring landownership, with a focus on a site on the edge of the city of Lancaster.   “Landed (Cadastral Maps)” is a pilot for a project to produce artists’ cadastral maps (maps of landownership) showing current and historical landownership of a rural area of north Lancashire. 

CONDUCT runs from 24 January - 23 March 2018.   It features artists : Larry Achiampong, Johanna Billing, Rebecca Birch, Richard Dedominici, Kathryn Elkin, Iain Forsyth & Jane Polland, Ellie Harrison, Peter Liversidge, and StoreyG2.   Further information at Peter Scott Gallery



Freeman's Wood goes to Tate


 Layla Curtis will be discussing her Trespass app at Tate Britain in November. 

Her talk will be part of the conference "Urban Encounters 2017 : Cartographies" on 11 November.  The conference brings together a wide range of international artists, urban theorists, and cultural activists whose work is concerned with mapping contemporary city spaces.

The Trespass app was commissioned for the StoreyG2 project "Landed (Freeman's Wood)".  Further information about the app is on this website at

Details of the Tate conference are here


New project : "Landed (Cadastral Maps) - a pilot"


We are starting a pilot for a project to produce artists’ maps which explore the ownership of land of a rural area of north Lancashire, over historical time. Cadastral maps are maps of landownership.  This pilot is the research or information collection stage for what may become a larger project. It builds upon the previous StoreyG2 project, “Landed (Freeman’s Wood)”.

This pilot is funded by Arts Council England and Landscape Research Group.


Freeman's Wood development proposals



Satnam, the property development company which represents the landowners, are planning residential development of 'land at New Quay Road'.  This is the land commonly known as Freeman's Wood.

Proposals to build up to 250 homes on the site were presented at a 'Public Consultation' in Lancaster on 5 April.  These proposals are available to view, and to comment upon, at (go to the 'Quick Links' box in the bottom right corner, and click on 'New Quay Road, Lancaster'). 

This consultation is a first step in a process. Satnam apparently intends to submit an outline planning application to Lancaster City Council in May.  There will be  opportunities to view and comment upon that application. 

"The Friends of Coronation Field and Freeman's Wood" are encouraging people to comment on the current proposals. They intend to arrange a public meeting when the planning application is submitted. The Friends would welcome new members and can be contacted via the Secretary, Emily Heath (


Layla Curtis talk


Layla Curtis talked about her work, including the "Trespass" app and Freeman's Wood, at the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, on Tuesday 11 October.  She took a group of students down to Freeman's Wood and they tried out the app.  Details here

Newsletter - July 2016


Activities January - July 2016

Woodland Trust


An article about "Landed (Freeman's Wood)" was published in “Leaf”, the Summer 2016 edition of a magazine published by ‘Common Ground’ and ‘The Woodland Trust’. 

"Contested Cities" Conference, Madrid


Our "Freeman's Wood" video was selected and shown in "Visualizing Contested Cities", at the international conference: “From CONTESTED_CITIES to global urban justice – critical dialogues”, in Madrid, Spain, 4-7 July.

Landscape Conference


I presented a slide show and video about "Landed (Freeman's Wood)" at the international conference: "Cultural Heritage in Landscape (CHeriScape) V: Landscape In Imagination And The Virtual Future".  14-16 June 2016, at Baltic, Gateshead/Newcastle, UK