Great news! Freeman's Wood Town Green is safe from a legal challenge. Town Green status has been confirmed.
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.
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.
A planning application for 250 houses on Freeman's Wood has been submitted to Lancaster City Council. Full details at https://planning.lancaster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=dates&keyVal=PIYF87IZ03800
"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.
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.
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.