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Planning application withdrawn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 Town Green status confirmed.


Great news! Freeman's Wood Town Green is safe from a legal challenge. Town Green status has been confirmed.

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.

Pilot project update


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.

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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.