The English Countryside and the Long Battle for Public Access
The English countryside and our access to it are part of a complex troubled story, celebrated in Derbyshire’s own Mass Trespass. While 55 million citizens own on average seven-hundredths of an acre, half of England is still the private estate of 35 000 super-rich individuals. Only eight per cent of the countryside has public access. No one has done more to highlight the issues, politics and history behind these matters than writers and activists Nick Hayes and Guy Shrubsole, here in conversation with naturalist Mark Cocker.