Sunday, September 07, 2008

What is Land For?

land surrounding St Peters church, Aldborough Hatch I would like to invite the Redbridge Cabinet members to a series of FREE lectures entitled
“What is Land for?”

I have checked the council calendar and there are no council meetings scheduled on these dates, so NO excuses.

17 October ‘Whose land is it anyway?
And how can government policy reconcile competing demands on it in an era of climate change?’
Professor Philip Lowe OBE, Director of the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme

24 October ‘Farming futures: will there be room for wildlife?'
Dr Chris Stoate, Head of Research, GWCT ‘Allerton Project’ Farm.

31 October ‘Integrated River Basin Management: managing land and water in an integrated way’
Pam Gilder, Head of Wildlife, Recreation, Marine and River Basin Management, Environment Agency

7 November ‘Brownfield and Urban Issues’
‘The Big Brownfield Biodiversity Botch’.
Matt Shardlow, Chief Executive Officer, Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
‘Sustainable cities - a space for nature?’
Pete Massini, Future London Programme Manager, Natural England

14 November ‘Eco-Towns: Will they be Eco-? Can they become Towns?’
Professor Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, UCL; President, TCPA

21 November ‘For ever, for everyone: What does the nation need from land?’
Tony Burton, Director of Strategy and External Affairs, The National Trust

More info here.
The lectures will be held in Birkbeck, University of London, WC1
For free tickets and venue details,
e-mail: or tel: 020 7679 1069
All lectures are from 6.30pm to 8.30 pm. Doors open at 6.00pm.


  1. They all sound brilliant. I'll be along to as many as I can. I'm not a council member but I look forward to catching up with them there.

  2. I see that mira, not being a council member, is in the minority, there just seem to be so many of them - they are the "Silent Majority"


  3. Question: What is land for?

    Answer: So that the council can flog it to pay for its grandiose, over-ambitious schemes.

    [By the way: do they know that the fall in property prices has also severely dented the previously over-inflated land values? Oh, the best-laid plans......]