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Help stop the great British public space sell-off

Treasured public spaces across the UK are being sold off and lost to private interests at an alarming rate.

Now one community in Shropshire is going all the way to the Supreme Court to fight this – and to defend all of our public interest in our beloved green spaces.

Greenfields Recreation Ground, in Shropshire, has been a resource to local families since 1926; generations of families have played in it. Throughout that time, the land has been held and managed as recreational land by the council on behalf of the community. But in 2017 it was sold off to a developer – for high-end housing. The community was not consulted and the sale was not advertised, despite there being a legal requirement to do so.

This is not an isolated example. Up and down the country we are seeing our public spaces disappear into private hands.

The pandemic reminded us how important our public spaces are. They are where we come together, exercise, meet our neighbours, make new friends, walk our dogs – and put down roots in our communities.

We want public land to be held for the public – and not to be sold out from under them without consultation. That’s why we’re raising money: to protect the Greenfields site, and help the community that uses it, and so many others like it, protect their public spaces.

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