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FOLAR ‘WHO CARES?’ SEMINARS – THE SOCIAL VALUE OF LAND (POSTPONED)

Part of 'WHO CARES? LOCAL LANDSCAPE PROJECTS AND PUBLIC PERCEPTION', a seminar series presented by FOLAR
October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Date:
October 11
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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*Please note that due to industrial action on the rail network on 21st June, this seminar has been postponed to 11th October. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.*

A SERIES OF LUNCHTIME TALKS EXPLORING WHO IS REALLY CARING FOR OUR LOCAL LANDSCAPE

This year at The MERL we are focussing on a theme of ‘CARE.’ Through our projects and programming, we will address ideas of ‘care’ in relation to a range of current issues, including the climate crisis, guarding green space, the future of farming and food security, caring for our collections and caring for people including our staff, volunteers and community. This series of talks explores how we care for the landscape.

Based on sites and projects in and around Reading, FOLAR presents a series of talks in which different landscape types are explored in terms of how and why land-use and landscape decisions are made, and by whom. Actions taken invariably have long term consequences on places and people, but how can land be valued, planned and managed to better reflect and accommodate the needs and involvement of local people? And what sort of positive future landscapes are envisaged to also respond to the complexities of climate change and biodiversity? Who is really caring for the landscape? There are no simple answers but we hope these talks will open up good debate.

The social value of land with Professor Flora Samuel

Tuesday 11th October, 1pm – 2pm 

The land has a profound impact on who we are, on our health and our wellbeing, but it is valued as though it was a soulless commodity. In this talk Flora Samuel will offer a method for taking the social value of land and its impact on people into account in decisions about land use. She will argue for a digital map based system that allows people to input on a constant basis into decisions about their places. This proposal is based on a series of recent funded research projects based at the University of Reading, Mapping Eco Social Assets, Community Consultation for Quality of Life and the Better Places Toolkit.

Image credit: Community mapping, Eli Hatleskog and Flora Samuel

More dates in the FOLAR Seminar series

28 June – Imagining Desirable Landscape Futures with Dr Eirini Saratsi


Learn about our focus for 2022 CARE: highlighting how we take care of rural heritage, the countryside’s future, and each other.circular logo with the word 'care' written below a representation of a decorative polehead