Several years ago, Jon Moses realised that the stunning nature he could see from his house in rural Herefordshire was inaccessible to him. From the nearby riverbanks to the local oak woodlands, the countryside revealed itself to be a private fortress.
Now, as an organiser of the Right To Roam campaign, he’s leading the call for free and fair access to land and water throughout England, via political advocacy and planned trespasses on private estates.
Jon tells Eleanor Penny about the traumatic history that separated commoners from the land, the dangers of a rural monoculture, and why the left needs to get comfortable with ideas about place and belonging.
For more on our green and pleasant land, catch up with Richard Hames’ recent investigation into the reality of rewilding, and experience the great outdoors through culture, music and theory on the ACFM podcast.