You might well be wondering… just what is going on – and has been going on – at Yorkley Court Farm?
If so, this book (in free PDF form), an interim report of this perplexing saga, is what you need to read: SURVIVAL
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This is the story of small tract of land on the edge of the Forest of Dean that came to prominence in 2014 when a group of bailiffs, security men and hired muscle tried to evict a small group of “eco-farmers” who had occupied The Strip, a few derelict hectares of that land, and were converting the wasteland into productive use. It hit the headlines again in 2015 when history was repeated.
The land itself has a rich history going back to prehistoric times. For much of that time it was simply a slice of real estate owned by absentee landlords, but this history embraces a Roman coin hoard, medieval robber-barons who were the ancestors of a famous American dynasty, ironmasters, the days of the stagecoach and coal-mining.
Today the fight is one that exemplifies one of the basic struggles of contemporary life – between on the one hand inept local authority, police prejudice, greedy developers, dodgy solicitors… and on the other those who seek another way forward not based on power and money. It is a fissure that cracks open our model of democracy.