For the Right to Roam.
This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass. The march was an act of wilful trespass and defiance. It was undertaken at Kinder Scout, in the Peak District on 24 April 1932, to highlight the fact that folk in England and Wales were denied access to areas of open country. The trespass was largely organised by Benny Rothman, secretary of the British Workers' Sports Federation, in retaliation to the expulsion of the group from Bleaklow three weeks earlier.
We owe the Kinder Scout protestors so much. Arguably, the trespass led on to the establishment of the UK National Parks. It is a hugely significant event which should be taught in schools - instead, it is largely forgotten part of our history.
Nature should be accessible to all. There is still much more to be done until we have a proper right to roam in England and Wales. Currently, we have freedom to roam over just 8% of England, and only 3% of rivers in England and Wales are legally accessible to swimmers, kayakers and paddle-boarders
In Scotland, Norway and Sweden, the freedom to roam is a hugely successful and popular policy. Better access not only improves health and wellbeing, it also helps generate a new better relationship with the land; one that fosters respect for the countryside and for those working the land.
Screenprinted Tea Towels.
You have shown this design so much love as a risograph print, imagining the posters inviting you to join the march. I have now turned it into these screenprinted tea towels - I am really happy with how they have turned out. Perfect for drying those dishes but it would also be a great little wall hanging too. These are available on the site now.