Published: 22nd May 2020

A historian has partnered with a local not-for-profit youth organisation on a new research project which aims to help open up brownfield sites in the UK’s most deprived urban communities. Dr Ben Anderson from the University of Keele’s School of Humanities has been working with Urban Wilderness on a project funded by the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion. The project aims to increase social and environmental justice by opening up brownfield sites – land which would otherwise be disused – for use by communities. The current pandemic has exposed the hidden inequalities of access to green space in inner cities, which affects those most vulnerable to the virus. Young people have faced particular challenges in accessing green space, with early research suggesting that teenagers feel under particular surveillance from adults, and are consequently reluctant to leave their home environments – which, in many urban places, lack gardens. This project has brought … (To read the full article, subscribe below)