This piece by Peter Hetherington was published on Wednesday (Sept 2) in the Guardian. He outlines how it is that farmland in Britain has “become the safest investment for those with a few spare millions to offload. Prices are up by a staggering 277% in a decade, according to Savills market survey of UK agricultural land 2015. Prime London property has risen by a mere 127% in the same period. Taking a cue from Mark Twain – “buy land, they’re not making it anymore” – institutions and the rich are queueing up to get their hands on the country’s most basic resource.”
His new book, Whose Land is our Land published in August puts the case for policy reform backed by strong government action.