More than 100 hectares of some of the most stunning landscape in west Cornwall has finally been recognised as common land, protecting it for the public 140 years after it was threatened with enclosure.
Lizard Downs was authorised for enclosure – the act of taking ownership of common land – in 1880 but the proposed fencing off never happened.
It remained unoccupied but attempts by campaigners to register the 116 hectares as commons during the three-year period allowed by the Commons Registration Act 1965 were derailed by objections.
As a result, although the 116 hectares – described as “splendid open moorland” by the Open Spaces Society – is managed by Natural England as part of the Lizard national nature reserve, its status remained uncertain.
If it’s common land then anyone can GOP there and do anything. That’s the opposite of protected. This really is Garrett Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons.
If you wish to protect the land then you’ve got to have either private ownership (the capitalist solution) or regulation (the socialist). Anyone can do anything – the commons – doesn’t protect at all.
its registration as common land confers additional protection, and a right for the public to walk there, for all time.”
No, it reduces protection, because folk can now walk all over it. As happened at Kinder Scout where access is now limited because too many people do.