Charter of the Forest 800 yrs Why Fracking Matters

Charter of the Forest 800 years 1207 to 2017 come and join us in Celebrating this event on the 5th November 2017 from 11.30 to 1.00 performance activities in Sherwood Forest and at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Country Park This will be followed by an indoor event from 14:00 – 17:00 with guest speakers at South Forest Leisure Centre, Clipstone Road, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9JA, 

Celebration – 800 Years of the Charter of the Forest 1217 – 2017: Why Fracking Matters

To mark the 800th Anniversary of the Charter and to consider its contemporary relevance, on Sunday 5th November performers Three Acres and a Cow will share songs and stories in Sherwood Forest at the Major Oak starting at 12.00am. If you would like to walk to the Major Oak with the performers, join us at the Visitors Centre, Forest Table Restaurant at 11.30 am.

This will be followed at 2.00 pm in the South Forest Leisure Centre, Clipstone Rd, Edwinstowe, NG21 9JA, with talks from Historians, Academics and leaders in the Anti Fracking campaign. These two events are linked to a number of other activities through England celebrating the 800th anniversary of the charter. 

The 1217 Charter of the Forest re-established the rights of ordinary people to use the land for their own purposes instead of the king imposing his use for hunting that excluded local people from gathering firewood, building materials, grazing their animals and the like. Subsequently for centurys local people with knowledge of the areas in which they lived, fought for, and retained, rights to use and protect common lands. 

Nowadays politics is moving the other way. The government is making it difficult to oppose companies establishing fracking gas fields across much of the country. If this goes ahead it will have far reaching negative impacts on local landscapes and land uses like farming and tourism, on local water aquifers, air quality and on public health. They claim that this form of local “economic development” is a solution to local poverty. Punishing austerity policies make living conditions precarious, pushing communities towards accepting what is otherwise deeply unpopular and a high risk industry. 

Speakers at the indoor event in the afternoon will include Professor Peter Linebaugh, Historian; Professor Guy Standing (expert on the commons today). The Reverend Deborah Hodson, a Co-ordinator from the local Anti Fracking group. Other speakers will include Joe Boyd on the Legal issues of the INEOS injunction and Mothiur Rahmen on Falkirk and Charters  

NOTE: This is not a party political event aligned with any individual political party

As places for the indoor event are limited, attendees will need to book their free tickets via Eventbrite. For more information please email