Policy Press


Jan 31, 2022

Book launch for 'Land Renewed' by Peter Hetherington

Last Tuesday, the 25th of January in Newcastle, was the book launch of 'Land Renewed' by Peter Hetherington. 

The launch was well-attended with an exciting panel chaired by Caz Graham, BBC countryside and farming presenter- including farmers Ross and Rebecca Wilson, from Ingram in the Cheviot Hills; Julia Aglionby, Cumbrian farmer and director of the Foundation for Common Land; Sally Shortall, Professor of Rural Economy at Newcastle University, expert on women in agriculture; Professor Mark Shucksmith, specialist in rural poverty and social exclusion; Ruth McAreavey, Newcastle University senior academic and specialist in rural labour, migration and food supply chains.

In his book, Peter Hetherington explores the challenges of climate change, Brexit and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. He argues that we need to re-shape the countryside with an adventurous new agenda for rural life outside the EU.

"Peter Hetherington offers a rich, compelling and topical analysis of the politics of farming, land ownership, and food production in the UK in the era of climate change and extreme weather." Patrick Butler, social policy editor of The Guardian

Find out more about the book here and read his article on Transforming Society here

The attached picture is from the event and shows Ross Wilson (farmer in Cheviot hills) on his left; Prof Julia Aglionby (rural academic and farmer) on his right and Caz Graham BBC farming / countryside presenter (chair) on her right just in view.