Responsible land ownership

Everyone should be a good neighbour; a good custodian of nature and the heritage on their land.

Colchester people rightly would be upset if I demolished this castle to build a car park.

Imagine the outrage across Britain and probably of many across the globe if I purchased the land upon which Stonehenge is built on, demolished the stones and built a golf course on it.

Recently a retired businessman purchased land upon which ancient prehistoric monuments were located, hired contractors who damaged it.  According to the Daily Mail he suffered a heavy financial penalty to repair the damage, fine and court costs for the damage.  In the same newspaper was a comment by a person called Alvin of Milwaukee, USA, who said:

“oh, c’mon! it was his to do with as he wished. who cares why some 5000 year old pagans built it. it is the 21st century AD after all.”

Fortunately in Britain laws exist and are enforced to protect ancient heritage from disconnected people like Alvin and this businessman.  With land ownership there comes responsibility; sadly laws are needed because there are many people who are irresponsible individuals.  For instance, being a good neighbour so that all activities on the land won’t disrupt the liberty of neighbours to enjoy their own home and land, such as through noise or smell.

Then there is the responsibility to plants and animals that co-exist on the land.  There is also the responsibility to the community and the people of Britain to protect their heritage.

The world is a place of interconnections between ancestors, neighbours, community and nature; there is a responsibility on landowners to co-exist in this sort of reality, for nobody is an island.

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6 responses to “Responsible land ownership

  1. I can never explain to people why old sites, old buildings matter. Ijust know that when you go there, they feel different. There needs to be laws to protect special sites, because it gives us respect for things that are not temporary.

    • This is a subject I shall expand on in future blogs. It is a connection between the past and the future. For example, a castle evokes many emotions in us at present, and it would be great to share that experience with future generations by maintaining its existence. I am glad we have some laws to protect old buildings and ancient sites but they could be strengthened.

  2. [ Smiles ] Well said, Alex.

  3. “The world is a place of interconnections between ancestors, neighbours, community and nature; there is a responsibility on landowners to co-exist in this sort of reality, for nobody is an island.” Beautifully and aptly put. . . those words are virtually gravid with truth.

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