Reimagining the Law of the Forest

Welcome to Reimagining the Law of the Forest

Reimagining the Law of the Forest explores human-forest relationships of rights and responsibility at a time of political awakening to the place of English woodlands in the public consciousness.

Funded by a two-year Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellows grant, the project aims to deepen and re-evaluate our understanding of human-forest relations and law.

Through archival and empirical research, the project explores the basis of human-forest relations and law in England, the cultural, legal and social factors that have led to the contemporary moral crisis over public forests and woodlands, and the tension between the extent of human needs and rights to exploit forests and our responsibilities to protect them.

On this website, you can find out about the research activities, impact and publications resulting from the project. You can also follow the progress of the project, and ways you can get involved in forthcoming project activities and events through the News and Events  page and our twitter account @lawoftheforest


Dr Helen Dancer

AHRC Leadership Fellow (Principal Investigator)

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