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Outskirts with John Grindrod
Impact Hub Birmingham Co-Founder and Director of Urban Innovation Andy Reeve will be in conversation with John Grindrod. John’s latest book Outskirts has just been published and looks at the modern mystery that is our green belt.
The Green belt: a mystery of modern life. It doesn’t appear on maps, it is not signposted, and it is hard to know where it lies. It also stirs up fiery emotions. Green belts surround urban areas to stop them spreading outwards. People are fiercely protective (or critical) of them, and of all the issues – housing, the environment, farming, transport – that they stir up.
Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt tells the story of the creation of these mysterious tracts of land: the people who dreamt up the idea (from Elizabeth I to National Trust founder Octavia Hill); how and when they came into operation (more recently than you might imagine); and what people get up to in them (everything from golf to dogging, it turns out).