Who Owns England?

This post and investigation by Guy Shrubsole; map by Anna Powell-Smith

Image: Rotational burning on the Enville Estate, epicentre of the Saddleworth Moor fire.

This Sunday is the ‘Glorious Twelfth’, the start of the grouse shooting season. But who are the landowners who own England’s vast grouse moors?

As Who Owns England has previously exposed, grouse moor estates cover an area of England the size of Greater London – some 550,000 acres – and are propped up by millions of pounds in public farm subsidies.

Now, for the first time, we’ve mapped the owners of around 100 grouse moor estates across England.

Screen Shot 2018-08-09 at 22.51.00Our new map reveals for the first time the extent of around 100 large grouse moor estates

Even the Spectator calls owning a grouse moor “screamingly elitist” – and surprise, surprise, around half of England’s grouse moor estates turn out to be owned…

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