Wild Land Values Workshop


To discuss how we identify, express and promote wild land values, and their associated issues.

What happened…

Working mostly in pairs, people in the group discussed and prioritised a range of values relating to wild land across different categories, as set out below.

Perceptual Characteristics







It was noted that “wild land” (extensive tracts of wild land, usually remote) should be distinguished from “wild places” (smaller places and areas of land, which can be anywhere)


“Discovery & serendipity”

“Finding an inner edge”


“Fast and slow”

“Emotion – happiness”

Nature and Nature’s Services

“Natural/ecosystem processes – nature in charge”

“Ecosystem processes”

“Giving more space to nature”

“Flourishing, increasing, abundance, diversity & complexity”

“Health connections with nature”

Carbon sink”

“Deep time”

“Self regulation, self renewal & self etc…”

Skills and Livelihoods

Low intensity farming – sometimes”

“Wild land creation as a consequence of sustainable land use and living”

“Low intensity acccess”

“Personal development activities”


Other factors

“Intrinsically functional wild land”

“Who has the power? How can it change?”

“Cultural landscapes – how do we challenge resistance to any change?”

“Threats: Politicians/conservationists”

“Threats: old style conservation; profit (monetary)”

“Intervention point”

Taking the values on to issues and actions

Mostly working in pairs, people then prioritised three of the above values. They identified the key issue associated with that value, identified what action could be taken to address the issue, and suggested which kinds of bodies could take that action. This is set out in the table below:

Value Issue Action Actor(s)
Ecosystem processes
  • Scale

  • Science

  • Emotional/philosophical

  • Who needs convincing? 

  • Get examples on the ground sorted
  • Science arguments Media/people
  • Target the process rather than for example a given species (BAP). But can be wooly and hard to monitor

Who has power?

How (when) can it change?

Where is wildland in the public consciousness? Invention of, or use of, existing process for participation
  • All who care

  • All others we can convince to care

Finding an inner edge
  • We are strangled in our own comfort zones
  • Wild nature is one edge we can find
  • Encounters with wild places
  • Taking nature as being for itself
  • Experiencing one’s own wild nature (the idea of wildness)
  • Educators

  • Poets

  • Inspirers

  • NGOs should prioritise

  • Inspiration needed


Rick Minter, facilitator, Mark Fisher, David Haley, Sophie Lake, Rob Macbeth, David Picken, David Russell, Peter Welsh