Those from a BAME background are more than twice as likely as a white person to live in areas in the UK that are most deprived of green space. The new Police Crime Sentencing and Courts bill, which aims to criminalise access to 92% of land in England will make going out into nature more intimidating for communities who are already heavily targeted by police. During a time when we should be increasingly concerned about climate change and especially as we are going through a global pandemic, connection to our natural environments should be encouraged by our government, not criminalised. For the past year I have been looking into the effects of criminalising trespass in the UK on different communities. You can watch the research documentary here:
I’ve been looking at ways to bring nature into our urban environments. Beekeeping has helped me significantly over lockdown, I find it very therapeutic and grounding, so I have been experimenting with creating beehives on a zero budget using materials that would usually go to landfill, as a positive resistance to the new anti-trespass laws and to make beekeeping accessible to people on a low income.
Radical Beekeeping Against the Criminalisation of Trespass