Personal Information


Marion Shoard


PO Box 403; Dorking








01306 881601

Email Address


Specialist Activities

writer, lecturer, campaigner

Specialist Areas

UK; public access; countryside conservation

Professional Details

Short Biography

Writer, lecturer and campaigner on the rural environment since 1980 and on older peopleís issues since 2004. Author of countless articles and four books: The Theft of the Countryside (1980, about the conflict between modern farming and landscape, wildlife and archaeological conservation), This Land is Our Land (1987 and reissued, updated in 1997, a 500-page work about conflict between landownersí aspirations and the public interest), A Right to Roam (1999, about public access to the countryside), and A Survival Guide to Later Life (2004, 640-page guide to help older people and their families). Recently, campaigned for the ignored environments on the edge of towns and cities mainly through an essay entitled ‘Edgelands’ (2002, see below). Gives talks and does some university lecturing. Also broadcasts: presented a one-hour programme she co-wrote entitled Power in the Land, based on her book This Land is Our Land on network television, for example. Further details of her publications and activities on her web-site,

Professional Activities

Public access; countryside conservation; the urban fringe; access to the rural and urban environment for people with mobility problems; landscape as a source of inspiration; older peopleís issues including treatment of people with dementia.

Recent Publications

This Land is Our Land (Gaia Books, 1997), A Right to Roam (Oxford University Press, 1999), A Survival Guide to Later Life (Constable and Robinson, 2004)


OWG/ Award for Excellence (Outdoor Book), 2000 for A Right to Roam, OUP, 1999; OWG/ Award for Excellence (one-off features), 2003 for Edgelands in Remaking the Landscape, edited by Jennifer Jenkins, Profile Books, 2002

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