For our bi-annual New Putney Debates Festival we will be celebrating the 799th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. This is the companion charter to the Magna Carta and had greater relevance to peasants, granting access to the commons and securing land rights that last until the present day. On the weekend of the 5th and 6th of November 2016 we will be hosting a walk,  exhibition and celebration of social struggles for Land Rights in song and music.

We will exhibit a timeline of the history of democracy and land rights in Britain and host a musical celebration of Land Rights: 3 Acres and a Cow,  with Robin Grey. These events will take place at Fordham Gallery Boat, River Lee, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, E15 on Saturday.

On Sunday there will be a guided walk through central London,  marking points on the journey to establish the Charter of the Forest as statute, and how this links to wider peasant struggles for access to the commons.

These events will take place alongside others, so please check this web-page for updates to the planned schedule of events.

This is prelude to a bigger celebration which we will host next year (2017) on the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest.

Our history…
After the Occupy London protests ended at St Paul’s Cathedral  in 2012  the New Putney Debates collective  continued to push for real democracy with The New Putney Debates. This examined the democratic pathways to social, economic and ecological justice.
The biannual The New Putney Debates took place in accessible London locations during 2014 and 2012 . Please visit the programme pages on this website for more information on past events.
On the weekend of June 15th 2015 New Putney Debates  organised an Alternative Runnymede festival with the Runnymede ecovillagers  more information can be found here

To find out more about the original Putney Debates (1647) listen to this excellent radio programme.

Highlights from previous events:


in video number 2 of Basic Income, Democratising money and Social Security; Duncan McCann looks at mechanisms which control the creation of money…

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13 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. A real turn up for the books! All participants in this debate should see if they can get access to Christopher Hill’s ‘Puritanism and Revolution’ (republished by Penguin 1984) for probably the best historical examination of the background of the original Debates, and in order to make a proper comparison with what is happening in out own era!

  2. Great initiative. The Diggers and Levellers inherited a long tradition of dissent that went back deep into the middle ages and intensified almost a hundred years before 1649 when some of the first really anti capitalist and anti money lending tracts and poems were written.

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