This is a wonderful and very poignant poem, written during the 1700s. It was a protest against English enclosures. Three centuries later and we still have wealthy people owning great swathes of open countryside and wilderness that is prohibited for the rest of us to enjoy!

THE GOOSE AND THE COMMON

The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from off the goose
The law demands that we atone
When we take things we do not own
But leaves the lords and ladies fine
Who take things that are yours and mine
The poor and wretched don’t escape
If they conspire the law to break
This must be so but they endure
Those who conspire to make the law
The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
And geese will still a common lack
Till they go and steal it back

Authors unknown — Circa 1700s

This is why I am passionate that the freedom to roam should be made into law, to allow for us all to enjoy our wonderful countryside and not just for the enjoyment of the few. All of the footpaths and bridleways that have been cut off should be reopened, woodland and forests opened for people to wander freely.

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