For 326 years, the public has enjoyed free access to Cirencester Park, one of the largest open green spaces in Gloucestershire.

But from Friday, the Bathurst Estate will start charging us for coming there.

The park was entirely paid for with money from the slave trade. As with estates in England, the aristocratic landowners became sickeningly rich because of the enslavement of tens of thousands of African people.

In terms of its legacy, disparity, and inherent inequality, what’s happening to this park is typical of so much of the English countryside.


Join us on Sunday as we challenge this pay wall and celebrate hundreds of years of local community and resistance. In “A Fayre For All’, we will be highlighting just what uses the park could be put to. We won’t be paying.

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