r u r a l r e c r e a t i o n

access: environment: inclusion

“if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man, then you are ready for a walk.” 
Henry David Thoreau

Welcome to our website.

r u r a l r e c r e a t i o n  is a grassroots campaigning body set up to put forward new social visions of the rural, exploring what the rural means to people in the countryside, to people in the cities, suburbs and subrurs. 

We’re particularly interested in expanding the borders of accessibility, environmentalism & inclusivity and do so through action research projects, both without and with authority, community and agency. 

Follow the links on this page to find out what we're up to and if you'd like to get involved please contact us or subscribe to our mailing list.

events / news





house tattoos - new service

tats for bats





submersion (submergency/crazywell fm)

crazywell pop up lido


Wide Open Space

Wide Open Space is an initiative of the Dorset Design and Heritage Forum, curated by Alex Murdin which aims to develop a programme of strategic public art projects at the forefront of a new rural cultural agenda. Artists involved include Michael Pinsky, London Fieldworks, Anna Best, Simon Pirie  and ZMMA architects.  Project info here.

Visualisation by The People Speak of "Art by Committee" results

Wide Open Space Conference May 2011

A conference looking at the contribution of artists, architects and designers to public and private places and spaces at a time of radical change for rural counties and their communities.
Key themes of the conference were: Localism, enabling community planning and enhancing housing projects; creating new, intergenerational, common spaces in the countryside; enhancing sensitive landscapes/roadscapes and relational infrastructure; tourism, heritage interpretation and public space in market towns and villages. Contributions from Professor Malcolm Miles, Oliver Letwin MP, Maggie Bolt, Stephen Ratcliffe - includes Art by Committee gameshow by The People Speak.


sun stages

sun stages - plan view


fossil bank

fossil bank


lime light

Lime light


organically reared ponyskin rucksack

ponyskin rucksack



tank - by Mike Cox


jaywick tourist board

workers at Jaywick - wicked !


inclusive path

people on the virtual path



Stairway to Heaven


“Take then, smooth Path, this tribute of my love, Thou emblem pure of legal liberty!” 
William Mason, Sonnet XII, to a Gravel Walk