Fri28Aug-Wed02Sept - N WALES - RTF Intl Gathering

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Aug 20 12:36:17 BST 2015

Reclaim the Fields International Action Camp 2015
About the camp

Reclaim the Fields (or RTF) UK was born in 2011, 
as a star in a wider constellation of food and 
land struggles that reaches around the globe. 
Since 2011, camps and other RTF gatherings have 
helped support local communities in struggle, 
share skills, developed networks, and 
strengthened the resistance to exploitation, in 
Bristol, west London, Gloucestershire, Nottingham 
and Fife among other locations.

Every two years there is also an international 
camp, where people from around Europe and beyond 
meet together to support a local struggle (from 
gold mining in Romania to open cast coal mining 
in Germany, for example). People share share 
stories and ideas about resistance and reclaiming 
our food system beyond national borders. This 
year, an international gathering will be held in in Wrexham, Wales.

The aims of the camp are:
To support local communities in the west and 
north west of England, and the north of Wales 
with their struggles against fracking
To increase participation in Reclaim the Fields
To demonstrate visible, active opposition to prison construction
To support Borras Community Protection Camp build 
a garden and infrastructure to become more self-reliant
To demonstrate the interconnection between these struggles
To inspire and radicalise everyone involved

What’s taking place?
Actions – demonstrations & actions against 
companies involved in the construction of the 
North Wales prison, as well as local 
fracking-related targets. Everything from 
solidarity demos at local prisons to leafleting on Wrexham highstreet.
Workshops & Skillshares – Over the bank holiday 
weekend there will be abundant opportunities to 
learn, share, discuss and connect with other people.
  Building & Growing on the site – Be part of 
installing gardens & low impact infrastructure at 
the community protection camp. Learn about 
permaculture, agroecology, forest gardening, 
mushroom growing, pallet construction, compost 
toilet making, off-grid electrics and more.
Why this camp? Why now?
This camp has been organised to support the local 
community in Borras to resist fracking in their 
area (as well as working with other local 
anti-fracking groups & protection camps in the 
North West who have been resisting extreme energy 
developments for a number of years). To find out 
more about their struggle visit:
It has also been organised to give attention to 
the North Wales Prison Project that is being 
constructed. This will be Europe’s second largest 
prison holding 2100 prisoners and the first of a 
number of ‘mega prisons’ that the UK Government 
wish to build. Click here for more information 
about the prison, why we are against it & links 
to articles about the prison industrial complex in the UK
Practical Information about the Camp

Click on the links below to find more practical 
information about the camp and how to get involved:
Workshops & programme – what’s happening & how to contribute
Planning Actions
Directions & public transport information
What to bring
Safer Spaces Agreement
Accessibility of the site
Food & donations
Getting involved

This is a DIY camp and everyone is needed to get 
stuck in to make it happen. People are needed to:
Support with publicity before the event – sharing 
the gathering online, putting posters up, 
encouraging your local group to get involved. 
People are also needed to help design the 
programme, respond to emails & plan facilitation.
Helping with site set up & building 
infrastructure (planning this in advance & being 
on site a few days before the gathering)
Signing up to a shift over the weekend to help 
with cooking, site set up & safety, being on the welcome tent & so forth
Supporting local groups to organise actions

If you can help with any of these tasks please 
email info at
Who are Reclaim the Fields?
Click here to read a history of Reclaim the Fields in Europe
Click here to read a history of Reclaim the Fields in the UK

We are a group of peasants, landless and 
prospective peasants, as well as people who are 
taking back control over food production.

We understand “peasants” as people who produce 
food on a small scale, for themselves or for the 
community, possibly selling a part of it. This 
also includes agricultural workers.

We support and encourage people to stay on the 
land and go back to the countryside. We promote 
food sovereignty (as defined in the Nyéléni 
declaration) and peasant agriculture, 
particularly among young people and urban 
dwellers, as well as alternative ways of life. In 
Europe, the concept ‘food sovereignty’ is not 
very common and could be clarified with ideas 
such as ‘food autonomy’ and control over food 
systems by inclusive communities, not only 
nations or states. We are determined to create 
alternatives to capitalism through cooperative, 
collective, autonomous, real-needs-oriented, 
small-scale production and initiatives. We are 
putting theory into practice and linking local 
practical action with global political struggles.

In order to achieve this, we participate in local 
actions through activist groups and cooperate 
with existing initiatives. This is why we choose 
not to be a homogeneous group, but to open up to 
the diversity of actors fighting the capitalist 
food production model. We address the issues of 
access to land, collective farming, seed rights 
and seed exchange. We strengthen the impact of 
our work through cooperation with activists who 
focus on different tasks but who share the same vision.

Nevertheless, our openness has some limits. We 
are determined to take back control over our 
lives and refuse any form of authoritarianism and 
hierarchy. We respect nature and living beings, 
but will neither accept nor tolerate any form of 
discrimination, be it based on race, religion, 
gender, nationality, sexual orientation or social 
status. We refuse and will actively oppose every 
form of exploitation of other people. With the 
same force and energy, we act with kindness and 
conviviality, making solidarity a concrete practice of our daily life.

We support the struggles and visions of la Via 
Campesina, and work to strengthen them. We wish 
to share the knowledge and the experience from 
years of struggle and peasant life and enrich it 
with the perspectives and strength of those of us 
who are not peasants, or not yet peasants. We all 
suffer the consequences of the same policies, and 
are all part of the same fight.
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