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“Who owns Brtain

The UK's top five landowners
(excluding the Crown Estate, the Ministry of Defence and the Forestry Commission)

Duke of Buccleuch
Acreage: 270,900
Value: £598m
Subsidy Entitlement: £20.4m

Estate of Atholl dukedom
Acreage: 147,000
Value: £200m
Subsidy Entitlement: £11.0m

Duchy of Cornwall
Acreage: 141,000
Value: £480m
Subsidy Entitlement: £10.6m

Duke of Northumberlan*****age: 132,000
Value: £463m
Subsidy Entitlement: £9.9m

Duke of Westminster(excl London) Acreage: 129,000
Value: £450m
Subsidy Entitlement: £9.2m

The United Kingdom is 60 million acres in size, of which 41 million are designated "agricultural" land, 15 million are "waste" (forests, rivers, mountains and so on) and owned mainly by the Ministry of Defence and the Forestry Commission, and four million are "urban plot", the land on which most of the 60 million people of these islands live. In sum, 69 per cent of the acreage of Britain is owned by 0.6 per cent of the population. Or, more pertinently, 158,000 families own 41 million acres of land while 24 million families live on four million acres.

Laid end to end, the walls and fences that bounded the Duke of Buccleuch properties - 280,000 acres would have stretched from Drumlanrig, his castle in Dumfriesshire, to San Francisco. The United Kingdom is 60 million acres in size, of which 41 million are designated "agricultural" land, 15 million are "waste" (forests, rivers, mountains and so on) and owned mainly by the Ministry of Defence and the Forestry Commission, and four million are "urban plot", the land on which most of the 60 million people of these islands live. In sum, 69 per cent of the acreage of Britain is owned by 0.6 per cent of the population. Or, more pertinently, 158,000 families own 41 million acres of land while 24 million families live on four million acres.”

By JJLee Posted: January 07, 2013

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