Far from being a new approach, RRA can be seen at work in 19th century England. During the last century, William Cobbett, journalist, politician and farmer, set out on a series of 'rural rides' across the counties of southern England, in order to "find out the real state of the countryside". His objective was to write articles based on his findings in order to further the cause of political and financial reform. The paper reports on some of his findings, highlighting the political issues of the day that Cobbett drew attention to.
This paper will interest agriculturalists and those working at the community and project level