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Protecting open spaces, common land, village greens
and public paths in England & Wales since 1865

Latest News

Conditional welcome to commencement of common-land provisions in Wales

We have welcomed the commencement of further provisions about common land in Wales—but have lamented the Welsh Government’s failure to communicate. The Welsh Ministers have made a commencement order(1) to… Read More

Henley hosts training for recording public paths

Walkers, riders and cyclists from Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire gathered at Henley-on-Thames town hall last Saturday (18 November) to learn how to research and record lost public paths.  Henley’s Mayor,… Read More


Paths to oblivion

Thirty years ago (3 September 1987) we were present at the launch of the Countryside Commission’s far-reaching policies and priorities for enjoying the countryside, writes our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook.… Read More

Parish councils: dealing with highway obstructions under s.130(6)

Town, parish and community councils are likely to take a strong proprietorial interest in their parish rights of way, and in their local highway network generally. They will be aware… Read More

The Open Spaces Society is Britain’s oldest national conservation body, founded in 1865.