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

Latest News

Government corrects its breach of EU laws by giving extra protection to common land

We have welcomed the Government’s decision to apply environmental impact assessment (EIA)¹ to common land.² The society led the campaign to change the regulations so as to protect common land.… Read More

Housing White Paper—a lost opportunity to create new green space

We have criticised the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Housing White Paper* for threatening to undermine Local Green Space (LGS). The society believes that LGS should provide opportunities for… Read More


People’s places  

Our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, reflects on the recent report on parks and green spaces. Our parks and green spaces are at tipping point warns the House of Commons Communities… Read More

Fifty years since the start of commons registration

Fifty years ago today, on 2 January 1967, the commons and greens registers in England and Wales were opened, writes Kate Ashbrook.  This was the start of a period of… Read More

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