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Free publications and information sheets

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Annual Report & Accounts 2013
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The Open Spaces Society Articles of Association

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The Open Spaces Society Memorandum of Association

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The society publishes a range of informative booklets on issues ranging from unlawful encroachments to by-laws for commons, village greens and open spaces. Please download our Publications List for full details.

The following publications are available to download free of charge:

Beating the Bounds of your local common or green

Parish and community councils, and other local groups, may like to beat the bounds of their local common or village green on Rogation Sunday
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Buildings, fences and other works on common land in England

A practical guide for those wishing to carry out a lawful operation on a common and those wanting to defend a common against unlawful or undesirable operations
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Buildings, fences and other works on common land in Wales

A practical guide for those wishing to carry out a lawful operation on a common and those wanting to defend a common against unlawful or undesirable operations in Wales
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By-laws for commons, village greens and open spaces

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Calling a local poll or referendum

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Caring for Welsh Commons

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Claiming public paths after twenty years’ use

How to claim for public paths to be added to the official map of public rights of way (the definitive map) before it is closed to claims on 1 January 2026
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Commons Act 2006 Part 1 (Registration) Implementation in pioneer areas

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DIY guide to registering lost commons

A new opportunity to rescue some of those commons which failed to be registered under the Commons Registration Act 1965.
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Dragon’s Teeth

The prevention of vehicular access to common land
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Driving and parking on your local open space

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Finding Common Ground

The first-ever guide on how to recognise and take account of local-community interests in common land.
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Golf Courses and Commons

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Highway verges – some practical points

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Highway verges (Revised version of Roadside Wastes)

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How to take action against unlawful encroachments and works on commons in Wales

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How to take action against unlawful encroachments and works on commons in England

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Laying an information – how to prosecute someone in a magistrates’ court for a criminal offence on a town or village green

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Local Authorities

The case for membership of the Open Spaces Society
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Local Green Space Designation

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Parish, Town & Community Councils

Why you should join the Open Spaces Society
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The case for cattle-grids on commons

How cattle-grids, in conjunction with perimeter fencing, can be an acceptable way to introduce grazing onto commons
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The Open Spaces Society policy on wind turbines

This paper sets out the society’s policy on the development of wind-turbine power-stations on common land
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The right to know

A guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environment Information Regulations 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998
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Unclaimed land and adverse possession

Protecting commons and other open spaces with no known owner
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