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Annual Report & Accounts 2013
The Open Spaces Society Articles of Association
The Open Spaces Society Memorandum of Association
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 a copy of our full Publications List for further details.
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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
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
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
By-laws for commons, village greens and open spaces
Calling a local poll or referendum
Caring for Welsh Commons
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
Commons Act 2006 Part 1 (Registration) Implementation in pioneer areas
Community assets and protecting open space
How to make use of the community asset process to protect your local open space.
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.
The prevention of vehicular access to common land
Driving and parking on your local open space
Finding Common Ground
The first-ever guide on how to recognise and take account of local-community interests in common land.
Golf Courses and Commons
Highway verges – some practical points
Highway verges (Revised version of Roadside Wastes)
How to take action against unlawful encroachments and works on commons in Wales
How to take action against unlawful encroachments and works on commons in England
Laying an information
How to prosecute someone in a magistrates’ court for a criminal offence on a town or village green
The case for membership of the Open Spaces Society
Local Green Space Designation
How to win local green space through Neighbourhood Plans
Parish, Town & Community Councils
Why you should join the Open Spaces Society
Removing and Improving Path-Paraphernalia
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
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
The right to know
A guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environment Information Regulations 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998
Unclaimed land and adverse possession
Protecting commons and other open spaces with no known owner