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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 a copy of our full Publications List for further details.

The following publications are available to download free of charge.

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Beating the Bounds of your local common or green
Buildings, fences and other works on common land in England
Buildings, fences and other works on common land 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
DIY guide to registering lost commons
Dragon’s Teeth
Driving and parking on your local open space
Finding Common Ground
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
Local Authorities
Local Green Space Designation
Parish, Town & Community Councils
The case for cattle-grids on commons
The Open Spaces Society policy on wind turbines
The right to know
Unclaimed land and adverse possession

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

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.

Dragon’s Teeth
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

Local Authorities
The case for membership of the Open Spaces Society

Local Green Space Designation

Parish, Town & Community Councils
Why you should join the Open Spaces Society

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

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