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and public paths in England & Wales since 1865

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Common-land swap at Gorseinon, Swansea

We are disappointed that Welsh Ministers have approved plans by Persimmon Homes to swap an area of Mynydd Garngoch Common at Gorseinon, north-west of Swansea. Persimmon has been permitted to… Read More

We criticise new road-junction on Leigh Common, Dorset

We have criticised the Secretary of State for Environment for granting consent for further works on Leigh Common near Wimborne in Dorset.  However, we welcome the views of his inspector… Read More

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Countryside Act at 50

On 3 July we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Countryside Act 1968, an important piece of legislation.  The Open Spaces Society, with the Ramblers, played a major role in… Read More

What tragedy?

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of an influential article which, wrongly, gave commons a bad name. In 1968 Science magazine published a paper called ‘The tragedy of the commons’… Read More

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