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

Latest News

Council challenged over 50-year failure to comply with legislation

A question was asked at the full meeting of Powys County Council last month by Peter Newman, our local correspondent for Powys, about the failure of the council to comply… Read More

Top priority needed for environmental principles

‘New environmental principles should apply to all public bodies as well as central government. Natural England should be given greater resources, clout and independence to enable it to fulfil new… Read More

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Government’s planning charter fails to protect open spaces

We are dismayed that the revised Natural Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was published on 24 July, gives no additional protection to open spaces, beyond a tiny improvement in wording.… Read More

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

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