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

Latest News

Call for England Coast Path to extend up the Hamble estuary

We have called on Natural England to extend the England Coast Path up the Hamble estuary in Hampshire to cross at the A27 bridge. Natural England, which is defining the… Read More

McDonald’s ‘drive-thru’ on Surrey common refused

We are delighted that McDonald’s Restaurants has been refused consent to build part of a ‘drive-thru’ road on common land at Petridgewood near Redhill in Surrey. McDonald’s applied to the… Read More

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Jack & Irene Candy Bequest

Jack Candy, who died aged 95 in 2017, was a long-standing member and supporter of the OSS, serving as our Southampton local correspondent from 1999 to 2012. With his wife… Read More

Seventieth anniversary of ‘a people’s charter’

This year we celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.  Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook, explains what it achieved. This is not… Read More

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