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Rights of Way / Footpaths

July 23, 2018

There’s nothing like a nice walk or ride in the countryside along your favourite path. But what happens when that route is blocked, closed or even moved? What are your rights when it comes to accessing the routes you know and love? At Open Spaces Society, we are experts on all types of public rights…

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Volunteer

December 10, 2018

Are you passionate about the open spaces local to you? Would you like to help your community to protect them? Could you be an Open Spaces Society volunteer? Are you passionate about the open spaces local to you? Would you like to help your community to protect them? Do you have a little time on…

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Local Correspondents – the lifeblood of the Open Spaces Society

July 23, 2018

As a charity, the Open Spaces Society depends on the goodwill and the expertise of its volunteers. Our network of local correspondents provides a backbone for our efforts to preserve public paths, common land and greens. As a charity, the Open Spaces Society depends on the goodwill and the expertise of its volunteers. At the…

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Open Spaces

July 23, 2018

The open spaces we champion come in all shapes and sizes and can be in the countryside or in towns. Is the local open space you love and use protected? Don’t take it for granted!   How can you defend the open and green spaces that matter to you? One of the most effective ways…

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Parish role in preparing the definitive map

September 12, 2020

The Open Spaces Society has been defending open spaces in England and Wales since 1865. The parish role in preparing the definitive map From this fact sheet brought to you jointly by the Open Spaces Society and  the British Horse Society we will explain how parish councils made mistakes in preparing the first definitive map…

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Commons

July 23, 2018

The Open Spaces Society is the guardian of all commons in England and Wales. We’re here for all commons and for the people like you who want to enjoy them. Saving our commons The Open Spaces Society is the guardian of all commons in England and Wales. Such is the recognition of our role, we…

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Village Greens

July 23, 2018

Story-book images of village greens are the essence of rural England and Wales. In reality they are very varied and in need of our protection. Town and village greens are the essence of rural England and Wales. Story-book images of village greens tend to be of an expanse of grass in the centre of a…

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Staff & Trustees

April 9, 2018

Our Staff Staff There are eight members of staff who work from our office in Henley-on-Thames. Kate Ashbrook General Secretary Kate, a campaigner, became general secretary of the society in 1984. A former member of the Countryside Agency board, she is chair and a vice-president of the Ramblers, vice-president of the Peak and Northern Footpaths…

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Tweet of the day about major events in our 150-year history

June 10, 2015

Throughout 2015 we issued a ‘tweet of the day’, with hashtag #saveopenspaces150, highlighting an event in our history, and have reproduced the tweets here with a little more information where relevant. The list grew daily to build up a picture of what we have done in our 150-year history. January – click here to open/close…

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Speak up for commons, open spaces and footpaths in East Sussex

December 8, 2014

The Open Spaces Society is urging everyone who walks, rides or cycles on the commons, open spaces and footpaths of East Sussex to tell East Sussex County Council how important those facilities are to them. The council is conducting a survey of usage of these facilities. You can find it on the consultations page of…

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