If you want or need to improve your knowledge of open spaces and their protection, why not attend an Open Spaces Society training day?
We provide a range of professional training to local councils, national park authorities, access users, commons managers and anyone with an interest in our commons, greens and open spaces, including whole day courses tailored to your requirements.
For further information on any of our training courses, please call our head office in Henley-on-Thames at 01491 573535 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Common land training
We offer one full-day or two half-day options covering:
- An introduction to commons and why they are important
- Relevant legislation
- Works on common land and exemptions
- Process for exchange of common land
- How to take action against unlawful works
- Good practice for developing ideas for the management of commons based on the Open Spaces Society’s pioneering publication, Finding Common Ground.
- Practical solutions to problems such as car parking, encroachment and vegetation.
- Exchange of ideas on good practice
“Excellent, presenters had a good and detailed grasp of the issues”
(attendee at Yorkshire LCA training session on common land and village greens)
Village green training
Our comprehensive training course covers:
- An introduction to village greens and why they are important
- Relevant legislation
- The role of local councils in relation to village greens
- What can and cannot be done to protect and manage village greens
- Voluntary registration
- How to register land as a new green using the evidence process – the steps to be followed and potential pitfalls to watch out for
- The Growth & Infrastructure Act 2013 and what it means for new greens in England
- the National Planning Policy Framework’s reference to green spaces and the Local Green Space designation
- Exchange of ideas on good practice.
“Very interesting and well-presented topic. Enthusiastic attendees and excellent rapport with the trainers, Kate and Nicola”
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Commons management for land managers
Our course is designed to help land managers, and others with an interest in commons, understand their rights and responsibilities, and prepare and implement management plans on common land.
It covers important topics, including:
- The history and origins of commons and why they are important
- Commons legislation
- The use of commons consents
- Consultation exercises
- The process of obtaining planning consent for fencing, with a practical exercise.
“I arrived thinking I knew a fair bit about commons, their history and the rights associated with them, soon to be put right by Kate’s and John’s remarkable depth of knowledge.”
Attendee at Great Fen Training Day
And, introducing our new distance learning programme...
Commons – management, governance and sustainability (Online Course)
This course is run by the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at Gloucestershire University and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico.
The online course focuses on different aspects of global commons in the widest sense—land, air, water, forests, fisheries, the internet.
It will teach those defending commons how to devise and run a campaign.
Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook, who has practical experience of campaigning, is one of the tutors.
Key benefits of the course include:
- On-line ‘distance learning’ programmes aimed specifically at raising awareness and sharing experiences of commons issues around the globe
- Joint delivery in Spanish and English by the University of Gloucestershire in the UK and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
- Benefits for practitioners and policy makers working in a wide variety of locations, enabling access to the course materials at times most suited to your personal situation
- Access to a wide range of materials on commons, and opportunities for discussing issues with tutors and wide range of others involved with commons management
- No need to worry about time differences between the UK and your location, on-line discussions are managed over a period of days to allow you to engage with questions and respond to comments – wherever you happen to live and work
- On-line delivery reduces the costs of participation.