Professional Training Courses

“Overall, it was a well-received training day!  Well done!” 
Attendee at a combined commons and village green training day.

If you want or need to improve your knowledge of open spaces and their protection, why not attend an Open Spaces Society training day?

All our training courses are run by trainers who are experts in their field.

We provide a range of professional training to associations of local councils, national park authorities, and bodies and administrative groups with diversity of reach. 

Protecting Commons, Greens and Open Spaces

Learn the fundamentals on this comprehensive course.

Core modules:

  • What are commons and village greens, why they are important and relevant legislation (essential module)
  • Finding out about commons and greens
  • Works on common land and greens
  • New village greens: registering land as a new green
  • Management and dealing with encroachments
  • Local Green Space Designation

This course can be offered to groups either in person (full day) or online (two half days/mornings).

We are also delighted to offer this course to individuals (online only).

Our 2024 dates are:

October 15th & 16th

If you’d like to register your interest for this course, please use the form below.

Additional modules:

The following modules may be added to or exchanged with the core modules, as required by groups only:

  • Taking action against unlawful works on commons and greens
  • Deregistration and re-registration of common land
  • Public rights of way - an introduction
  • Easements over common land and village greens
  • Equestrian access to commons (this module is designed to amplify the core module ‘Finding out about commons and greens’ from the perspective of horse riders)


Please contact to discuss your requirements and for more information on course availability and costs, or to express your interest in our next all-comers training day.


“Excellent, presenters had a good and detailed grasp of the issues”
(attendee at Yorkshire LCA training session on common land and village greens)


*Cancellation Policy: 50% within 28 days, 75% at 1 week and 100% at 48 hours with discretion for emergencies.

Protecting Public Rights of Way, and the Role of Local Councils

A course for associations/groups of local councils.

Core modules:

  • An introduction to public rights of way
  • The role and powers of local councils

Optional module:

  • Claiming rights of way, and changes to legislation

This course can be offered to groups online (one half day).


“Thanks again to everyone who ran the course, it has worked out well as we have identified a footpath which has been blocked by a landowner… it has been a wake up call to the Council to defend [paths], including the ones which run across a new planned development.”

(Attendee at the Protecting Public Rights of Way training course, spring 2024)

*Cancellation Policy: 50% within 28 days, 75% at 1 week and 100% at 48 hours with discretion for emergencies.

Restoring the Record training

The aim of the training course is to enthuse, enable and empower rights of way researchers to make definitive map modification order applications to ensure routes that would be extinguished in 2026 are saved from the cut-off date.

Phil Wadey (our former vice-chair) and his colleague Sarah Bucks, both of whom are acknowledged experts in the field, run this day.

It covers important topics, including:

  • how to identify historical routes and the key resources used to study them
  • what your research and evidence can unlock
  • how to create a systematic research method to investigate your routes

'The training day was fantastic, packed with information and practical advice, delivered in a relaxed way'   Attendee at Brackenhurst based course

'I feel more confident to detect an opportunity for the registration of an unrecorded RoW and hope to investigate some local possibilities'   Attendee at Henley-on-Thames based course

The training is FREE and open to everyone. Please contact us for details of available dates and venues, or see below for some upcoming dates which can be booked using these links: