Local Councils

Whether you are just starting out as a clerk or councillor, or have been in post for some time, keeping up to date with new legislation or best practice is essential to perform your role effectively.

The Open Spaces Society is pleased to offer this practical course for clerks and councillors to enable them to deal effectively with a range of issues relating to common land, open spaces and village greens. This course may also meet your CPD requirements.

“These training courses are a very good initiative”
(attendee at association of local councils training session)

 Local councils have an important role in protecting and managing greens and have an opportunity to register new ones.

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
  • Commons registration

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

We are also delighted to offer this course to individuals (online only) on the following dates subject to interest and availability

5th & 6th April 2022

25th & 26th October 2022

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 hq@oss.org.uk 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.

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