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Walk the Waterways of Finchley

July 11, 2012

Our member, The Finchley Society, has organised two walks along the Waterways of Finchley on Sunday 15th July and Sunday 22nd July.  Full details are shown on the attached leaflets. Contact for the walks is Mike Gee on 0208 346 5503   Waterways Walk Part 1 6.5mls Waterways Walk Part 2 5.1 miles

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Chorleywood Common

May 4, 2012

Chorleywood Common is an amazing place.  Within a mile of the M25 and surrounded by roads and railways, it survives as a wild oasis, breathtakingly lovely with its wide open spaces and mixed woodland.  It is a reminder, in miniature, of our pre-inclosure landscapes.  It is enjoyed by walkers and riders, residents and visitors of…

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Cattle-grid blocks bridleway

April 10, 2012

On 14 March 2012, in a useful judgment for path defenders, two high court judges ruled that a cattle-grid cannot be authorised to block the whole width of a footpath or bridleway—Kind v Northumberland County Council [2012] EWHC 603 (Admin). Capheaton bridleway 11, 18 miles north-west of Newcastle upon Tyne, was recorded as a public…

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Linking the Lakes and Dales National Parks

February 13, 2012

We have joined a consortium with the Campaign for National Parks, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Lake District and many others in support of plans to extend the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. This will ensure that the magnificent countryside, much of it common land, between the…

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Inland Revenue 1910 Finance Act Maps

January 13, 2012

The working maps drawn up by the Inland Revenue under the Finance Act 1910 were handed over to the Wiltshire Record Office in 1979 and are now in the custody of the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre. The maps are typically consulted by the public for family and local history research and for evidence to…

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We commemorate our path pioneer, Octavia Hill

December 30, 2011

The year 2012 marks the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, an early activist of the Open Spaces Society.  Octavia became involved in the society in about 1875 shortly after her unsuccessful campaign to buy the fields between Swiss Cottage and Hampstead in west London.  She joined the committee of the society, urging it…

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Open Spaces Society becomes a company

December 26, 2011

On 1 January 2012 the Open Spaces Society gains company status, registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee, number 7846516. This follows our special general meeting on 23 November where members voted unanimously that the society should become a company. The society will continue to be known as the Open Spaces…

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Celebrating success in saving and creating spaces for the public

November 10, 2011

We have launched our first Open Space Award. The society is inviting applicants who can demonstrate an activity that protects, increases, enhances and champions common land, town and village greens, open spaces and public paths in England and Wales, and the public’s right to enjoy them. Details are on our website here or phone 01491…

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Jean Macdonald’s Fun Run

October 13, 2011

As some of you may recall from an earlier feature, our vice-chairman, Jean Macdonald, took part in the Coventry Big Fun Run on 21st August 2011. Jean has sent us this report. ‘Since I became a trustee in July last year, we have discussed how we might raise funds at almost every trustees’ meeting. This…

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Defra drives a bulldozer through village greens law

October 12, 2011

We have slated the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for driving a bulldozer through the laws for registering land as a new village green. The society has responded to Defra’s consultation on the registration of new town or village greens. At present land can be registered as a green if it has…

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