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New green space – but keep off the grass!

October 10, 2011

The proposed new Local Green Space designation, in the government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), is a muddle. It confers no right for the public to go there, so it may be that we can only look at it and not walk on it. The society has responded to the consultation on the draft…

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The Open Spaces Society’s views on Defra’s consultation on the registration of new village greens, September 2011

September 27, 2011

We are deeply concerned about this consultation. We have asked our members for their views and are preparing a detailed response before the closing date of 17 October. In particular, our concerns are as follows. 1. A package The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) appears to be presenting a package of proposals,…

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September 26, 2011

We have recently been contacted by members of the Open Spaces Society who are unhappy about the Trailblaze project which is currently being trialled by Natural England on eight national trails. The society, while generally welcoming the wider use of paths, does have some concerns about this initiative which are broadly as follows: 1. the…

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Our open day at Northwick Park

September 4, 2011

On Saturday 3 September the society held its open day at Northwick Park, in the London Borough of Brent. It was hosted by our feisty Northwick Park Group at St Cuthbert’s Hall and 34 people attended. Margaret Roake from the Northwick Park Group gave us a short history of Harrow.  She spoke of how Harrow became popular as commuter…

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Rus in urbe—come to our open day!

August 10, 2011

The Open Spaces Society is holding an open day on Saturday 3 September, to explore some of the exquisite countryside around Harrow-on-the-Hill. Our members, the feisty Northwick Park Group, are hosting us at St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, 214 Carlton Avenue West, Wembley HA0 3QY, from 11.30am. In the morning there will be talks about the…

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Rodney Legg’s funeral, 30 July 2011

August 5, 2011

Surrounded by 80 of his friends, Rodney Legg was buried in a wildflower meadow on a Dorset hillside on Saturday 30 July. A few weeks before he died on 22 July he had chosen the best spot in the lovely Higher Ground Meadow, Corscombe, on the prow of the hill overlooking the Dorset and Somerset…

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Sponsor our vice-chairman in Coventry’s Big Fun Run

August 1, 2011

Our vice-chairman, Jean Macdonald, is taking part in Coventry’s Big Fun Run on 21st August and hopes to raise money for the society by doing so. Read more here Jean says: ‘Although I do a lot of walking I have never done any running so this is a first for me. It is a genuine…

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Authorising structures on rights of way

June 10, 2011

Defra published in October 2010 good practice guidance for local authorities on compliance with the Equality Act 2010 in relation to structures on rights of way.  As it is no longer available on the Government’s website, we have it here: Authorising structures (gaps, gates & stiles) on rights of way The Pittecroft Trust has published…

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Defra study of Women’s Institute Survey on Town and Village Greens

April 11, 2011

Please click on the link below to download a copy of Defra’s study of the character of greens based on a semi-randomised representative sample (200) of information gathered by the Women’s Institute across England. Please click here

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British Bike Association on rights for cyclists

April 7, 2011

There are an increasing number of cyclists in the United Kingdom. This is because bicycles provide economic, ecological and environmental benefits over other forms of transport. Bicycles are used for travelling to and from work, for recreational use and even for delivery purposes. Many cyclists are afraid of vehicular traffic, so choose to cycle on…

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