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Vocal for local

June 17, 2020

Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook considers life for the Open Spaces Society during lockdown. As lockdown began, I foolishly thought we would have time to catch up with all those long-deferred jobs.  I was wrong: we have been busier than ever. Developers are not deterred by a pandemic: open spaces remain at risk, perhaps more…

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Hanwell fence The fence after local people had broken through to the canal

Hanwell land-grab

June 16, 2020

Our member Steven Toft describes the fight by Hanwell residents to wrest their open space from land-grabbers In April 2019, residents of Hanwell in Ealing, west London, were dismayed that part of their park had been fenced off. St Margaret’s open space sits by the Grand Union Canal and is part of Brent River Park.…

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The old ways of Melbourne second edition cover

Local correspondent authors new edition of Melbourne path history title

May 19, 2020

Our local correspondent for south Derbysire and north west Leicestershire since 2010, Barry Thomas, has updated his book ‘The old ways of Melbourne – the history of public rights of way in a Derbyshire village’. Barry describes the nature of public rights of way and the history of the path network in the parish of…

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Canllawiau wedi’u diweddaru gan Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru

April 24, 2020

24 Ebrill 2020 Adolygiad o reoliadau a chanllawiau newydd Mae Llywodraeth Cymru heddiw (24/4) wedi cyhoeddi newidiadau i’r rheoliadau Covid, yn ogystal â chyhoeddi canllawiau newydd – dilyna hyn yr adolygiad 3-wythnos statudol o’r rheoliadau brys. Ceir dolenni i’r wybodaeth hyn, yn ogystal â nifer o ddolenni defnyddiol eraill isod:-   Dolenni i’r rheolau adolygedig:-…

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Blackburn group win support of borough council for new Asset of Community Value

April 1, 2020

A much loved open space at Whitehall Road in Blackburn, has been awarded Asset of Community Value (ACV) status by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council following a campaign by the Whitehall Road Neighbourhood Group.  The benefit of achieving ACV listing is that this becomes a material planning consideration, a matter that should be taken into…

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We fight fencing plan on Ugthorpe Common

October 8, 2019

The society has objected to an application from the Mulgrave Estate for nearly a mile of new fencing on Ugthorpe Common near Whitby in the North York Moors National Park.  This is in addition to a retrospective application to replace more than two miles of fencing on the common. The estate applied to the Secretary…

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A hand up from Glover

September 30, 2019

The report of the English landscapes review, led by Julian Glover, was published on 21 September 2019.  We submitted evidence in 2018. The review covered national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs).  It recognises the great importance of these landscapes and the affection for them, while noting that their founding mission has been…

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Marsden Moor walkers National Trust

The society in action – Six months on the National Trust council

July 18, 2019

Society trustee Graham Bathe is a council member of the National Trust and former director of the Foundation for Common Land. He gave a talk at our recent AGM about his role representing the society on the National Trust council. Governance Legally, the governance of the National Trust is in the hands of about 12…

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Celebrate The 70th Anniversary Of National Parks In The Peak District

March 12, 2019

This year is the seventieth anniversary of the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949 which gave us national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, national nature reserves, long-distance paths (national trails) and definitive maps of rights of way among other things. None of these was achieved without a great deal of lobbying,…

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Pocket Parks Plus: Great Opportunity For Open Spaces

March 5, 2019

We have welcomed the new grant scheme for establishing, restoring and renovating open spaces. Launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Pocket Parks Plus provides match funding to communities who want to create small spaces for local people to enjoy. Applications must be made by 25 January 2019. The land can be any size up…

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