Celebrating the Gower Society’s 75th anniversary 

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‘The Gower Society is a model for local campaigning.’  So said our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, in a talk to celebrate the Gower Society’s 75th anniversary this year.   

On its inception in 1948 the Gower Society joined the Open Spaces and they have shared similar aims of protecting common land, open spaces, and paths ever since.   

The threatened land at Clyne Common. Photo: Open Spaces Society

Kate spoke of our history and current campaigns.  ‘The OSS stands alongside the Gower Society in the fight against the exchange of part of Clyne Common for housing development,’ she said.  ‘The landowner, the Somerset Trust, is offering a miserable area of land some distance away in exchange for the beautiful, species-rich common. 

‘The OSS is also campaigning to protect Picket Mead, a gem of a common at Newton.  It stands ready to help the Gower Society with its excellent work.’ 

Kate continued: ‘We greatly appreciate our relationship with the Gower Society.  Its members can be our eyes and ears on the ground, while we offer our expertise and campaigning clout to protecting this wonderful landscape, its rich commons, and people’s access there.  Long may our alliance continue.’ 

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