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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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Urban commons – Brighton conference update

July 8, 2019

Nicola Hodgson, will be speaking tomorrow at Brighton University at a one day conference on “methodologies for engagement and four urban commons”. The day will bring together representatives, stakeholders and users of urban commons with experts in open space management and methods of public engagement. It is part of the “ Wastes and Strays project” …

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Land for the Many Report

June 4, 2019

The society welcomes the publication today of Land for the Many, a report commissioned by the Labour Party. The party will consider the proposals as part of its policy development ahead of the next general election. The report places land at the heart of political debate and discussion, and it proposes significant changes to land…

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Make OSS your Amazon Smile Charity Beneficiary

May 16, 2019

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Open Spaces Society every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the same Amazon prices,  selection and convenient shopping experience, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the charity…

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Campaign to Double the Number of School Children Enjoying our National Parks

April 24, 2019

Although over 60,000 school children visit the national parks each year, the government has long promised increases to this number. The Society, as a member of a coalition of five charities including Campaign for National Parks and with celebrity support, has now demanded urgent action to more than double the number of school children who…

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Pledge To Protect And Preserve National Parks In Celebration Of Their Seventieth Anniversary

March 25, 2019

Seventy years after an Act of Parliament was passed creating national parks in England and Wales, five of the original campaigning organisations came together once again to pledge to protect and preserve the parks for future generations and make access for everyone easier. Campaign for National Parks, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Open…

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Our Appointment To The National Trust Council

March 5, 2019

The National Trust has resolved that the society should continue to have an appointee on its council. Beverley Penney served for nine years, and did a great job for us, but now her term has expired. The society has appointed its former chairman, Graham Bathe, in her place. Graham (right), who lives on the edge…

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Call For Speed Limits On Common Land

January 3, 2019

We have called for enforced speed-limits on unfenced roads across common land in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. We made this plea in our evidence to the government’s review of England’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), led by Julian Glover. The society emphasises the need to slow traffic…

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Seventieth Anniversary Of ‘A People’s Charter’

January 1, 2019

This year we celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.  Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook, explains what it achieved. This is not just a Bill.  It is a people’s charter—a people’s charter for the open air, for the hikers and the ramblers, for everyone who lives to…

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Give Open Spaces At Christmas

November 21, 2018

We have a Christmas gift solution that will be appreciated for a whole year. The perfect present for someone who may enjoy walking, riding or cycling outdoors, be that in their local park or further afield on our amazing commons, village greens or path network. Whitchurch Green, Bristol, registered 2011 A gift of membership for…

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