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We deal with well over 600 cases a year assisting communities, groups and individuals in protecting their local spaces and paths in all parts of England and Wales.
Supporting us helps us help them.

Why we would like you to join the Open Spaces Society

We are delighted that you have found us and expressed an interest in joining whether you need help or want to help us and support our work.

Whatever the reason, your membership will be invaluable to us.

Please take a moment to explore the website and learn about the society and its work.

As a small charity, we greatly appreciate the support of our members, and it is impossible for us to function without you!

Reasons to become a member

  • Membership entitles you to any of the information sheets available on our publications list.
  • Three copies a year of our lively and informative magazine Open Space.
  • Discounts on our publications – Our Common Land is the definitive work on the law of commons and village greens. Getting Greens Registered advises on the law and procedure of registering land as a ‘new’ green. These publications are updated regularly.
  • Support and assistance in matters relating to the protection of common land, town and village greens, open spaces and public paths.
  • Free legal-advisory service offers 30 minutes of solicitors’ time at the society’s discretion.

Membership types:
Individual £33 pa
Individual monthly £ 3 pcm
Joint £50 pa
Life £660
Local groups, parish councils, town councils £45 pa
National organisations, district & borough councils £165 pa
County councils and unitary authorities £385

Please follow the links to join online and pay by direct debit or debit/credit card (please note that these are both recurring payments which you have the option to cancel at any time).

We are also pleased to accept offline payments by bank transfer to:
Barclays Bank, Account No: 00100021 Sort Code: 20-39-53
or by cheque. Cheques should be sent to our Membership Secretary,
Open Spaces Society, 25a Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BA.
Please complete and return a Membership application form in respect of offline payments.

Membership Terms and Conditions

Membership is effective when processed by the office, not when payment occurs. The OSS reserves the right to refuse membership to any individual and/or group. Where membership is refused after payment has been received through the site, the monies will be refunded within 28 days.

Open Space Magazine

One of the benefits of becoming a member of the Open Spaces Society is our magazine, Open Space, published three times a year and full of news and information about the society and its work.

As a taster, we have uploaded a previous copy here for you.

Click here to read.

Libraries can subscribe to the magazine at the yearly cost of £12.00 for three issues.

We will send to overseas libraries at the yearly cost of £15.00 for three issues. To become a subscriber, please email us.

For back issues of Open Space, please email us. These are priced at £2.00 per copy. Please note that not all issues are available.