As a charity, the Open Spaces Society depends on the goodwill and the expertise of its volunteers. At the grassroots level in particular our network of local correspondents is the backbone of our efforts to preserve public paths, common land and greens.
Local correspondents are volunteers, hardworking, dedicated and passionate about the open spaces in their local area.
They are the society’s eyes and ears on the ground; the first line of defence when it comes to protecting public paths, open spaces and common land for everyone to enjoy.
They are a vital link in the communication between local organisations, members of the public, local authorities and landowners.
Their skills and duties are as varied and individual as they are, with no two areas the same.
In general, their tasks include:
- Objecting to planning applications which have an adverse effect on common land, open spaces, public paths and access to the countryside.
- Receiving and responding to all proposals to alter the routes of public paths and lending their considerable local knowledge on applications for works on common land.
- Attending public inquiries or hearings on public paths, commons and greens.
- Reporting any unlawful encroachments or seemingly inappropriate use of commons and greens and reporting on public path problems.