Local Correspondents – the lifeblood of the Open Spaces Society

As a charity, the Open Spaces Society depends on the goodwill and the expertise of its volunteers.

Our network of local correspondents provides a backbone for our efforts to preserve public paths, common land and greens.

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.

Most important of all, our local correspondents are there to support our members in standing up for the paths and open spaces that matter to them.

Find out if you have a local correspondent in your area

Enter your postcode to see if there is a local correspondent in your area. If not, please direct your enquiry to our head office in Henley-on-Thames at 01491 573535 or email to office1@oss.org.uk

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We’re always on the look-out for new people to join us. So why not support your local community and protect the open spaces that matter to you? Volunteer as a local correspondent today.

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