Our campaigning works!

We never stop fighting to protect the open spaces people love.
We tirelessly campaign for stronger protection for village greens, commons and footpaths.
Here are just some of our most recent campaigns and initiatives.

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Open Spaces
In the past year we have responded to almost

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for guidance on protection & management

Examples of our key recent successes:

Photo:  Eric Strange of Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust
  • Persuading Defra to change domestic law so that environmental impact assessment applies to works on commons.

  • Supporting the successful registration by Hertfordshire County Council of Cassiobridge Common, Watford — the first common excluded from registration under the Commons Registration Act 1965 to now be registered under the Commons Act 2006.

  • Successfully supporting a member in resisting use of Knutsford Heath (a s.193 common) for commercial festival.

  • Supporting members in registering village greens at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire; Claverham, North Somerset; Swanage, Dorset; High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and Bristol.

  • Supporting a member in saving two paths across Harrow School grounds from diversion.

We have also responded to:

  • The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consultation on revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework
  • The Lake District Local Plan review
  • The Defra consultation on environmental principles and accountability for the environment
  • The Welsh Government consultation on town and village greens
  • Natural England’s consultation on the proposed application and scope of the organisation’s by-law-making powers
  • Defra’s consultation on Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit
  • The Dartmoor National Park Authority review of statutory direction in the West Dart river valley
  • The Welsh Conservative Party’s consultation on ‘Liveable Cities’
  • The Law Commission on Planning Law in Wales

We have also:

  • Given evidence to the London Assembly planning committee on its London Plan.
  • Launched our project to identify and formally register commons currently omitted from the commons register.
  • Run training courses for local authorities on commons and green spaces.