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.




Village Greens


Rights of Way


Open Spaces
In the past year we have responded to more than

0 Calls

for guidance on protection & management

Examples of our key recent successes:

Chadderton Field, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, registered 2011


  • Celebrated with Worthing Downlanders on the fifth anniversary of a public-access victory within the South Downs National Park.
  • A recent landmark victory as a high court order which, by 2022, will bring to an end decades of parking on Clifton and Durdham Downs to accommodate visitors to Bristol zoo.
  • We successfully launched our new Grant a Green campaign asking local councils and other land owners to voluntarily register land they own as a town or village green, protecting it for the community.
  • Congratulated parish councils in Oxfordshire and North Yorkshire for voluntarily registering land in their communities as village greens.
  • The local council rejected plans to build a massive leisure centre next to Brent River Park in Ealing.
  • Saved the beautiful Rhos Gelli Gron common in Ceredigion from plans to errect ugly fencing. 

We have also responded to:


  • MHCLG updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which undermine protection for paths and open spaces, in our view.
  • Agriculture (Wales) white paper - in responding to this consultation, we have a particular interest in promoting public access to the countryside through Wales’s network of public paths.
  • The society responded to the London Mayor's consultation on it's Public London Charter calling for developers and landowners in the capital to voluntarily dedicate open spaces as town greens.
  • Defra's policy discussion consultation on Environmental Land Management.
  • Defra's Financial Assistance Statutory Instrument, with particular reference to the proposed monitoring and enforcing compliance with agricultural grants.
  • The Home Office consultation on the criminalisation of trespass in England and Wales.
  • We have signed the Placemaking Wales Charter, pledging to support its objectives,

We have also: