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Better access in Wales?

May 28, 2019

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn, has made an announcement about improving public access in Wales. This follows the government’s consultation in 2017 to which there were more than 16,000 responses. The minister extols the benefits of an accessible countryside and the importance of supporting rural areas to maximise revenue from tourism.…

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Make OSS your Amazon Smile Charity Beneficiary

May 16, 2019

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Open Spaces Society every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, you’ll find the same Amazon prices,  selection and convenient shopping experience, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the charity…

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Campaign to Double the Number of School Children Enjoying our National Parks

April 24, 2019

Although over 60,000 school children visit the national parks each year, the government has long promised increases to this number. The Society, as a member of a coalition of five charities including Campaign for National Parks and with celebrity support, has now demanded urgent action to more than double the number of school children who…

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Fylingdales fencing plan rejected

April 24, 2019

We are delighted that a proposal for fencing across splendid moorland in the North York Moors National Park has been rejected. Planning inspector Martin Elliott has refused consent to the Manor of Fyling Court Leat, to erect over five kilometres of fencing on Fylingdales Moor. The applicant wanted to graze livestock there, but was deterred…

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Getty Gives In And Withdraws Application To Fence Public Bridleway

January 17, 2019

Mr Tara Getty, grandson of oil tycoon John Paul Getty, has withdrawn his controversial planning application for deer fencing alongside and across a public bridleway, making the route appear private. The bridleway runs past Mr Getty’s Twigside Farm at Ibstone, in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mr Getty wanted to…

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Call For Speed Limits On Common Land

January 3, 2019

We have called for enforced speed-limits on unfenced roads across common land in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. We made this plea in our evidence to the government’s review of England’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), led by Julian Glover. The society emphasises the need to slow traffic…

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Norfolk Path Recognised As A Route For Riders, Cyclists And Carriage Drivers

January 3, 2019

A route at Trunch in North Norfolk, which was recorded as a public footpath, has recently been confirmed as a restricted byway with rights for riders, cyclists and carriage drivers as well as walkers. Postle’s Lane, Trunch – south end with signpost Ian Witham, our local correspondent in Norfolk, discovered evidence to show that the 500-metre Postle’s Lane, in…

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Seventieth Anniversary Of ‘A People’s Charter’

January 1, 2019

This year we celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.  Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook, explains what it achieved. This is not just a Bill.  It is a people’s charter—a people’s charter for the open air, for the hikers and the ramblers, for everyone who lives to…

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Threat Of Deer Fencing Across Public Path In Chilterns AONB

December 26, 2018

We have objected to a planning application from Tara Getty for deer fencing alongside and across a public bridleway.  The route runs past Mr Getty’s Twigside Farm at Ibstone, in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Tara Getty is grandson of oil tycoon, J Paul Getty. The Open Spaces Society, Buckinghamshire…

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Dismay At Warcop Commons Recommendation

November 29, 2018

We are deeply dismayed by the inspector’s recommendation to deregister the extensive Warcop commons, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  This follows a public inquiry at which we appeared as an objector with legal representation.  The inspector recommends Cumbria County Council to approve the deregistration of most of Burton, Hilton and Murton…

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