Our 150th anniversary

2015 marks 150 years of the Open Spaces Society – Britain’s oldest national conservation body – and we invite you to help us celebrate this special year.

Follow our 150th anniversary tweet-of-the-day.

Every day we are posting a tweet and message on Facebook with the hashtag #saveopenspaces150 to celebrate an achievement in our 150-year history.  They are listed by month here.

150th anniversary calendar

During 2015, we shall be taking part in a variety of events and activities to celebrate our 150th anniversary – please see calendar below. Full details of each event will be published as soon as available so please check back for further information.

Publication of Saving Open Spaces a history of the society

Tues 31 March
Our general secretary joins the Friends of Panshanger Park, Herts, for the People’s Anniversary Walk

Publication of  Common Land

Tue 30 June
Our general secretary speaks at AGM of the Heath and Hampstead Society

Fri 3 July
Our general secretary gives keynote speech at event organised by CPRE Surrey

Thu 9 July
OSS AGM for members, London

Wed 15 July 
Our general secretary gives a talk to the High Wycombe Society

Sun 19 July
The 150th anniversary of our foundation.  Our general secretary is interviewed by Bill Heine on BBC Radio Oxford

Sun 9 August
Big Picnic on the Rye, High Wycombe, Bucks (jointly with the High Wycombe Society)

Fri 18 September
Our general secretary opens the Wyche Way long-distance path, at Kington, Herefordshire

Fri 25 September
Our general secretary joins other members of the Vanguards to walk the last leg of the Vanguard Way from Berwick to Newhaven in East Sussex, and to present certificates to those who have completed the whole way this year, to celebrate 50 years of the Vanguards and 150 of OSS.

Wed 30 September
Closing date for photographic competition.

Sun 11 October
‘Accommodating all interests on Ashtead Common, Surrey (hosted by the City of London Corporation)

Sun 18 October
Planting an oak tree to celebrate 150 years since the award of Nottingham’s allotted open spaces

Sat 24 October
Our vice-chairman Phil Wadey gives a talk to the Gatliff Trust (London)

Sat 31 October
Our general secretary speaks at AGM of Cambrian Mountains Society (Llandrindod Wells)

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