Appeals

Please help us to continue our work to protect common land, village greens, open spaces and public paths, and the public's right to enjoy them by supporting our appeals:

Current Appeal - The Threat Of Deregistration

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While the society is busy registering lost commons under the Commons Act 2006, other commons are threatened with deregistration.

We are the only body with the know-how to prevent this which is why we ask you to back our campaign now to stop the wrongful deregistration of common land.

Download our appeal letter for full details.

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Other Important Appeals

A 50-Year-Old Vision

The Countryside Act 1968 was about the countryside close to where people lived and it also improved the law on public paths.

Please help us realise a 50-year-old vision by helping our campaign to deliver the aspirations of the Countryside Act.

Together we can get closer to the ideal of clear paths and the joy of walking and riding them for everyone.

Legal Fund

Some years ago OSS set up a legal fund with a simple and vital purpose—to fund legal action by the society and its members in defence of commons, green spaces and public paths.

Over the years our successes constitute a solid body of useful decisions which will stand us in good stead.

Please help us to replenish the fund so that we can continue to support essential legal cases in town and countryside.

Find Our Way

The government has decided that many unrecorded historic routes will be extinguished on 1 January 2026—now only a few years away—unless applications have been submitted for them to be added to the definitive maps.

This means that thousands of miles of public paths are at risk of being lost for ever. We must act now to save them.

Please give generously to our Find Our Way fund which will support this vital work.

For further information on our appeals, please contact the office on 01491 573535 or by email.

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We are always very grateful for any donations we receive from members or non-members, to help us in our work to protect and conserve common land, village greens, open spaces and public rights of way.

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Please also consider leaving the society a legacy in your will. For further information on donating or leaving a legacy, please contact the office on 01491 573535 or email us.