Grant a Green Appeal
Since the first lockdown in March 2020—people have been discovering how essential their local open spaces are to good health and sanity. But here is the irony: green spaces are under threat from the government’s destruction of the planning system in England, as outlined in the white paper of autumn last year and subsequent ‘consultations’, and in Wales as a result of the outdated planning guidance on open space. The society is deeply concerned that just when we need them most green spaces are at growing risk of development.
There is a simple way to give green spaces greater protection. Many of them are owned by local councils which, as owners, can voluntarily designate green space as town or village green.
This is why we are now launching our Grant a Green campaign—to explain and publicise the need for voluntary registration throughout England and Wales.
Lockdown Spaces Appeal
One of the outcomes of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent restrictions to our way of life has been that local green spaces have been more vital than ever to our health—physical and mental.
In response to this crisis we launched our charters for open spaces in England and Wales. We called on government and local authorities to equalise provision of local green spaces and for communities to act to save them.
Our small society has received more pleas for help to save open spaces than ever before.
Responding to these requests will cost us more money and more staff time. If you or your friends and family have ever found pleasure, comfort or relief in green space, please give to our Lockdown Spaces Appeal. You will be enabling us to continue our fight to protect those spaces which we treasure and need—now more than ever.
Legal Fund - Defending commons, green spaces and paths
Some years ago the society 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.
We've been busy! In case you missed them from our social media, here are some recent campaign success stories we wanted you to know about.
- The Court of Appeal rejected plans to remove part of Yateley Common from the register of common land.
- New greens and paths were secured at Dorchester-on-Thames after a campaign alongside member, Friends of Dorchester and Little Wittenham Open Spaces.
- Clyne Common Swansea saved from developer's inferior land-swap proposal
- Our member East Malling and Larkfield Parish Council dedicate more land as a village green
- Blackburn group win support of borough council for new asset of community value
- We save Shropshire footpath from diversion
- We successfully launched our new charters for open spaces in England and for Wales.
- Chesham Bois common, Buckinghamshire Chilterns, degradation plans were withdrawn in the face of objections that we supported.
- Lambeth Council bows to pressure over events on open spaces
We have also been updating how we present our technical fact sheets on the website so that you can more easily access and benefit from the expert advice they contain. See example here and visit our Information Hub for more.
We will claim gift aid on your donation if we already hold a completed gift aid application from you for all past and future payments.
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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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