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Are you passionate about the open spaces local to you? Would you like to help your community to protect them?

Could you be an Open Spaces Society local correspondent?

Are you passionate about the open spaces local to you? Would you like to help your community to protect them? Do you have a little time on your hands and the energy and enthusiasm to give back to your community? Why not become an Open Spaces Society local correspondent? 

Local correspondents report and respond to planning applications that affect open spaces in their area. They are also a vital link in the communication between local organisations, members of the public, local authorities and landowners.

Most importantly, local correspondents are the first line of defence when it comes to protecting the public paths, village greens, commons and open spaces that people love.

What will you do as a local correspondent?

The skills and duties of all of our local correspondents are as varied and individual as they are, with no two areas the same. Responsibilities may include:

  • Objecting to planning applications which have an adverse effect on common land, open spaces, public paths and access to the countryside.
  • Receiving and responding to all proposals to alter the routes of public paths and lending their considerable local knowledge on applications for works on common land.
  • Attending public inquiries or hearings on public paths, commons and greens.
  • Reporting any unlawful encroachments or seemingly inappropriate use of commons and greens and reporting on public path problems.

Our local correspondents are there to support our members in standing up for the paths and open spaces that matter to them.

Interested in becoming a local correspondent?

Use the map filter to see local correspondent markers in England and Wales. Enter your postcode to see if there is already a local correspondent in your area. If not, and if you have experience of dealing with at least one of the following:


Town and Village Greens

Common Land,

Please use this form to request more information, or get in touch with our head office in Henley-on-Thames on 01491 573535 or office1@oss.org.uk. We aim to respond within 10 working days, after which a member of staff will contact you within a further 10 working days to discuss your suitability for the role. If we mutually agree to proceed, it will be put forward to the next quarterly trustees' meeting for approval.


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