Could you be an Open Spaces Society volunteer?
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 volunteer?
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our society and the first line of defence when it comes to protecting the public paths, village greens, commons and open spaces people love.
Become a local correspondent
If you have an eye for detail and a good working knowledge of your local area, why not become a local correspondent for the Open Spaces Society? 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.
You can find out more about becoming a local correspondent here
If the role of a local correspondent is not for you
Don’t worry! There are plenty of other ways you can help the society as a volunteer just by being our eyes and ears in your local area. Your help would be especially important in areas where we don’t currently have a local correspondent.
Our volunteers usually work as part of a network, alongside other volunteers, so you’ll be in good company and you can expect to do all kinds of useful things for your local community such as:
- Carrying out path surveys and reporting problems to us
- Telling us of any problems relating to greens or commons
- Checking planning applications on the local authority website to see if they will affect paths, commons or greens
- Sharing existing knowledge of public paths, greens or commons
- Assisting campaign groups
- Acting as support and reassurance for new groups starting up
- Checking local authority websites where landowner statements have been deposited which could affect potential village green applications.