Monthly Archives: October 2012

Claim your greens!

This evening I spoke at the Milton Keynes Local Access Forum about the government’s threat to town and village greens. I said that it’s vital for communities to claim their town and village greens now, before the government’s Growth and … Continue reading

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The government’s assault on Octavia’s legacy

Octavia Hill campaigned to save open spaces.  Now the government intends to destroy them. Today I went to the service in Westminster Abbey, where a memorial was dedicated to the open spaces champion Octavia Hill.  Octavia, who founded the National Trust, … Continue reading

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Trials for trails

This article was published in the guest column, The Extra Mile, in The Great Outdoors, November 2012. Kate Ashbrook, President of the Ramblers and Patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network, argues that we can’t afford to drop investment in our … Continue reading

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Military misuse of a national park

Once again the Ministry of Defence has applied to the Dartmoor National Park Authority for renewal of its consent for training on Cramber Tor, south-west Dartmoor. The formal position is that it is applying for planning permission for change of … Continue reading

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Noisy neighbours

Thrice have I requested the estate agents, Knight Frank, to ask the new owner of Barn Cottage (sic), which overlooks our house, to give me a ring, and thrice in vain.  They may have asked him but he hasn’t done so. … Continue reading

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Slow down! It’s a common!

This ‘On the Agenda’ article appeared on Headline Environment‘s website on 12 October 2012. Responding to a recent Department of Transport consultation, Kate Ashbrook explains why the Open Spaces Society has advocated a 40mph limit on all roads through commons … Continue reading

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Champagne by the Thames at Shiplake

In pale autumn sunlight, on Sunday 7 October 2012, about 30 people gathered on the western bank of the River Thames near Shiplake in south Oxfordshire. Most had walked there from Shiplake on a newly-claimed footpath, the completion of which … Continue reading

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Two Welsh commons

I visited two very different commons in Bridgend borough this week, at the request of staff from the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) who wanted to show me, and get my thoughts on, what was happening there. Kenfig Common lies on the … Continue reading

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The battle for the Wolds Way – 30 years on

On 2 October we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Wolds Way National Trail which runs for 79 miles between Hessle and Filey.  Its opening would probably never have made the national TV news had it not been for the Ramblers’ alternative opening … Continue reading

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