Monthly Archives: November 2013

Desert-island luxury

There’s been lots of discussion today about Ed Miliband’s choice of tracks in Desert Island Discs, though less about his luxury (an Indian takeaway once a week).  I often muse about my luxury. Fiona Reynolds, former director-general of the National … Continue reading

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The charter—20 years on

Twenty years ago this month the Open Spaces Society published its Charter for Open Spaces.  The peg was, in 1993, the 400th anniversary of the first Act of Parliament to protect open spaces. The 1593 Act was ‘for restraint of … Continue reading

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Red light for green spaces

Wildlife and Countryside Link’s report Nature Check is not just about nature. It is an analysis of progress, or lack of, on the government’s 25 promises for the natural environment, which include public access and open spaces for people. A … Continue reading

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Wet braille is useless

This is just one of many things I learnt from Marika Kovacs, the blind lady with whom I had the pleasure of walking when I visited the Herefordshire Ramblers’ AGM at Bosbury on 9 November. Marika is an incredibly plucky … Continue reading

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Washed away by the tide

The planning minister Nick Boles, who was responsible for the nasty attack on village greens in the Growth and Infrastructure Act, has claimed that his planning reforms are making the world ‘a better place’. That’s news to me. According to … Continue reading

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Hazlemere and Haslemere

On Wednesday I was at Hazlemere, Bucks, to present the plaque to the Grange Area Trust, winners of this year’s Open Spaces Society Open Space Award.  The trust has saved the 16-hectares Widmer Fields from development by raising the money … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the commons man

Sir Robert Hunter, who died one hundred years ago today (6 November) is best remembered as founder of the National Trust.  But by then, in 1895, he was over 50; a far greater proportion of his life was spent campaigning … Continue reading

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