Monthly Archives: February 2014

Considered trifles

It is amazing how much lost property is deposited on the highways around Turville.  I regularly find dropped items of clothing when I’m out walking.  The question is whether to leave them, in case the owner returns, or whether to … Continue reading

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Rights of Way Law Review RIP

I shall miss the Rights of Way Law Review, an excellent publication which arrived every month from the Granary at Charlcutt in Wiltshire.  After nearly 25 years, Louise Hastings and her team have decided that they must call it a … Continue reading

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Not too hard a knot to ‘untye’

The access map for the South Downs looks like it had a paintbrush shaken over it.  The access land consists largely of scattered spots, some of them inaccessible.  That is because so much of the chalk downland has been sprayed … Continue reading

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Fit for fritillaries

Common Wood: part 3 The work continues to encourage fritillary butterflies to breed on my patch of common land, at Common Wood, near Horndon, Dartmoor. On 10 February 14 volunteers from the Dartmoor Preservation Association and Butterfly Conservation were back on … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to a cherished lady

Pat Wilson, who celebrates her 97th birthday today (5 February), was once described by Don Lee at an Open Spaces Society AGM as the society’s ‘most cherished vice-president’.  For the last 20 years she has been the society’s local correspondent … Continue reading

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What presumption?

On new year’s eve I was telephoned by Jill Sherman, Whitehall editor of the Times.  She wanted to talk about the government’s proposals for public rights of way in the forthcoming Deregulation Bill.  The draft bill had been published last … Continue reading

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