Monthly Archives: June 2015

Campaign successes in Cataumet

The pile of marsh hay, or Eel Grass as it is known locally, on the slipway to Squeteague Harbour at Cataumet (a village in the township of Bourne, Cape Cod), is the sign that John York, who lives next door, is … Continue reading

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A visit to the First Nations in their own land

The banausic cry of the red-winged blackbird serenaded us as we stood on the shores of Lake Wakamne, 72 kilometres north-west of Edmonton, and learnt how the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation had settled here.  It was the day of the … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy on the meadow

On 15 June fifteen thousand of us gathered on the meadows at Runnymede, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.  We had been invited by the National Trust (landowner) and Surrey County Council.     It … Continue reading

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Bridge of size

One of my most enjoyable tasks as president of the Ramblers is to celebrate the successes of our brilliant volunteers.  Last Tuesday I joined the Forest of Dean group to mark the completion of an impressive footbridge* over the River Lyd … Continue reading

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A day of contrasts

Forty years ago, Friday 13 June 1975 was a day of contrasts. It started in the most idyllic way.  I was camping on High House Waste, land rescued from afforestation by the Dartmoor Preservation Association in the 1960s.  I was … Continue reading

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Prize for a plucky pressure-group

Two weeks ago in Edmonton I was thrilled to present the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Award to a most impressive organisation.  AMAN, the Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago, won the award for practitioners.  It works across Indonesia to defend community rights to the commons.   … Continue reading

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Promoting practitioners on the commons

Our commons need both practitioners and academics.  I am keen that the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) should embrace both.  Up to now it has been more of an academic organisation than a practical one.  The commons (in the … Continue reading

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