‘Do you know about national parks?’ asked the young man who came to do a service job at our cottage.

He had just come down the stairs from our workroom, where he could not help seeing the campaigning posters stuck on the walls.


I was gobsmacked, and delighted of course.  He had recently visited the Peak District which he had thoroughly enjoyed.  That was the first time he had been north of Milton Keynes.  I reckon he was in his early twenties.

He wanted to know where to find mountains not too far away—a tricky one.  The Brecon Beacons are the nearest thing to mountains within about five hours’ drive, and I recommended the South Downs as closer, with some pretty steep hills.

He went away eager to look up the Campaign for National Parks‘ website and armed with my book about the history of our movement, Saving Open Spaces.

I hope he returns to us, so I can find out what discoveries he has made.

About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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