Monthly Archives: June 2020

Whose legs were those?

Forty years ago today I went for my first job interview with a national organisation, the Council (now Campaign) for National Parks. Fiona Reynolds was the successful candidate. Continue reading

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Not this year for Nottingham trail

Today, 28 June, I should have been opening the Nottingham town trail linking the green spaces saved by the 1965 inclosure award. Continue reading

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Mr Sussex Walker

A tribute to Ben Perkins, Sussex walker and campaigner, who has died. Continue reading

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Tetsworth bridleway reopened

I am delighted that Tetsworth bridleway 28 has been reopened. I reported it to Oxfordshire County Council as illegally obstructed with a padlock gate (two padlocks) on 25 May and again on 20 June.  In fact it was first reported … Continue reading

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Ambassadorial visit

Karen Pierce is the first woman UK ambassador to the US; Anne Armstrong was the first US ambassador to the UK—and my Dad painted her. Continue reading

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Terrible Tetsworth (pathwise)

My fourth bird-survey at Tetsworth: terrible paths but the joy of a gropper. Continue reading

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Two birds with one survey

I have taken on a new site for the breeding bird survey, at Piddington in Bucks. Continue reading

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Bucks meant business

Thirty years ago, Bucks County Council was prosecuting farmers for ploughing and cropping public paths. Continue reading

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Dennis Parker: the walking wonder

Dennis Parker, stalwart of the East Riding and Derwent Area of the Ramblers and of its Beverley Group, would have been 100 today. Continue reading

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Dartmoor’s doers

On the final day of Volunteers’ Week I pay tribute to the Dartmoor Preservation Association’s Conservation Volunteers. Continue reading

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