I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, founded in 1865 (its founders went on to create the National Trust in 1895).
I have been chair of the Ramblers three times, and have served on the board of trustees, with a four-year spell as president, for the past 40 years, never missing a trustees’ meeting while on the board. I am now a vice-president. I am also the footpath secretary for the Ramblers’ Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area, a trustee of the Campaign for National Parks and of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network, vice-president of the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society, patron of the Sheffield Environmental Movement, and a member of the Institute of Rights of Way and Access Management.
I carry out surveys for the British Trust for Ornithology and am learning to identify birds by their songs and calls.
The views I express here are my own.