Author Archives: campaignerkate

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.

Slainte, Scottish Ramblers!

Ramblers Scotland is making a huge difference for walkers, and especially for young people. Continue reading

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Defra’s double standards

The government fails to take an opportunity to revoke the 2026 cut off and instead tables amendments to delay the review of access maps. Continue reading

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Noticing nature on Dadima’s Walk

I joined Dadima’s walk along the Ridgeway, taking photos and noticing nature, in enjoyable inter-generational company. Continue reading

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On sunlit slope

On 13 February with the help of students from Plymouth University, we made big improvements for butterflies at Common Wood. Continue reading

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Michael Dower, doyen of the countryside

Adrian Phillips writes an obituary of Michael Dower, 1933-2022, both important figures in the development of British and European rural policy. Continue reading

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Pit perambulation

I visited Little Marlow gravel pit with Bucks Bird Club, learnt a lot, and saw a kingfisher. Continue reading

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Hoogstraten: just one of many

Twenty years after I cut the chain to reopen the blocked Hoogstraten footpath, there are still plenty of path problems. Continue reading

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Rivers of change

I joined one of Dadima’s walks along the Thames and learnt of the creative and destructive power of rivers, in lovely company. Continue reading

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Quiet Otmoor

A quiet day at Otmoor is still a pleasure. Continue reading

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A crumb from the £2.4-billion table

The environment secretary continues to ignore the need for public access to be funded through the environmental land management scheme, despite ministerial promises. Continue reading

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