Category Archives: commons

Countryside Commission of fond memory

I was delighted to join staff from the former Countryside Commission to celebrate its 50th anniversary and remember its good work. Continue reading

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The Dartmoor reservoir saga, 40 years ago

It is 40 years since I gave evidence at the public inquiry into the Roadford reservoir scheme, countering the alternative sites which were on Dartmoor. Continue reading

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Jerry Pearlman, the ramblers’ advocate

My friend Jerry Pearlman, the Ramblers’ former honorary solicitor who campaigned for paths and the right to roam, has died aged 84. Continue reading

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Better for butterflies

The Dartmoor Preservation Association conservation volunteers did great work improving Common Wood for butterflies. Continue reading

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Rhagrith, or Welsh hypocrisy

The Welsh Government wants people to use public transport but then fixes meetings so that this is impossible. Continue reading

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Secret church

Yesterday I visited the commons around Sevenoaks and Westerham in Kent.  They are included in the Sevenoaks Greensand Commons project, funded by the Heritage Lottery. One of the commons is Seal Chart, and to reach it we walked past St … Continue reading

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Ninety years of the journal: no froth, no frills

This month is the ninetieth anniversary of the first journal of the Open Spaces Society. Continue reading

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