Category Archives: commons

National parks: a common good

I was invited to have the last word at the national park societies’ conference, held on Dartmoor during World Commons Week. Continue reading

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How do you get to Backney Common?

It appears impossible legally to obtain access to Backney Common, access land on the River Wye near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. Continue reading

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On Garway Hill

I fulfilled a long ambition to walk up Garway Hill and explore some west Herefordshire commons with my friend Marika Kovacs. Continue reading

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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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