Category Archives: commons

A bad-car day

It was a frustrating day for Butterfly Conservation’s Jenny Plackett, and for me. We both intended to join the Dartmoor Preservation Association volunteers for the workday on my land at Common Wood, near Horndon on Dartmoor, on Monday 14 February. … Continue reading

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Ian Mercer’s life celebrated

I was delighted when the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) accepted my offer to write an entry for Ian Mercer.  I first met Ian in 1973 when he was about to become the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, and … Continue reading

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People at the heart of policy

I spoke at the recent national park societies’ conference: national parks have never needed us more. Continue reading

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Ten years of Common Wood

I have owned Common Wood on Dartmoor for ten years, and it is as lovely as ever. Continue reading

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Woodchester wander

Blissful walk in the Cotswolds from Coaley Peak to Woodchester Mansion. Continue reading

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Downs for people not parking

After 25 years of campaigning we celebrated victory on Bristol’s Clifton and Durdham Downs, which have been saved from car-parking. Continue reading

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Ruthless Ruth

Ruth Colyer, campaigner for public paths and commons in Dorset, died ten years ago this month. Continue reading

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Remember your roots, NE!

Natural England needs to remember all its predecessor bodies when planning for nature recovery. Continue reading

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From chemist to conservationist

Frank Beech, hon secretary of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, died 40 years ago. He was a hard act to follow, but I tried to. Continue reading

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The saving of Swincombe

Fifty years ago today the Swincombe valley on Dartmoor was saved by ‘four just men’. Continue reading

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