Category Archives: common rights

Come on Archers, register your greens

It’s not too late for the Archers to register their greens. Continue reading

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What future for the forest?

I visited Ashdown Forest in East Sussex with the conservators to look at how the common is grazed. Continue reading

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On Plumstone Mountain

Thirty years ago I spoke at a site meeting of Dyfed County Councillors at Plumstone Rocks, to try to persuade them to remove unlawful fencing on the common Continue reading

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Alpine commoning

I learnt about commoning in the Alps on a walk from Blatten in Switzerland’s Valais region. Continue reading

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‘To venge the common right’

On the night of 6 March 1866, 120 navvies marched from Tring Station to Berkhamsted Common in Hertfordshire to fell the unlawful fencing erected by the landowner Lord Brownlow.  To celebrate the 150th anniversary of this event the National Trust … Continue reading

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In the steps of the navvies

In February 1866 the trustees of Lord Brownlow’s estate enclosed part of Berkhamsted Common in the Hertfordshire Chilterns with iron railings, unlawfully excluding those with common rights, and the local inhabitants who traditionally visited the common and cut fern and gorse for use … Continue reading

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Eglwysilan Common, a breathing space

Eglwysilan Common is a great lung of open country above the South Wales valleys.  I walked here on 4 August with Jay Kynch, local correspondent for the Open Spaces Society, and her husband Mike. The common is an upturned horseshoe … Continue reading

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