Category Archives: open spaces

The charter—20 years on

Twenty years ago this month the Open Spaces Society published its Charter for Open Spaces.  The peg was, in 1993, the 400th anniversary of the first Act of Parliament to protect open spaces. The 1593 Act was ‘for restraint of … Continue reading

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Red light for green spaces

Wildlife and Countryside Link’s report Nature Check is not just about nature. It is an analysis of progress, or lack of, on the government’s 25 promises for the natural environment, which include public access and open spaces for people. A … Continue reading

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Washed away by the tide

The planning minister Nick Boles, who was responsible for the nasty attack on village greens in the Growth and Infrastructure Act, has claimed that his planning reforms are making the world ‘a better place’. That’s news to me. According to … Continue reading

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Hazlemere and Haslemere

On Wednesday I was at Hazlemere, Bucks, to present the plaque to the Grange Area Trust, winners of this year’s Open Spaces Society Open Space Award.  The trust has saved the 16-hectares Widmer Fields from development by raising the money … Continue reading

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A new inclosure-movement?

A century and a half ago we thought the inclosures were coming to an end—about the time that the Open Spaces Society was formed. Indeed, I said as much in Japan to an international audience on commons, and commiserated with … Continue reading

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Bringing academia and collective action together on commons

I am in Japan for the 14th global conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons.  It is being held at Kitafuji, the northern slopes of Mount Fuji, which includes extensive commons and has recently been designated … Continue reading

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Ramblers’ vital volunteers

Today at the Ramblers’ general council I presented 12 ‘president’s awards’ to our volunteers for their fantastic achievements, on campaigning, paths and access, work in the countryside, recruitment, led walks, committee work, media and individual achievement.  I preceded the award ceremony … Continue reading

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