Category Archives: open spaces

The Vanguardians

On 28 May the Vanguard Way Association was formed, to oversee the 66-mile Vanguard Way between Croydon and Newhaven. Continue reading

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Nottingham’s town trail

At last I was able to open Nottingham’s historic town trail which celebrates the rescue of 130 acres of green space under the 1845 Inclosure Act. Continue reading

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The battle of Battlemead

Battlemead Common was bought by Windsor & Maidenhead Council for all residents to enjoy. It must create a path across the land to enable this to happen. Continue reading

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Defra’s omissions

Last week George Eustice made a speech before the summer break about nature recovery, but he failed to mention public access and enjoyment which must go with such recovery. Continue reading

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One hundred Opinions

In the autumn 2018 issue of Open Space magazine I wrote my 100th Opinion article. Continue reading

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A look at the Lickeys

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Countryside Act 1968 which introduced country parks. The Lickey Hills country park is a great success story. Continue reading

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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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