Category Archives: National parks

Opening the coast

Seventy years ago today a House of Commons committee debated the inclusion of coastal access in the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Bill. Continue reading

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Okehampton bypass inquiry: 40 years ago

It is 40 years since the 96-day Okehampton bypass inquiry opened. Continue reading

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Trespasser remembered

George Haigh, probably the last of the Kinder trespassers, died yesterday aged 103. Continue reading

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Let’s reinvent the Countryside Agency

We must not forget the Countryside Agency which was born 20 years ago today, on 1 April 1999.
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A people’s charter

Today is the seventieth anniversary of the second reading of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Bill on 31 March 1949. It was a significant piece of post-war legislation. 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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Better for butterflies

An unprecedented 28 volunteers worked at Common Wood, making a better habitat for butterflies. Continue reading

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