Category Archives: National parks

Whose legs were those?

Forty years ago today I went for my first job interview with a national organisation, the Council (now Campaign) for National Parks. Fiona Reynolds was the successful candidate. Continue reading

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Mr Sussex Walker

A tribute to Ben Perkins, Sussex walker and campaigner, who has died. Continue reading

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Dear Prince Charles …

Forty years ago today the late Vole magazine published my open letter to Prince Charles. Continue reading

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Those inimitable twins

Remembering my friends Oz and Geoff Sayer on what would have been their ninetieth birthday Continue reading

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A TV opportunity

My first TV interview was 40 years ago, the day the first Dartmoor Commons Bill was rejected by parliament. Continue reading

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The mountains will endure

Today, on the 88th anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass, we salute the brave trespassers and look forward once again to enjoying freedom of the hills Continue reading

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Happy tenth birthday, South Downs!

Ten years ago today, 1 April 2010, the South Downs National Park came into being.  The campaign for park’s designation was long and bumpy, lasting for decades.  The South Downs was the unfinished business from the 1949 National Parks and … Continue reading

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Finale for All the Moor Butterflies

The three-year All the Moor Butterflies project has ended, but we must all still care for butterflies and moths. Continue reading

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A passport to heaven

Only a year ago we were celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Parks Act in the Peak District: now we are in another era. Continue reading

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A community endeavour

It’s a year since I visited The Anglers Rest, a community hub in Bamford, Derbyshire. Continue reading

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