Category Archives: National parks

Tony Hams remembered

Remembering Tony Hams on what would have been his 76th birthday, a great leader and a dear friend. Continue reading

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Red-letter day

Fifty years ago today, while at school, I received my first letter from Sylvia Sayer, a special moment. Continue reading

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Kinder’s legacy

The 90th anniversary of the Kinder trespass is a chance to call for a new movement for access. Continue reading

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A milestone meeting

Fifty years ago today I first met Sylvia Sayer who inspired me to become a campaigner. I owe her so much and remember her with huge affection. Continue reading

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Valiant Valerie

I learnt a great deal about my Rambler friend Valerie Plunkett at her funeral on the South Downs. Continue reading

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Ian Mercer’s life celebrated

I was delighted when the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) accepted my offer to write an entry for Ian Mercer.  I first met Ian in 1973 when he was about to become the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, and … Continue reading

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Jerry’s Way

We celebrated the life of Ramblers champion Jerry Pearlman by opening the Jerry Pearlman Way between Alwoodley and Harewood. Continue reading

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Moorland massacre

Forty years ago the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 received royal assent. It did nothing to save moorland. Continue reading

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People at the heart of policy

I spoke at the recent national park societies’ conference: national parks have never needed us more. Continue reading

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And life no longer what it was

Fifty years ago today I was inspired to become a campaigner. Continue reading

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