Category Archives: National parks

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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Maxwell Ayamba: star of Sheffield

My friend Maxwell Ayamba has won the Sheffield Star’s Pride in Sheffield Award for his work in enabling people to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Continue reading

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National parks: a common good

I was invited to have the last word at the national park societies’ conference, held on Dartmoor during World Commons Week. Continue reading

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Two Exmoor centenaries

This month we celebrate the centenaries of two indefatigable women associated with Exmoor: Hope Bourne and Anni MacEwen. Continue reading

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