Category Archives: Natural England

A seventieth birthday gift?

The government’s review of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty looks positive. We must make sure it is. Continue reading

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The coast is our birthright

In 1936, my predecessor at the Open Spaces Society, Laurence Chubb, called for the protection of the coast and our access to it:  We have called attention more than once to the danger which confronts the people of this island of … Continue reading

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68th birthday of ‘a people’s charter’

Today is the 68th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. Continue reading

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What about Natural England?

Michael Gove has announced that he will set up a new environmental body post Brexit, but he already has one. Continue reading

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Natural England must champion paths

Natural England is becoming a government mouthpiece. It must champion public paths and access. Continue reading

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The value of walking

Last weekend the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network’s tenth anniversary get-together was held in Hebden Bridge, Calderdale.  Hebden Bridge was the first Walkers Are Welcome town, inspired by local residents Andrew Bibby and Gwen Goddard. The event was hosted by … Continue reading

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What route for the Hamble estuary coast path?

Campaigners argue for the best route for the England Coast Path on the Hamble estuary in Hampshire Continue reading

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