Category Archives: Open Spaces Society

Fifty years in England

Fifty years ago today my friend George Laurence, now an eminent QC, first stepped on English soil. He was born and brought up in Pretoria, South Africa.  On 10 September 1969, a 22-year old, he boarded the SA Vaal in … Continue reading

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Farewell Len

Len Clark, a great figure in our movement, has died aged 103. We shall remember him with affection and admiration. Continue reading

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Unforgettable Bar

I like to remember my friend Barbara MacDonald on her birthday, 28 August.  She would have been 107 this year.  This is what I said at her post-funeral gathering in her home village of Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor on 30 September … Continue reading

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Pop-up footbridge

It was a surprise to find a well-engineered footbridge had appeared over the A470 in time for the eisteddfod, when money cannot be found to provide much-needed bridges over public paths. Continue reading

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Climate-crisis speech in a hothouse

On 16 July I went to Kew Gardens to listen to the environment secretary, Michael Gove, speak about Defra’s work. Sadly, he didn’t mention public access until I asked the question. Continue reading

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Elinor Ostrom awards 2019

There were three winners of the Elinor Ostrom award 2019 and all had played a part in collective action. Continue reading

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A centenary in Chester

I spoke at the centenary dinner of the Chester Rambling and Hill Walking Club in Chester. Continue reading

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