Category Archives: Open Spaces Society

A look at the Lickeys

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Countryside Act 1968 which introduced country parks. The Lickey Hills country park is a great success story. Continue reading

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An appropriate meaning of OSS

I was pleased to learn that OSS means (in West Yorkshire dialect) ‘the ability to do something properly’. Continue reading

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John Johnson: friend of access

John Johnson, former chairman of the Countryside Commission and an advocate of access, has died aged 88. Continue reading

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John Underhill-Day, all-round naturalist

I pay tribute to my friend John Underhill-Day, an excellent all-round naturalist, who has died aged 74. Continue reading

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Stonehenge shenanigans

Today is the centenary of Stonehenge’s acquisition for the nation, but before that it was the scene of access battles. Continue reading

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Gerald McGuire’s century

Today, 12 July, would have been campaigner Gerald McGuire’s 100th birthday. Continue reading

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The Dartmoor reservoir saga, 40 years ago

It is 40 years since I gave evidence at the public inquiry into the Roadford reservoir scheme, countering the alternative sites which were on Dartmoor. Continue reading

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