Category Archives: riding

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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Moses Room, commons bill, and George

Forty years ago I fought the first Dartmoor Commons Bill before a House of Lords committee. 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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1189 & all that

Thirty years ago I wrote an Opinion piece in Open Space magazine about the importance of 1189. Continue reading

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A welcome focus on public access

Lord Blencathra, deputy chair of Natural England, made an excellent speech about public access at the launch of the National Land Access Centre. Continue reading

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Eyes and ears on the paths

The benefits to landowners of having paths across their land is that walkers and riders spot problems with stock and report them. Continue reading

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Step up for public access

For the first time Michael Gove, environment secretary, has acknowledged that public access is a public good. Continue reading

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