Category Archives: riding

Government reneges on access promises

Government seems to have broken its promises to fund public access under the new farm payment scheme. Continue reading

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And life no longer what it was

Fifty years ago today I was inspired to become a campaigner. Continue reading

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A prize collection of dinosaurs

Thirty years ago the then chairman of the Open Spaces Society, Rodney Legg, caused a stir with the National Trust establishment. Continue reading

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Defra’s omissions

Last week George Eustice made a speech before the summer break about nature recovery, but he failed to mention public access and enjoyment which must go with such recovery. Continue reading

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A helpful act for paths

Today, 13 July, is the 30th anniversary of royal assent for the Rights of Way Act 1990 which clarified and strengthened the law on ploughing and cropping of public paths. Continue reading

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Locked out at Tetsworth

While doing a bird survey in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, I found many problems with public paths. Continue reading

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A TV opportunity

My first TV interview was 40 years ago, the day the first Dartmoor Commons Bill was rejected by parliament. 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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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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