Tag Archives: AONBs

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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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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Trouble at Northend

Turville bridleway 1A feels like an ancient path.  It runs north-south along the county boundary between Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It used to be hedged on both sides, but the hedges have long since gone and … Continue reading

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Cambrian Mountains: unfinished business

With the government’s welcome announcement last month that the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks are to be extended, another chapter in the long history of our protected landscapes closes.  But the vision of Arthur Hobhouse in 1947 has still … Continue reading

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Back in tune

Twenty years after I helped to save the path through Sydmonton Court, close to Watership Down in north Hampshire, from closure, I returned to find that it was as lovely as ever. The music millionaire Andrew Lloyd Webber bought Sydmonton Court, … Continue reading

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A St David’s day wish

If I could ask the Welsh Government for a St David’s day wish, it would be this. Complete the unfinished business for the splendid Cambrian Mountains which occupy the heart of Wales.  Recognise their glory and fragility.  Designate them an Area of Outstanding … Continue reading

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Applehood and mother pie

I loved the solecism, ‘applehood and mother pie’, from Barry Gardiner, shadow natural environment minister, at yesterday’s parliamentary launch of Landscapes for Everyone: creating a better future.  He was right.  Because the document had to be agreed by 27 organisations, … Continue reading

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