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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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Savouring the Luddesdown victory

It was Dartmoor which took me to North Kent for the Luddesdown public inquiry in 1984, and it was my involvement in that inquiry which took me back there last Sunday, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our success. In … Continue reading

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PM’s piecrust promise

Last Sunday I did a live interview on BBC Wiltshire’s programme Wild About Wiltshire. Before turning to me they played a recording of David Cameron on the BBC’s Countryfile in 2012.    He said: Here we are in West Oxfordshire, … Continue reading

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