Tag Archives: Defra

Win, win, win

The Open Spaces Society had three important wins this week. Continue reading

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Thank you Janet, the Ramblers’ rock

Janet Davis is leaving the Ramblers after 32 years working on public-paths policy. We shall miss her enormously. Continue reading

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How independent?

How independent is Natural England? Defra has cut its vital survey yet NE has apparently said nothing. Continue reading

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Let’s have data not dogma

The government threatens to cut a vital survey of people’s engagement with the outdoors, with loss of important data. Continue reading

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England’s coastal access STILL underplayed

They don’t learn.  Seventeen months ago (August 2014) and again seven months ago (May 2015) I criticised the government, and the Guardian through its letters page, for underplaying England’s coastal access by calling it a coastal path.  I have had to … Continue reading

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Memories of Michael Meacher, friend of the access movement

Yesterday, 4 November, Michael Meacher would have been 76.  He was a true friend of the access movement.  When Labour won the election in 1997, Meacher became Minister of State for the Environment.  Despite being a very un-Blairite left-winger, he retained … Continue reading

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National parks: the soul of Britain

The new environment minister, Rory Stewart, has given a resounding endorsement to our national parks.  I have reproduced below his interview which was posted on You Tube by National Parks England on 31 July. It is brilliantly clear and unequivocal and delivered … Continue reading

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