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Hazeley Heath, a special protection area

One of the best parts of my job with the Open Spaces Society is visiting commons with land managers who wish to consult us about what they hope to achieve.   I was pleased to be invited by Leigh Wallace of … 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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What should we tell the children?

My fighting friend Barbara MacDonald (1912-2002), aptly known as ‘the red-haired rebel’, would have been 103 today, 28 August.  Last year I celebrated her birthday by publishing her powerful poem about wilderness.  This year I have reproduced her polemic of 1974, What should we … Continue reading

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Swincombe—saved for the second time

30 July 1975: At last, at five o’clock, the phone rang and I grabbed it immediately.  And as I heard Sylvia Sayer’s voice my heart leapt, for I knew that Swincombe was saved.  She would never have phoned if the … Continue reading

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A city on foot

Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway used to be a roaring six-lane highway on the south side of Boston.  Now it is a quiet green space, with flower beds and seats.  And it is an excellent space for art. I was fortunate … Continue reading

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What an earth is a ‘well-mannered dwelling’?

There is yet another application to convert Valentine Farm in the Skirmett valley into something inappropriate.  We have seen proposals for a stud farm, the horrible hippopolis of my earlier blog, rejected in 2012.  Now we have an application for a five-bedroomed, two-storey house.  It’s … Continue reading

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A false dawn

Thirty years ago today, 3 April 1985, we thought we had stopped the Okehampton bypass from bulldozing its way through the Dartmoor National Park.  How wrong we were—but I well remember that brief period of celebration. The Department of Transport’s proposed southern … Continue reading

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