Tag Archives: national parks

Michael Dower, doyen of the countryside

Adrian Phillips writes an obituary of Michael Dower, 1933-2022, both important figures in the development of British and European rural policy. Continue reading

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A milestone meeting

Fifty years ago today I first met Sylvia Sayer who inspired me to become a campaigner. I owe her so much and remember her with huge affection. Continue reading

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People at the heart of policy

I spoke at the recent national park societies’ conference: national parks have never needed us more. Continue reading

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Stamps for seventy

Government must act in this seventieth anniversary year of the confirmation of the first four national parks in England and Wales. Continue reading

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The saving of Swincombe

Fifty years ago today the Swincombe valley on Dartmoor was saved by ‘four just men’. Continue reading

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John Foster: champion of protected landscapes

My friend John Foster, who was a pioneer for protected landscapes and access in the UK, would have been 100 today. Continue reading

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A passport to heaven

Only a year ago we were celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Parks Act in the Peak District: now we are in another era. Continue reading

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A countrystride down the Eden

The story of my podcast for Countrystride, in the Eden valley, with Mark Richards and Helen Millican. Continue reading

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A special day for the South Downs

Twenty years ago today John Prescott announced that the South Downs would be a national park. Continue reading

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Let’s reinvent the Countryside Agency

We must not forget the Countryside Agency which was born 20 years ago today, on 1 April 1999.
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