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New government in open spaces pledge

Posted 13 May 2010
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New government in open spaces pledge
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A new pledge has been made on open spaces and the countryside by the freshly-assembled coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

The document outlining the agreement reached between the parties stated that environmental policy will include "measures to promote green spaces and wildlife corridors in order to halt the loss of habitats and restore biodiversity".

For those keen to go walking, the first part may be good news as it may help to ensure there are more locations in towns and cities to walk in and that existing ones are preserved.

The wildlife corridors may be of interest to those who like to carry binoculars as well as a walking pole and enjoy the flora and fauna of Britain, particularly rare and endangered species.

One body closely interested in these issues may be the Open Spaces Society, which has already called for government action over a possible obstruction to a footpath.

It has urged the communities secretary - a post given to Eric Pickles - to call in plans for a riding arena that could block a path near Hartfield in East Sussex.

The walking route leads to the famous Poohsticks Bridge in Ashdown Forest.

Posted by Dan Mirza