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Open Spaces Society creates new award

Posted 3 November 2011
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Open Spaces Society creates new award
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Those who champion the cause of people who love to go walking with activities to improve access or save paths could be in the running for a new award created by the Open Spaces Society.

People must "demonstrate an activity that protects, increases, enhances and champions common land, town and village greens, open spaces and public paths in England and Wales and the public's right to enjoy them" to qualify, the body noted.

Vice-chair of the society Jean Macdonald, said this could include work to improve a path, or save it from being destroyed.

Nominations must be submitted by January 31st 2012, with the winner announced at the organisation's annual general meeting next July.

Recent battles fought by the society to keep land open for recreational users include a campaign to stop the fending in of Padiham Common by West Berkshire Council, despite horse riders having a legal right of access.