A touch of Downton

There is a gentler, more verdant place it would seem, where citizens “protect, increase, enhance and champion the common land, village greens, open spaces and public rights of way in England and Wales, and the public’s right to enjoy them.”

The Open Spaces Society, headquartered in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, champions this gentler place. It recently won a legal victory: Two high court judges ruled that a cattle-grid cannot be authorised to block the whole width of a footpath or bridleway—Kind v Northumberland County Council [2012] EWHC 603 (Admin). Walkers and riders had been compelled to walk around the grid via the adjacent fields.

To read more about the decision, see a photo of the cattle grid, and/or learn more about the OSS, go to http://www.oss.org.uk/cattle-grid-blocks-bridleway/

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