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New chair of Government outdoors body Natural England 'blocked footpath'

The man charged with promoting access to the countryside in England stands accused of unblocking a right of way on his farm only being grilled by MPs about footpaths on his land.

Natural England boss's term extended to end of 2013

Oxfordshire farmer Poul Christensen will continue as the boss of the Government’s advisory body on the outdoors.

Updated Countryside Code has advice for visitors and land managers

Natural England has 'refreshed' its countryside code. How well do you know its provisions?...

£5m project aims to protect peat moorland

A project to save some of the peat uplands of northern England will benefit from a £5½m European grant.

Tragedy and triumph: the outdoor world in 2009

As the decade which seems to have become known as the noughties packed its bags and prepared for the trip into history, its final days had a familiar ring: winter catching out climbers and walkers, with tragic consequences..

Christensen takes the helm at Natural England

The acting chair of the Government’s advisory body on the natural environment has been confirmed as its head.

Kinder gains national reserve status

Kinder Scout, the upland plateau at the centre of the historic fight for access to England’s mountains, is to become a national nature reserve.

Plans for Lakes-Dales 'bridge' national park to go ahead

Some of the best walking country in the North-West of England could be afforded further protection with the extension to two national parks.

18,000 join Ramblers to urge Government to set up national trails trust

Britain’s biggest walking charity has handed a petition bearing thousands of names to the Government, urging it to rethink its plans for national trails in England.

Doc Martin actor opens England's third-longest national trail

England’s third-longest national trail was officially opened today by actor Martin Clunes. The television star cut a ribbon at Far Moor Bridge ne...

Chief hails 'commonsense' decision on Lakes and Dales park extensions

The decision to recommend the enlargement of two English national parks has been hailed as a victory for commonsense.

Coastal access: Ramblers urge action as election looms

Campaigners are pressing for urgency in the setting up of the coastal path round England. The plea came as Natural England, the Government’s offi...

Plans would see Cumbrian fells added to Yorkshire Dales

More bits of Cumbria could find themselves in the Yorkshire Dales under a planned expansion of two northern English national parks.

Campaigners 'jubilant' on double green-letter day

Typical! You wait more than70 years for landmark outdoors laws and then two come along at once. Campaigners have been reacting to what the Open Spa...

Ramblers: make English coast path 'envy of world'

England’s new coastal path should be the envy of the world, urged the Ramblers’ chief. More than a third of the country’s coastline has no of...

Tributes follow death of Government's outdoor chief

The head of the Government’s advisory organisation on outdoor matters has died after a long illness.


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