Category Archives: open spaces: commons

Autumn leaves and winter sun

I’ve been enjoying the shades of autumn and now startling spots of colour against the wintry sun, which rises and arcs low.  Where I and my horse live near the Garth in Rhondda Cynon Taf, this allows me to experience … Continue reading

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Local Access Forums’ National Conference

Local Access Forums were established under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW) to advise local authorities on improving public access and recreation in the countryside and urban open spaces. Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC is in the process … Continue reading

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Wind energy: a marmite experience at Pen y Cymoedd

I am a fan of renewable energy, especially of the community co-operative kind like Awel Aman Tawe and its solar sister Egni Co-op.   Wind turbines have a Marmite effect – people tend to extreme love or hate – and I … Continue reading

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Works on Eglwysilan: the Inspector calls

On 23rd June, for the Open Spaces Society, I attended a site visit on Eglwysilan Common.  The Inspector visited following the application for an access across the common for the wind turbine at Castell Llwyd farm at the Nelson end. … Continue reading

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Eglwysilan Common: inspecting a Section 38 application

Mynydd Egwysilan Common was wild, windy and wonderful as ever today.  Open Spaces Society had sent me, for comment, an application for an access track over the common from Heol Fawr at Nelson (OSS are notified of all applications for … Continue reading

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Helperby, Pickering and Court Leet

We had a lazy weekend in Yorkshire a few weeks ago, combining a party in York (missing last bus and walking 4 miles to hotel like silly youngsters) with the next day out touring some prosperous villages and the town … Continue reading

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Winter sunshine on the Valleys in Wales

For two days, winter sunshine has been flooding hillsides with long shadows and making silver-white outlines on sheep. I took a few more photos after climbing to the top of the muck heap, which avoids the power line cutting across … Continue reading

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