Saving is generally a good thing. ‘Jesus Saves!’ said the poster in Cullercoats many years ago, and some desperate Toon fan (is there any other sort?) had written underneath ‘but Wyn Davies scores from the rebound.’ Albert Einstein once said, ‘The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest.’ Olde Graveller has no knowledge as to whether Wyn and Albert ever played in the same team.
Anyway, Kate Ashbrook of the Open Spaces Society has penned Saving Open Spaces, a 28-page potted history of, and prospectus for, the Open Spaces Society ‑ 150 years young and still with some of the original members. How many people who use public paths have any knowledge of the long and uphill struggle to get them surveyed and recorded in the first ‘definitive map and statement’, which was started 65 years ago? It took a further 50 years to get a ‘right to roam’ in England and Wales. The definitive map system of recording and protecting public paths is one of the jewels of post-war social legislation; how long until the current crop of barrow-boys, with their neo-con hatred of ‘public service’, pull it down, or flog it off to the French?
It’s a fiver to buy (Google the Open Spaces Society to find ‘publications’) and a pleasure to read.