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The Spirit of the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass Lives On!

April 27, 2014


NEWS RELEASE – Kate Ashbrook writes….




‘We must reignite the campaigning zeal of the Kinder trespassers.  Times are tough for countryside campaigners, but the spirit of Kinder will carry us through.’

So declared Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society,(1) at the Spirit of Kinder event to celebrate the 82nd anniversary of the famous mass trespass.  This was held at Sheffield Town Hall on Saturday (26 April).

‘The governments in England and Wales are attacking our green spaces, making it almost impossible for local people to register them as town or village greens to secure their rights to enjoy them.

‘The cuts in local authority funding and the obsession with development mean that budgets for maintaining, creating and recording public paths have been slashed.

‘The national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty have to make do with ever-shrinking funds to protect our top landscapes.

‘It’s time that the government recognised that open country, green spaces and public paths are not a luxury but a vital need.  They contribute massively to our health and well-being, as well as bringing income to the rural economy.

‘This year we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the right to roam on open country.  The first access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 was opened to the public in September 2004 in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales, among other places.  But there is much more to be done—we are keen to see completion of coastal access around England, and greater access to woods and forests.  There are unrecorded paths and commons to be claimed.

‘The Kinder trespassers, five of whom, scandalously, were jailed, showed what can be achieved with determination and courage.  We must never forget their legacy as we face the battles of today.’


Notes for editors

  1. The Open Spaces Society was founded in 1865 and is Britain’s oldest national conservation body.  It campaigns to protect common land, village greens, open spaces and public paths, and people’s right to enjoy them, throughout England and Wales.


John Writes:

I am pleased that Kinder Scout is being remembered, though we should now be planning new ones! I give an account of the Trespass in 1932 in my recent book THE COMPLEAT TRESPASSER, now out in paperback and eBook – cheapest on Amazon!  The_Compleat_Trespas_Cover_for_Kindle




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