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Kate Ashbrook

General Secretary, Open Spaces Society

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Since 1984 Kate has been general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body and founder of the National Trust.

She has been a trustee of Ramblers GB for 36 years, chair three times, and president; she is now a vice-president.

She is a vice-chair of the Campaign for National Parks and of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, and patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network. She campaigns for people’s rights to enjoy paths and open spaces in town and country throughout England and Wales. By taking court action, was responsible for reopening the notorious, illegally-obstructed ‘Hoogstraten’ footpath in Framfield, East Sussex, in 2003—among other campaign victories.

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