Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, has won The Great Outdoors magazine’s ‘Outdoor Personality of the Year’ award, topping a shortlist of 11 which included mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Alan Hinkes and fellrunner Jos Naylor. Kate was nominated as ‘a knowledgeable and fearless campaigner for our rights in the great outdoors’.
Kate has been general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, for 31 years. She is also president of the Ramblers, a trustee of the Campaign for National Parks and patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network.
Says the chairman of the Open Spaces Society, Graham Bathe: ‘It is a fitting tribute that Kate should be given such recognition. She works tirelessly to ensure that our rights in the countryside, and in particular our access to paths, greens and common land, are protected. In fact, it is because of her energy and dedication, that so much of the great outdoors remains accessible for us all to enjoy today. Well done, Kate.’
The Open Spaces Society celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.