We’re saddened to learn that Lord Tony Greaves, Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and Pendle Borough Councillor, has died aged 78.
Lord Greaves was a keen hill walker, climber, geographer and botanist who played a key role in the passage of both the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, the latter which he led in the Lords as Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2001 - 2003, 2005 – 2010).
Speaking about these Acts, which greatly increased the rights and freedoms of everyone to enjoy the outdoors, he said: ‘Its things like this that mean I can perhaps repay a little of the huge amount I have got from the mountains and moorlands of this country, over so many years".
More recently, Lord Greaves was a fantastic advocate for access during the passage through Parliament of the Agriculture Act 2020, making compelling arguments that financial support for farmers should also result in enhanced opportunities for everyone to get outdoors and connect with nature.
Thanks to his hard work and persistence, current and future generations will also benefit from the having the freedom to explore England’s wildest open landscapes. Lord Greaves was a true friend of the Ramblers and everyone who loves the outdoors, and will be sorely missed.
Photo: Roger Harris, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.