Janet Davis, our retired senior policy officer was presented with her OBE at Windsor Castle last week, after being named in the 2018 Queen’s birthday honours list.
Janet was recognised for services to the natural environment and walkers in Great Britain, and reflects Janet’s many years of work as a guardian and champion of the path network, as well as her expertise on rights of way law and practice. Her work has helped thousands of people to access the countryside and enjoy the benefits of walking.
The accolate also acknowledges Janet’s long career with the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity, where she was employed for more than three decades (1984 - 2016). Throughout that time, Janet worked on countless path issues, getting involved in legal action and working with legal advisors on high-profile cases through to the House of Lords. Many of these cases created vital legal precedents.
Janet has also offered advice and training to Ramblers volunteers, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to deal with local path problems. During her time with the Ramblers she played a central role in securing better laws to protect public paths, from obstruction and failure to reinstate after ploughing for instance, and in pivotal legal cases which established important principles for the addition of paths to the official maps.