THE OPEN Spaces Society has made a last-minute call to communities to apply to register land as town or village greens.
Land can be registered as a town or village green if people have used it for informal recreation, without being stopped or asking permission, for at least 20 years.
Once registered, the land is protected from development but the Government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill, currently in the House of Lords, threatens this.
Clause 14 of the bill says that once land has been earmarked for development it cannot be registered as a green.
Beauty spot Clayton Fields, between Birkby and Edgerton was registered as a green last year.
Land off Crowtrees Lane, Rastrick, was registered as a green in 2009.
Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society, said: “Although we are fighting these proposals, along with many other organisations and individuals, we must prepare for the worst.
“The bill could become law within three months, and then it will be too late to save land we love.
“Your New Year resolution must be to look around your patch and see if there is unprotected land which residents have used for 20 years for dog walking, bird watching or kicking a ball.
“Do not assume that because you’ve always used the land it is safe: a developer may well have his eye on it.”