IT has been agreed between the Rev. J. G. Cornish and the Sidmouth (Devon) Urban District Council that South Down Farm on Salcombe Hill and the adjacent South Combe Farm should be preserved in perpetuity as private open spaces. A similar agreement has been made with Dr. Vaughan Cornish concerning the eight hundred yards of cliff frontage to this property. Dr. Vaughan Cornish has also undertaken to maintain a right of way along the cliff even if falls of cliff destroy the existing path. These engagements have been made voluntarily by the Rev. Cornish and Dr. Cornish, and they ensure that the fields of the Salcombe Regis Valley will be preserved as an open space for all time. The Norman Lockyer Observatory is on the top of Salcombe Hill, and it is gratifying to know that, by one of these generous gifts, the fields on the south side of the road opposite to the Observatory are never to be used for building development.