The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is a national environmental charity, with more than 200 local groups and a branch in every county. It has been standing up for the countryside for 90 years: to protect it from the threats it faces, and to shape its future for the better. In that time, we’ve seen some remarkable successes. We’ve helped win protection as National Parks for some of our most remarkable landscapes, from the Lake District to the South Downs. And we’ve helped to influence and apply planning laws that have, against the odds, preserved the special beauty and character of the English countryside.
CPRE believes a beautiful, living countryside is important for everyone, no matter where they live. Millions of town and city dwellers recharge their batteries with a walk or a bike ride in the local Green Belt, spend weekends and holidays in our National Parks, or enjoy fresh local produce. People who live in rural areas keep our countryside beautiful and productive.
The countryside is unique, essential, precious and finite – and it’s in danger. Every year, a little more is lost forever to urban sprawl, new roads, housing and other developments. Rural shops and services are closing, and increasingly intensive farming is changing the character of the countryside. Climate change, too, will have serious impacts on the rural environment.
CPRE works to protect, promote and enhance our towns and countryside to make them better places to live, work and enjoy, and to ensure the countryside is protected for now and future generations.
Campaign to Protect Rural England
5-11 Lavington Street
Tel: 020 7981 2800