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A beautiful countryside to sustain us all - CPRE manifesto briefing

We need to value and protect the countryside for the countless benefits it provides to our health, prosperity and wellbeing.

This is a detailed briefing based on CPRE's manifesto for the 2015 General Election.

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A little rough guide around the hedges

Why our hedgerows matter and how you can help

This guide is a celebration of hedgerows. We wanted to share our passion for them and encourage more people to care about them too. And to entice you further, we’ve included a handy hedgerow plant identifier for when you’re next exploring our beautiful countryside.

If you would like a printed copy please contact CPRE Publications, tel: 020 7981 2870 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A manifesto for coasts and seascapes

Our marine area is becoming increasingly busy, with more shipping, military training, fisheries, energy production, port development and aggregate extraction.  This is placing pressure on what's left of the beauty and tranquillity of our coasts which are such an important part of our quality of life and national identity.  CPRE supports this manifesto for a robust marine planning system that extends the protection that we have for our landscapes to our seascapes.

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A step-by-step guide to Unlocking the Landscape

How to prepare a Community Landscape Character Assessment

Community Landscape Character Statements can help to put landscape character at the heart of the local planning system. We have prepared this Step-By-Step Guide to get you started and show the process and benefits of preparing a Statement. Order the full 'Unlocking the Landscape' action pack for more detailed guidance on community involvement and compatibility with the planning process.

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An invitation to shape the nature of England

A CPRE response to Defra's discussion document on the natural environment

In CPRE's contribution to shaping Defra's Natural Environment White Paper 2011, we challenged the Government to set out an ambitious landscape-scale approach to conservation, putting existing protected areas and wildlife sites at its heart. This consultation response explains CPRE's belief that the process must be closely integrated with planning reform, while recognising that the intrinsic value of the natural environment is every bit as important as the ‘ecosystem services’ it offers.

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Campaigning for Countryside Character

This guide outlines a range of way in which local volunteers and groups can work with others to identify, promote and create local landscape diversity and distinctiveness.

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CPRE and CfDS lighting nuisance survey 2009/10: Results

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDS) came together in late 2009 to run a survey about how light pollution is affecting people’s lives. Data from our survey.

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Defra Smarter Guidance review content and guidance for hedgerows

Our comments on Defra’s Smarter Guidance review of content and guidance relating to hedgerows.

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Defra Smarter Guidance review landscape content and guidance

Our comments on Defra’s Smarter Guidance review of content and guidance relating to landscape.

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Developing an Intrusion Map of England

Prepared for CPRE by Land Use Consultants

We have developed a method of mapping areas of intrusion in England. These are areas disturbed by the presence of noise and visual intrusion from major infrastructure such as motorways and A roads, urban areas and airports. The resulting maps show the extent of intrusion in the early 1960s, early 1990s and 2007. This technical report explains how we created our intrusion maps. It gives the distance thresholds which define areas of intrusion and lists the national datasets used. It also includes full statistical tables of areas disturbed and as yet undisturbed by noise and visual intrusion for each time period for England, its regions, counties and unitary authorities.

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