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