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Green Belts Under Threat

A map showing Green Belts threatened by development.


Green Belts: A greener future

A report by Natural England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England

This landmark report brings together, for the first time, information on the state of Green Belt land and compares this to other areas of England. We provide evidence that the 1.6 million hectares of Green Belt provide a rich and varied natural environment and many related benefits to society. The ecosystem services provided by Green Belt land are highly significant and have an economic value that is often underestimated or simply not understood. We conclude that these areas could take on an even greater significance in the face of climate change, England’s growing population and the need for a low carbon economy. They can also help in creating a healthier society through providing space for active outdoor lifestyles and nutritious locally grown food.


Green Belts: A greener future (summary)

A report by Natural England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England

In this summary of the full report we draw together the main findings and ask how Green Belts might better connect urban centres to the wider countryside and to food production; how they can help us to tackle the huge challenges posed by a changing climate; and how they can be valued as part of a nationwide ecological network providing breathing places for people and for nature long into the future.


Major Development Threats to Green Belt

Green Belt across the country is being threatened by development proposals for airport expansion, housing developments, new sports venues, roads, park-and-ride facilities, business parks and more. Our briefing, and the accompanying map, show current examples of particularly significant development threats to Green Belts across England.


Nature Conservation and Recreational Opportunities in the Green Belt

CPRE imagines a countryside on our doorstep where agriculture is less intensive, where there is space for nature that people can explore and enjoy and which is accessible to all. Green Belts can play a crucial role in enhancing the sustainability of our cities by providing essential ecological functions and recreational benefits which are fundamental to health and wellbeing.

New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows the huge potential of the Green Belt in terms of amenity and nature conservation. CPRE is calling on the Government to prioritise investment in Green Belts in the forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment and make sure Green Belt protection is enforced. A summary is also available.


Our Green Belt: worth investing in

This report summarises the key findings of 'Nature Conservation and Recreational Opportunities in the Green Belt', produced for CPRE by environmental consultants ADAS.


The Oxford Green Belt Way

A fifty mile walk created by CPRE Oxfordshire around the Green Belt of Oxford

Celebrate the beauty of Oxford's Green Belt with this illustrated pocked-sized guide to the circular walk opened by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in 2007. Special route maps describe the attractive landscape, history and wildlife of the countryside surrounding Oxford. All parts of the walk are within easy reach of four park-and-ride sites, and are also accessed by many regular bus services. The guide is divided into nine stages, providing options for short or long-distance walks suitable for all ages; all walks are waymarked.


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