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  • John Hayes lecture on making roads beautiful

    At the CPRE/Campaign for Better Transport lecture, on 4 February 2015, roads minister the Rt Hon John Hayes MP explored how good design and beauty can be incorporated into the road network

  • Mapping at CPRE

    Seeing something on a map can be so much clearer than having it explained in words. With more official data available to us, maps can help you understand your countryside better than ever. Whether you have a special interest in a particular development...

  • Stargazing for beginners

    Mark Thompson offers his top tips for would-be astronomers.

  • Shedding light leaflet

    A survey of local authority approaches in England - key findings and recommendations

    the aid of a number of local case studies. The report also makes nine recommendations to help local authorities reduce light pollution and protect existing dark areas while saving energy. This leaflet summarises the key findings and recommendations from...

  • Shedding Light

    A survey of local authority approaches in England

    the aid of a number of local case studies. The report also makes nine recommendations to help local authorities reduce light pollution and protect existing dark areas while saving energy.

  • Policy Committee meeting 4 February 2010

    Links to Policy Committee meeting papers.

  • Policy Committee meeting 25 June 2009

    Links to Policy Committee meeting papers.

  • CPRE’s initial analysis of the National Planning Policy Framework

    proposals for economic development in the wrong places and to steer it to appropriate locations. OTHER ISSUES Green: Light pollution and tranquillity CPRE welcomes the inclusion of policies to enable local authorities to combat light pollution, by...

  • Sir Andrew Motion on his hopes for CPRE

    Becoming CPRE President is one of the great honours of my life. And also one of the great opportunities, because it allows me to speak in public about several of my deepest lifelong commitments. And also one of the great responsibilities, because what...

  • Compelling evidence shows no link between lighting and crime or road accidents

    found that the main reason for considering reduced street lighting is energy and cost saving, with the reduction in light pollution coincidental.” CPRE has campaigned to reduce light pollution for many years: darkness at night is one of the key...

  • Landscapes

    countryside matters too. Development pressure means that tranquil places are at risk, and truly dark skies free from light pollution have become rare. We want to see: stronger and more effective national policies to protect and improve England’s...

  • Stellar news for South Downs

    and populated National Park and shows that it is possible to have well designed outdoor lighting that does not cause light pollution. We hope this will inspire people to visit the park and experience a truly dark sky; an opportunity denied to many of us...

  • And that’s a wrap!

    The festive season is now well and truly upon us – a time to reflect on the events of the past year and look forward to new beginnings as we enter the next one. It’s certainly been a jam-packed year of campaigning for us at CPRE, and we’d like to share...

  • Bodmin Moor awarded Dark Sky Landscape status

    and showed that Cornwall is the 4th darkest county, with the Cornwall AONB having 63% pristine night skies, free from light pollution, compared with 22% of England overall. The maps showed that the skies above Bodmin Moor are exceptionally dark. “We...

  • Spokespeople

    We have a range of campaigners and senior spokespeople who can be available for national media interviews.

  • Star Count 2019 – constellations you can see

    are an incredible sight to behold, and an important – and often forgotten – joy of our countryside’s nights. However, light pollution is obscuring many people’s view of the stars, even in rural areas and so, this February, with support from the British...

  • Bypass threat to iconic Wye Valley

    Herefordshire Council continues to promote Hereford’s western bypass. This totally new road – potentially a dual carriageway - will run through open countryside from Clehongar south of the city to Holmer in the north. It will have large adverse effects...

  • Profile of a CPRE campaigner: Hilary Fenten, North Yorkshire

    Since making the move from London to North Yorkshire 21 years ago, Hilary Fenten has played a key role in protecting local landscapes.

  • Protecting the countryside through better planning

    CPRE's work in 2011/12 has been dominated by our campaign against the Government's attempts to weaken protection for the environment enshrined in the planning system - one of the most significant threats to the countryside we have seen in decades. CPRE...

  • Our vision for the countryside

    Unlike many environmental charities, CPRE has no vested interests – we own no land, rely solely on donations and grants, and are politically independent. We make decisions with the head not the heart, as much as we love the countryside, and we are...


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