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Profile of a CPRE campaigner: Hilary Fenten, North Yorkshire

Hilary Fenten Hilary Fenten Photo: © CPRE

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

Her concern for the British countryside and worry about the future of the Yorkshire Dales are two hugely motivating factors for Hilary.

After about ten years at CPRE, she's integral to CPRE's campaigning in North Yorkshire, and heads up CPRE Craven, the local district group. She's also chair of a large local campaign group she helped set up to fight the huge number of housing proposals keen to eat into the greenfield sites outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where there is huge pressure for new development.

As well as keeping up the fight against urban sprawl, Hilary is involved in a wide variety of campaigns for CPRE: raising awareness of light pollution; protecting grass verges; promoting affordable housing; and working with fish and chip shops on the introduction of biodegradable packaging as part of CPRE’s Stop the Drop anti-litter and fly-tipping campaign (one of her local fish and chip shops now calls itself ‘the greenest chippie in Settle’). Hilary also championed the proposals to site an anaerobic digester within a disused quarry, but was disappointed when the plans were turned down.

Hilary enjoys the opportunity her role gives her to bring local people together, put relevant campaigners in touch with each other and build networks and connections.

Hilary enjoys the opportunity her role gives her to bring local people together.

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