Hertfordshire - Campaign to Protect Rural England

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CPRE Hertfordshire celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year (2018). It was founded following a conference on regional planning held in the county in November 1928.

CPRE nationally had been set up two years earlier at a time when loss of countryside to the rapid growth of urban areas had become a national issue.

Read about our history here

Part One Setting The Scene

Part Two London and Hertfordshire in the early 20th century

Part Three The quest to protect the countryside – early days 

We believe a beautiful, thriving countryside is important for everyone, no matter where they live. Millions of town and city dwellers recharge their batteries with a walk or a bike ride in the local Green Belt, spend weekends and holidays in our National Parks, or enjoy fresh local produce. People who live in rural areas keep our countryside beautiful and productive.

The countryside is unique, essential, precious and finite – and it’s in danger. Every year, a little more is lost forever to urban sprawl, new roads, housing and other developments. Rural shops and services are closing, and increasingly intensive farming is changing the character of the countryside. Climate change, too, will have serious impacts on the rural environment.

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 possibly the only green group which has a completely holistic approach. Planning, in particular, is all about looking at the bigger picture, and our wide remit means we have to consider the whole of the country – rural and urban – when creating policy.

Ten Things and One Year at CPRE

I joined CPRE in September 2017 and have thoroughly enjoyed a year of getting to know everyone involved, understanding the policy world in which we operate, and learning about how we influence it.  All my thanks to everyone who has given me their time and attention, and particularly those many CPRE volunteers who have given me such a warm welcome in their local areas. 

CPRE Hertfordshire is the county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Founded in 1928, we are a separate registered charity. Our small number of part-time staff and army of volunteers celebrate and protect Hertfordshire's countryside for all to enjoy.

Our Welwyn office is staffed by a small team of part-time professionals, who support an army of volunteers in our work of standing up for Hertfordshire's countryside. Meet our Executive Committee and President.

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