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The History of CPRE Hertfordshire

Countryside near Bayford Countryside near Bayford Photo: © Elizabeth Hamilton

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 promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural Hertfordshire by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country.
  • We operate through the planning system, screening planning applications countywide and raising the alarm where the countryside is threatened.
  • We influence planning policy through the local development framework process.
  • We offer advice and support to individuals and local groups embarking on planning campaigns.
  • We lobby for sustainable transport policies and safer country lanes.
  • We run the CPRE Hertfordshire Rural Living Awards
  • We organise a children's art competition celebrating the Hertfordshire countryside

Membership is open to all
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visit www.cpreherts.org.uk; call 01438 717587
Registered Charity No. 1162419

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