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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:17

2019 Winter Walk Wallington and Clothall

This year our walks will explore more of Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside and diverse landscapes.

The first for 2019 is a circular walk of 4¾ miles, starting in Wallington, which is located about three miles due east of Baldock in north Hertfordshire, and also visiting Clothall. 

Published in Countryside
Monday, 10 December 2018 11:09

CPRE Campaign Update

 

Soil is everywhere, yet we often under appreciate its worth. But today is #WorldSoilDay, a chance to talk about how vital the Earth beneath our feet is to a healthy planet and countryside. To mark the occasion, our new report ‘Back to the land: rethinking our approach to soil’ delves into the state of UK soils, ideas on how to switch to more soil-friendly farming practices, and what’s needed to give soils – and us - a more sustainable future.

Why we need to #SaveOurSoils

A massive 95% of our food production relies on rain falling on a thin layer of soil, often only a few centimetres thick. This thin layer of soil covering the Earth's surface is the difference between survival and extinction for most terrestrial life. Despite this, one-third of UK soils are thought to be degraded, with an area of farmland the size of Yorkshire at risk of erosion.

How has this happened and what can we do?

Years of continuous cultivation, synthetic fertilisers and toxic pesticides have taken their toll on the soil. Add to that the increase in greenfield development plus the need to tackle the ever more immediate threat of climate change, and it’s clear that something has to give to ensure that farming, and our soils, prosper. We’ve spoken to select farmers who have adopted innovative solutions to help regenerate the soil that underpins our ecosystems and food supply.

Summary of our research and solutions


A chance to reform the planning system

We welcomed last month’s report from the Raynsford Review of Planning, which aims to transform the current planning system. The review echoes our views that planning is currently too focused on delivering high quantities of new houses, with little or no consideration for where they should be built, the quality of their design, and whether they are genuinely affordable. It outlines 24 recommendations that would completely reform the planning system and make it fit for purpose.

Find out more


The power of trees

The character of many of our most iconic English landscapes are defined by the presence or absence of trees; the dappled shade of the New Forest, the windswept moors of the Peak District, or the wooded denes of the Surrey Hills. One year on from the launch of the Tree Charter, which looks to place trees at the centre of national decision-making and back at the heart of our lives and communities, let's celebrate the power of trees.

Read our blog


All we want for Christmas… is a decent Environment Bill

One thing that has to happen before Christmas – apart from your Christmas shopping, of course – is the publication of the first part of a draft Environment Bill, outlining the Government’s approach to environmental principles and governance. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to raise the bar on crucial issues, such as improving habitats for wildlife or tackling plastic waste – so we must make sure we get it right.

Our ambition for the Environment Act


Let’s kick bottles and cans out of our countryside

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to walk through your favourite park or country lane without seeing discarded drinks cans and bottles? Our best chance to make this a reality is for England’s deposit return scheme to be able to capture all types and sizes of drinks containers – not a limited version favoured by the big drinks manufacturers, large retailers and packaging brands. So, we need your help for the final big push! Please consider making a donation to support our campaign today:

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CPRE Hertfordshire consultation reply to Hertsmere Borough Council.

 

 

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Our December walk of just under 4½ miles starts and finishes in Bencroft Wood West car park and runs through well-wooded countryside in Broxbourne Borough to the west of the A10 and south of Hertford.

The route is relatively flat with a few short ascents and descents.

Published in Countryside
Friday, 23 November 2018 15:47

Podcast about the Green Belt

“We hear a lot about the Green Belt: how it is not to be torn up; how it is there to keep the countryside green; how it has passed its sell by date, and so on.  So, what is it really all about.  Kevin FitzGerald of CPRE Hertfordshire reveals all in a very interesting blog.  Listen to episode 2 here.”   Carole Walker podcast

 

 

Published in Current news
Thursday, 22 November 2018 13:40

CPRE Hertfordshire Winter 2018 Newsletter

We are pleased to publish our latest newsletter "Winter 2018" available as a download. Please enjoy reading our latest news and we would appreciate any feedback to enable us to improve this newsletter.

 

 

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This 3.4 mile circular walk takes in some of the rolling open countryside and woodland in the middle of the county.  The walk is centred on rural Symondshyde for which the submitted Welwyn Hatfield District Local Plan proposes a new settlement of 1130 homes.  The local campaign group Save Symondshyde and CPRE Herts continue to campaign against this damaging proposal, which would remove a swathe of rural countryside from the Green Belt.  The walk starts and finishes in Coleman Green, southeast of Wheathampstead.

Published in Countryside

Our October walk is at Bygrave Common in North Hertfordshire, to the northeast of Baldock.  The walk is easily accessible by public transport as it starts and finishes at Baldock railway station.  Bygrave Common is an area of the Green Belt for which the submitted North Hertfordshire Local Plan proposes 2,800 new homes along with a retail centre, school, doctors surgery and other infrastructure.  If developed, it would destroy the landscape and its wildlife habitats, remove high grade agricultural land from production, cause coalescence of Lower Bygrave with Baldock, and nearly double the physical footprint of Baldock.

Published in Countryside

Our September walk of just under 6 miles explores Green Belt countryside in North Hertfordshire District to the east of Luton. The walk described starts and finishes in Breachwood Green, goes north-east through King’s Walden to reach Ley Green, then heads south-west to Tea Green, on the edge of the area proposed for housing.

Published in Countryside

Our August Walk of the Month is a 4.5 mile out-and-back linear walk on the middle portion of The Nickey Line, starting and finishing in Redbourn and taking in some of the northern part of the "East Hemel" Green Belt area threatened with development.

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