Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Campaign to Protect Rural England

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We campaign nationally and locally for positive solutions for the long-term future of the countryside. Nationally, we produce in-depth research and sound arguments to press the government, Parliament and other decision-makers to support the countryside – by safeguarding precious Green Belts, promoting urban renewal and restricting development on greenfield sites, campaigning for the protection of our most important national landscapes as well as the countryside on our doorstep.


CPRE, the countryside charity (as we were re-named at the start of 2020), has a new strategy for the next six years up to our centenary. We aim to involve a million people in speaking up for the countryside through three main areas:

  • connecting people with the countryside
  • promoting rural life
  • empowering communities to improve and protect their local environment.

We want a thriving, beautiful countryside for everyone.

There are over 40 CPRE branches throughout England and Wales, all but two (Durham and Northumberland) being independent charities. Our Patron is Queen Elizabeth II and many well-known people have taken on the role of President, including in recent years:

  • David Puttnam, Baron Puttnam 1985-1992
  • Jonathan Dimbleby 1992-1997
  • Prunella Scales 1997-2002
  • Sir Max Hastings 2002-2007
  • Bill Bryson 2007-2012
  • Andrew Motion 2012-2016 & current vice-president
  • Emma Bridgewater CBE 2016-current

Each branch has a Board of Trustees, and a Chairperson. Most have at least one paid staff member, but all rely heavily on volunteers for many of their activities.

CPRE has a national office in London and branches in every county. We are the branch for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough unitary authority.

Written by Gareth Ridewood

A profile of the county of Cambridgeshire

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