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Monday, 18 May 2020 16:47

Celebrating our Countryside


A recent survey[i] showed that in lockdown we are appreciating our green spaces more than ever.  Now a countryside charity has launched a campaign inviting people to help celebrate our county.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CPRE is asking anyone living here to share their photographs, short videos and written memories of the things that make the county special to them.


Alan James, CPRE’s Chairman for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, says all thoughts and memories are welcome, “It may be your local countryside, park or nature reserve,” he said.  “We’re asking you to share pictures of animals, birds or wildflowers, maybe even your own garden. You may want to tell us about local food sources that have made your life easier and healthier.


“We’re all facing uncertain and challenging times.  Many of us are unable to go out as much as we’d like.  Some of us are unable to go out at all. We know that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is a special place, and during these times we have had a chance to pause and to reflect on how important our local countryside is.  Let’s celebrate it”.


There are several ways to join the celebration.  Using the hashtag #lovecambs, tweet to @CPRECambs;  post on CPRE’s Facebook page: CPRECambridgeshireAndPeterborough or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


“Sharing those memories may just make someone in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough feel a little less isolated and just a bit happier” said Alan.

[i] The poll, commissioned by CPRE and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, showed local green spaces have been a haven for many people since lockdown measures began with:


·         53% said they appreciated local green spaces more since the country adopted social distancing measures;

·         57% reported the lockdown has made us more aware of the importance of these local green spaces for our mental health and wellbeing;

·         35% had visited green spaces more since the start of lockdown.


For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact, Alan James

Mob: 07801 880113   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) will be able to continue its claim against the government over the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

Friday, 09 November 2018 13:16

My car and the countryside

I passed my driving test a month before I turned 30…wow, what an achievement!

It does grieve me though that, as an environmentalist, I’m not helping the world in terms of land use, pollution and unavoidable road kills (including of flies, which are a source of food for birds!). However, there are snippets of comfort for my green conscience.

One is that I drive a small, fuel-efficient car, christened Mistibu. Plus, I hope to make sensible decisions about the way I drive. I won’t speed or brake harshly and hope not to make unnecessary journeys. And I still walk down the street to attend to my pony and his companions! 

Lizzie at the wheel

Lizzie at the wheel

A very important environmental mitigation factor is that, because I can go anywhere and everywhere, I get to visit my local nature reserves and countryside places:  Woodwalton Fen, Wicken Fen, Holme Fen, Gault Wood, Ramsey Abbey Gardens and Anglesey Abbey. It opens the world to me, as I can go further and to places that were inaccessible to me, such as Paxton Pits, Monks Wood and John Wood.

I am also revitalised back into my previous life of conservation science – I plan to use my car to go on courses offered by the Wildlife Trust. I could also apply more easily for a countryside-based job, such as a water quality technician or a wildlife ranger, because many conservation jobs require a driving licence.

Woodwalton Fen

Woodwalton Fen

I am thrilled with my new life and weekends these days. But having a car does not mean that I want the countryside to be built over with roads or for planning to be done with a car-based mindset. I believe that other modes of transport, especially environmentally-friendly ones, should be at the forefront of policy makers’ minds. Transport should also be made available to help those who cannot drive become more mobile. 

More transport options would become a positive sustainability spiral – more people could become mobile to be able to enjoy and value the countryside. For both drivers and passengers, driving on our country roads and through the countryside is also part of the fun. Yes, I am adding a car to the numbers on our roads. But let’s make the most of what we’ve got and try to manage our problems without using up our most valuable asset – our glorious green land.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 12:29


Care of the countryside

19 December 2018

Research has consistently shown us that using or having a connection with green spaces, the countryside and nature is good for us in many different ways: from providing recreational opportunities and relaxation, to learning skills that help us interact with people and the world around us. We now tend to live in urbanised areas and are increasingly dependent on technology...

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Supporting countryside conservation

28 September 2018

Working on holiday with the National Trust at Devil’s Dyke, the South Downs

Anyone can be involved with nature and help towards countryside conservation. There are different ways and no set path.

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My car and the countryside

28 March 2018

 Woodwalton Fen

I passed my driving test a month before I turned 30…wow, what an achievement!

It does grieve me though that, as an environmentalist, I’m not helping the world in terms of land use, pollution and unavoidable road kills (including of flies, which are a source of food for birds!). However, there are snippets of comfort for my green conscience.

Read more

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:11

The Weather Lottery

The Weather Lottery helps us raise funds to protect the countryside and gives you the chance to win prizes, including the top prize of £25,000. 

Our privacy and cookie policy

CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is our local branch of CPRE, a national charity. We speak up for the English countryside: to protect it from the threats it faces, and to shape its future for the better. We could not do this without support from people like you, and we are committed to protecting both your data and your privacy.

We want you to feel assured that any information you give us is held securely and safely, whether you are working for us, supporting us through membership, campaigning, donations, volunteering, fundraising or events.

This policy outlines what data we collect, how we may use it and how we keep your data safe.

'We' or 'us' means Campaign to Protect Rural England Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  Our office address is: St Ives Town Hall, Market Hill, St Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 5AL.  We are registered Charity number 242809.

This Privacy and Cookie policy seeks to comprehensively cover the key areas relating to personal data held by CPRE, but in the interests of clarity it is not an exhaustive list of all our policies and practices in these areas.

This policy will change from time to time, as we keep up to date with legislation and regulation and to remain aligned with any relevant changes in our programmes and operations. If material changes are made, we will notify you by placing a prominent notice on the website. You can keep up to date by visiting these pages.

This text was last updated in May 2018.

If you are a member of CPRE, you may also wish to see national CPRE’s Privacy Policy.

Getting in touch

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. You also have the right to ask us to delete any personal information we hold about you. In some cases, we may be unable to delete data, such as if it is required for tax or Gift Aid purposes. In these cases, we will ensure that you are removed from future communications and processing. We are committed to ensuring you receive only those communications you choose.

For all questions or concerns regarding our Privacy Policy or the processing of your personal information, please do get in touch. You can write to The Data Protection Lead at the office address, above, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 01480 396698. 

Cookie consent

By using our website, joining or donating to us, you agree that, unless you have set your computer's browser to reject them, we can place the types of cookies set out below on your device and use that data in accordance with this policy.

For more information about how we use cookies on this site, please review our Cookie Policy below.

Why and how we collect your data

CPRE Members

When you become a member of CPRE, you join both the national office and your local CPRE branch. The branch will be automatically allocated according to your place of residence – or you can specify a preference at any time during your membership. Your contact details will be shared with your chosen branch so that they can keep you informed of local news and events, and invite you to their Annual General Meeting. As a local CPRE branch we receive the data described above from CPRE national office for those members allocated to or specifying CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as their chosen branch.

When you give it to us directly

The vast majority of personal data we hold is given to us directly by our campaigners, supporters, and volunteers in the course of them interacting with us, our website or fundraising activities.

When we are working with a third party

We may work with fundraising sites such as Everyclick or BT MyDonate. These independent third parties will only share your data with us when you have given permission for CPRE to contact you.

What data we collect

Personal information is any data that can be used to identify you. It can include, but is not limited to, any of the data listed below.

Data protection law recognises that there are sensitive categories of personal information, such as health information, racial or ethnic origin, or religious beliefs or other beliefs. We would only collect sensitive personal information where there is a clear need to do so such as health information to enable participation in a challenge event. Before we collect any sensitive personal information, we will make it clear what information we are collecting and the purpose we are collecting it for.

Information we collect from you directly or from third parties with whom we work, may include:

  • name
  • address
  • email address
  • telephone number
  • contact preferences
  • bank account details for setting up a regular direct debit
  • credit card details for processing credit card payments
  • employer details for processing a payroll gift
  • taxpayer status for claiming Gift Aid
  • National Insurance number
  • marital status
  • health history
  • date of birth, age, and/or gender

We may also collect and process information about your interactions with us, including details about our contacts with you through email, SMS, post, on the phone or in person. This might include the date, time, and method of contact, details about donations you make to us, events or activities that you register for or attend or any request for support.

We may also collect and record other relevant information you share with us about yourself, such as your interests or your affiliations with other charities, your local CPRE branch, community or campaign groups, your Council or Planning Team.

Children’s data

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children and young people who volunteer with us, fundraise for us, attend events organised by us or engage on our website. Where necessary we will obtain the consent of a parent or guardian in order to collect and use personal data of children.

If you are a child and would like to get involved with CPRE, please obtain your parent or guardian's consent before sending any personal information to any website or CPRE. Where we have activities for those under 18 we will ask your age. Please ensure you speak to your parent or guardian before taking part in these activities.

How we use your data

Campaigning for a beautiful, living countryside is something we cannot do without the help of people who share our passion. Raising funds, running campaigns and involving as wide a range of people as we can in our activities is hugely important to us.

We try to offer diverse ways to support and get involved, and use a range of channels to suit supporter preferences, such as our website, postal and email newsletters and information publications. We may also invite supporters to contribute to consultations or participate in research occasionally. We may telephone you provided you have given us your permission to do so, with campaign updates, membership renewal requests and occasional appeals. If you have not given us your permission we will not telephone you for these marketing purposes.

The law allows personal data to be legally collected and used by an organisation if it is necessary for a legitimate business interest of the organisation – as long as its use is fair and balanced and does not unduly impact the rights of the individual concerned. We will send relevant marketing by post on the basis that it is within our legitimate interests to do so. If you feel you would like to reduce the amount of post you receive from us or prefer not to receive postal marketing at all, simply contact our Data Protection Lead, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01480 396698.

If you are a member of CPRE and request not to receive post, please note that we will continue to post legally required membership documents such as AGM notifications but you will not receive information materials such as our branch newsletter.

Data sharing with third parties

We do not share, sell or swap your information with other organisations for their own marketing purposes.

We may disclose your personal information if we are requested or required to do so by a regulator or law enforcement officer or to enforce or apply our rights (including in relation to our website or other applicable terms and conditions) or to protect CPRE, for example in cases of suspected fraud or defamation, or to comply with any other applicable legal obligation.

Keeping your personal information safe

We take appropriate physical and electronic measures to ensure that we keep your information secure, accurate and up to date.

Although we use appropriate security measures once we have received your personal information, the transmission of information over the internet is never completely secure. We do our best to protect personal information, but we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted to our website, so any transmission is at the user’s own risk. 

How long will we keep your data

We remove personal data from our systems in line with our data retention policy. The length of time each category of data will be retained will vary on how long we need to process it, the reason it is collected, and in line with any statutory requirements.

After this point the data will either be deleted or rendered anonymous. In certain specific situations, for example where a supporter has kindly pledged a legacy to CPRE in their Will, we will maintain their details up to the time when we need to carry out the legacy administration and communicate effectively with their family.

Some of the reasons why we may contact you

  • Process donations or other payments
  • Notify you of opportunities to get involved in your local area e.g. volunteering opportunities
  • Ask you to support one of our campaigns e.g. signing a petition or lobbying your MP
  • Ask you to donate to one of our appeals
  • Reclaim tax on your donations by claiming Gift Aid
  • Send you publications such as our newsletter
  • Update you on our work through email newsletters
  • Invite you to take part in a raffle or other gaming opportunity
  • Participate in fundraising events

If at any time you wish to change the information you receive from us or how you are contacted for marketing purposes you can let us know, by calling  our office on 01480 396698 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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What are cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and help the owner of the website improve the user’s experience of the site.

You can find more information about cookies at: and, for a video about cookies visit 

Does CPRE’s website use cookies?

Yes. If you visit our website, we use cookies to record information about:

  • the areas of the website you visit
  • the amount of time you spend on the site
  • whether you are new to the site, or have visited it before
  • the country, region, city and/or borough associated with your IP address or device
  • how you came to our website – for example, through an email link or a search engine
  • the type of device and browser you use
  • how you use the website and the quality of your experience – for example we may track your bandwidth when viewing videos
  • how you interact with our donation and sign-up forms – for example what you select as your communication preferences
  • any error messages that you receive on the site

We use cookies to track how visitors come to our site. For example, we use marketing or referring tracking codes in internet addresses (URLs) to show us whether a visitor has come to our site via a link on a referring website or in a specific piece of marketing and to give us insight into the effectiveness of our marketing. Although not through cookies, we do measure the success of the emails we send – so we know what subject lines and stories people liked the most. We don’t share this information.

Some of this information may be used by third party cookies to target you with relevant advertising (see below). However, you can choose to use our website anonymously without giving us any information. Please see ‘Changing your cookie preferences’ below.

Types of cookies

We use ‘first party cookies’. These are cookies served directly from our website to your computer and are often used to recognise your computer when it revisits our site and, in some cases, to remember your preferences as you browse the site.

Cookies may be either ‘session cookies’ or ‘persistent cookies’. Your computer automatically removes session cookies once you close your browser. Persistent cookies will survive on your computer until an expiry date specified in the cookie itself, is reached. Most of our cookies are persistent.

Categories of cookies we use

We have assessed our cookies based on the ICC Cookie Guide. Most of our cookies fall into categories 1 and 3.

  1. Strictly necessary cookies: these cookies are essential for the user to move around the website and to use its features.
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What information does CPRE collect using cookies?

We may collect some, or all, of the information available from cookies when you visit our website, depending on how you use it. We monitor how people use our website, so we can improve it. We collect this information anonymously.

We use a standard type 1 cookie. This contains no personal information, but tells us if that device has visited before. If you log in to our local group area, however, the cookie will be able to identify the user and which user groups they belong to. Note that this data is not stored in the cookie itself. The session data on the website expires and is removed after about 120 minutes of inactivity.

Some pop-ups, such as ‘Get our updates’ use a small type 3 cookie to prevent the pop-up being shown repeatedly once a user has dismissed it, or has already entered their email address. It is not used for tracking. Any pages with tabs or panels may store a small cookie to record the current state of the tab/panel between page requests. 

We use session cookies on the pages where you interact with us to give us money, either as a donation or paying membership, or take an e-action, because they allow you to proceed through pages quickly and easily without having to authenticate or reprocess on each page. This means you can link up pages, or use multiple pages, for your actions and donations. However, when you close your browser, the session cookie is lost.

Facebook Pixel is also loaded on every page. The Facebook and Twitter and other social media share buttons don't themselves generate cookies and are not tracked, but we note the URL of the site you came from to us, as it would be for any link to a third-party site. Pages with embedded Twitter feeds store several cookies for user tracking purposes. Pages with embedded YouTube videos or SoundCloud audios store a number of small cookies for user tracking and for saving user preferences. 

The Disqus commenting plugin that is occasionally used on some pages stores several cookies for user tracking purposes.

Changing your cookie preferences

The ‘Help’ menu in the toolbar of most web browsers will tell you how to change your browser's cookie settings, including how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether. Below are links to the most common browsers to help you make any changes:

Website statistics analytics, testing and personalisation

Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which (as discussed above) are text files placed on your computer, to help CPRE analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Please read Google’s privacy policy if you are concerned about this.

CPRE has no influence over Google’s activities but do note that Google has signed up to the US Privacy Shield standard for protection of data which has been declared adequate by the EU commission. You can always opt-out of Google Analytics cookies here Google's opt-out tool.

You should be aware that if you follow a link to another website and give any personal information to another company, the uses to which that information may be put will be determined by that third party Privacy Policy, we have no control over that third party.

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. If that's okay, just continue browsing - or see our cookies policy for ways to opt out. 

Friday, 07 October 2011 14:37

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Please read the following terms and conditions carefully as they govern the use of this website: the website of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough).

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1. Copyrights

Except as expressly stated in this site, no part of this website, including information, images, logos, photos, and overall appearance of the site, may be copied, republished, broadcast or reproduced in any form whatsoever without the prior written permission of the copyright holders except for your own personal or non-commercial use.

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3. Links to other websites
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4. Content accuracy
Whilst all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of content, no responsibility can be taken for any error or omission.

5. Limitation of liability

CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough do not guarantee that access to this website will be uninterrupted, that this website will be free from viruses or that this website cannot be tampered with by third parties. This website and the information are provided on an 'as is' basis, with no warranties of any kind whatsoever, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, any warranties or any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Use of this website and the information is entirely at the user's sole risk. In no event will CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of or related to this website.

Your sole and exclusive remedy for dissatisfaction with this website and/or information is to stop using the site and the information.

6. Modification of the terms and conditions
CPRE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough may modify the terms of this agreement on this site. You agree to periodically review this agreement to be aware of any such revisions. Should the revision be unacceptable to you, you agree to stop accessing this site. Your continued use of this website following such notification of any such revision(s) shall be deemed as acceptance of and agreement to abide by all such revisions.

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