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CPRE East of England


Robin Burkitt Alison Greenwood Straw bales in Norfolk



We are people who care passionately about our countryside and campaign for it to be protected and enhanced for the benefit of everyone.

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Welcome to CPRE East of England's web site. We are part of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, a national charity (reg. no. 1089685).

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk work together to deal with regional policy issues and campaigns. Their aim is to protect the countryside from the various threats to it particularly at regional level.  They work collectively to influence regional decision-making processes.

Regional people are listed on About UsBecause of their specialist knowledge, Branch Officers may take the lead on issues with regional significance.  If you have a particular expertise, such as planning, renewable energy, agriculture or rural issues, we are always looking for people with people willing to offer their services.  See the Support page.

*The aim of this site is to keep you up-to-date with what is happening and what we are doing at a regional level; and to provide you with regional information to assist in protecting the East of England's countryside at a more local level.

 news and issues:

New Chairman for the East of England Regional GroupMichael Monk

From 15th September we welcome Michael Monk as Chairman of the East of England Regional Group.  Michael has been involved with CPRE for a number of years, both as Chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough branch and in a number of roles with national CPRE, including Policy Committee and as a Vice-Chairman of the County Branches Forum. 

Michael says: “I consider that the region should help to support branches and act as a link between CPRE National Office and the branches.  My background in strategic planning also makes me aware of how inter-dependent and inter-active spatial areas are and yet can also be very different. I am keen to learn about the key issues and challenges facing our branch areas; although I have attended meetings of the regional group since 2011, I am aware of big gaps in my understanding!”.  

We would also like to thank our outgoing Chairman, Greg Peck, for his hard work and support over the last six years.

Along with CPRE East Midlands Region, we were delighted to host the event “90 Years of CPRE: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, on 6th July in Peterborough.

Over 60 members, volunteers and staff from fourteen branches in the East of England and East Midlands regions (and even further afield!) came together to celebrate 90 years of CPRE and our achievements. The day included presentations from Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, who spoke about the arguments in her book, The Fight for Beauty, and Oliver Hilliam, CPRE Senior Communications and Information Officer, and co-author of 22 ideas that saved the English Countryside.  Dame Fiona also cut our delicious celebratory cake.  We did not forget the future of CPRE, and a range of workshops including campaigning, planning, branch development and communications enabled delegates to learn from each and share experiences and advice. There were plenty of opportunities to meet people from other CPRE branches, staff from CPRE National office, and representatives from other organisations.  We were also pleased to be able to acknowledge the huge contribution made over the years by two regional volunteers – Barry Porter, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, and Michael Brooks, presented with a 20-year long service award.  Greg Peck, Chairman of CPRE East of England, said: “This has been a great opportunity to meet people from across CPRE, and to celebrate our achievements and the positive impact CPRE has had on our countryside.”

Fiona and Cake Fiona closeup
Dame Fiona Reynolds cuts the celebration cake Dame Fiona Reynolds addresses delegates
CPRE’s Oliver Hilliam  

Now available – the June CPRE East of England Regional Report.  For more information and a round-up of news on planning, transport, environmental and infrastructure issues please  click here  

Eye, Suffolk: Gas-fired power station.  Outcome and lessons – from CPRE Suffolk Chairman Andrew Fane.  Click here to read more

Give Peace a Chance

New research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, published today, shows that better data collection and a new indicator of tranquillity are needed to increase protection for England’s most peaceful areas.  To see the report click here

We’ve also launched our 2007 tranquillity maps in an interactive format – click here

The Value of the Natural Environment Conference

On the 17th March we were please to support Natural England in hosting a conference to explore the value of the natural environment in creating a foundation for economic growth and our health and wellbeing.

The event explored the value of the natural environment and distinctive landscapes in supporting economic development and health and wellbeing for Suffolk, Norfolk and the East of England as a whole. It also considered the challenges we face for nature to be truly recognised as the keystone of a prosperous economy and healthy society.

Presentations from our speakers can be found here:

Richard Carter Adnams

Caroline Angus     SCC Health and Wellbeing

Nick Collinson     Suffolk's Nature Strategy

Andrew Day     Countryside properties

Pat Holtom   Waveney Valley

Paul Morling     RSPB Local Economies

Richard Powell  Investing in our natural capital.

Pete Waters    Visit East Anglia

CPRE has launched a Transport Toolkit website which provides practical ideas on helping communities improve walking, cycling, car sharing or public transport where they live. No matter what your ambitions, there are ideas from small to big.  Find out more at http://www.transporttoolkit.org.uk/.

*The Campaign to Protect Rural England exists to promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country.

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