Could you lead the fight to protect the Peak District?

We are looking to recruit a new board chair for Friends of the Peak District/CPRE South Yorkshire in the near future and the details can be found  here:

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Could this be you?

We are seeking a high calibre candidate with outstanding team working and management skills who is able to support and motivate CPRE’s branches in the region.  The successful candidate will lead, inspire and provide strategic direction to CPRE East Midlands.  If you think you have attributes to spearhead this regional group please do apply.

Salary: This is a voluntary role, expenses will be paid
Based in the East Midlands Region
Closing date:
Wednesday 5 July 2016
Interview date:

To apply please send your CV and supporting statement that addresses the criteria in the role description to the address below.   Please ensure your supporting statement provides concise and specific examples to demonstrate your competencies, achievements and skills addressing the criteria listed.

Please ensure that you have included contact details, including your mobile phone number and your e-mail address.

Applications should be emailed to or posted to:  Sandra Farrington, HR Admin, Campaign to Protect Rural England, 5-11 Lavington Street, London, SE1 0NZ.  Tel: 020 7981 2800.

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Invest in Green Belt for the parks, paths and woodlands of tomorrow, says CPRE

Research demonstrates natural capital and public access value of Green Belt

New research published today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows the huge potential of the Green Belt in terms of amenity and nature conservation. CPRE is calling on the Government to prioritise investment in Green Belts in the forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment and make sure Green Belt protection is enforced.

Produced by environmental consultants ADAS, Nature Conservation and Recreational Opportunities in the Green Belt shows how Green Belt is particularly valuable in giving people access to the countryside and opportunities for recreation [1][2]. It also shows how the woodland and wetland in Green Belt can be enhanced to help us mitigate climate change. Continue reading

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New design guide will help solar panels shine

For the first time, a simple national guide helps property owners install attractive solar panels

161013-solar-panels-picGet them right, and they can be an attractive part of your home and lower your electricity bills. That’s the message about solar panels from a countryside charity and a leading building science centre, who have teamed up to prevent common design pitfalls.

The new guide and summary leaflet on solar design, published in October 2016 by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and BRE National Solar Centre, show how solar panels on buildings can look good whatever the structure or surrounding landscape [1,2].

Among the various design principles, CPRE advocates the use of panels that match the size and shape of existing roof tiles. Other suggestions include installing panels symmetrically or ensuring that panels fully cover the roof. Aimed at property owners, designers and installers, the guide and leaflet also illustrate how the sun is already helping to power an incredible range of the nation’s buildings – from homes and listed churches to greenhouses and office blocks.

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Register now for the new Bright Ideas Fund


We are very excited to tell you about the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, a new grant programme to help communities develop their budding community business ideas, launching this September.

The £1.85 million Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will offer community groups tailored support and grants of up to £20,000 to develop their ideas for a community business.

Register and be the first to receive the eligibility criteria and guidance when it’s released, direct to your inbox.

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What will Brexit mean for the environment?

160902 Brexit farmingCPRE member Andy Boddington writes an excellent monthly bulletin focusing on the South East – but its broad strategic scope means it’s relevant for the East Midlands too. He said yesterday:

“We are embarking on the biggest change in the way we are governed since we secured membership of the European Economic Community in 1973. Theresa May has said, “Brexit means Brexit”. At yesterday’s cabinet meeting, she ordered her ministers to stop debating whether Article 50 will be triggered. She wants a clear routemap for Britain leaving the European Union by 2020.”

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New farmers and new small farms can kick-start agricultural revolution

Brexit vote offers chance for farming to become more diverse and environmentally resilient

A new report released on 17 August 2016 by CPRE argues that farming in England needs to become more diverse to prove environmentally resilient and publicly accessible over the coming years [1]. Continue reading

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