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The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today cautioned that the Government’s new Agri-Tech Strategy [1] needs to avoid the mistakes of the past when it comes to introducing new agricultural technology to increase food production. Previously, new technologies have had serious consequences for our countryside’s wildlife and landscape features such as hedgerows [2].

"Precisely at the moment when we should be defending the countryside, and making it more accessible because it gives us all what we need more freely than anything else under the sun – we are at grave risk of losing it." CPRE President Sir Andrew Motion

Friday, 12 July 2013 15:12

A small deposit delivers big benefits

he Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is coordinating the launch of the UK Deposit Alliance in London today (Wednesday), where speakers from across Europe will highlight how putting a small deposit on drinks containers increases recycling revenue and quality, creates jobs and eradicates litter.

With strawberries and cream the dish of the day at Wimbledon, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) calls for shoppers to stock up on seasonal local fruit of all types to give a boost to local food growers this summer.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announced today, Thursday 27th June, that the Environment Agency and Natural England should be retained as separate public bodies with separate purposes and functions.

CPRE today (Monday) releases the findings of a supermarket survey asking what the leading 7 supermarkets are doing to support the English countryside and food producers. We found that despite some welcome initiatives, they could easily do much more to help farmers and the countryside.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Spending Review the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging the Chancellor to promote the vitality of rural economies.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes the roll-out of rural broadband, but not at the expense of our beautiful rural landscapes.

A new Government report published today (Thursday) [1] calls on wind energy developers to work with communities in a fairer, more transparent way and to increase their level of investment in surrounding communities. The report comes as a new CPRE investigation [2] finds that most large wind farm schemes in England continue to offer local communities only a tiny fraction of the millions of pounds of profit that developers make from public subsidies and electricity sales to the grid. Wind farm developers in England also continue to offer consistently lower levels of community investment than in Scotland.

Proposals to extend the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks will be considered at a Public Inquiry, which starts tomorrow (Tuesday 4 June).

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