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A Tale of Two Woods

A Tale of Two Woods

April 17, 2020

Writer Anne Boileau kindly offered CPRE Essex this delightful story celebrating our glorious woodlands earlier in the year, before any of us had any idea of what was about to befall the country. Now, however, as we long to return to our favourite countryside places, is an ideal time to settle down and enjoy Anne’s […] Read more >

High Sheriff of Essex: why I’m targeting the menace of litter

High Sheriff of Essex: why I’m targeting the menace of litter

September 11, 2019

Dr James Bettley, High Sheriff of Essex, has chosen to make litter one of the themes of his year in office. Here he writes for CPRE Essex on why he feels so strongly about the issue and tells how he has been joining volunteers across the county as they tackle a seemingly ever-present scourge. For […] Read more >

Appreciating our countryside

Appreciating our countryside

July 10, 2019

Delegates at last month’s CPRE conference in Birmingham were urged to encourage more people to engage with the countryside. Here CPRE Essex vice-chairman Tricia Moxey does her bit and extols the joys of rural walking, highlighting the benefits it can bring to our overall well-being.    Recent publicity has been encouraging us to spend time outside […] Read more >

Campaign through design

Campaign through design

January 7, 2019

This is the third blog that Ben Nourse, a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, is sharing with CPRE Essex.    Artificial countryside We must remember that an experience in the English countryside is not an experience with nature. The Domesday Book […] Read more >

There are other options to the car – perhaps our authorities might like to consider them

There are other options to the car – perhaps our authorities might like to consider them

December 19, 2018

The Lower Thames Crossing between Kent and Essex would destroy swathes of countryside on both sides of the river. This piece by Alex Hills, chairman of Dartford and Gravesham CPRE, relates to transport systems in north-west Kent, but the principles of his argument are just as pertinent in south Essex   Since the 1950s, successive governments […] Read more >

The Lower Thames Crossing… a helping hand for a serial killer?

The Lower Thames Crossing… a helping hand for a serial killer?

November 28, 2018

With the prospect of the Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent threatening swathes of countryside on both sides of the river, Alex Hills, chairman of Gravesham CPRE, offers his view on government roads policy while also asking if we’re all doing our bit to tackle air pollution By continuing to build poorly planned new […] Read more >

Red, white and grey… a standardised national landscape

Red, white and grey… a standardised national landscape

November 21, 2018

This is the second blog that Ben Nourse, a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, is sharing with CPRE Essex.    In 1955, Ian Nairn famously coined the phrase ‘subtopia’, a term referring to the suburban monotonisation of English landscapes. Architectural critic […] Read more >

How green is our Brexit?

How green is our Brexit?

October 31, 2018

So what’s the future for our natural heritage once this country has departed the EU? CPRE environment expert Graham Warren considers the options… The natural environment barely got a mention in the pre-Brexit referendum barrage of half-truths and ‘alternative facts’ and would, even now, struggle to make the top 10 of the government’s shopping list. […] Read more >

Development disparity

Development disparity

October 24, 2018

Those of you at this month’s AGM would have heard a short talk entitled Towards a New Rural in which Ben Nourse confronted the issue of the huge numbers of new homes being foisted on Essex by central government. Ben is a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a […] Read more >