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CPRE Essex is delighted to have patronage of His Majesty, The King

CPRE Essex is delighted to have patronage of His Majesty, The King

Friday 10 May 2024

CPRE Essex is absolutely delighted and honoured that His Majesty, The King has announced his patronage of CPRE, the countryside charity, after a review of royal patronages conducted by the Royal Household after His Majesty’s accession to the throne. CPRE has held royal patronage since we were founded in 1926 and The King will be […] Read more >

The majesty of Thaxted

The majesty of Thaxted

Thursday 9 May 2024

You might recall that we held last year’s CPRE Essex AGM in Thaxted, after which we took to the streets for Richard Haynes’s fascinating tour of this beautiful town. No one there could have failed to be captivated by the excursion and so we can only be grateful to lensman Gordon Ridgewell for his latest […] Read more >

Howe Wood: a bit of all-white!

Howe Wood: a bit of all-white!

Friday 3 May 2024

“It’s all white!” snaps photographer Gordon Ridgewell. “Howe Wood is looking a picture as the leaves are bursting open. What a great day!” Read more >

Cowslips. Well, if you’re in Essex anyway!

Cowslips. Well, if you’re in Essex anyway!

Wednesday 1 May 2024

A poser from photographer Gordon Ridgewell… “Are they cowslips or pagells?” he asks. “Some say cowslips grow in woodland and pagells grow in roadside verges. Others say they are all the same, but someone said if you live in Suffolk they are called pagells and if you live in Essex they are called cowslips. “Rightly […] Read more >

Pylons scheme: final consultation has begun. So it’s over to you…

Pylons scheme: final consultation has begun. So it’s over to you…

Monday 15 April 2024

The third and final consultation on National Grid’s plans to place a line of pylons from Norwich to Tilbury has just begun – and we urge everyone who is concerned about the scheme to get involved. The statutory consultation began on Wednesday, April 10, and runs until Tuesday, June 18. It is the last chance […] Read more >

Sweet, sour and blue

Sweet, sour and blue

Monday 15 April 2024

A strange one from photographer Gordon Ridgewell today… “The bluebells are now in flower at Howe Wood, Littlebury. They add to the smells of the countryside, along with the rape and dumping of sewage just along the road. A bit like sweet and sour.”. Mmm… Read more >

Countryside ahead on rooftop solar but England’s full potential overlooked

Countryside ahead on rooftop solar but England’s full potential overlooked

Wednesday 10 April 2024

New CPRE analysis reveals that homes in the countryside are leading the way on solar power generation. Forty-eight of the 50 English parliamentary constituencies with the highest domestic solar generation capacity are in rural areas, while all 200 of those with the lowest are in towns and cities. Analysis of local-authority data showed that rural […] Read more >

We wish you a happy and peaceful Easter

We wish you a happy and peaceful Easter

Thursday 28 March 2024

It’s blowing hard out there as we write this, with weather warnings issued, but Easter is almost here. And no flower is associated more with this lovely and important time than the daffodil. So over to photographer Gordon Ridgewell… “It’s ‘daff’ time of the year again. I had to call at St Mary’s Church, Wendens […] Read more >

The dandelions are early – but what about the wine?

The dandelions are early – but what about the wine?

Wednesday 27 March 2024

It might seem that spring is struggling to splutter into life, but photographer Gordon Ridgewell reminds us how nature’s cycle is very different to how it once was. “I have just seen dandelions in flower,” he tells us. “Back in the day – the 1960s – when I made wine it was always said to […] Read more >

Coggeshall, Open Gardens and the love of trees

Coggeshall, Open Gardens and the love of trees

Monday 25 March 2024

These pages have gone way too long without the writing of Anne Boileau. This particularly beautiful piece will surely touch us all. One of the striking features of Coggeshall is the surprise of the back gardens, which are often larger and more leafy than you would expect on seeing the front aspect on the street. […] Read more >