From Calum McGregor, CPRE <[email protected]>
Subject Let's regenerate the countryside
Date July 11, 2020 8:14 AM
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In this issue: our regeneration manifesto, a green recovery, and our new climate
action plan

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July 2020

Hi John

Connecting with nature was a lifeline for many of us during the hardest months
of the pandemic. Nature and the countryside cared for us during lockdown; now we
need to make sure that we care for it in return.

That’s why, last week, we launched our Regeneration Manifesto – our plan to
regenerate the countryside, green spaces and ourselves as we emerge from the
coronavirus crisis.

Right now, the government is making key decisions about how it’ll support our
economic recovery. We’re calling for the countryside to be at the heart of that

Find out more
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Last week, instead of focusing on a green recovery, the prime minister pledged
to cut planning 'red tape' and 'build, build, build', and appeared to blame
environmental protections for slowing down development.

But we know that deregulating planning simply won’t deliver the better quality
places and affordable homes that are needed - it’s already far too easy to build
poor quality homes, in the wrong places.

Handing more power to developers is the exact opposite of what we need.

We’ve already been in the newspapers opposing these plans, and we’ll be doing
more in the coming weeks to make sure the countryside isn’t sacrificed in the
rush to get the economy moving.

Read more
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Have you ever had a cup of tea with your MP?

Last week, hundreds of CPRE supporters did just that as they took part in the
first ever online mass lobby of MPs on climate change.

Organised by the Climate Coalition, of which CPRE is a part, thousands of people
across the country met their MPs online, and asked them how they would support a
green and fair recovery as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis.

CPRE supporters asked their MPs to put the countryside at the heart of the
recovery and the fight against climate breakdown.

Read all about it
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Climate change is a huge threat to our countryside. It could alter the
landscapes we love, increase flooding and threaten our food supplies.

But there’s good news: the countryside can provide many of the solutions.

This week, we launched our new report, Greener, Better, Faster, which sets out
how we can harness the power of the countryside to tackle climate change.

From planting more hedgerows, restoring peatlands and moving to more sustainable
farming, here are five ways the countryside can help us tackle the climate

Five ways - Read now
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We’re back with the second episode of the Countryside Voices podcast!

This time we explore the experience of rural communities during lockdown, and
how these might help regenerate the countryside in the future.

We discuss the lockdown and its aftermath with Simon Murray, the new Chair of
CPRE, and Leicestershire farmer Donya Donger.

We find out what they think needs to happen next to help rural businesses and
communities thrive as we emerge from the pandemic.

Listen now
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We believe the countryside is for everyone. That’s why we’re committed to
amplifying the voices of people not currently benefiting from the countryside,
and widening access so more people than ever can enjoy it.

Louisa Adjoa Parker is a writer and poet who has lived in the countryside for
much of her life.

She has been researching the black and brown British rural experience for nearly
two decades, telling her own and others’ stories.

Louisa reflects here on race, the experiences of black and brown people in rural
areas and how the Black Lives Matter movement touches the English countryside.

Read Louisa's piece
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Ever thought of holding a CPRE fundraising event? We are super excited to launch
CPRE’s first DIY fundraising guide, full of tips, templates, posters and more to
help your fundraising fly.

We hope you feel inspired to fundraise for our countryside.

If so, please sign up to get your guide, bake some cakes, host a Zoom or
socially-distant quiz, or take on a litter picking challenge, and do it all in
aid of CPRE.

Get the guide
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Thanks for everything you do to support the countryside. We wish you, your
family and friends all the best over the coming weeks and months.

Calum McGregor

Digital Engagement Officer

CPRE The countryside charity


CPRE is funded by donations from people like you. Together, we can help our
beautiful countryside thrive, for everyone’s benefit - now and for generations
to come.

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for everyone to value and enjoy. Founded in 1926, we’re a grassroots
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