From Calum McGregor, CPRE <[email protected]>
Subject A planning system shake-up
Date August 8, 2020 8:09 AM
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In this issue: changes to planning, a green recovery, butterflies and the story
of peat

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August 2020

Hi John

This time of year is the time of plenty in the countryside. Bees are buzzing,
hedgerows and trees are starting to fruit, and the late summer wildflowers
splash colour across the landscape.

If you're staying at home over summer, why not make the most of the green spaces
you can find on your doorstep? Maybe you’ll even spot some summer wildlife!
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We’re certainly not resting on our laurels over the summer months – read on for
all the latest updates and news from all of us at CPRE.


Communities coming together to shape their local area and protect green spaces
is a key tenet of the planning system.

But the government is proposing changes that would drastically undermine the
voice of the community, reduce the scope to provide genuinely affordable homes
in rural areas, and fail to protect nature.

Last week, we joined forces with 17 charities to show a united front to oppose
the government's plans, and this week we were in the media highlighting the
risks to the countryside if the changes go ahead.

We’ll need your help to step up for community voice and the countryside - stay
tuned for how you can get involved in the campaign.

Find out more
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We’re at a crossroads. The government is drawing up plans for how to help the
country regenerate after coronavirus.

This is an opportunity to shape a future where everyone has a countryside to
explore, an affordable place to live and a stable climate.

But right now, the government is heading in the opposite direction – pouring
more money into road-building and threatening to rip up the planning system.

We need our voices to be heard loud and clear. An incredible 15,000 people have
already signed our petition - will you add your name?

Sign the petition
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In this latest episode, we talk about getting children out in nature, why it’s
so important, and how to break down the barriers they face so that more young
people have the opportunity to experience our most iconic countryside.

We’re joined by young environmentalist and campaigner Dr Mya-Rose Craig, Iesha
Small, head of strategy and policy at the Youth Hostel Association, and Mark
Robinson, a campaigner at CPRE.

Listen on our website, or subscribe on your podcast app to make sure you don’t
miss an episode!

Listen now
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What would the English countryside be without butterflies? They bring a vivid
flash of colour as they flutter about on a warm breeze.

Summer is a fantastic time of year to see butterflies when you’re out and about.
But do you know a skipper from a painted lady? Or which of our common
butterflies is an intrepid inter-continental explorer?

Here are our top 10 butterflies you can see in summer, and how to identify them.

Discover butterflies
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What is peat? Well, peat is a soggy, boggy soil that's common in upland areas of

But did you know that peatlands are our biggest store of carbon in the UK, a
haven for many rare and endangered species, and help prevent flooding?

If we don’t care for them properly, the resulting carbon emissions could wipe
out all the carbon savings made through new and existing forests. But,
frustratingly, few of our peatlands are in good shape.

Here's everything you need to know about peatlands, why they’re so important,
and what we're doing to make them healthy again.

The story of peat
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If you had the opportunity to make travel in your area greener, safer and easier
on the planet, what would you change? Build better cycle lanes? More bus routes?
Charging points for electric cars?

Now’s your chance to make change. The government is asking the nation for their
views on how they should make transport greener and low-carbon.

We’ve put together a vision for a greener future for transport in the
countryside – will you tell the government the changes you want to see?­

Head to the article for how to take action.

Greener transport
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Thank you 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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