The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is a national charity founded in 1926 and has become over the last 90 years the foremost champion of the English countryside. We have a National Office in London which sets out to influence national policy and to raise awareness nation-wide of the big issues affecting the countryside by mounting national campaigns. And some 40 or so County Branches around the country who concentrate on local issues.
Devon CPRE is an independent separate charity, registered charity number 1175228 and we focus on Devon – its countryside and green spaces.
Our aim remains to protect the Devon countryside in a way that underpins the local economy whilst maintaining all that is best in the balance between necessary development and a tranquil, productive and beautiful environment. We are the only independent, non-aligned, non political organisation working throughout the whole County to protect Devon’s countryside, green spaces and environment and we do this by getting involved with the planning process.
Outside our National Office, CPRE is run largely by volunteers who devote an inordinate amount of time and effort, not just to the mass of contentious planning applications that come their way, but to attending Public Inquiries and Appeals on behalf of the membership. The planning system has been changed dramatically by this present Government and we are seeing a tidal wave of proposals for development throughout the County, many proposals clearly being quite unrelated to the actual needs of the local community.
We need your help, both with practical assistance if you have some useful experience or expertise, or by becoming a member or donating to our funds to help the many causes we are championing at any one time. It is your countryside and we need all the help we can get. As an independent charity, Devon CPRE relies solely on memberships, donations and legacies. With more support we can do more to protect Devon’s countryside and green spaces.
Our committed team are as follows:
CPRE Devon Trustees: Steve Crowther (Chairman); Mike Best (Treasurer); Dale Hall, Caroline Crowther, Rachael Hall and Grahame Bartleet.
Our President is Professor Nick Groom. And our Vice Presidents are Robin Hogg and Rebecca Bartleet.
Branch Director: Penny Mills. Tel: 01392 966737 email: email@example.com
We also lucky to have some expert topic spokesmen – and these are Dr Phillip Bratby (energy) and Ivan Buxton (wildlife and the natural environment).
Our Branch Plan here sets out our current aims and campaigns, and our members receive our regular newsletter, Devon Voice, with updates of our campaigns and news across the county and those members for whom we have an email address also receive our monthly ebulletin. Our recent newsletters and Annual Reports are available for members on this website.
In addition to a variety of meetings and events which we organise throughout the year across the County, we hold an AGM to which all members are invited. Our 2015 AGM was held in Tiverton, our 2016 AGM in Modbury in the South Hams and our 2017 & 2018 AGMs in Hatherleigh. Our 2019 AGM took place in Dawlish. Our AGM for 2020 was due to be held in Exeter in April, but due to coronavirus was postponed and held virtually by Zoom on 29th October 2020. Our 2021 AGM was also held virtually by Zoom on 30th September 2021, as was our 2022 AGM held by Zoom on 20th October 2022. Our 2023 AGM was held on 12th October at RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington.