Heritage organisations

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

The CPRE was founded in 1926 by Sir Patrick Abercrombie and now has 200 local groups, including a branch in every county.

We campaign for a beautiful and living countryside that everyone can enjoy, working to influence local and national policies to protect landscape character and diversity. CPRE regards England’s built and natural heritage as essential to the local distinctiveness of our countryside. We work to protect landscape features like hedgerows and dry-stone walls, and the Green Belt setting of historic towns such as Bath and York. Our dedicated volunteers campaign on behalf of local communities, improving local environments and influencing planning decisions.

Areas of interest

  • Housing and planning
  • Green belt and landscape issues
  • Countryside character
  • Transport
  • Farming and food
  • Energy and waste

Please note that CPRE cannot help with:

  • Planning permission applications
  • Legal advice regarding planning permission


  • CPRE Mark - The Mark is awarded by CPRE branches to projects and developments that exhibit an emphasis on sustainability and have a positive impact on the local countryside and to the local community.


CPRE is not a grant-making body.