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Who we are

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Bill Waters

We are CPRE, the countryside charity. We want a thriving, beautiful countryside for everyone.

About CPRE, the countryside charity

We’re working for a countryside that’s rich in nature, accessible to everyone and playing a crucial role in responding to the climate emergency.

With a local CPRE group in every county, we’re advocating nationwide for the kind of countryside we all aspire to: one with sustainable, healthy communities and available to more people than ever, including those who haven’t benefited before. We stand for a countryside that enriches all of our lives, nourishing our wellbeing, and that we in turn nourish, protect and celebrate.

We’ve worked for almost a century to support and promote the countryside, and we’ll be doing this for generations to come. That’s why we call ourselves ‘the countryside charity’.

CPRE Kent

The Kent branch of CPRE is a registered charity in its own right and has groups of volunteers in each district as well as specialist groups covering issues such as transport problems and historic buildings.

  • President: Graham Clarke
  • Patron: Sir Robert Worcester
  • Vice-Presidents: Amanda Cottrell OBE, Damian Green MP, Tracey Crouch MP, Richard Knox-Johnston, Christine Drury, Nigel Britten
  • Chairman: John Wotton

The branch office has five members of staff:

  • Hilary Newport (Director)
  • Paul Buckley (Planner)
  • Julie Davies (Planner)
  • Vicky Ellis (General Manager)
  • David Mairs (Communications and PR Manager)