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For more than 50 years CPRE has campaigned to prevent damage to the countryside from the intensive and industrialised farming that threatens to alter its character and features irrevocably.

We continue to fight for a better food and farming system to protect the distinctiveness and diversity of the countryside, its patchwork beauty and health and the well-being of rural communities. We can look back and build on landmark campaigns including: 

  • In the 1980s CPRE fought the grant-aid scheme to drain Halvergate Marshes in the Norfolk Broads; this campaign went on to challenge and end EU funding for many damaging farm activities and achieved the first green farm payments.
  • The Government announced a straw and stubble burning ban from 1992, following a CPRE campaign that had started in 1983.
  • In 1997 CPRE’s 20-year campaign succeeded in securing better protection for historic and ecologically rich hedgerows being grubbed up to increase field sizes; the Hedgerow Regulations maintain this protection today.
  • Recently, we worked with Wildlife and Countryside LINK to ensure green farming schemes were properly funded by moving 12% of funds over from the basic farm subsidy to farmers; we campaigned to make sure new schemes from 2016 would be better targeted to achieve change at landscape level.
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