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Local Group Web Manager: Richard Lloyd - CPRE Gloucestershire
Local Group Web Manager: Richard Lloyd

Local Group Web Manager: Richard Lloyd

Sunday, 30 September 2018 12:58

2018 Branch AGM

Lack of Affordable Housing was a main topic at the 2018 AGM

There was a record turnout for the 2018 Branch AGM held at the Renishaw’s ‘state of the art’ Innovation Centre which had recieved a CPRE Gloucestershire Award in 2016. Before and after the more formal business, those who wished were able to view demonstrations of Renishaw’s frontiers-of-technology applications, ranging from in-built precision measuring equipment to three-dimensional printing.  The highlight of the afternoon was the talk by our guest speaker, Baroness Young of Old Scone.

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 14:32

Give as you Live

Are you passionate about the countryside? Do you do online shopping? You can do one and help save the other!

Shop with your favourite stores and they will donate to CPRE Gloucestershire. All at no extra cost to you.

Its so easy. Step one: just join for free here! Step two: Don’t forget to install the Donation Reminder here. You're done!

Thousands of stores have signed up to donate a percentage of every online purchase made by one of our supporters. These include many stores you might shop with regularly, like Amazon and Tesco. Give as you Live works with 4,200 leading stores that have signed up to donate to a charity of your choice with every online purchase you make. 

It takes seconds to join up and then when you shop at your favourite online stores they will donate a percentage of your total spend. The Donation Reminder reminds you every time you enter an online shop that is part of the Give as you Live scheme.

Giving a donation at no extra cost to you…

So quick.

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So simple.

Friday, 23 February 2018 10:26

Planning application responses 2018

Selected responses to planning applications by CPRE Gloucestershire in 2018

21 February 2018


Although CPRE welcomes the Government’s commitment to deliver a road scheme to resolve long-standing problems of congestion, road safety and air quality, the environment charity has serious concerns about present proposals.  The environmental sensitivity of the Crickley Hill area cannot be overstated.  As part of the designated Cotswolds AONB, this dramatic landscape has important nationally recognised wildlife habitats and ancient monuments. All these factors demand a road scheme designed to embrace environmental considerations at its very heart rather than as an add on.

12 February 2018

CPRE Gloucestershire has launched its 2018 Rural Excellence Awards scheme at Vegetable Matters, the new North Cotswolds farm Shop in Ebrington.


15 November 2017


Today sees the publication of an independent review by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) of housing development in England’s AONBs.

8 November 2017

'Building with Nature’ is the UK’s first certification scheme for green infrastructure.  Developed by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust in partnership with the University of the West of England, it aims to increase the quality of new development to deliver real benefits for communities and the environment.

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 08:55

2017 Tree Charter launched in Lincoln Castle

7 November 2017

The 2017 Tree Charter was launched in Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017 with the unveiling of the champion Charter Pole, carved by artist Simon Clements.

24 October 2017

CPRE Gloucestershire has celebrated its 10th year of presenting awards.  At a ceremony held at Highnam Court on 4th October, Viscount Bledisloe presented awards to ten projects from all over the county that have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the environment and to local  communities.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:04

Awards recipients in 2018


Greystones Farm Discovery Centre – Cotswold District

The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Greystones Farm is a place where people of all ages can discover what’s special about the Cotswolds countryside and learn about its wildlife and history. Farm buildings have been imaginatively converted to provide a hands-on education centre. The meadows are grazed and milk from the cows used to make single Gloucester cheese

Citation: For a project combining renovation of farm buildings, wildlife conservation and development of ‘old skills,’ creating a sustainable community and educational centre, used by all ages, helped by volunteers and continuing the work previously carried out at Greystones Farm and to the same high standard

Hayles Abbey Halt – Tewkesbury Borough

Hayles Abbey Halt closed in 1960 when the local railway service ceased.  Located on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway it has now been rebuilt, reopening in 2017.  The structure of the new halt faithfully follows that of the original. Its construction was undertaken entirely by volunteers with meticulous attention to detail

Citation: For planning and implementing the reconstruction of a missing feature on the Goucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway with local support and involvement, and completed by volunteer labour in less than a year

Kings Lodge, Cinderford – Forest of Dean District

92 homes have been built on a brown field site in a mix of house types and tenures. The development is contemporary in its visual appearance, and with a well-chosen palate of external materials has achieved a distinct character and sense of place. The properties are also highly energy efficient being built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four

Citation: For the completion of a well- designed partnership housing project that has transformed a derelict brownfield site into an attractive environment for sustainable living

The Raymond Fenton Centre – Cotswold District

The Centre is a new youth and community building in South Cerney, designed to a brief from the Parish Council and with community input. It comprises an indoor sports hall, a café with an outside area, and a smaller ‘group’ room.  The building looks good, fits in well with its surroundings, admirably meets the various space requirements, and is highly energy efficient

Citation: For planning a community centre with local consultation, which sits sympathetically within new residential properties, is well designed, energy efficient and used by the local community for a variety of pursuits

Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Tewkesbury Borough

A 114 acre wetland reserve along the River Swilgate, the brainchild of local residents who saw the potential of this flood prone area to enhance wildlife and provide a real asset for the community.  Following the setting up of a Trust in 2012 and advice from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the reserve has been created and is managed through volunteers

Citation: For planning, implementing and managing the creation of an extensive wetland nature reserve with public involvement and benefit

Whittington Close, St Briavels – Forest of Dean District

Nine affordable homes on a rural exception site which benefited greatly from early engagement with the community.  This influenced the design of the development. The properties are deliberately small scale with a reduced eaves height and with dormers and hips to break up the roof line and follow the vernacular style of the older parts of the village

Citation: For engaging with partners and the community in developing design principles leading to the planning, construction and letting of affordable housing in a rural village

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