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Volunteering at CPRE Gloucestershire with Ashley Smith

We spoke with one of our brilliant volunteers Ashley Smith about what it’s like to volunteer with CPRE Gloucestershire.

Ashley started volunteering with us at the age of 19. He sits on our District Committee in Stroud, one of our 6 District Committees across the county. Ashley tells us what attracted him to volunteering with CPRE Gloucestershire in the first place, and talks about the holistic nature of the organisation – with projects and campaigns around the climate emergency, planning and development, rural transport, hedgerows and stone stiles, to name a few.

Ashley talks about the activities he’s involved with as a volunteer committee member and what he gets out of volunteering.

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We are looking for more volunteers to join our District Committees. If you have a bit or a lot of spare time and an interest in the countryside, please get in touch to find out more. Email

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About the Interviewer:

Mark Hurrell has lived in Gloucestershire for over 30 years and was the editor of BBC Radio Gloucestershire from 2002 to 2016. His career in the media has been long and varied including a spell at BBC Points West TV where he was a regular presenter and reporter. Mark also worked on the BBC‘s coverage of WW1 and other major projects. He is a governor at the King’s School, Gloucester and was involved in the setting up of the Pied Piper appeal. In his spare time Mark is a keen amateur singer and supporter of Gloucester Rugby.