The proposals for High Speed 2 (HS2), initially from London to Birmingham, are as weighty as they are controversial, whether in relation to the countryside the proposed High Speed Line might pass through or the cities it could miss out. Public consultation started on 28 February 2011 and will run to 29 July 2011.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England sets out an inspiring and optimistic vision for the future of the English countryside, our greatest national asset. 2026 – A Vision for the Countryside describes the countryside CPRE wants to see in 2026, the charity's centenary year.
Tranquillity is important for everyone – for our hearts, minds and bodies. We all need to 'get away from it all' every now and then. Tranquil areas provide a means of doing this in a crowded, heavily built-up country. Being largely natural and free from intrusive manmade noise and structures, tranquil areas in the countryside allow us to escape the noise and stress of cities, towns and suburbs, to be inspired and to get refreshed.
With over 450 individual and 75 corporate members, CPRE Buckinghamshire is one of 42 county-based branches that make up the field organisation of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Our aim is to to promote the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country. We want to see a working countryside that enriches our quality of life, as well as providing us with crucial natural resources, including food.
We work with other campaigning organisations, local government, businesses and individuals. We seek partnerships with those that share our values and goals, and open dialogue with the uncommitted. We challenge those who threaten the countryside.
We operate in the area administered by Buckinghamshire County Council - including the four district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe - and by Milton Keynes Council. Much of our work is done by our district groups.
We are all volunteers, brought together by a shared commitment.
Chairman, Stan Jones
Secretary, John Wood
Treasurer, John Hayzelden
Chairman, North Bucks District, Peter Hall
Chairman, Penn Country District, David Harris
Chairman, Vale of Aylesbury District, Andrew Wild
Representing Mid-Chiltern District, David Jarman
Mid-Chiltern, covering the Wycombe District Council area.
North Bucks, covering the Milton Keynes Council area, including Olney.
Penn Country, covering the Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council areas.
Vale of Aylesbury, covering the Aylesbury Vale District Council area.
To make initial contact with a District Group, please use one of the methods of contacting the Buckinghamshire Branch.
There are a number of different ways in which you can help our work:
Become a member: Joining CPRE nationally automatically gives you membership of your local branch. This is the ideal route for people who want to support us financially but do not have the time to take an active part in our work. Details on how to join are on the national CPRE website. Alternatively printout and return this membership form.
Become an active volunteer to develop your particular interest: You do not have to be a paid-up member of CPRE to work with us. If you have a particular interest you want to pursue, and it is consistent with our objectives, we would like to hear from you. Contact us and we will arrange a discussion with you.
Take on one of our volunteer jobs: There are sometimes specific roles in the branch we would like to develop. For more information, contact us.