The countryside champions

About CPRE Hampshire

Hampshire has some of the most beautiful and varied countryside in England. Our downland, woodland and field landscape offers views with enduring beauty and character. We have two National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which provide a rural retreat from the pace of modern life. We also have fine countryside which is not nationally designated but is distinctive, beautiful and much valued by local communities. Our unique chalk streams and water meadows are admired by many the world over. Along the coastal fringe, dissected by estuaries and river mouths wildlife still finds a peaceful refuge. This is why the Hampshire countryside is so important to all those who live and visit our beautiful County and we at CPRE Hampshire are dedicated to conserving and enhancing it.

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CPRE Hampshire is a local charity dedicated to the needs of the Hampshire community. We want a beautiful, diverse and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy.

As a forward thinking and constructive organisation, we campaign for the best solutions for our countryside - listening to the needs of local communities whilst respecting our Hampshire heritage.

It is only through vigilance and vigorous campaigning that we will be able to fulfil our ambition to serve the local community by keeping Hampshire as beautiful as it now is and leaving it a better place for future generations. CPRE Hampshire is the only charity dedicated to this purpose.

Our Vision: What do we want Hampshire to look like?

Our vision in Hampshire is of a beautiful, diverse and living countryside which is valued forever. We see Hampshire as leading the way in conservation enhancement of our countryside whilst meeting local needs.

Our vision for the countryside in 2026 (our centenary year) is realistic and achievable. Indeed, there are already many examples in Hampshire of the vision becoming reality.

Did You Know?

  • CPRE Hampshire was founded on 14 January 1966 and celebrated its 40th birthday at its 2006 AGM.
  • CPRE Hampshire is a registered charity and a branch of the national CPRE charity
  • CPRE Hampshire is at the heart of planning processes and works together with policy-makers, other voluntary organisations and the general public, ensuring appropriate requirements are met and not at the expense of the countryside.
  • CPRE Hampshire is non-political and funded through membership subscriptions, donations, legacies and fundraising activities.

For more information

The links on the left tell you in more detail about our long term vision, how we are organised and what we do. You may also like to contact us if you have a specific request or would like to volunteer. To summarise the words of our former chairman (John Venning):

"We are above all a positive, creative outfit, campaigning for the things we believe will make people's lives better."



This page last updated 28th March 2011.

CPRE Hampshire works throughout Hampshire across all Districts and including the two National Parks. We are a charity dedicated to the needs of the Hampshire community and striving for a beautiful, diverse and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy.



Our vision is that by 2026 the quality of much of our countryside will have improved
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Read the CPRE 2026 Vision booklet (PDF)


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