In CPRE Hampshire's work on rural matters, our main concern is with factors that influence the beauty and diversity of our countryside and the health of rural communities. We are deeply concerned to support farmers, for without a prosperous farming sector there is little hope that the countryside will be well maintained. We strongly support local foods, which are good for farmers, consumers and the countryside. Working with other like-minded organisations we encourage good provision of services in rural communities, affordable housing where it is needed for local people, and a healthy rural economy.
Farmers are crucial to the future of the Hampshire countryside because so much of it is farmed and will continue to be farmed. They are our most important countryside managers. Farmers need support to be able to give us the countryside we treasure. We can play our part by buying local foods at local outlets.
CPRE Hampshire supports local food production as a way of keeping the rural economy healthy. Since 2004 we have been involved in various projects, including sponsoring the Farmers' Market category of the Hampshire Life Food and Drink Awards. We have also worked with Winchester University to produce a local food directory in the Test Valley.
We spend much of our time fighting Government's demands for housing numbers beyond what is needed locally. Yet one concenrn is that many people cannot afford to buy homes in the countryside. CPRE Hampshire is highlihgting the need for affordable housing in Hampshire. CPRE's positive attitude to this issue has been recognised by our membership of the Affordable Rural Housing Commission.
Many rural communities are struggling to have the services they need to meet real needs. Whether its local bus services, a village hall, mobile library or health services, it is a challenge to deliver these to some communities in a cost effective manner. Much was learnt about local needs during the Rural Pathfinder programme that ran from 2005-7. The article below gives results of workshops conducted in 2005.
This page last updated 12th April 2011.
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