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Press Release: 21st February 2012

Conservation partnership for countryside and gardens

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (Hampshire) and the Hampshire Gardens Trust (HGT), two local charities, have signed a new, strategic partnership to work together on conservation issues that affect the County's countryside, landscape, gardens and historic environment.

Gilly Drummond and Sir Brian Brown

Gilly Drummond, president Hampshire Gardens Trust
with Sir Brian Brown, president CPRE Hampshire

The new arrangement will bring the charities closer together, formalising a joint, collaborative approach on matters such as development proposals and conservation projects. Together the charities have about 2,500 members, who will be encouraged to help each other wherever possible on projects of mutual interest.

The agreement was signed by Mrs Gilly Drummond OBE DL, President of the Hampshire Gardens Trust and Sir Brian Brown, President of CPRE Hampshire.

Anthony McEwen, director of CPRE Hampshire said:

"We shall be able to act promptly and efficiently together where planning proposals may impact on significant areas of the countryside, designed historic landscapes and gardens, or green spaces of value to local communities. The result will be more informed conservation, benefiting all the residents of Hampshire."

Gilly Drummond of Hampshire Gardens Trust agreed, saying:

"Working together will help to look after the County's green spaces. These are of such benefit to all."

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Notes to editors

CPRE Hampshire is a local charity which stands up for the countryside. It works to influence how we plan our communities to make them better places to live and work, to ensure that a living countryside is protected for all to enjoy, now and in future generations.

Hampshire Gardens Trust is the only voluntary organisation in the County to identify the needs of and opportunities to conserve, protect and enhance its rich heritage of parks, gardens and designed green spaces. It offers expert, free advice and appropriate project grants to raise awareness of the value of these special places; and works with schools on projects in school grounds as the first step towards understanding landscape.

For all media enquiries, please contact:
Keren Burney, media & communications officer, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01730 894123   Mobile: 07876 780065

For information on CPRE, please contact:
Anthony McEwen, Director, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01962 779185   Mobile: 07717 296025



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