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CPRW launches its manifesto for the Senedd Elections

CPRW has launched its Manifesto for the upcoming Senedd elections. The English version can be found here The Welsh version can be found here

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CPRW responds to the Agriculture (Wales) white paper

Our full response to this consultation can be found here

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Update on Future Wales

We have produced an update on Future Wales, where we give a cautious welcome to the CCERA Committee's scrutiny report. It can be read here

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CPRW responds to agricultural pollution regulations

CPRW has responded to the Minister's announcement on agricultural pollution regulations.  Our Press Release can be found here

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CPRW responds to NRW consultation on Ammonia & nitrogen guidance for intensive livestock farming

CPRW has responded to NRW's recent consultation on new ammonia and nitrogen guidance for intensive livestock farming. Our response can be found here

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CPRW appoints a new CEO

The Campaign for the Protection for Rural Wales (CPRW) has appointed Jon Parker as its new Chief Executive. Established in 1928, the charity has sought to protect the landscape and communities of rural Wales through its campaigns and partnerships, focusing on sustainable development and environmental protection. Jon joins the organisation from a career working in the private and public sector, with experience of community-led local development in rural Wales, agri-food, fisheries and…

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CPRW makes submission to CCERA

In mid-October CPRW made a detailed submission to ‘CCERA’ * - the Senedd Committee undertaking a formal scrutiny of ‘Future Wales’ (the updated and revised working draft version of the NDF). It can be read here   We argued that FW has been distorted by the rogue agenda on RE due to the exclusion of its key marine component and the false focus on onshore wind. The RE assessment should be re-cast to fuse the NDF and National Marine Plan approach within one separate…

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NDF debate in the Senedd

Following the debate in the Senedd on the NDF, we have produced a summary of the discussion held. The transcript can be found here

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Environmental NGOs unite in call for a moratorium on intensive poultry units

A range of Environmental NGO's have called for a moratorium on Intensive Poultry Units (IPU's) in Wales. The full report can be read here

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Open letter sent to Members of the Senedd regarding the NDF

CPRW have sent an open letter to the Members of the Senedd (MS) prior to the scrutiny period of the NDF.   The latest public version of the NDF states that the necessary and huge increase in capacity must come from large-scale land-based wind turbines and solar farms in 15 ‘Priority Areas’ scattered through 20% of the Welsh countryside. There is no reference to the escalating potential of marine and offshore technology which Ministers advocate and support as the key to…

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CPRW launches campaign to save Wales’ rivers

Whilst we have all been staying at home and protecting our communities, CPRW’s incredible volunteers have been continuing to research and campaign to protect the countryside we all care about so much.  As the Pandemic has raged, we have been working on many fronts, but now we are blowing the whistle on a terrible, accelerating threat to some of our most important rivers - we have to act urgently. All across Wales industrial levels of animal waste, generated in enormous…

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Position Paper on Montgomeryshire post COVID19 published

CPRW Montgomeryshire Branch have published their position paper on "Montgomeryshire post COVID19".   It can be read in full here

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CPRW continue to fight for the Gwent Levels!

 (1) Don't give away St Bride’s …..  Extensive details have just appeared of a proposal to plonk a giant solar panel and battery “farm” on the unspoilt SSSI at St Bride’s, close to the villages of Marshfield, Wentlooge and Peterstone. The panels would cover 155 hectares - over 13% of the entire site which forms an integral part of the Gwent Levels. Estate agents Savills have been hired by the landowners to write up the proposals as favourably as…

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June e bulletin

The June bulletin has been published.  It can be found here

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CPRW SLAMS PLANS TO INCINERATE PLASTIC WASTE ON GWENT LEVELS & DEMANDS RESPONSE FROM WELSH MINISTERS

CPRW has issued a further Press Release on the Uskmouth Incinerator.  The full release can be read here Photo:  Photo © Robin Drayton (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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May bulletin published

The May edition of the e bulletin is now available here

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Please support the NFU petition on Food Standards

Trade talks are taking place with the US and it is reported that the UK may agree to the imports of US produced foods which do not meet UK food standards . While UK environmental and food standards have room for improvement, we fully support this important NFU petition to the UK government to create law to prevent the import of foods which would be illegal to produce here:  https://www.campaigns.nfuonline.com/page/56262/petition/1?locale=en-GB

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April e bulletin published

The April edition of the Members' e bulletin can be read here. If you are interested in becoming a CPRW member and receiving this every month, then please join us today!

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Coronavirus - statement from CPRW

Due to the current unprecedented situation which we all find ourselves in, the Head Office in Welshpool is currently closed.  Our Operations Manager is currently working from home. Trustees have communicated to our Branches that all meetings should be cancelled for the time being.  Our Village Awards which were due to be held in Montgomeryshire, Conwy and Caernarfonshire have all been postponed until 2021. If you need to contact CPRW on an urgent matter, then please call the office…

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NDF - The story so far!

We have produced a summary of the CPRW/NDF saga to date! It can be read here Rest assured that we are still fighting this battle on behalf of our beloved Welsh Landscapes!

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Saving the Gwent Levels

CRPW member Rob Hepworth has written the story of the battle to protect the Gwent Levels from the proposed M4 relief road, from his perspective as Chair of the CALM campaign. A shorter version will be published in our Spring 2020 magazine, but the full account is presented here:  https://cprw.org.uk/cms-data/resources/DRAFT%20CALM%20ARTICLE%201_1_20%20003.pdf    

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National Development Framework - CPRW issues urgent interim response

7 November 2019 The NDF’s flawed Renewable Energy Assessment must be re-considered The landscape and rural life charity CPRW is preparing a detailed response to the whole NDF consultation but has submitted an urgent interim request to the Welsh Government arguing that its Renewable Energy (RE) text is so misconceived and error-laden that it is unfit for purpose, should be removed from the NDF and be re-written. In the letter (click to open in a new window) CPRW’s Chair…

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Sustainable Farming and Our Land: Response to post-Brexit proposals

November 2019 Farming and countryside at a crossroads – care needed when turning! CPRW welcomes the spirit of these proposals for a new sustainable and well-targeted farm policy after Brexit, which should apply in principle even if we ‘Remain’. It is refreshing to see the multi-purpose link between ‘public goods’ and farming clearly stated, which CPRW sees as a strengthened reason for long-term and well-focussed financial support financed by the proposed…

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Alert: NDF consultation - new deadline!

The consultation period for the Draft National Development Framework (NDF) is being extended by two weeks and will now close on Friday 15 November 2019.  Please make your voice heard: this will be our only opportunity. Read here for more: https://gov.wales/written-statement-extension-consultation-draft-national-development-framework About the NDF: The proposals set new Priority Areas sweeping across large parts of Wales - to be allocated for further wind farms and solar arrays as…

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Action Alert: September 2019 – Save our Welsh Countryside!

Welsh Government Plans to Industrialise Our Countryside and Overturn Local Democracy   The draft ‘National Development Framework’ has just been issued by Welsh Government and is going through a tick box “consultation.” Please make your voice heard by November 1st: this will be our only opportunity.   The proposals set new Priority Areas sweeping across large parts of Wales - to be allocated for further wind farms and solar arrays as shown on the map here.…

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Action Alert: Save our Welsh Countryside!

Action Alert: September 2019 Save our Welsh Countryside!   The Welsh Government’s draft National Development Framework contains expanded renewable energy plans to industrialise vast new areas of our countryside. The draft NDF is going through a consultation process. PLEASE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD BY NOVEMBER 1st:   This will be your only opportunity. The proposals set new Priority Areas sweeping across large parts of Wales - to be allocated for further wind farms and…

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CPRW Welcomes the Eisteddfod but warns of threats to the Welsh Countryside

Members of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) are delighted that the National Eisteddfod is being held in the beautiful Conwy valley town of Llanrwst, with its iconic stone bridge and buildings. We congratulate all involved in finding a new site here after the exceptional flooding earlier this year. The Eisteddfod is an essential expression of the perpetual survival of the language and culture of our land (“Gwlad”). CPRW has been working for over 90 years to…

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Farm support is vital for the landscape and communities of rural Wales

As Wales celebrates its 100th Royal Welsh Show, the countryside is again  top news and top politics.  But this year is so different.  The farming community is more than ever aware of the landscape, ecosystems  and communities that it can either sustain  - or even imperil.  As Brexit (probably with No Deal) approaches, it’s now essential that the farmers of rural Wales are newly funded to give them an explicit role as custodians of our wonderful…

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Caernarfonshire Branch Summer events list published

Caernarfonshire Branch CPRW : Summer Events This year our themes are Community Enterprises (notably drink) and wild plant communities. Saturday May 18th Moel y Ci Farm, near Bangor  (400m off B4366 on Tregarth road) Moel y Ci has gone through some difficulties since our last visit but has now re-established itself as a Community Interest Company.  We plan a visit for lunch in their restored barn up by the farmhouse. We will then have a talk about the new developments, both the…

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CPRW welcomes NRW’s guidance on LSCA

March 2019 National Resources Wales’ draft guidance on Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity Assessment (LSCA) for wind and solar developments is stymied by the flawed context set by the Welsh Government CPRW welcomes NRW’s guidance on LSCA because the landscapes of Wales are its prime concern and form a key ingredient in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015. The Welsh Government’s Planning Policy Wales Edition 10 (PPW10) of December 2018 contains an explicit approach…

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Urgent appeal launched

You could be the last defence of the Welsh landscape. Will you help take perhaps our most important battle yet to the High Court? In CPRW’s 90th year we have so much to celebrate. But we can’t rest now. Not when we have the chance to stop a sinister decision that could change our countryside forever. The people of Powys were overjoyed when Hendy Wind Farm was refused planning permission. CPRW battled heroically against this out-of-place wind farm, which would…

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Hendy Wind Farm Decision 18-11-18 Update

Calling all members and supporters. Please email Kirsty Williams A.M. and other mid-Wales AMs asking them to support the amendment calling for reconsideration of the Hendy windfarm decision. There's no time to lose - this will discussed at the plenary session on Tues 20th Nov 2018. Ask them to vote for the amendment in the Senedd on Tuesday - their votes are key in this matter.   Send emails to Kirsty Williams  (Brecon and Radnor…

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The Soil Beneath our Feet - Branch host symposium

The Brecon & Radnor Branch will be holding an open symposium on Saturday 3rd November 2018.  Further details can be found below: Down to Earth symposium flyer

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Bro Machno crowned Conwy Village of the year 2018

Bro Machno, the Conwy valley community of Penmachno and Cwm Penmachno, was announced as the winning Conwy Village 2018 during an awards event on Thursday 11 October at The Eagles in Llanwrst. Dolgarrog, Eglwysbach, Llangernyw and Ysbyty Ifan were all highly commended.  Dei Tomos, CPRW Vice President, journalist and broadcaster presenting the Award, said “Congratulations Bro Machno. You impressed the judges with the positive way you have responded to the challenges facing so many of…

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The Welsh Government’s proposed National Development Framework (NDF) aims high –but is muddled and incomplete

October 2018 The Welsh Government’s proposed National Development Framework (NDF) aims high –but is muddled and incomplete, says CPRW In July 2018 CPRW responded to the Welsh Government’s Consultation on its proposed National Development Framework with a degree of frustration. It supported the NDF’s laudable ambition to set a comprehensive land use context and an integrated decision-making process. It also supported the 12 NDF Objectives in principle, but with major…

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Join us in celebrating our 90th anniversary at St Fagans Oct 13th 2018

We're celebrating our 90th anniversary, this year, and we'd like you to help us celebrate it in style! We'll be having a lovely buffet lunch at 1pm, followed by a range of speakers at 2pm. If you arrive early enough, you'll also have time to explore the fascinating and interesting St Fagans. Tickets to this exclusive event are limited so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment. Tickets: £12.50 for members, £15 for non-members. Tickets available from CPRW Head Office:  Head Office…

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CBA and CPRW Wales Conference 2018 Aug 31st - Sept 2nd

The Council for British Archaeology will be holding its first annual conference on the archaeology of Wales, together with CPRW. Suitable for anyone interested in archaeology – no need to be a CBA member!   The event will be held on Aug 31st - Sept 2nd 2018 at: University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter SA48 7ED   Leading British archaeologists will give presentations, information on current projects, lead workshops, visits to Welsh sites, and lots more. For…

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Jules at the Royal Welsh Show 2018

Not only are we celebrating our 90th anniversary, this year, but also our return to the Royal Welsh Show, after an absence of 12 years! A busy and successful four days culminated in the cutting of our 'birthday' cake by Jules Hudson, best known for his appearances on Countryfile and Escape to the Country, and our Operations Manager, Carys. Speaking at the event, Jules said, "They probably never thought, 90 years ago, that this day would come and that it [CPRW] would still be going; maybe…

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CPRW turns 90!

CPRW turns 90! To celebrate our 90th Anniversary CPRW will be holding an exciting exhibition in Gwynedd at Plas Brondanw. Plas Brondanw is the family home of architect Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis, creator of the Italianate village Portmeirion. The exhibition will run from 1st - 22nd July 2018 and will feature portraits of our members and the key figures of our movement over the years as well as paintings, photographs and collages of the wonderful Welsh countryside submitted by our…

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Brecon & Radnor Garden Party

CPRW - SUCCESS at 90 The Brecon and Radnor branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales enjoyed a perfect spring day for their special celebration Garden Party at Broadheath House outside Presteigne, to mark the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the charity in 1928. As the sun shone, more than 120 guests experienced the quiet ambience of the Italianate garden designed by the iconic Welsh architect Clough Williams Ellis, who also chaired the organisation in its early days.…

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Our campaign halts destruction of Powys uplands by more windfarms - but solar still threatens

Key parts of upland Powys are already designated under Welsh Government policy as Strategic Search Areas for wind power. In 2016, the County Council launched its Local Development Plan (LDP) defining two additional extensive sets of upland Local Search Areas (LSAs) in which large wind turbine farms and extensive solar panels arrays would each be given policy support.  The plan could have turned 40% of Powys into a sea of whirling blades and glistening solar panels. It was clear that this…

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Anglesey residents shocked by controversial solar farm decision

On Wednesday 6th December 2017 residents in Anglesey were shocked to discover that plans for a 220 acre (90ha) solar farm near Llanbadrig had been approved by the Council. This came after the same committee voted unanimously against it just a month before. The solar farm - which will be Wales’ biggest - was approved by four councillors, with one voting against and the rest abstaining. For many years CPRW and campaign group Anglesey Against Wind Farms have been fighting to protect the…

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What’s happening in your area?

With 13 CPRW branches across Wales, there’s bound to be something exciting in your area to get involved with. Our branches organise local events, campaign against insensitive planning and fundraise for our wider work. Join your closest branch to support your local community and defend your unique landscapes.

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