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Our History

How CPRW began

In 1921, the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion invited Dr Davidson, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and then-Prime Minister David Lloyd George to a very special dinner. After the meal, Dr Davidson delivered an eloquent speech on the beauty of the Welsh countryside and the urgent need for its preservation.

In that moment, the seeds of CPRW were sown – though it would be another seven years until the first official meeting.

We start as we mean to go on

In the early days, Committee for the Preservation of Wales (as it was then known) dedicated itself to the protection of Wales’ landscapes which were – and sadly still are – at risk from indiscriminate development.

From its origins, CPRW was a community-led organisation. In 1928, the very first year, local branches were set up around Wales to ensure local needs were met and local people were involved in making decisions which affected them.

In our first year, CPRW protected common land at Ogmore and Brynnaman from development, defended Pembrokeshire beaches from dredging sand for glass production and won the right to designate Dolwyddelan Castle as an Ancient Monument.

Our legacy

Over the years, we have helped to found Wales’ National Parks, saved millions of acres of woodland from purchase by the Forestry Commission and defended swathes of mid Wales from turning into wind farms – to name just a few of our achievements.

Since 1928 our members have fought, won and lost countless battles. But we never gave up fighting for the Welsh countryside – and with your help, we never will.

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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