Skip to content

Who we are and what we do

CPRE walk at Three Shire Heads

We are the Cheshire group of CPRE, the countryside charity. We want a thriving, beautiful countryside for everyone.

As part of the national CPRE movement, we’re working for countryside and green spaces that:

  • support sustainable, healthy communities
  • are rich in nature
  • are accessible to everyone
  • play a crucial role in responding to the climate emergency

We stand for a countryside that enriches all of our lives, nourishing our wellbeing, and that we in turn nourish, protect and celebrate.

We’ve worked for almost a century to support and promote the countryside – you may know us under our previous name of ‘The Campaign to Protect Rural England’. And we’ll be doing this for generations to come.

The area we cover

The area we cover is (more or less) that of the historic county of Cheshire. It comprises:

  • Cheshire East (including the easternmost parts of the region covered by the Peak District National Park for planning purposes)
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Halton (part of Liverpool City Region)
  • Wirral (part of Liverpool City Region)
  • Warrington
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough (part of Greater Manchester Metropolitan Authority)
  • Trafford Metropolitan Borough (part of Greater Manchester Metropolitan Authority)

What we do

At local level, our activities include contributing to consultations on local planning issues as well as working to influence spatial planning, transport and relevant community policies.

In contributing to consultations, our input is underpinned by national CPRE’s Six Tests for Planning.

We’re also keen to promote the rural economy and highlight the best of Cheshire’s countryside, and from time to time we work with partners to support practical countryside initiatives,

The CPRE Cheshire team

As an independent charity, CPRE Cheshire is a group of of volunteers led by a trustee board. We also have a planning committee, who work to monitor planning applications and respond where appropriate. We welcome anyone who would like to get involved. Some of us have professional or other experience of the planning system, but it’s definitely not essential! Volunteer roles cover everything from being our eyes and ears regarding planning in a particular part of the area to managing social media.

Meet the CPRE Cheshire team