Meet the team
We asked what motivated our team to join, volunteer and work for CPRE Herefordshire. Their responses illustrate a breadth of motivation, with a combined focus to protect the countryside for all. Meet our team below and if you’d like to join us please get in contact, new members are always welcome!
Chairman of trustees and executive
Our landscape is a creation of unparalleled beauty. The union of nature with human endeavour. What took millennia to create can be destroyed in an instant if we fail to value it.
CPRE’s dedication to protecting our landscape is why I joined. Simply that.
Volunteer and membership manager
My passion for our wildlife and landscape feeds into my artistic practice. I record and share the wildlife on our doorstep. Working with CPRE feels like a natural extension to my own work, just zoomed out to the wider picture. CPRE focuses on the landscape as a whole – on issues of soil and water that affect us all. It’s satisfying to see how our work makes a difference.
Director and trustee
A local planning application for over 90 acres of polytunnels adjacent to my garden made me value how well-informed objection to intrusive planning needs to have a voice across our community. CPRE Herefordshire needed trustees, members and volunteers and I had no hesitation is stepping forward. Positive projects using citizen science has also afforded me the possibility to be part of the solutions making Herefordshire a better county.
I have had a life-long interest in plant life, both wild and cultivated and am a keen gardener. We are destroying the planet through the destructive policies and practices that we are all engaged in to a greater or lesser extent. I want my grandchildren to inherit a viable planet.
I joined CPRE because I believe that the way in which the land is used is of prime importance in ensuring that there will be good, healthy environments for all forms of life. Planning decisions play a crucial role in determining the future of our beautiful county, our part of the planet. So I became active in CPRE Herefordshire because of its work commenting on planning applications. You can find out more about our work on planning applications here.
Years ago I developed a personal philosophy based on a mantra…’children and the land’. It seemed to me that, in essence, they are all that matters. Our children should be reared to become healthy, contented and productive adults; we all have a duty to look after the land, especially the soil, to ensure the future health of the planet and thus the human race.
I joined CPRE because, in our attempts to protect the environment, I believe their aims and ideals meet these priorities.
I joined CPRE because of its focus on the planning system. Town planning in Britain grew from a desire to control the impact of man on the environment and to create beautiful settlements. Britain has largely avoided urban sprawl, this is due to our planning system.
I hate placeless development and development which ruins its setting – there are so many examples of beautiful and sensitive buildings and places – planning is our most powerful tool in improving what we build today. You can find out more about how to influence a planning application here.
Secretary, administrator and CFO
I have always felt the positive benefits of being outdoors, the love of having such awe-inspiring surroundings. However, over numerous years I have become more concerned with the need to protect our rural communities and countryside, feeling helpless to bring about change alone, I realise that we need to tackle these issues that we all face together and this is why I have joined CPRE Herefordshire.
Trustee and executive
My involvement in working on the CPRE Herefordshire’s citizen science project began around 2 years ago. In that time I have travelled extensively around this beautiful county helping to identify areas for our volunteers to safely test water. I see our efforts in this work as being vital in helping to find solutions to the problems the Wye and our other rivers currently face. More recently I have become a Trustee of the organisation and want to ensure we protect Herefordshire’s beautiful countryside in every way we can. You can find out more about our citizen science project here.
Web and digital media controller
My interest in nature started early having been lucky enough to grow up in the Herefordshire countryside. Becoming a part of CPRE has been brilliant. I’ve learnt a lot about our countryside and enjoy working together to protect it. If you have two minutes spare click here to sign a petition to save our rivers. Together we can make a difference.