A green and fair recovery for the countryside

Petition launched by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England CPRE:

We’re at a crossroads. The government is drawing up plans for how to help the country regenerate after coronavirus. We have a huge opportunity to shape a future where everyone has a countryside to explore, an affordable place to live and a stable climate.  

But right now, the government is heading in the opposite direction.

When we call for more money for rural public transport, they support a £27 billion road-building programme. When we call for affordable housing and access to green space for everyone, they threaten to rip up the planning system. [1] 

We need our voices to be heard loud and clear to ensure a green and fair recovery for the countryside. 

Can you be part of our voice for change? Sign the Petition

The last few months have been a time of great difficulty and drastic change. But there have also been flashes of hope, glimpses of a brighter future. Together we’ve raised our voices for a better world, from claps and chats with our neighbours to Zoom calls with our MPs. [2]

But the government is giving us no reason to believe it wants to build back to a better society.

It’s clear that it’s the time for us to stand together for our vision of a thriving countryside for all.

Join us now in calling for a green and fair recovery.

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will be making more announcements in the coming months, with a big statement planned for the autumn. 

We know that only 6% of people want life to return to how it was before the pandemic. [3] If enough of us stand united in our calls for change, the government will have to listen. 

We can achieve a post-pandemic society that respects nature, the countryside and each other. But we can’t do it without you. Please stand with us.   

We’ll keep you posted as we work for positive progress from the (virtual) corridors of parliament to local planning committees.

Until then, keep up the conversation, keep up the energy and together, let’s win. 

With all best wishes to you and your family as we emerge from lockdown.


Mark Robinson

Campaigns Officer | CPRE The countryside charity

[1] Don’t let planning deregulation lead to poor quality housing, says CPRE 

[2] CPRE staff and supporters join a virtual mass climate lobby 

[3] Coronavirus: Only 6% of public want life to return to pre-pandemic times