We are CPRE, the countryside charity. We want a thriving, beautiful countryside for everyone. We believe in countryside and green spaces that are accessible to all, rich in nature and playing a crucial role in responding to the climate emergency. With a local CPRE group in every county, we’re advocating nationwide for the kind of countryside we all want: one with sustainable, healthy communities and available to more people than ever, including those who haven’t benefited before. Dorset is one of the least spoilt counties in southern England with a great diversity of geology, landscape and ecology. This is the county celebrated by Thomas Hardy with its rolling chalk downland, secluded valleys and heathland rich in wildlife, as well as its picturesque villages and towns. It also has the Jurassic Coast, England’s first National World Heritage Site. Our precious Dorset countryside faces greater threats now than ever before with the pace of development accelerating relentlessly. Every year more irreplaceable countryside is being lost or severely damaged and the cumulative effects are potentially devastating. CPRE has been standing up for the countryside for over 90 years, and in that time, we’ve seen some remarkable successes.
The Purbeck Society was set up in 1852 as a semi-learned society for the study of local matters in the fields of history, natural history, local industries, architecture and associated subjects in the Isle of Purbeck. The Society, now as the civic society for the area, as well as campaigning on its own account supports other such appropriate organisations is concerned with the preservation of Purbeck’s heritage.
The Society is affiliated to the Dorset Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and as such it seeks to forward the aims of the CPRE. These are broadly to preserve the countryside as it develops, from abuse or disfigurement or any injuries to its amenities and, with this in view, to seek the co-operation of local authorities, landowners and others concerned.
The Dorset National Park Team aims to establish a National Park that will work in partnership for a sustainable, thriving future for Dorset’s communities, economy and environment, help address the climate and ecological emergencies,and help us all safeguard and pass on our very special environment and heritage for the benefit of future generations and the nation.