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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.

Unlike many environmental charities, CPRE has no vested interests – we own no land, rely solely on donations and grants, and are politically independent. We make decisions with the head not the heart, as much as we love the countryside, and we are possibly the only green group which has a completely holistic approach. Planning, in particular, is all about looking at the bigger picture, and our wide remit means we have to consider the whole of the country – rural and urban – when creating policy.

The Dorset CPRE have five local District Groups who monitor planning applications to ensure they comply with the Council’s Plan Policy and Design Guidelines.

Dorset CPRE fights for a better future for the English countryside. We’re an environmental charity, covering the administrative county of Dorset and our active volunteers work hard to protect, shape and enhance a beautiful, thriving countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.

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Snowdrops at St Michaels Anderson churchyard, Dorset