The spring edition of Kent Countryside Voice is here for you to read and enjoy

Your unmissable, unbeatable Kent Countryside Voice is out!
Yes, you can read the spring 2022 edition here. It includes a brilliant article by CPRE planner Richard Thompson on the myth that simply building more houses will make them more affordable; a look at how archaeological innovation could help speed up the planning process; a reflection on Kent’s Day of Action; the problem of appalling light pollution from a glasshouse complex… and very much more. Please enjoy…

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Kent Countryside Voice is out – read it here!

It is, of course, a very special time of year… the arrival of the latest Kent Countryside Voice.
The Autumn-Winter 2021/22 edition of our biannual magazine includes features on coastal walks, fungi, hormones in water and Sustainable Drainage Systems (more uplifting than they sound!), as well as your regular favourites… and all set off by some brilliant photographs.
So pour yourself something special and settle back with Kent Countryside Voice… you can read it here  

Monday, October 25, 2021

It’s out! The latest edition of Kent Countryside Voice is here for you all to enjoy

The wait is over – the spring edition of Kent Countryside Voice is with us!
Features on the glory of hedgerows, possible ways to tackle the county’s water crisis and the threat posed by a planned theme park to a wildlife haven are among a cornucopia of treats for all who treasure our county’s countryside.
So settle back with a brew or your favourite tipple and enjoy a great read here

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Settle down with the latest edition of Kent Voice

For all manner of reasons, life is throwing up its challenges at the moment. So here’s the Autumn-Winter 2021/22 edition of Kent Voice to bring some cheer.
There’s a brilliant array of photographs from across the county in Kent, Our Kent, along with features on garden nature, wildlife crime, approval for the largest solar park in the country and proposed changes to the planning system that should alarm us all. Of course, your regular favourites are also there…
To enjoy, just click here
Friday, November 13, 2020

Kent Voice: you can read the new edition now!

With many of us having to spend much of our time at home for the foreseeable future, we can at least settle down with the new edition of Kent Voice. Along with all your regular favourites, there are articles on the battle for Wincheap Water Meadows, the timely issue of food security, the problem of light pollution and the delights of Elmley National Nature Reserve.
You can read Kent Voice here

Friday, March 20, 2020

CPRE has a new website… what do you think of it?

We’ll keep this one short and sweet… CPRE nationally has been going through a bit of a makeover and a big part of that has been the development of a new website.
It has just gone live and you can visit it here
We would love to know what our Essex members think, so do please let us know at either

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

And here it is… the new CPRE website

Kent Voice: read it here!

The latest edition of Kent Voice (Autumn-Winter 2019/20) is out now. Lucky members have already received theirs in the post, but you don’t have to miss out as you can read it here!
Passivhaus, a district chairman’s comparison of two counties (one of them of course being Kent) and a colourful reflection on CPRE Kent’s 90th birthday… they’re all in there, along with your regular favourites and so much more.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Here’s your latest Kent Voice… read it online!

Click on the front page above to read Kent Voice, Spring-Summer 2019

The Spring-Summer 2019 edition of Kent Voice has a varied range of articles for your delectation.
Barrie Gore has vacated the chairman’s seat at Canterbury CPRE and has some whether views, whether you live in the cathedral city or not.
John Wotton, on the other hand, has taken up his position as chairman of the county branch. We have an enlightening interview with him.
There’s also the second part of Geoff Meaden’s study of humankind’s assault on the environment; here he considers approaches to reversing the destructive trend.
Dick Bate, meanwhile, delivers what might just be the best analysis of our country’s shambolic planning system you will ever read.
There is, of course, also a whole lot more for you to get stuck into. Enjoy!

Monday, May 13, 2019




Our director speaks on county radio about the menace of flytipping

A curse that blights too much of our countryside (pic Brenda Hedley)

Hilary Newport, CPRE Kent director, spoke at some length on a recent BBC Radio Kent discussion on the ever-ugly and ever-present problem of flytipping in the county.
The proposal by the county council to charge for disposal of builders’ waste at tips is also covered.
Click on the black bar above to listen to the feature.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The new-look Kent Voice is out now… and you can read it here

The Autumn-Winter 2018 edition of Kent Voice has a wholly new look. See what you think (and let us know)

The latest edition of Kent Voice is out and has a completely new look, so we’d love to know what you think of it (you can email your thoughts to
Items include features on the loss of our wildlife, the potential environmental impact of Brexit and the grim reality of the vast solar farm planned for the North Kent Marshes.
It is also time to bid farewell to Christine Drury, who ends her five-year stint as CPRE Kent chair next month; she shares some reflections and thoughts with us.
Otherwise, Local Plans, stag beetles, news from across the county and a whole lot more are in there for your delectation, so read the Autumn-Winter edition of Kent Voice here

Monday, October 29, 2018

CPRE Kent features in BBC TV feature on building in Green Belt

Hilary Newport, CPRE Kent director: ‘The line that we must not cross’

The BBC cameras were at CPRE Kent headquarters in Charing last week for a piece on the seemingly never-ending story of potential housebuilding in the Green Belt.
Reporter Briohny Williams, complete with cameraman, visited Queen’s Head House to speak with CPRE Kent director Hilary Newport as the Sunday Politics South East team put together a short film on a perennially thorny subject.
Filming took place both in the office and in the nearby churchyard as Hilary put the CPRE view that releasing land for development in the Green Belt was a non-starter.
It was “the line that we must not cross,” she said.
Other participants in the Green Belt feature were Alison Thompson, of the English Rural Housing Association; Richard Blyth, of the Royal Town Planning Institute; Tory MP Crispin Blunt, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the London Metropolitan Green Belt; Green MP Caroline Lucas; and, back in the studio, Medway Labour councillor Tristan Osborne and Dartford Tory MP Gareth Johnson.
To watch the piece, which begins 52 minutes into the show, click here

Monday, May 14, 2018