New Report Outlines Future of Countryside
Countryside visited by school parties as part of the curriculum and more holidaying families, more organic food and payments to farmers to conserve wildlife, homes built largely on brownfield sites and a greener Green Belt may sound like a Utopian vision for our rural areas.
But it is a vision the Campaign to Protect Rural England laid out today in a bid to provoke a national debate on what our relationship with the countryside will be in 2026.
The view of the future, described in the 20:26 Vision - What Future For The Countryside? report, aims to explore how things might look in two decades' time when the conservation charity celebrates its centenary.
The report's ideas, based on a paper by former CPRE director of communications Nicholas Schoon and seminars by the charity, lays out possible changes to food and farming, life in cities, towns and villages, planning regulations, lifestyle and leisure and how we deal with climate change in relation to the countryside.
It acknowledges the need for new homes, but suggests that three-quarters of the demand by 2026 could be on brownfield sites, with some 1. …