Thursday, 31 December 2015

CPRE Hampshire member awarded OBE!

A Hampshire volunteer and countryside campaigner from Petersfield has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to the South Downs and to countryside campaigning.

Christopher Napier, a member of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and a past Chairman of its Hampshire branch, based at St Cross, Winchester, has been honoured for his work to protect and enhance a beautiful, thriving countryside.

CPRE Hampshire’s Chairman, Dee Haas, from Ellisfield nr Basingstoke, said: “I have observed Christopher Napier's dedication to the preservation of the Hampshire countryside and he continues to fight to keep our countryside unspoilt and tranquil. This recognition is truly deserved.”

Christopher Napier OBE

Admiral Sir Brian Brown, Vice President of CPRE Hampshire, said: "The major achievement of Christopher Napier has been to mobilise widespread support for the concept of the South Downs becoming a National Park and then to prepare and present highly professional evidence which secured inclusion of appropriate parts of the Weald within that designation.

“He has been a powerful and very effective advocate for the natural and man-made heritage of the county of Hampshire. In addition to CPRE at national and county levels a lot of his time has been involved in helping a range of other organisations, including The Petersfield Society, the South Downs Joint Committees and the Drum Housing Association.”

Christopher Napier who is currently Chairman of CPRE Hampshire’s voluntary Planning and Policy Group said: "I am delighted to receive this award and am grateful for the willing support of our dedicated CPRE staff and volunteers. It has been a pleasure to meet so many people around the county who have the wellbeing of our countryside at heart.”

CPRE Hampshire believes a beautiful, thriving countryside is important for everyone, no matter where they live. Its work in the county spans wide-ranging countryside and rural issues – from landscapes, hedgerows and dark skies, to housing and planning, farming and food, transport, energy and waste and the rural economy.

2016 is CPRE Hampshire’s 50th anniversary and it has a busy year of campaigns, projects and events. It has recently launched a Green Belt campaign. To find out more about the charity visit www.cprehampshire.org.uk.