Rural campaign group hosts major symposia on the green belt and urbanism

The Campaign to Protect Rural England is hosting what it calls six connected symposia to explore the green belt and urbanism.

The first event, Country and the City: how can we tell them apart? took place yesterday and saw former poet laureate and CPRE president Sir Andrew Motion talking about the interdependence of the country and the city with archaeologist Dr Francis Pryor.

Green between the Grey: the countryside in the city on 24 October sees writer Ken Worpole join University of Sheffield senior landscape lecturer Dr Anna Jorgensen to discuss the greening of urban spaces.

Third event, Little Boxes: suburbia is headed up by profession of housing and communities Anne Power go head to head on urban society with the author of Making Sense of Suburbia Through Popular Culture, Dr Rupa Huq on 31 October.

Edgelands: unofficial countryside on 7 November 2012 centres on talk between poets professors Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley, co-authors of Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness and Marion Shoard, author of the award-winning essay Edgelands. They will look at the role of wildness in urban landscapes.

The fifth gathering, called Green Belt and Braces: green girdles on 14 November, throws together CPRE vice President Nick Crane and London Green Belt Council secretary Cedric Hoptroff to discusses the role and nature of the Green Belt.

Finally, Created Countryside: unnatural nature on 21 November is hosted by Professor Anthony O'Hear, author of The Myth of Nature and National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty chief executive Howard Davies talk on managed landscapes.

The free talks will take place between 6pm and 7.30pm at the CPRE national office at 5-11 Lavington Street, London SE1 0NZ.  For more information email:

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