Countryside body creates magazine for its membership

The Council for the Protection of Rural England has launched a magazine to help highlight both national and local campaigns to protect the countryside.

Countryside Voice will go to the charity's 42,000 members and aims to "celebrate the countryside" and explain the threats posed to it.

The first issue takes up the charity's campaign to influence the Government's ongoing reform of town and country planning, and includes an interview with its new president Sir Max Hastings.

In the feature, the former Evening Standard editor says he took the job because he "long respected the charity's arguments in debates about the future of the countryside and its non-partisan nature".

The article paints a candid picture of Hastings as someone who got his first career break through "shameless nepotism" and points to the stereotype of him as a 56-year-old "born to run big, important things and utter clipped orders which will be obeyed".

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