About the Blog

Lizzie Bannister blogs about the Cambridgeshire countryside. She is a Trustee and volunteer at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Branch of CPRE.

In Lizzie's own words:

As an avid horse rider, I value the countryside for its support of my hobby and my lifestyle. This includes enjoyment in National Trust places, visits to places in England and local walks. I appreciate how a healthy countryside helps to sustain me in my life and the lives of other people.

I have lived in the Fenland countryside for half of my life, including living on a smallholding with animals, surrounded by a sea of arable land.

My master's degree in Conservation Management helps to inform my knowledge and understanding of issues and aspects of the countryside.

I am passionate about ensuring the health of both people and the countryside. I believe that preserving this link can secure a great future for us all.

The Social Dimension of the Countryside

I now go to the pub every month and meet up with a group of three to eight people; I never used to go to the pub with anyone outside my family or boyfriends but now I do, and that is a nice change. People have come to my home too, even once to see and ride my pony. One of the people I meet in the pub now regularly comes round to collect my pony’s poo for his garden, and he brought his lovely wife…