New officer for countryside campaign charity is looking for volunteers

Nicola Scholfield.
Nicola Scholfield.

The new branch development officer for an organisation which works to protect the countryside is looking for more volunteers.

Nicola Scholfield has taken up the role at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Beds), a charity that champions the county’s countryside, and her office is based in Grove Place, Bedford.

Nicola said: “I am looking forward to working with people across the county to support and protect the countryside they love.

“I grew up near Dunstable, enjoying the countryside as a child, and last year I returned to live in Bedfordshire with my young family.

“The countryside around here is very special to me and I’m pleased to have a role in helping to protect it.

“I’ve enjoyed meeting the branch’s volunteers, who have real enthusiasm for what they do. Our campaigns and activities rely on volunteers giving us some of their time and sharing their skills.

“For example, some of our volunteers respond to planning applications that we feel threaten our countryside, some get involved in running our campaigns or our Living Countryside Awards scheme, and others help out at events or in our Bedford office.”

Nicola added: “We need more volunteers now to help our branch. I would love to hear from anyone who would like to know more about helping our work to protect Bedfordshire’s countryside.”

CPRE promotes “the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England. We advocate positive solutions for the long-term future of the countryside.”

Founded in 1926, it has 60,000 supporters and a branch in every county. The charity has The Queen as patron.

The winter issue of the Bedfordshire Matters magazine, with news of their work, can be found at

Visit or contact Nicola by email at

Or you can write to: Campaign to Protect Rural England, Bedfordshire Branch, 5 Grove Place, Bedford, MK40 3JJ.