Actress champions rural cause

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The Independent Online
The actress Prunella Scales is to take over from the broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby as president of the Council for the Protection of Rural England, a leading environmental pressure group.

Ms Scales (left), who grew up in the countryside, said yesterday: ``We live on a small island and it's too easy to spoil it in so many ways - through noise or traffic, development or roadside clutter.''