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The Countryside Alliance and The Countryside Alliance Foundation champion and support British farmers and producers, and believe that food and farming are central to the character and well-being of Britain.

We support and recognise the valuable part farmers play not only in producing food to some of the highest standards in the world, but also their vital role in shaping and maintaining the landscape and communities for which Britain is renowned. Our Food and Farming campaign highlights the importance and value of clear food labelling and assured food procurement to enable consumers to make informed choices and have confidence in the products they are buying. It reaches out to butchers, chefs, journalists in print, radio and TV, and of course members of the public. We also deliver workshop programmes in catering colleges and provide in-store promotional support to supermarkets.

We provide a wealth of useful information on the benefits of eating British wild game, where to buy it and how to cook it, including nutritional facts, step by step guides to preparation, recipes and newsletters. The Countryside Alliance Awards, celebrating rural food and highlighting good quality locally sourced produce, have become an established and reputable part of the rural calendar giving yet more support to the issues that matter to people in rural and urban areas.

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Lobby your parliamentary candidates today

Monday, 2 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact james-legge@countryside-alliance.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto, which calls for mandatory country of origin labelling on meat, here.

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Clarissa Dickson Wright Award won by inspiring Borders farm

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Peelham Farm, the family-run mixed farm based at Foulden in Berwickshire, has been honoured with the second annual Clarissa Dickson Wright Award for contribution to food, farming and education. The Award, set up to carry on the legacy of the late cook, author and “Two Fat Ladies” broadcaster Clarissa Dickson Wright, was presented by the Environment Secretary at the Houses of Parliament on 4th February.

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Secretary of State honours Rural Oscars Champions at Parliament

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

The 10th annual Countryside Alliance Awards, aka The Rural Oscars, were held at Parliament on Wednesday 4th February, with Champion of Champions plaques being presented by the Environment Secretary Liz Truss MP to businesses in Suffolk, Shropshire, Dorset, Co Kildare and Berwickshire.

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Fire and Rescue budget cuts could affect animal welfare, warns Alliance

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Countryside Alliance has raised concerns with Welsh Government over the recent decision by North Wales Fire and Rescue Services to opt out of emergency calls to large animals.
Calling for an urgent meeting with Ministers, the Alliance has sought to begin discussions to find a balance in services so that the welfare of large animals, particularly, is not compromised. The North Wales Fire & Rescue Service has taken this decision as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
Rachel Evans, Countryside Alliance director for Wales, said: “It is extremely worrying that this resource will no longer be available in North Wales after April 2015 and there are serious concerns for animal welfare surrounding their decision.

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Liz Truss spoke at the Oxford Farming Conference

Country of origin labelling needs to be extended to processed foods

Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Countryside Alliance is delighted that Environment Secretary Liz Truss believes the future is bright for British food and farming. In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday (7 January) Ms Truss announced that Defra analysis shows “the economy of rural Britain, powered by food and farming, could be as productive as towns within 10 years”.

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Dairy sector suffering as crippling price cuts leave their mark, says NFU

Monday, 12 January 2015

The number of dairy farmers in England and Wales has halved in just over a decade with 60 farmers giving up producing milk in December alone – a rate which will see fewer than 5,000 dairy farmers left by 2025, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has reported this week. The Countryside Alliance is in full support of the NFU on this issue. On Monday NFU President Meurig Raymond spoke at the 25th Semex Conference in Glasgow – the first big dairy conference of 2015 – where he drew attention to the current situation with First Milk and set out what he wants to see happen across the board to support dairy farmers at this crucial time.

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Congratulations to Sir Peter Kendall

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Congratulations to Peter Kendall, former President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), on receiving a Knighthood in the New Years Honours for services to agriculture in England and Wales. Read on for the NFU's press release.

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Alliance Board Member David Reynolds honoured with OBE

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Congratulations to Camgrain director and Countryside Alliance Board Member David Reynolds who has received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours 'for services to agriculture and the community in the East Midlands.' On receiving the honour, David Reynolds said “I can’t believe it; I am amazed and very flattered. To have been able to contribute to Northamptonshire and the East Midlands has been a great honour for me and I look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come”.

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Take the "Pig Pledge"

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Pig Pledge campaign is a call to collective action whose purpose is twofold: to raise awareness about the impact of animal factories and to make people aware that they can vote for real farming over factory farming every time they buy a pork product. Take the "Pig Pledge" today, opting either to go meat free or to only eat meat from farms, not factories. This campaign complements our own country of origin meat labelling campaign as well as our Countryside Alliance Awards to support and promote best practice farming in the UK. 

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Peter Gott, Clarissa Dickson Wright Award winner & ambassador for farming

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance's Autumn magazine features a piece from Clarissa Dickson Wright Award winner Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm in Cumbria. Peter muses on why he got the Award, observing that "part of the reason....is that I am part of the awkward squad, like her, and won't give up." Writing about his Cumbrian farm and also his role in setting up Borough Market in London, supported strongly by Clarissa, Peter's article is a must-read for all foodies. Read "Man on a mission" here.

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