The date of 10th July 1997, the date of the Hyde Park Rally, is generally acknowledged to mark the start of the Countryside Alliance as we know it. An amalgamation of the Countryside Movement, the British Field Sports Society and the Countryside Business Group, the Countryside Alliance celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. While we always prefer to look forward not backwards, the speech given on that day in Hyde Park by our President, Baroness Mallalieu, still rings true today. Below is an excerpt that will resonate with those who have rallied, marched and continue to keep faith with our campaigning work today.

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