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Welsh Manifesto – top rural priorities

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The National Assembly for Wales Elections took place on 5 May. Ahead of the vote the Countryside Alliance launched its manifesto listing several key issues we would like to see addressed in the next assembly. Headline subjects are digital communications, food and farming, rural services, rural communities and countryside management – each with three calls for action…

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance at the party conferences

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The May elections in Scotland are fast approaching and the Scottish Countryside Alliance travelled to Edinburgh and Glasgow for the party conferences to discuss wildlife management and conservation. The SCA was the only organisation to host events about rural affairs at this year’s conferences and our meetings asked delegates from the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and…

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Dragon’s Tale – February 2016

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Welcome to Dragon’s Tale brought to you by your Director for Wales, Rachel Evans Spring is in the air, the nights are drawing out and the political party conferences are in full swing. I launched our Manifesto ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections which has had a great response to date. Our Wales award winners…

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The CA at the Welsh Party Conferences

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Party conference season is underway in Wales and the Countryside Alliance has already hosted fringe events at the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Welsh Labour conferences on sustainable access to land and water. Assembly Members, candidates and stakeholders discussed whether more public access is needed in Wales or whether the Welsh Government should make better use…

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Rural communities are being left behind as crucial services dwindle

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People living in the Welsh countryside are being put at a disadvantage, the Countryside Alliance claims, after a poll revealed they are losing access to important services. Of rural people polled, 35% have lost a Post Office in the past five years and 32% a local bank, the polling carried out by YouGov for the…

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Welsh Rural Oscar winners revealed

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The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka “Rural Oscars”) were presented to the cream of Welsh rural enterprise at The Senedd, on Tuesday 9 February. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. The Welsh champions were presented with red plaques at the prestigious Cardiff…

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“Nicola Sturgeon ‘posturing’ over Scottish foxhunting review”

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On Wednesday 27th January the Daily Telegraph ran an article with the headline: “Nicola Sturgeon ‘posturing’ over Scottish foxhunting review”. The piece by Scottish Political Editor Simon Johnson reported: “The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) highlights new police testimony that the existing laws are not being broken and claims the First Minister only ordered a review…

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Sign a petition to protect Scottish wild salmon

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Salmon & Trout Conservation UK report: “We have just launched a new petition, hosted on the Scottish Parliament’s website, as part of our strategy to put real pressure on the Scottish Government to provide long-overdue statutory protection to wild fish from what is probably the greatest scourge of our wild salmon and sea trout – the…

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Questions in Parliament on the hunting issue

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This week hunting was mentioned in Parliamen as Shadow Defra Minister asked the Environment Secretary “if she will make it her policy to establish a commission to examine the issue of hunting foxes with dogs before bringing forward proposals for a vote in the House on that issue.” In response, Defra Minister Rory Stewart said: “The Government…

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Flooding – key information

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Parts of the U.K. continue to be affected by the worst flooding on record. Forage Aid is the charity that supports farmers whose livestock has been affected by an extreme weather by providing forage and/or bedding to those in need. Information on how to give, and receive, support can be found here: http://www.forageaid.org.uk. The Environment Agency’s…

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