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Hunting and shooting targeted online

| Campaigns, Communities and Business

Countryside Alliance’s Head of Policy Sarah Lee writes: The Countryside Alliance is all for freedom of expression and robust debate, but when we saw our members receiving death threats, seeing their home addresses posted online, and having false reviews posted about their rural businesses, we knew we had to take a stand against this vile…

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Game on for the Countryside Alliance Game Champion

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Awards, Game to Eat

The Countryside Alliance is excited to announce the four businesses shortlisted to become the first Game Champion in the history of the Countryside Alliance Awards. At a time when everyone is talking about boosting the game meat market, the Countryside Alliance have introduced the award to honour excellence in promoting and marketing game to the…

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Countryside Alliance calls for sea change in government to ensure rural communities receive the political support and action they need and deserve

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Mobile and Broadband

Today (22 March 2018) the House of Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act reports that the Government is failing rural communities and the responsibility for rural policy should be transferred from Defra. Giving evidence to the House of Lords Committee the Countryside Alliance highlighted a number of issues the report…

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Bird flu prevention zone extended to cover whole of England and Wales

| Communities and Business, Food and Farming, Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance is advising all members to remain vigilant regarding the signs of avian influenza after further outbreaks lead to a Prevention Zone being extended to cover whole of England and Wales. As of 25 January 2018 there are no additional security measures in place in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The implementation of a…

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2017 “Rural Oscars” will open to nominations in September

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Latest News

The 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the “Rural Oscars”, will open to public nominations in September. The 13th annual awards will once again give farmers, butchers, village shops and small businesses a platform from which to tell their stories, and they will need the support of their customers to help propel them to the top…

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Help shape a new agenda for the countryside

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance is supporting the Rural England CIC (of which we are a stakeholder), the Rural Services Network and the University of Gloucestershire in shaping a new rural agenda. As the dust settles on the election Rural England are keen to find out the key issues that matter to people in rural areas. So…

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The Countryside Alliance at 20 – join the celebration

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Wales, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

The Countryside Alliance is marking its 20th anniversary by asking supporters for their photographs and anecdotes from the ground breaking Hyde Park Rally. On 10th July 1997 120,000 people attended a rally in Hyde Park which was organised in response to the new Labour government’s commitment to banning hunting. The Countryside Alliance as an organisation…

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The election results and the countryside

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Our Blog, Shooting

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: There is a theory that says the first polls of an election are the best indicator of the final result, and that all the noise and effort of the campaign make next to no difference. You will not hear many people promoting that theory this week. Today’s election…

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Liberal Democrat Party Manifesto – rural policies

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming

The Liberal Democrat Party has released its Manifesto (17th May) ahead of the General Election on 8th June. The Countryside Alliance’s campaigns team has been through the document and selected some highlights which will impact on rural communities. We hope the below facts and policies will inform you as we head towards the most important election the…

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