Food and Farming


Rural Oscars champions for the Midlands

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The Rural Oscars Champions for the Midlands in the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced. Businesses from Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire have taken top honours and will now head to Parliament in March for the British finals and a shot at national glory. The Awards are the…

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Rural Oscars winners in the North of England

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The Rural Oscars Champions for the North of England in the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced. Businesses will now head to Parliament in March for the British finals and a shot at national glory. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through…

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Chris Packham attacks the Countryside Alliance

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In a week in which Chris Packham has once again called into question the viability of his role with the BBC, the Springwatch presenter attacked the Countryside Alliance and the role the organisation plays in defending shooting. In an outburst that typifies the behaviour that makes his position as a BBC presenter untenable, Packham told…

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‘Avian Flu’ update following further recorded cases – 05/01/17

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The Countryside Alliance is advising all members to remain vigilant regarding the signs of avian influenza after further outbreaks have been recorded including in a ‘backyard flock’ in Carmarthenshire. Details of outbreaks and any resulting further restrictions can be found here. Risks to public health are very low and avain flu does not pose a food…

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Countryside Alliance raises concerns about “Rewilding” comments in Parliamentary report

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The Countryside Alliance has raised concerns about the Environmental Audit Committee report into The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum, published today (4th January 2017). The Alliance argues that the report will create further confusion due to its approach to ‘rewilding’. The report recognises that rewilding is a “contested term” with definitions…

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CA20- our beliefs still resonate 20 years on from Hyde Park

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Hunting, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

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…

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CA gave evidence to EFRA select committee on rural tourism

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Countryside Alliance Head of Policy Sarah Lee today gave evidence at an Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee hearing at Parliament. The committee is holding an ongoing enquiry into ways to strengthen the English tourism sector.  Sarah submitted evidence ahead of the oral session, specifically tourism linked to country sports and English produce*. You can…

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Head Chef of The Arundell Arms’ special venison recipe

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Our thanks to Steven Pidgeon, Head Chef at top sporting hotel The Arundell Arms Hotel in Devon for letting the Countryside Alliance Autumn magazine publish his recipe for venison and chocolate casserole. The Countryside Alliance’s Game to Eat campaign is working hard to get game onto the national menu, and the support of top chefs such…

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