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Voting update for the upcoming National Trust AGM

| Campaigns, Hunting

We are encouraging all members of the National Trust – whether members of the Countryside Alliance or not – to vote against the members’ resolution to ban trail-hunting on National Trust land before the closing date at 23:59 on 13th October. The Trust’s board has recommended to their members that they vote AGAINST this resolution too….

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Re-Introduction of the Valuation of Shooting Rights and Deer Forests issued in Scotland

| Campaigns, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, one of the more controversial pieces of legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament, came into force on 22 April 2016. Part 6 of the Act repeals the exclusion of shootings and deer forests from the Ratings Valuation Roll established by the Conservative Government in the 1990s. Announcing her intentions…

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Michael Gove amongst speakers at CA events at Conservative Conference

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying

The Countryside Alliance will be hosting a breakfast discussion meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester with Defra Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, and Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner. The ‘Brexit Breakfast’ will be an opportunity for Tim to question the Secretary of State about the principles and priorities…

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Labour promises to “battle” for the countryside during Brexit

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News

Shadow Brexit Minister, Jenny Chapman MP, said that “the mother of all battles” was going to take place in Parliament as Brexit legislation is debated over the next few months, and promised that Labour would win some of those battles given the Government’s small majority in Westminster. Speaking at the Countryside Alliance fringe event at…

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Fundraising fishing event raises cash for new Fishing for Schools group

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Fundraising, Outdoor Education, Uncategorised

A fabulous fundraising angling event was held at Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District on Saturday (23 Sept) in aid of the new Fishing for Schools South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire group. Twenty-five people took part in the fishing competitions and then carried on to a very jolly meal and raffle at the nearby Ladybower…

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Best of British Cattle

| Food and Farming

Our traditional breeds of cattle have lively support from passionate breeders who take enormous care to ensure they survive and thrive. GLOUCESTERS An ancient breed, the Gloucester was originally tri-purpose, being used as oxen as well as for dairy and beef. A striking-looking animal, it has a dark mahogany body and a black head and legs,…

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Casting for Recovery’s fly fishing therapy schedule 2018

| Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, Fishing, Foundation, Latest News

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the unique fly fishing charitable programme which offers fly fishing retreats as therapy to ladies with breast cancer, has announced six residential retreats for 2018, with registrations opening on a rolling basis from January. The project, which is ten years old and in 2017 celebrated its 40th retreat, is…

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Liberal Democrats urged to champion rural communities during Brexit

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, told delegates at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Bournemouth that their party needed to argue the case for a Brexit that works for the countryside. Speaking at the Countryside Alliance fringe event on Monday, he urged the Liberal Democrats not to overlook rural communities and said that the…

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A successful Midland Game Fair for the CA

| Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance enjoyed an extremely successful Midland Game Fair at Weston Park, Shropshire at the weekend (16-17 September), meeting and talking to many returning members and supporters, whilst welcoming numerous new members to the organisation. The two-day show, which entices tens of thousands of attendees, was once again a fantastic showcase for all country…

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Full guide to voting at the National Trust AGM

| Campaigns, Hunting

At the National Trust AGM on 21st October 2017 there will be a vote on a members’ resolution which proposes to ban trail-hunting on NT land. We are urging all members to vote AGAINST this resolution. Please find below details of how to vote – either in person at the AGM, or by proxy either online or…

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Adam Henson calls for GCSE in agriculture

| Food and Farming, Latest News

On Wednesday 13th September Farming UK reported: “Adam Henson calls for introduction of GCSE in agriculture: Adam Henson, one of Britain’s best-known farmers, has called for the introduction of a GCSE in agriculture. The presenter of BBC’s Countryfile told The Times: “You can get a GCSE in religious studies and business, so why not in agriculture?”…

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