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New faces in vital rural leadership

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: This week saw the arrival of two new faces in vital rural leadership roles. There can have been few moments in modern history when farming, and the rural communities that are shaped by it, has faced a challenge as great as Brexit. The new NFU President, Minette Batters,…

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Wessex Water Challenge: Charles Jardine’s training blog – Week two – A press launch, a UK record and a death wish!

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Charles Jardine, the founder and director of the Fishing for Schools initiative, undertakes his greatest challenge yet, on 10/11 March – the #WessexWaterChallenge. This 24-hour event will see 65-year-old Charles fish at three Wessex Water Reservoirs and run the 60 miles between them, all in the space of a day. You can sponsor him here On Wednesday…

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Labour’s priorities at odds with countryside

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Yesterday the Labour Party launched a consultation on an ‘Animal Welfare Plan’ which says that it will “make sure that the UK has equal and better animal rights across the world (sic)”. This conflation of animal welfare and animal rights is backed up by a list of proposed…

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Vegan propaganda turns nasty

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: If people wish to not eat meat or to use animal products that is entirely their choice and one which I am sure we all respect. For some time, however, it has been clear that many who make that choice do not have similar respect for the dietary…

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Wessex Water Challenge: Charles Jardine’s training blog – “It’s brutal but really toughens you up!”

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Charles Jardine, the founder and director of the Fishing for Schools initiative, undertakes his greatest challenge yet on 10/11 March – the #WessexWaterChallenge. This 24-hour event will see 65-year-old Charles fish for trout at three Wessex Water Reservoirs and run the 60 miles between them, all in the space of a day. You can sponsor…

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Concerns over Animal Welfare Bill grow

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Before Christmas the Defra Secretary Michael Gove, published his Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill. Whilst we support the broad principles of the Bill we immediately raised concerns that in its current form it would provide a vehicle for the animal rights movement both inside and…

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Fishing for Schools founder Charles Jardine takes on marathon fishing challenge

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Twenty-four hours, three fisheries and a 60-mile run – that’s the essence of Fishing for Schools founder Charles Jardine’s latest fundraising scheme – The #WessexWaterChallenge. At 10am on March the 10th Charles will start fishing at Clatworthy Reservoir in Somerset, on a mission to catch a trout. That done, he will run the 14 miles…

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Paying for the countryside

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Yesterday’s speech by the Secretary of State for Environment, Michael Gove, at the Oxford Farming Conference confirmed the direction of travel for British agricultural policy post-Brexit. The move away from area based payments to rewards for delivering environmental and public goods is far from the revolution some have…

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