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Countryside Alliance condemn the changes to the National Trust’s trail-hunting policy

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Proposed changes to the National Trust’s trail-hunting policy appear to have been made as a “direct response to demands from the animal rights movement,” said Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance earlier today (Monday, 21 August). The changes include the advance publication of meet information on the Trust’s website and the banning of animal-based…

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Fishing for Schools casts its net further to support mental health groups in the South East

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With the school summer holidays on-going, the Fishing for Schools Kent team has been extending the benefits of fishing to adults and young people from three mental health groups. The benefits of fishing to mind and body are well known. The most obvious boon is that common to all activities that take us out into…

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Working together to reduce rural crime

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Rural crime is estimated to have cost the UK £39m in 2016, according to the annual NFU rural crime report, released today (14th August). Data from the report shows that rural crime is costing those in the countryside 20 per cent more in the first half of this year compared to the same period last…

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UK broadband speeds highlight the need for better rural connectivity

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The UK has placed 31st in a ranking of global broadband speeds, lagging behind most of Europe according to a recent study by Cable.co.uk. Across the UK the average broadband download speed is 16.51 megabytes per second (Mbps), falling short of the average speeds enjoyed by our European neighbours including Germany (18.8Mbps), Spain (19.6Mbps), Sweden…

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August’s tips for young anglers, with Bob Goble

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Our Blog, Outdoor Education, Press Release, Uncategorised

July started unseasonably warm, with record temperatures in the south east – though cooler and wetter elsewhere. I suspect August will be much the same. Trout fishing has been difficult , with some fisheries deciding to close until the end of the month. Trout are a cold water species and don’t tolerate water that is too…

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Proposals to restrict online knife sales must consider rural communities

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, has written to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, to express concerns that new proposals to restrict online knife sales could adversely affect rural communities without any evidence that the proposals will reduce knife crime. The Home Office proposals, announced on 18 July, would require knives purchased online to…

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BT’s rural broadband offer fails to promise connectivity for all

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Over the weekend BT announced plans to offer high-speed broadband to 1.4 million rural homes by 2020. BT estimates that the proposed investment would cost between £450m and £600m. BT’s offer comes after the government agreed to deliver a 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation as set out in the Digital Economy Act. The government is now…

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The future of the countryside is green

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Today the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, spoke about the future of the countryside when we leave the European Union and his hopes for a “green Brexit”. In his speech Mr Gove outlined his vision for the countryside and future ongoing support for farming. He recognised that “seventy per cent of our land is farmed”…

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