- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:37:55 +0100 We stand alongside charities calling for change on fly grazing http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/we-stand-alongside-charities-calling-for-change-on-fly-grazing http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/we-stand-alongside-charities-calling-for-change-on-fly-grazing Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:37:54 +0100 Countryside Alliance Communities The Countryside Alliance has joined forces with several other major rural and animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, the NFU and World Horse Welfare, to launch a landmark report into the horrors of fly-grazing ahead of a parliamentary committee discussion on the issue. 2014 Christmas card range and 2015 calendar now available http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/2014-christmas-card-range-and-2015-calendar-now-available http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/2014-christmas-card-range-and-2015-calendar-now-available Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:27:58 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers The Countryside Alliance's Christmas card collection for 2014 is onsale now. The nine designs by popular artists including Daniel Crane, Mary Ann Rogers feature wintry hunting, shooting, racing and wildlife scenes, including a hare by Annabel Pope in honour of the late Clarissa Dickson Wright. The cards are available from our marketplace priced between £4.99 and £6.99 and there are 10 cards per pack. Our 2015 calendar is also now available priced at £9.99. Click here to browse and buy. Rural businesses have been left out of Government’s broadband grant scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-mobile-and-broadband/rural-businesses-have-been-left-out-of-governments-broadband-grant-scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-mobile-and-broadband/rural-businesses-have-been-left-out-of-governments-broadband-grant-scheme Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:59:28 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Mobile and Broadband The Countryside Alliance is disappointed that rural enterprises have been left out of a Government initiative to improve broadband for small businesses, announced today (18 August). Broadband Connection Vouchers will enable businesses in 22 cities across the UK to apply for grants of up to £3,000 to upgrade their broadband connection, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has said. However this is a missed opportunity to assist rural businesses, says the Countryside Alliance. Meeting the Minister http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/meeting-the-minister http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/meeting-the-minister Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:53:13 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Further to his encouraging words in relation to the Value of Shooting at the Highland Field Sports Fair, Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, took time to discuss the Scottish Countryside Alliance initiative Routes to Rural Employment with Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart.  Campaign: write to M&S about grouse http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/campaign-write-to-ms-about-grouse http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/campaign-write-to-ms-about-grouse Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:41:21 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting We are asking everyone who cares about shooting to write to the Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer (M&S), Marc Bolland, because, barely three weeks before the Glorious Twelfth, it has abandoned plans to expand the number of stores in which it was to have sold grouse.  Instead it will not be selling grouse at all in 2014. M&S says it is doing this because it cannot agree “environmental and biodiversity standards” with “key stakeholders”. This came as a surprise as M&S had not been discussing such standards with its suppliers or shooting organisations. What it actually means is that the RSPB, which is actively campaigning against driven grouse shooting, has complained about grouse sales and M&S has rolled over. Read on to write to M&S via our automated system. Gamekeeper honoured with national award http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/gamekeeper-honoured-with-national-award http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/gamekeeper-honoured-with-national-award Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:34:45 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A PEEBLESSHIRE gamekeeper has been hailed a rural hero by the TV gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh. Alex Hogg, 56, head keeper on Portmore Estate in Eddleston, has won the National Gamekeepers Organisation’s Bellamy Award. Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thirty-new-marine-protected-areas-declared-in-scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thirty-new-marine-protected-areas-declared-in-scotland Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:28:04 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-07-marine-areas-declared-scotland.html#jCp Sign the e-petition asking for hen harrier joint recovery plan publication http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/sign-the-e-petition-asking-for-hen-harrier-joint-recovery-plan-publication http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/sign-the-e-petition-asking-for-hen-harrier-joint-recovery-plan-publication Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:52:12 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting An epetition has been launched by the GWCT entitled "Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan - publish it". The e-petition is aimed at DEFRA and states: "There are thousands of square miles of suitable habitat, but very few breeding pairs of hen harriers in England. If the remaining chicks die, the hen harrier will effectively be extinct as a breeding species in England. Defra said it would stop extinctions like this. In August 2012 Defra asked moor owners, gamekeepers and conservation groups, including the RSPB, to work together and write a single plan to restore England’s precious hen harrier. They reviewed the evidence and scientific literature to prepare their joint plan. Since January 2014 Defra could have published the plan; but has not. For the sake of the hen harrier, Defra must resist external pressure to meddle with the plan. England’s hen harrier population is too fragile to wait any longer. You have it in your gift to save the English hen harrier and return it across our skies. Do it. Be brave and publish the hen harrier recovery plan today – the clock is ticking." Sign the e-petition today and please encourage others to do likewise.  Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/shooting-generates-2bn-boosts-conservation-and-provides-jobs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/shooting-generates-2bn-boosts-conservation-and-provides-jobs Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:21:49 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Shooting is worth £2 billion a year to the UK economy and provides significant conservation benefits according to the results of independent research released today by leading shooting and countryside organisations, including the Countryside Alliance. New £48.5 million school campus for Wick http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/new-485-million-school-campus-for-wick http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/new-485-million-school-campus-for-wick Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:38:20 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Construction starts on new school. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon broke the ground on the new £48.5 million Wick Community Campus. Scottish Government adds £2.5m to Community Broadband Scotland scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-government-adds-25m-to-community-broadband-scotland-scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-government-adds-25m-to-community-broadband-scotland-scheme Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:28:17 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Government has added a further £2.5 million in funding support to help deliver broadband to the remotest areas of Scotland. New Education and Employment Initiative welcomed by Scottish Government http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/new-education-and-employment-initiative-welcomed-by-scottish-government http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/new-education-and-employment-initiative-welcomed-by-scottish-government Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:25:08 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Following the successful launch of Routes to Rural Employment (R2RE) Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment stated “The Scottish Government is committed to ensure every young woman and man has the best possible chance of succeeding regardless of where they live and what their background is. We are currently considering the recommendations from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce and will work with key partners to help put in a place a world class system of vocational training. “I am very pleased to welcome R2RE and hope to see it making a difference in the coming months and years.” Innovative broadband project may be the answer for hard to reach Scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-rural-life/innovative-broadband-project-may-be-the-answer-for-hard-to-reach-scotland http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-rural-life/innovative-broadband-project-may-be-the-answer-for-hard-to-reach-scotland Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:44:48 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Rural Life The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the announcement of the eight innovative projects – including one covering Scotland and Northern Ireland - which have been chosen by the Government to test alternative ways of boosting superfast broadband coverage in rural areas. See the list of projects here The ground-breaking projects chosen to be tested in the £10m Department of Culture Media and Sport initiative were revealed today (19 June) and include a satellite project, from Avanti, which promises speeds of up to 30Mbps. Emergency Authorisation for 2014 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/emergency-authorisation-for-2014 http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/emergency-authorisation-for-2014 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:45:55 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Emergency Authorisation (EA) has been issued by the Chemicals Regulation Department (CRD), and this confirms that asulam will be available to control bracken during the 2014 season, which will start on 1st July.   Coverage for the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards http://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/ca-awards-news/coverage-for-the-2013-countryside-alliance-awards http://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/ca-awards-news/coverage-for-the-2013-countryside-alliance-awards Tue, 27 May 2014 14:24:43 +0100 Countryside Alliance Awards CA Awards News The 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards (nicknamed the Rural Oscars) generated media coverage that reached millions. Here is just some of that coverage, ranging from national acclaim in the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Mirror to regional coverage in the Orcadian, the Newcastle Journal and the Wilts & Glos Standard, to name a few. The Daily Telegraph: Is this the best village shop in Britain? The Sunday Mirror: The Supergran who's been Open All hours for the last 40 years Gloucestershire Echo: Countryside Alliance award-winners, Eat Wild, to open a new restaurant in Cirencester The Star: Our Cow Molly is cream of the nation Sheffield Telegraph: Sheffield’s Our Cow Molly wins best Local Food award The Westmorland Gazette: Gatebeck farming couple win special Clarissa Dickson Wright Award in Rural Oscars The Ilkley Gazette: National award for Ilkley rural business The Journal: Blagdon Farm Shop glitters at Rural Oscars Bradford Telegraph & Argus: Butchers carve out award win Morpeth Herald: Butcher wins high praise in Parliament Meat Info: Yorkshire butcher takes ‘Rural Oscars’ award Salisbury Journal: Chalke Valley Stores is voted best in the land NE Evening Mail: BARROW MARKET STALL HOLDER AWARDED RURAL OSCAR The Orcadian: Dounby butchers highly commended at ‘rural oscars’ Wilts & Glos Standard: Ampney Crucis brothers win Countryside Alliance Award for meat supplier business Eat Wild Berwick Advertiser: Sunnyhills wins ‘rural oscars’ award Salisbury Journal: Award for community store Blackmore Vale Magazine: Rural oscar for Stalbridge business Canterbury Times: Farm named Local Food Champion in the South East The Huddersfield Daily Examiner: Holme Valley pub-turned-shop wins Countryside Alliance Rural Oscar. Meat Management.com: Nidderdale butcher Yorkshire champion again in Rural Oscars Evesham Journal: Chadbury Farm Shop has something for everyone