- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:52:13 +0100 Sign the e-petition on hen harrier recovery http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/sign-the-e-petition-on-hen-harrier-recovery http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/sign-the-e-petition-on-hen-harrier-recovery 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.  Introducing our Rural Oscars' 10th anniversary Champion of Champions scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/introducing-our-rural-oscars-10th-anniversary-champion-of-champions-scheme http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/introducing-our-rural-oscars-10th-anniversary-champion-of-champions-scheme Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:40:07 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Food & Farming The Countryside Alliance awards, aka the Rural Oscars, turn ten this year, so to celebrate we are inviting former Champions to compete again, this time for the honour of being Champion of Champions. The below letter was sent out to all UK & Ireland Champions in mid July, setting out our plans for the scheme. We wanted to celebrate our birthday with those who have helped make the Awards what they are and so an X Factor style public vote will open here in November. Pictured are the butchers of SW Doughty in Kent, popular Champions in 2010.  Fly grazing Parliamentary debate welcomed http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/fly-grazing-debate-welcomed- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/fly-grazing-debate-welcomed- Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:28:47 +0100 Countryside Alliance Communities The Countryside Alliance is among a powerful coalition of equine welfare charities and countryside organisations that has welcomed a parliamentary debate of solutions to the illegal fly grazing of horses through a Private Members Bill  which was launched in the House of Commons on Tuesday (15 July). The Bill was introduced by Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer who has done a huge amount of work with local groups to help address this growing problem. Find out how you can help Welfare charities estimate that in England alone at least 3,000 horses are being illegally grazed on public and private land without the permission of the landowner. Apply to attend a fly fishing retreat on the beautiful Mount Falcon estate http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-fishing/apply-to-attend-a-fly-fishing-retreat-on-the-beautiful-mount-falcon-estate http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-fishing/apply-to-attend-a-fly-fishing-retreat-on-the-beautiful-mount-falcon-estate Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:14:29 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Fishing Ladies who have, or have had, breast cancer are invited to apply to attend a Casting for Recovery retreat to be held in the grounds of the beautiful Mount Falcon Country Estate near Ballina, Co Mayo. Click here to apply. 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. Appointment of Liz Truss as environment secretary http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/appointment-of-liz-truss-as-environment-secretary http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-food-farming/appointment-of-liz-truss-as-environment-secretary Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:45:16 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Food & Farming Commenting on the announcement of Liz Truss as Secretary of State for the Environment, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Barney White-Spunner, said: “Owen Paterson has worked extremely hard as Secretary of State and has always had the interests of the countryside and rural communities clearly at heart, but the Alliance remains concerned that no matter who is environment secretary, fundamental issues within the department make this an almost impossible role. “We wish Liz Truss all the best on her appointment and look forward to working with her. We hope that she, her colleagues in Government, and those in the Labour party will take the opportunity over the next 10 months to consider how the next government will deliver rural policy.” National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/national-rural-crime-network-nrcn http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/communities/national-rural-crime-network-nrcn Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:07:54 +0100 Countryside Alliance Communities The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) has now been formally set up and has the support of 28 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). It is being chaired by the PCC from North Yorkshire, Julie Mulligan, and the Vice-Chair is Tim Passmore, PCC for Suffolk. The constitution allows six PCCs on the executive committee and four non PCC representatives. The Countryside Alliance is sitting on the Executive Committee as one of the four non PCC representatives. Over the summer we will be compiling a list of rural crime priorities which will shape the work programme of the Network. Fly-grazing, heritage crime and general anti-social behaviour are on that list and we would welcome your suggestions too. Please email policy@countryside-alliance.org raising any issues you feel the National Rural Crime Network should be prioritising. Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/shooting-generates-2bn-boosts-conservation-and-provides-jobs http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-shooting/shooting-generates-2bn-boosts-conservation-and-provides-jobs Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:59:43 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns - Shooting 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 (click here) by leading shooting and countryside organisations, including the Countryside Alliance. The figures are outlined in a new report – The Value of Shooting – conducted by Cambridge-based Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC). It is the most comprehensive research into the economic, environmental and social contributions of shooting ever undertaken in the UK. 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   SCA has grave concerns about Scottish land reform recommendations http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-has-grave-concerns-about-scottish-land-reform-recommendations http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/sca-has-grave-concerns-about-scottish-land-reform-recommendations Fri, 23 May 2014 16:25:17 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Scotland’s Land Reform Review Group, a Government study set up to look into how land is distributed, has published its findings. Within its 62 recommendations the review group advocates a limit on the area of land that can be held by private owners and a change to the current tax system to disrupt the pattern of large scale private land ownership.