- News Latest news http://www.countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:00:01 +0100 Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood writes for us http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/plaid-cymru-leader-leanne-wood-writes-for-us http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/plaid-cymru-leader-leanne-wood-writes-for-us Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers Leanne Wood, Leader, Plaid Cymru | Party of Wales, joins other party leaders in writing exclusively for the Countryside Alliance website: The countryside and rural communities contribute to the Welsh economy not only in terms of agriculture and food production but also crucially to the wellbeing of our environment and culture. Farming forms the backbone for many Welsh rural communities - creating economic and social activity in some of our country’s most isolated areas, yet the sector faces unprecedented challenges. Incomes dropped by 44% in over 2013/14 and a further drop is projected for 2014/15. Market volatility in the dairy and red meat sectors have contributed to these pressures. Plaid Cymru believes that in order to allow the industry to respond more effectively to these challenges the government reduce bureaucracy and red tape. The Party of Wales would start by scrapping the six day standstill rule. Air gun licensing is unnecessary and will not cut gun crime, says SCA http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/article/air-gun-licensing-is-unnecessary-and-will-not-cut-gun-crime-says-sca http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/article/air-gun-licensing-is-unnecessary-and-will-not-cut-gun-crime-says-sca Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:07:10 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance Article The Scottish Parliament’s intention to continue towards licensing air weapons, despite evidence that such a move will do little to reduce crime whilst increasing police costs, is disappointing, says the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA). Yesterday (23 March) the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee published its report on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. It suggests that the estimated 500,000 air weapons held across Scotland should be licensed, despite a warning from the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents that licensing would be unwieldy and expensive. Auction in Support of Route to Rural Employment http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/auction-in-support-of-route-to-rural-employment- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/auction-in-support-of-route-to-rural-employment- Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:21:38 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Support the Routes to Rural Employment Silent Auction The 26th March, 2015 is a significant date for many reasons, including the launch of our new Scottish Rural Awards and the first step in funding our essential youth education and employment initiative “Routes to Rural Employment” (R2RE). Nigel Farage of UKIP writes for us http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/nigel-farage-of-ukip-writes-for-us http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/nigel-farage-of-ukip-writes-for-us Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:12:17 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage writes: I was born in Kent, so the way I look at the British countryside is not the way politicians from Notting Hill or North London look at it. I fish and I shoot. Apparently I'm the only party leader who owns his own waders. I'd guess I am the only party leader who knows why the EU demand to ban lead shot is a thoroughly bad idea. Nick Clegg writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/nick-clegg-writes-for-the-countryside-alliance-magazine http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/nick-clegg-writes-for-the-countryside-alliance-magazine Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:20:57 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Clegg joins the Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in the magazine as each outlines his views on our countryside and the importance of those who live and work there. Mr Clegg writes: Rural Britain is what makes this country the envy of the world. From the beaches of St Ives to the rolling hills of Inverness, we are privileged to have on our doorsteps areas of outstanding natural beauty brimming with wildlife and warm communities who lift your heart whenever you visit. There is no doubt that the British countryside has provided wealth, health and happiness for generations of Brits and tourists. Ed Miliband writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/ed-miliband-writes-for-the-countryside-alliance-magazine http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/ed-miliband-writes-for-the-countryside-alliance-magazine Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:07:54 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has written for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Miliband's article appears alongside articles by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties respectively. All three write about the countryside and its place in national life. Mr Miliband writes:  As someone who represents a constituency with big rural areas, I care deeply about how we improve life for people who live in the countryside. Readers of the Countryside Alliance Magazine know that rural communities are staggeringly diverse but have common needs and aspirations. Under this Government rural communities have faced a cost-of living crisis, a damaging fall in the wholesale dairy price, a low-pay, low-skill economy, and lack the power to make decisions about their future. The Prime Minister writes for the Countryside Alliance's Spring magazine http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/the-prime-minister-writes-for-the-countryside-alliances-spring-magazine http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/the-prime-minister-writes-for-the-countryside-alliances-spring-magazine Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:54:44 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has written for our Spring magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Cameron's article appears in the magazine alongside articles by Labour Leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Demcrat Leader Nick Clegg - the articles outline each leader's views on the countryside and rural life. Mr Cameron writes: I am proud of our country’s rural identity - and my own rural heritage. Having been brought up in the beautiful village of Peasemore in Berkshire, the countryside is still the place I feel most at home. I’m based in London for most of the week, but feel a noticeable emotional shift when I arrive in West Oxfordshire each Friday. We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family: walking, running, gardening, cycling and riding. AGM and Board Elections http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/agm-and-board-elections http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/join-us-members-benefits-and-offers/agm-and-board-elections Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:47:56 +0100 Countryside Alliance Join us - members benefits and offers In 2015 the Countryside Alliance Annual General Meeting will be held a little later than usual, in September. A number of factors have combined to make this a logical decision including a re-structured Board, our charity application and the 2015 General Election. The AGM is expected to take place on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 12.00pm. The date and location will be confirmed in our magazine’s summer issue, which will contain the members’ ballot, plus the annual report and accounts. The Board has declared vacancies for two elected members of the Countryside Alliance Board. Scottish Game Fair http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-game-fair http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-game-fair Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:26:26 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Game Fair ast Scone Palace will be held on Friday 3rd July until Sunday 5th July 2015 - Come and see us by the Ringside at No. 1 Gamekeepers Row for a coffee or glass of wine and discuss the areas in your Rural Community, Business or Education where you need help or information Lobby your Parliamentary candidates now! http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/lobby-your-parliamentary-candidates-now http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-lobbying/lobby-your-parliamentary-candidates-now Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:30:43 +0100 Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Lobbying The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact election@countryside-alliance.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto here. Scottish Countryside Alliance responds to the Scottish Environment LINK wildlife crime report http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-responds-to-the-scottish-environment-link-wildlife-crime-report http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-responds-to-the-scottish-environment-link-wildlife-crime-report Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:59:07 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Jamie Stewart Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) director said: “We share the stated desire of the Scottish Environmental LINK report – to eradicate wildlife crime in Scotland in its many guises. “However it is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that this collaboration of self interest groups have failed to engage with those that are actively involved in tackling wildlife crime - the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAWS). Scottish Women’s Rural Institute members show they are Game to Eat with wild food recipes http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-womens-rural-institute-members-show-they-are-game-to-eat-with-wild-food-recipes http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-womens-rural-institute-members-show-they-are-game-to-eat-with-wild-food-recipes Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:02:03 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) and the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute (SWRI) are delighted to announce the winners of their joint Game to Eat recipe competition. The competition, contended over three stages by members of the SWRI, has been won by Helen Gibson and Margaret Dick of the Dunbartonshire SWRI Federation. Their menu comprised a trio of game birds terrine served with plum and orange sauce, green salad and pistachio oatcakes, followed by pan-fried venison with bramble sauce served with tangy mashed potato and buttered asparagus and a lemon posset with elderflower and martini jelly served with Scottish butter shortbread biscuits. Scottish Rural Awards http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-rural-awards- http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-rural-awards- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:06:43 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Celebrate those nominees achievement for being exactly that - storming passed the finishing line, a deep breath, and starting the next race....Life is A Struggle - and its can be hard - but there is NOTHING that can armour a person more completely than achievement, success over adversity, innovation, dedication, inspiration and industry - the essence of the Scottish Rural Awards. The future of lead ammunition is one of the biggest issues to face shooting in the past few decades http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-future-of-lead-ammunition-is-one-of-the-biggest-issues-to-face-shooting-in-the-past-few-decades http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-future-of-lead-ammunition-is-one-of-the-biggest-issues-to-face-shooting-in-the-past-few-decades Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:57:19 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The future of lead ammunition is one of the biggest issues to face shooting in the past few decades, but one which can easily pass you by if the detail of scientific research and Westminster and EU political process turn you off. The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award goes to the family-run Peelham Farm http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-clarissa-dickson-wright-award-goes-to-the-family-run-peelham-farm http://www.countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-clarissa-dickson-wright-award-goes-to-the-family-run-peelham-farm Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:04:58 +0100 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award went to the family-run Peelham Farm, a mixed organic farm in the Scottish Borders concerned with preserving rare breeds, encouraging education at all levels (from school age to butchery). L-R Lord Walton, Chris Walton, Environment Secretary Liz Truss, Denise Walton, Angus Walton, Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm who helps select the Award and is a former winner. — at House Of Lords, Houses Of Parliament.