- News Latest news //countryside-alliance.org.uk/feed/news News Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:56:10 +0000 The 2016 Welsh Rural Oscars go to… //countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/article/the-2016-welsh-rural-oscars-go-to //countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/article/the-2016-welsh-rural-oscars-go-to Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:56:09 +0000 Countryside Alliance Awards Article The Countryside Alliance Awards, Wales’ premier rural business awards, were handed out by Leader of the House and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt at a reception at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, on Wednesday 1st February. The Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are now in their 13th year. They were set up to celebrate rural communities, produce, skill, heritage and enterprising spirit and they run across five categories which enable the Countryside Alliance to give a platform and a voice to diverse rural businesses. Welsh Government Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, said: “For over ten years, these awards have highlighted and celebrated rural businesses across Wales. It is important that we recognise the crucial role played by rural businesses in Wales and champion the ongoing growth and improvement of our rural economy. There is currently some uncertainty surrounding the Welsh economy following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.  It is therefore more important than ever that the rural economy remains resilient and we maximise and manage the opportunities to ensure long term success. The Welsh Government is fully behind rural businesses in Wales and I would urge all businesses to take advantage of the support available. Our Rural Development Programme offers a range of opportunities to support businesses, organisations and communities throughout rural Wales.” The reception was kindly sponsored by Assembly Members Paul Davies, Welsh Conservatives, Simon Thomas Plaid Cymru and Neil Hamilton, UKIP, and Countryside Alliance Director for Wales, Rachel Evans, announced the winners, who were chosen from thousands of public nominations. The Champions for Wales now advance to the British finals, to be held at the House of Lords on 22ndMarch. The winners were announced as: Local Food Champion: Pen-min-Cae Welsh Black Beef and Lamb, Gellynen Lodge Cwmbach Builth Wells Powys LD2 3RP Rachel said: “This farming family enterprise pride themselves on selling onlytheir own produced Welsh beef and lamb. Familiar faces on the show circuit to many I am sure, the Nixon Family cook up fabulous home reared meat joints and burgers made by the family. Full traceability of the livestock, highlighted by photos on the trade stand of farming through the year gives consumers confidence in their produce and encourages them to ask questions about agriculture, which is always welcomed! The mail order side of the business grows daily with customers from far and wide buy with ease knowing exactly where their meat comes from. Popular amongst the locals and celebrity followers alike, it has been said by one customer that her mother hasn’t tasted meat as good as theirs, this side of the war! I am delighted to award the top spot of the local food category to the Nixon family of Pen-min-Cae Welsh Black Beef and Lamb.” Runner up: Caroline Dawson of Fodder in the Field, from North Wales Butcher Champion: Edwards of Conwy, High St, Conwy LL32 8DE Rachel said: “The winner of this category is a farmer’s son and butcher who has been in the trade for over 30 years, carrying with him the same farm supplier of beef and lamb for the shop. Opening his first shop at 21 years of age, Ieuan Edwards now employs over 75 staff at both the shop and factory unit, having developed his own brand Edwards of Conwy and now trading with some of the biggest names in supermarkets, he absolutely refuses to change the recipe that delivers quality and consistency. The products are now a familiar household name from here to Hong Kong. A huge selection of both un-cooked and cooked meat and Welsh produce is displayed to perfection at their shop in Conwy, with beef and lamb hung behind the glass frames for all to see. A butchers block in the front window gives live displays of butchery and customers can see first-hand this age old skill. A true ambassador for butchery, for Welsh produce and for Wales.” Runner up: Shan and Geraint Bowen of Bethesda Farm Shop in Narberth   Tourism Champion: Pembrokeshire Falconry, Picton Castle & Gardens, Haverfordwest SA62 4AS Rachel said: “The winning enterprise in this category has been providing unique experiences for tourists to Wales since 2004, welcoming hundreds of visitors from over 15 countries in 2016 alone. The unique offering in Pembrokeshire to meet and fly birds of prey has been recognised by neighbouring County Carmarthenshire and from 2017, Pembrokeshire Falconry have been chosen to set up the first British Bird of Prey Centre at the National Botanical Gardens of Wales. They will run this alongside an already well established tourist attraction at Picton Castle and are all set to welcome thousands more visitors to the world of birds of prey. I warmly congratulate Alex and Emma Hill of Pembrokeshire falconry as the winners of this category.” Runner up: Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH   Village Shop and Post Office Champion: Pennard Stores, Southgate, Gower, Swansea Rachel said: “The winning village shop and post office who will represent Wales at the House of Lords is situated in a small village, with a few more hamlets scattered in between on the edge of the Gower. Since Jodi and Jamie Francis took on the family business they have worked tirelessly to move forward with the times and to explore new opportunities for the business. They opened a café and ice cream parlour to run alongside the shop and rescued the post office along with its two members of staff when the post office closed. Local artists’ work decorate the walls and they have recently purchased the run down council facilities next door, giving them a total refurb and removing the eyesore of this popular beautiful part of the Gower. Pennard Stores on the tip of the Gower Peninsula is the heartbeat of the community and I am very pleased indeed to be able to crown them as our Champions.” Runner up: Charlotte Christie and David Evans of Llanwrtyd Wells Auto Services and post office Farm Enterprise Champion: Hayley Hanson Hide Rachel said: “The winner of the best farm Enterprise This one-woman enterprise has evolved from her sheer love of cattle and farming, but particularly her strong feelings that every part of the beast can be used. Hayley Henson Hide is a by-product from their own cattle and Hayley takes orders from farmers and producers too. Show winning hides from fatstock shows have made their way to Hayley’s farm in Breconshire where she transforms them in to all kinds of goods from footstools to handbags, cufflinks and leather bound hip flasks. It’s a lengthy process taking over twelve months with great care and detailed processes ensuring that the hides are kept in good order and transformed in to keepsakes fit for generations. A recent contract selling to a hotel in New York has given this small farm enterprise a significant boost thus providing support for the farm income and a definite future for Hayley Henson Hide. I think it only right that I quote Hayley’s words from her entry to the competition “I will always be a cattle farmer. Aside from my family it’s my one big love”. These cows have put a roof over our heads, provided us with a home, I have so much respect for the cattle.  I need to secure the future of the farm for myself and my children, not only to be viable but profitable”. Runner up: Rob Morgan and Lloyd of Gower Fresh Christmas Trees   Notes to editors Photographs should be credited to Peter Anderson, Anderson Photography The Champions will all now represent Wales at the British final in London on 22nd March 2017 British Champions are selected by a panel including the Daily Telegraph and Farmers Guardian For more information contact Rachel Evans, Director for Wales on 01550 777997 or 07825 337978, or email rachel-evans@countryside-alliance.org Scottish Countryside Alliance responds to Cabinet Secretary’s announcement //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-responds-to-cabinet-secretarys-announcement //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-responds-to-cabinet-secretarys-announcement Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:43:34 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the cabinet secretary’s statement to invite key stakeholders to work together to develop a code of practice for the use of dogs in fox control and explore the potential for a new monitoring scheme. Thousands of well-wishers greet Scottish hunts in unprecedented show of support for New Year’s day //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thousands-of-well-wishers-greet-scottish-hunts-in-unprecedented-show-of-support-for-new-years-day-m //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/thousands-of-well-wishers-greet-scottish-hunts-in-unprecedented-show-of-support-for-new-years-day-m Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:32:47 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Thousands of well-wishers greet Scottish hunts in unprecedented show of support for New Year’s day meets   As proud masters addressed the massed assembly of well-wishers and supporters attending the many New Year’s Day (second of Jan) meets across Scotland, many chose to revisit their words from 2003 to reflect on the challenges face today.   Coverage for the 2016 CA Awards, aka the Rural Oscars //countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/ca-awards-news/coverage-for-the-2016-ca-awards-aka-the-rural-oscars //countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/ca-awards-news/coverage-for-the-2016-ca-awards-aka-the-rural-oscars Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:21:48 +0000 Countryside Alliance Awards CA Awards News Ledbury Reporter: Two Herefordshire finalists named in Countryside Alliance's Rural Oscars The Hunts Post: Village shop in running for ‘rural Oscars’ Plymouth Herald: South West rural businesses make finals of Countryside Alliance rural oscars Northumberland Gazette: Regional finalists in the Rural Oscars 2016 Eastern Daily Press: East Anglia’s rural businesses among the finalists for 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards Sheffield Telegraph: Sheffield village shop at heart of rural life Horncastle News: Praise from PM and now chance of an Oscar.... In Cumbria: Five Cumbrian entries make northern final of Rural Oscars Yorkshire Post: Yorkshire’s rural businesses lead national awards charge Monmouthshire Beacon: Raglan butcher in awards final Lynn News: West Norfolk businesses chosen as finalists in ‘Rural Oscars’ Time running out for unlicensed airguns //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/time-running-out-for-unlicensed-airguns //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/time-running-out-for-unlicensed-airguns Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:58:48 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Time running out for unlicensed airguns   Police Scotland have received  circa 10,000 applications for the new Air Weapon Certificate but even discounting those with current Firearms or Shotgun certificates it is estimated that over 400,000 airguns could be unlicensed in Scotland when a new law comes into force on New Year’s Day 2017. The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 will make it an offence to possess an airgun without a specific licence or to be covered by a temporary exemption granted by way of possession of a current firearm and shotgun certificate. Response to Bonomy report into Protection of Wild Animals act //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/response-to-bonomy-report-into-protection-of-wild-animals-act //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/response-to-bonomy-report-into-protection-of-wild-animals-act Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:53:38 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the publication of the Bonomy Review into the protection of wild mammals Scotland Act 2002 which deals with hunting with dogs which has been published today.  A shooting rates questionnaire is now being posted out by the assessors to shooting proprietors //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/a-shooting-rates-questionnaire-is-now-being-posted-out-by-the-assessors-to-shooting-proprietors //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/a-shooting-rates-questionnaire-is-now-being-posted-out-by-the-assessors-to-shooting-proprietors Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:41:20 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News A shooting rates questionnaire is now being posted out by the assessors to shooting proprietors Highly misleading article published by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/highly-misleading-article-published-by-the-league-against-cruel-sports-lacs //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/highly-misleading-article-published-by-the-league-against-cruel-sports-lacs Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:33:20 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Countryside Alliance Scottish Director responds to misleading article about snaring in Scotland Scotland's golden eagle population soars during past decade //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scotlands-golden-eagle-population-soars-during-past-decade //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scotlands-golden-eagle-population-soars-during-past-decade Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:52:45 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The population of golden eagles in Scotland has grown by 15% over the past decade, figures show.  Conservationists have welcomed the results of the fourth national golden eagle survey that shows numbers of the bird of prey have increased to 508 pairs from 442 in the last survey in 2003. Experts say the figures show the golden eagle, regarded by many people as Scotland's national bird, is recovering to previous historic levels. 2017 Scottish Rural Awards launch at Holyrood //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/2017-scottish-rural-awards-launch-at-holyrood //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/2017-scottish-rural-awards-launch-at-holyrood Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:48:30 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Nominations for the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards have officially launched at the Scottish Parliament. Marking the opening of nominations at a reception at Holyrood yesterday (Thursday 8 September), Rachael Hamilton MSP, Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Tourism and Small Business, hailed the Scottish Rural Awards as a great boost to Scottish rural enterprise. Addressing MSPs on their first week back in Parliament after the summer recess, Rachael Hamilton said: “I am honoured to be hosting tonight's Parliamentary reception on behalf of the Scottish Countryside Alliance and the Scottish Field to mark the launch of the Scottish Rural Awards 2017. It is with delight that we encourage the opportunity to acknowledge creative and innovative people, business, ideas and achievements. Scottish Countryside Alliance response to the Government’s announcement on tail docking //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-response-to-the-governments-announcement-on-tail-docking //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-countryside-alliance-response-to-the-governments-announcement-on-tail-docking Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:29 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) is pleased that legislation will be changed in Scotland to allow the docking of the tails of working spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies, on welfare grounds.  SCA director Jamie Stewart said: “We welcome this decision and the releasing of the analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposal.  “An overwhelming majority, ninety two percent (92%), of respondents to the consultation agreed that vets in Scotland should be allowed to dock the tails of spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies if they believe on the evidence presented to them that they are likely to be used for working in future and that the pain of docking is outweighed by the possible avoidance of more serious injuries in later life.   The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the news as Scotland’s Red Kite numbers grow. //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-scottish-countryside-alliance-welcomes-the-news-as-scotlands-red-kite-numbers-grow //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/the-scottish-countryside-alliance-welcomes-the-news-as-scotlands-red-kite-numbers-grow Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:42:12 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes the news as Scotland’s Red Kite numbers grow.     Scottish fox hunting law can be improved with minor amendments //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-fox-hunting-law-can-be-improved-with-minor-amendments //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/scottish-fox-hunting-law-can-be-improved-with-minor-amendments Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:50:12 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News Much has been made in the press of the Police Scotland response to the Scottish Government appointed review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.  Police Scotland has confirmed that on occasion it has been unable to establish the high threshold of evidence required to prove and, ultimately, report cases to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. However what has not been reported is their further comment that the law is fit for purpose and significant improvements could be made to it without the need for considerable change to the legislation. Countryside Alliance and Moorland Association make case for grouse moor management //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/countryside-alliance-and-moorland-association-make-case-for-grouse-moor-management //countryside-alliance.org/scot/ca-scotland-news/countryside-alliance-and-moorland-association-make-case-for-grouse-moor-management Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:44:38 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance CA Scotland News On the 18th October, the Countryside Alliance and the Moorland Association gave evidence at a Parliamentary inquiry into grouse shooting and grouse moor management. MPs on the Petitions Committee and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee heard experts give evidence on grouse shooting before they debate a petition in Parliament’s secondary chamber, Westminster Hall, on the 31st October. The oral evidence session and debate are in response to a petition, launched by Dr Mark Avery, calling for driven grouse shooting to be banned. Due to the petition reaching over 100,000 signatures it has been allocated parliamentary time for a debate. However, due to a surge in support for a counter-petition supporting grouse shooting the debate will not now be on banning driven grouse shooting, but on grouse shooting in general. SCA joins call for information on missing Golden Eagles //countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-shooting/sca-joins-call-for-information-on-missing-golden-eagles //countryside-alliance.org/scot/campaigns-shooting/sca-joins-call-for-information-on-missing-golden-eagles Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:06:54 +0000 Scottish Countryside Alliance Campaigns-Shooting Media reports surrounding the disappearance of eight of Scotland’s majestic golden eagles have raised concerns of illegal activity, although these are unconfirmed. The Scottish Countryside Alliance, which represents shooting and conservation interests, will work with Police Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and other interested parties to stamp out any illegal persecution and is clear that finger pointing at the shooting community, based on no evidence, must be resisted.