She echoes the Countryside Alliance’s belief that tourism underpins the rural economy and will therefore be the engine that restarts it.
Meanwhile, several local groups have been awarded funding to support rural efforts. The Prince’s Countryside Fund has awarded three emergency grants to farming and rural community support groups who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The successful applicants are tackling COVID-19 in a number of ways – from grocery, hot meal, and prescription delivery in remote areas, to setting up community shops and food banks, or providing business support tailored for rural and farm businesses.
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