The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)

Time for a rural strategy

The RSN believes that the Government should take the lead and work with interested organisations to produce a comprehensive long term and funded Rural Strategy.  

We have developed a Template Rural Strategy which sets out the rational for calling for such a strategy.  We believe that it should include the following component parts and the Template Rural Strategy sets out evidence to support their inclusion:

  • A Thriving Rural Economy
  • A Digitally connected countryside
  • A Place everyone can get around
  • An Affordable Place to live
  • A fair deal on health and social care
  • A Place to learn and grow
  • A settlement (including fair funding for rural services) to support local action
  • A rural proofed policy framework

→ Download the RSN template 'Time for a Rural Strategy' Report here

We call on Government to produce a Rural Strategy to set out their priorities for Englands Rural Communities and the Rural Economy for the future and we ask you to support this call.
→ The campaign has featured heavily in press across the country. Details can be found here

→ A summary of the 'Rural England – A different place demands a different strategy' event held in Taunton can be found here

The following individuals and organisations also support this call:
(Last update 13.06.19)

A1 Perfect Plumbing Ltd Hebden Royd Town Council
Access4Riders  Henley in arden parish council
ACRE Hitcham Parish Council 
Action Hampshire Holsworthy Town Council
Airton Parish Meeting Horton cum Studley Parish Council
Aislaby Parish Council Husthwaite Newsletter
Aldwark Area Parish Council In Education
Alnmouth Parish Council Ingleton in Bloom
Alveley and Romsley Parish Council Ingleton Parish Council
Alzheimer's Society Institute of Economic Development
Anglia Rural Consultants  J C & Associates Limited
Ashbury Parish Council Joe’s Cafe South Beach
Ash-cum-Ridley Parish Council Karbon Homes
Ashill Parish Council Keele University
Ashley Farm Kenninghall Parish Council
Ashley Parish Meeting Kirkgate Arts
Ashton Parish Council Lamberhurst Parish Council
Barchester Court ltd Lamplugh Village Hall
Barnwell Parish Council Langtoft Parish Council
Barrowden Parish Council Launceston Town Council
Baxby Microlights ltd Lezant Parish Council
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity Lidgate Parish Council
Betchworth Parish Council Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association
BH Trees & Woodland Consultancy Ltd Lindsey and Coastal Action Zone LEADER Programme, Lincolnshirel County Council
BHS  LiNKWELL good neighbour scheme
Bickerstaffe Parish Council Litton Cheney Parish Council
Bicknoller parish council Maldon District Council
Bidborough Parish Council Malvern Hills District Council 
Bishop Burton College Maresfield Parish Council
Blackdown Support Group Mawnan Parish Council
Bolton Parish Council Melchet Park & Plaitford Parish C
Boston Borough Council  Membury Parish Council
Boxgrove Parish Council Mendham Parish Council
Bradninch Town Council Mendip district council
Branxton Parish Council Meriden Parish Council
Breage Parish Council Midlands Rural Housing
Bridestowe Parish Council Modbury Parish Council
Bridport Environment Group Moorsbus Community Interest Company
Bridport Local Area Partnership Myerscough College
Bright Estates Nailsea Town council
Brinkburn & Hesleyhurst Parish Council National Association of Local Councils
Briston Parish Council National Centre for Rural Health and Care 
Brixton Parish Council National Housing Federation
Broadmayne Parish Council National Rural Touring Forum
Burythorpe Parish Council NDVS (North Devon Voluntary Services)
BV & SM Johnson Netherseal Parish Council
Caldy Nature Park Newtown Linford Parish Council
Cam Parish Council North Somercotes Parish Council
Campaign to Protect Rural England Northamptonshire ACRE
CDA Herts Nowton parish council
Chair Waveney Valley Local Action group (RDPE-LEADER)  Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council
Cheshire Community Action Okehampton Town Council
Cheshire East Council Old Hunstanton Parish Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council Orton Parish Meeting
Chetwynd Aston and Woodcote Parish Council Ousden Parish Council
Church of England Owstan Ltd
Church of England (Parish of the Upper Wreake, Leicester Diocese) Parkinsons UK
Clackclose100  Partners in Health ( Midland) Ltd. 
Cockermouth Town Council Pentabus Theatre
Communities Can Limited Peter Tavy Parish Council
Community Action Northumberland Plunkett Foundation
Community Council for Somerset (CCS) Powlett & associates Ltd 
Community First in Herefordshire and Worcestershire Pulborough Parish Council
Community Lincs Pym's Consultancy Ltd
Compton Dando Parish Council pyrometallurgical consultancy
Compton Dando Parish Hall Quainton Parish Council
Constantine Enterprise Company Ribble Valley Borough Council
Corfe Castle Parish Council Risby Parish Council
Cornwall Council RKK Ltd
Cornwall Rural Community Charity Rowlands Castle Parish Council
Cornwall Rural Housing Association Royal Town Planning Institute
Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Rural Action Derbyshire
Countryside Alliance Rural Services Network
Cowlinge Parish Council Rural West Sussex Partnership
CPRE Northumberland Sacriston Parish Council
Crick Parish Council Sampford Arundel Parish Council 
Crowan Parish Council Santa's Food Workshop
CSW Group Seafair
Cumbria County Council  Sherborne Deanery Rural Chaplaincy
Cusgarne Organic Farm  Smallburgh Parish Council
DALC Smith and Tucker Farms Ltd
Dalham Parish Council  Snettisham Parish Council
Daventry District Council South Hams District Council
Devon County Council South Huish Parish Council
Dorset Community Transport Spilsby Good Neighbour Scheme
Dorset CPRE St Catherine Parish Meeting
Dowsby Parish Council St Day Parish Council
Eagle Parish Council St Edmundsbury Borough Council
East Devon District Council St Germans Charitable Trust
East Markham Parish Council St Gluvias Parish Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council St Marks Church Scarisbrick
East Suffolk Councillor Stansfield Parish Council
Eastham Parish Council Stanway Parish Council
Easton and Otley College Staverton Parish Council
Eden Housing Association Stelling Minnis Parish Council
Elstead PC Sticklepath Parish Council
English Rural Housing Association Sunniside Community Association
Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby PC Sutton Bridge & Wingland Parish Council
Essex Police Tattingstone Parish Council
Etchingham Parish Council Tees Valley Rural Action
Everybody "Get On Board" Teignbridge District Council
Exmoor National Park Authority The Clacklose Hundred CBS
Exstream Networks Ltd The DR Company
Farlington Parish Meeting The Flower Export Co Ltd
Farming & Rural Issues Group South East The Forum of Private Business
Farthinghoe Parish Council The Methodist and United Reformed Churches
FCN The National Centre for Rural Health & Care
Feltwell Parish Council The Rural Services Partnership 
Fenstanton Parish Council The Trails Trust
FirstGroup UK Bus Division Tiffield Parish Council
FoCS &Constantine Enterprise Co Tredington Parish Council 
Forest Heath District Council Trent and Dove Housing
Forest of Dean Green Party Upper Beeding Parish Council
Friends of Constantine Surgery  W.A.T.A.G.
Friends of the Lake District Warwickshire Older People’s Forum
Granborough Parish Council West Devon Borough Council
GRCC West Lakes Adventure
Great & Little Carlton Parish Council West Lindsey District Council
Great Addington Parish Council West Somerset Council 
Great Gransden Parish Council What's On In Landbeach (Village newsletter)
Gweek Parish Council Whorlton & Swainby Parish Council
Gwennap Parish Council Willey Parish Council
Hampshire County Council Wiltshire College - Lackham
Hamsey Parish Council Wiltshire College & University Centre
Harrington Parish Council Winford Parish Council
Harston Parish Council Winteringham Parish Council
Hastoe Group Wittersham Parish Council
Hastoe Housing Association Woodchester Parish Council
Haughton Parish Council World Organisation of Family Doctors Rural Group (RuralWonca)
Hayton Parish Council Yarnton Parish Council
HB Villages Ltd Yelvertoft Parish Council
Hebden Parish Council Young Somerset

A. Crouchman John Shorter
Abby  Navarre Jon Moss
Adam Paynter- Leader of Cornwall Council Jon Turner
Adrian Louis Jonathan Rose
Alan Parker Josephine Parish
Alastair Sheehan Joyce Hutchinson
Alison Abraham Jude Considine
Alison Brown Judith Pressley
Alison Cruse Judy Bell
Alison Robinson Julia Ford
Alistair Banks Julia Plinston
Allan Redfern Julia Tingle
Allan Scott Julian Tatam
Amanda Brown Julian True
Amber Nuttall Julie Hardy
Andrew Dyke Juliet Williams
Andrew Fitter Karl Love
Andrew Lanham Katharine Harrod
Andrew McDonald Kathleen Pym
Andrew Shaw Kathy Cuthbert
Andrew Simkins Keeley Rudd
Andrew Talliss Keith Riste
Andy Blackwell Keith Townson
Angela Barnes Ken Christy
Anica Alvarez Nishio Ken Clifford
Ann Day Ken Johnson
Ann Hindley Kenneth Bray
Anne Kemp Kevin Forbes Mitchell
Anne Lawson Kevin Furnish
Anne-Marie Spalding Kevin Hynes
Anthony Trollope-Bellew - Leader of West Somerset Council Kevin Kendall
Anthony W Penn Kevin Wood
Antoinette Wisbey Kim Atkinson
Avis Thomas Kirsty McDowell
B Fludgate Lesley Everett
Barbara Fisher Lesley Long
Barbara Le Gallez Lesley Woledge
Barbara Stanway Leslie Hann
Ben Hogben Linda Harman
Beryl Janet JAMES Lisa Clements
Beth Martin Lisa Dixon
Bev Iles Liz Berry
Beverley Parker Lois Rowlands
Bishop John Stroyan Louisa Lockwood
Bishop of Ely Louise Haywood
Bob Watters Louise Tucker
Bob Welch  M F Holmes
Brenda Weston M. Brombley
Brian Foley Malcolm Baldwin
Brian Wilson Marguerite Shapland
Bruce Heywood Mark Haworth-Booth
Carol Mew Mark Herriott
Carol Perry Mark McEvilly
Caroline Ashall Mark Nash-Williams (Revd)
Carolyn Peck Mark Turner
Catherine Hitchens Marshal Scott - Chief Executive of Bibble Valley Borough Council
Catrin John Martin Craddock
Charles Wild Martin Rowell
Charlotte Squire Martin Weston
Cherry Ekins Martin Windley 
Chris Bell Melanie Thew
Chris Bridgman Melissa Whittaker
Chris Bright Merietta Raymond
Chris Cowcher Mervyn Benford
Chris Everidge Michael David John Price
Chris Higgins Michael Lyons
Chris Lambert Michael Toogood
Christine Patty Mike Allen
Christine Rust Mike Cooper 
Christopher Matijasevic Mike Gant
Claire Brooks  Mike Hawes
Claire Way Mike Stanton
Clare Gamble Mike Willmott
Clare Mahaddie Mr Ray Shapland
Clive Neal-Sturgess Mrs B. Uren
Cllr Bill Lane Mrs Checkley
Cllr Jan Goffey Mrs Emma Dunn
Cllr Julie Yelland Mrs Gesella J Tidy
Cllr Melissa Whittaker-Mather Mrs Jane Virginia Stollery
Cllr Mike Lovell Mrs Jean S Sangster
Cllr Nathan Garbutt Moore Mrs Victoria Firth
Cllr Norma Raynes Myles Thomas
Cllr Tamsyn d'Arienzo  Nathan Harmer-Taylor 
Cllr. Nigel Shaw Neil Watson
Colin Adsley Nick Boothroyd
Colin Parnell Nick Edmonds
Colin Smith Nick Morton
Colin Stroud Nicky Bishop
Colin Tindill Nicola Kingman 
Councillor Gary Cowan Nicola Salter
Councillor Kate Parkinson  Nik Harwood
Daniel Tebbutt Owen Bierley
Daniel Walton Patricia Holtom
Dave Lewis Patrick Kimber
David Ansbro Patrick Spink
David Cohen Paul Booton
David Darlow Paul Cranstone
David Evans Paul French
David Gluck Paul Graham
David Harknett Paul Heinrich
David Jeffels Paul Rogers
David Rawlinson Paul Simpson
David Roe Paulette Barton
David Simpson Peter Carrell
David Webb Peter Clarke
Dawn Beeby Peter Cowx
Debbie Reyland Peter Daniels
Deborah Munro Peter Fane
Deborah Sellis Peter Griffiths
Denis Pye Peter Hodge
Derek Nicholls Peter Holmes
Diana Garrod Peter Jones
Diane Elphinstone Peter Moore
Donald MacIntyre Peter Sleet
Doreen M Shineton Phil Galpin
Dr Alan Rogers Philip Cornish 
Dr Clive Waddington Philip Cupit
Dr Gordon Morris Philip Ham
Dr Kreseda Smith Philip Paul 
Dr Malcolm Rigler  Philippa Paget
Dr. Joan Hinde Phyllis Power 
E Mather Pip Hayes
E Young Polly Foster
Ebbie Hulland Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham
Eileen Heaney Professor Simon Pemberton
Elaine O'Leary R. Pushman
Elaine simpson Rachael Troughton
Elaine Smith Rachel Bennett
Elizabeth Clark Rachel Smith
Elizabeth McNabb Rachel Thompson MBE
Emily Brailsford Ray Kay
Emma Bould Raymond Brookfield
Emma James Rev John L Evans
Emma Powlett  Revd Richard Kirlew
Emma Williams Richard Dorman
Enid Smith Richard Hosking
Eric Buckley Richard Parkinson
Faye Mitchell Richard Sherras
Fran Mason  Rita Lawson
Frances Beatty Robert A Hatt
Frances Harris Robert Hodgson
Francis Hayden Robert Lemmon
Frank Cottee Robert Marshall
G S Dowding Robert Sloan
Gail Jackson Robert Wallace
Gary Moss Robin Walls
Gemma Finnegan Robin Wilkinson
Georgina Clark Roger Daniels
Geraldine Hartshorne  Rosie Weaver
Gillian white  Ross Durkin
Grace Everett Rowena Salter
Guy Browes Ruth Coe
Guy Tucker Ruth Conley
H Moss Ruth Foster
Harriette Dottridge Ruth West
Harry St John Sacha Hagar
Hazel Smith Sally Lemsford
Heather Crispan Sally Lewis
Helen Gundry Sally Samuels
Helen Johns Sam Jones
Helen Richards Sam Ross
Hilary Edwards Samantha Charles
Hilary Joyce Samantha Haywood
Hilary Nelson Samantha Hine
Holly Lombardo Sandra Morrison
Howard Maxted Sandra Smith
Hugh Dixon Sarah Foxcroft 
Hywel Lloyd Sarah Thompson 
Ian Cass Sarah Utting
Ian Collingwood Saskia Syms
Ian Cruise-Taylor Scott Mann MP 
Ian Gennery Sharon Jarvis
Ian Jenkins Sharon Oatley
Ian Marshall Shaun Beattie
Ian Studd Sheila Buckfield
Ian Wilson Sheila Pearce
Iona Parker Sheila Summerscales
Jackie Smith Stan Martin
Jacky Creswick Stephen Guy Dru Drury
Jacqueline Rogerson Stephen Macdonald 
Jacqui Channon Stephen Real
James Agnew Steve Cowley
James Alcock Steve Critten
James Catmur Steve Diamond
james Del Mar Steven Alden
James Weddell Stuart Watts
Jan Coulthard Sue Barker 
Jane Blackmore Sue Burrows
Jane Townsend Sue Gott
Jane Westbrook Sue Green
Jane Whittaker Sue Johnson
Jane Wright Sue Osborne
Janet Carr Sue Rogers
Janet Clark Sune Nightingale
Janice Banks Susan Beauchamp 
Janice Bridger Susan Ellen Smith
Jasmine Black Susan L. Scotter
Jayne Gale Susan Prochak
Jayne Pease Susan Ragbourne
Jean Nicholls Susan Roberts
Jean Sangster Susan Scotter
Jeffrey Summers Suzanne Rudge
Jennifer Weston Teresa Crabb
Jenny English Teresa Pascoe
Jeremy Cooper Terry Batson
Jeremy Groome Terry Grocutt
Jill White  Tim Christian
Jim Beard Tim Hayward-Smith
Jo Cottee Tim Hopkinson 
Jo Roundell Greene Timothy Everett
Jo Rust Timothy Roberts
Jo Wood Tina Greenwood
Joan Moorhouse Tom Holway
Joan Sanger Tom Kingstone
Joanne Ainscough Tom Lindsay
Joanne Alderton Tom Lowry
John Barnett Tony Price
John Beer Trevor B Gill
John Doran Trevor Russel 
John Firrell Valerie Marriott
John Griffiths - Leader of West Suffolk Council Vanessa Saunders
John Hall Veronica Sadowsky
John Hatto Vivien Margaret Twort
John Hawkins Wendy Amis
John Howes Wes Hinckes
John Ingleby William Gray
John Milne William Warburg
John Otley Yaar Dagan Peretz

Download our 'Time for a Rural Strategy' Report here (463KB)
     - Hi resolution version can be downloaded here (15MB)

→ Download the 'Time for a Rural Strategy -  Key Messages' document here 


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