England’s Green & Pleasant Wilderness

BY GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM One of the consequences of getting older is that things ain’t what they used to be. This is something often said of the English countryside – amongst many other things of course. You will regularly hear tutting about suburban sprawl, new road schemes, wind turbines, agri-business farms, poly-tunnels and endless fields of rapeseed. You are on pretty safe ground in the pub … Continue reading England’s Green & Pleasant Wilderness

Scottish Estates Under Threat

Scottish Grouse shooting estates fear any introduction of a licensing system will expose them further to false claims by campaigners vying to have them closed down. In 2017, Scottish Government announced an independent review of grouse shooting, looking at new legislative options including licensing. Campaigners want licensing so that, should criminality be suspected on a grouse moor, licences could be removed on a reduced proof … Continue reading Scottish Estates Under Threat

The Case for Rewilding

BY SARAH BATES A dramatically changing climate is threatening to destroy natural ecosystems, risks species extinction and the collapse of complex food webs. For some, the concept of “rewilding” is key to a sustainable future. They argue for changing landscapes to uncultivated states and introducing or re-introducing plant and animal species that should thrive in a biodiverse environment. A global project of reforestation would help … Continue reading The Case for Rewilding

Oil & Water – Corbyn & the Countryside

CSM EDITORIAL Jeremy Corbyn claimed yesterday that the Conservatives are no longer the party of farmers and rural communities, that the Tories’ willingness to take the UK out of the EU without an agreement paves the way for “devastation” of the agricultural sector comparable to Margaret Thatcher’s coal mine closures in the 1980’s. His pitch at the UK countryside appeared to be based on a … Continue reading Oil & Water – Corbyn & the Countryside

Why Life is Happier in the Countryside

There have been numerous studies over the years relating to happiness. It’s fair to say that happiness itself is one of the most subjective concepts there is and how one defines happiness can vary greatly from person to person. In addition to this, it’s also extremely difficult to quantify happiness save for a customer survey here or there. In any case, what these studies have … Continue reading Why Life is Happier in the Countryside

Rural Domestic Abuse Scare Story

BY NICK PEARCE The National Rural Crime Network Chairwoman, Julia Mulligan, has been helpful in the past in taking steps to expose the lack of rural policing and the gross underestimation of crime in rural communities. 13,000 people answered the National Rural Crime Survey in 2015. However, her recent pronouncements on domestic abuse being a “deeply hidden and disturbing side to rural life” are, for … Continue reading Rural Domestic Abuse Scare Story

Countering Animal Rights Spies

BY JULES KING In recent years, farmers have been increasingly targeted by animal rights groups trespassing on their properties, stealing farm animals, and other acts of vandalism. The frequency with which undercover animal rights groups infiltrate farms, circuses and other animal enterprises as undercover employees is increasing. In light of this increased activity, farmers are searching for new ways to guard their property and protect … Continue reading Countering Animal Rights Spies

The BBC Conspiracy Theorist

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Currently the BBC use Chris Packham to promote their left-wing animal rights fundamentalist ideology while they pretend to be impartial at licence fee payers’ expense. If Packham wants to campaign for a cause that fits in with the BBC’s pledge of impartiality – one that will benefit both the environment and the countryside – he should look at the … Continue reading The BBC Conspiracy Theorist

The Tory Rural Deficit

CSM EDITORIAL It is depressing that only 30 percent of people think the Tories understand rural Britain. A recent poll sponsored by the Countryside Alliance found in addition that only 8.5% of people thought rural life had improved under the Tories. The key question that follows is does this mean that voting patterns could change in the countryside? Traditionally rural seats have backed the Conservative … Continue reading The Tory Rural Deficit