A £2m intiative has helped create and save more than 183km of public rights of way.
INCIDENTS of illegally dumped waste increased by 20% on public land last year, suggest the latest statistics.
RURAL business leaders are calling on local authorities to ban sky lanterns.
MORE than 1,400 properties are to benefit as work begins on a coastal flood defence scheme in south-east England.
A £200m government fund aims to protect the countryside from development by making it easier to build on brownfield sites.
RURAL affairs secretary Owen Paterson visited Wiltshire to reaffirm the government's support for local efforst to improve flood alleviation.
TOURISM and local communities will benefit from two newly opened stretches of the England Coast Path, says the government.
A RURAL local authority is backing a national campaign calling for a ban on the use of sky lanterns.
PLANNING reforms will provide more rural housing without building on the countryside, says the government.
THE Open Spaces Society has urged local council clerks to be active in rescuing green spaces in their communities.
COUNTRYSIDE campaigners have welcomed news that motorists will be fined for throwing litter from vehicles.
BUILDERS could offset the environmental impact of their developments by paying farmers to create rural wildlife habitats.