England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty contribute more than £20bn each year to the economy, says a report.
The number of new homes being approved on greenbelt land in England has increased five-fold in five years.
MOTORISTS are being urged to slow down on rural roads after a survey revealed the extent of risky, aggressive overtaking.
ONE of the worst cases of rural fly-tipping has seen up to 40 tonnes of industrial waste dumped in a country lane.
A FREE guide to help rural communities protect themselves from flooding has been launched.
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.