These authorities are members of the Sparse Rural group of the Rural Services Network.  We campaign on their behalf for fairer funding for rural areas and they receive a large range of services from us including performance and financial benchmarking analysis, an Observatory of rural statistics, e-newsletters providing information on rural issues and news stories, discounted access to our seminar programme and access to the APPG on rural services.
Sparse Rural membership results in all rural parishes, schools, and other appropriate organisations within that local authority area being offered free community membership of the RSN.


 Please note that if your Authority is a Sparse Rural member then automatically you will be part of the Rural Assembly

Please click on your local authority area to access your page

Sparse Rural Members
Allerdale Ashford Aylesbury Vale Babergh Bath and North East Somerset Boston
Braintree Breckland Broadland Cherwell
Cheshire East
Cheshire West and Chester
Chichester Cornwall Cotswold Craven Cumbria Daventry
Derbyshire Dales Devon Dorset Dover Durham East Cambridgeshire
East Devon East Hampshire East Hertfordshire East Lindsey East Northamptonshire East Riding of Yorkshire
East Sussex Eden Essex Fenland Forest Heath Forest of Dean
Hambleton Hampshire Harborough Harrogate Herefordshire  Hinckley and Bosworth
Horsham Huntingdonshire Isle of Wight Isles of Scilly King's Lynn & West Norfolk Lancashire
Lewes Lichfield Lincolnshire Maldon Malvern Hills Melton
Mendip Mid Devon
Mid Suffolk Mid Sussex New Forest Newark and Sherwood 
Norfolk North Devon North Dorset North Kesteven North Lincolnshire North Norfolk
North Somerset North Warwickshire North West Leicestershire North Yorkshire Northumberland North Somerset
Oxfordshire Purbeck Ribble Valley Richmondshire Rother Rugby
Rutland Ryedale  Scarborough  Sedgemoor Selby Sevenoaks
Shepway Shropshire Somerset South Cambridgeshire South Derbyshire South Hams
South Holland South Kesteven South Lakeland South Norfolk South Northamptonshire South Oxfordshire
South Somerset South Staffordshire St Edmundsbury Stafford Staffordshire Stratford-on-Avon
Stroud Suffolk Suffolk Coastal Tandridge Taunton Deane Teignbridge
Tewkesbury Torridge Tunbridge Wells Uttlesford Vale of White Horse Waveney
Wealden West Devon West Dorset West Lindsey West Oxfordshire West Somerset
West Sussex Winchester Worcestshire Wychavon Wyre Forest  


To apply to become a member and/or to receive further information about membership click here