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 Carlisle 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
Forest Heath
Forest of Dean
Hinckley and Bosworth
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
King's Lynn & West Norfolk
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 Kesteven 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