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 Bassetlaw
Bath and North East Somerset
Boston Braintree Breckland Broadland Cherwell Cheshire East
Cheshire West and Chester
Chichester Cornwall Cotswold Craven Cumbria
Daventry Derbyshire 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 Leicestershire
Lewes Lichfield Lincolnshire
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 Northamptonshire Northumberland Nottinghamshire 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 Warwickshire  Waveney  Wealden 
West Devon West Dorset West Lindsey West Oxfordshire West Somerset West Sussex
Winchester Worcestershire   Wychavon Wyre Forest     


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