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
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 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
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 Berkshire
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