Time for a rural strategy

The RSN believes that the Government should take the lead and work with interested organisations to produce a comprehensive long term and funded Rural Strategy.  

We have developed a Template Rural Strategy which sets out the rational for calling for such a strategy.  We believe that it should include the following component parts and the Template Rural Strategy sets out evidence to support their inclusion:

  • A Thriving Rural Economy
  • A Digitally connected countryside
  • A Place everyone can get around
  • An Affordable Place to live
  • A fair deal on health and social care
  • A Place to learn and grow
  • A settlement (including fair funding for rural services) to support local action
  • A rural proofed policy framework

→ Download the RSN template 'Time for a Rural Strategy' Report here

We call on Government to produce a Rural Strategy to set out their priorities for Englands Rural Communities and the Rural Economy for the future and we ask you to support this call.
→ The campaign has featured heavily in press across the country. Details can be found here

→ A summary of the 'Rural England – A different place demands a different strategy' event held in Taunton can be found here

The following individuals and organisations also support this call:
(Last update 28.08.19)

A1 Perfect Plumbing Ltd Hastoe Group
Access4Riders Hastoe Housing Association
ACRE Haughton Parish Council
Action Hampshire Hayton Parish Council
Action on Hearing Loss HB Villages Ltd
Airton Parish Meeting Hebden Parish Council
Aislaby Parish Council Hebden Royd Town Council
Alderholt Parish Council Henley in arden parish council
Aldwark Area Parish Council Herefordshire Council
Alnmouth Parish Council Hitcham Parish Council
Alveley and Romsley Parish Council Holsworthy Town Council
Alzheimer's Society Horton cum Studley Parish Council
Anglia Rural Consultants Husthwaite Newsletter
Aristocats Ingleton in Bloom
Ashbury Parish Council Ingleton Parish Council
Ash-cum-Ridley Parish Council Institute of Economic Development
Ashill Parish Council J C & Associates Limited
Ashley Farm Joe’s Cafe South Beach
Ashley Parish Meeting Karbon Homes
Ashton Parish Council Keele University
Barchester Court ltd Kenninghall Parish Council
Barnwell Parish Council Kirkgate Arts
Barrowden Parish Council Lamberhurst Parish Council
Bassetlaw District Council Lamplugh Village Hall
Bawdsey Parish Council Langtoft Parish Council
Baxby Microlights ltd Launceston Town Council
Bedale Community Minibus Leisure Consultants
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity Lezant Parish Council
Bell View (Belford) Lidgate Parish Council
Berkley, Somerset, Parish Council Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association
Betchworth Parish Council Lindsey and Coastal Action Zone LEADER Programme, Lincolnshirel County Council
BH Trees & Woodland Consultancy Ltd LiNKWELL good neighbour scheme
BHS Litton Cheney Parish Council
Bickerstaffe Parish Council Maldon District Council
Bicknoller parish council Malvern Hills District Council
Bidborough Parish Council Maresfield Parish Council
Bishop Burton College Mawnan Parish Council
Blackdown Support Group Melchet Park & Plaitford Parish C
Bolton Parish Council Membury Parish Council
Boston Borough Council Mendham Parish Council
Boxgrove Parish Council Mendip district council
Bradninch Town Council Meriden Parish Council
Branxton Parish Council Midlands Rural Housing
Breage Parish Council Modbury Parish Council
Bridestowe Parish Council Moorsbus Community Interest Company
Bridport Environment Group Myerscough College
Bridport Local Area Partnership Nailsea Town council
Bright Estates National Association of Local Councils
Brinkburn & Hesleyhurst Parish Council National Centre for Rural Health and Care
Briston Parish Council National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC)
Brixton Parish Council National Housing Federation
Broadmayne Parish Council National Rural Touring Forum
Burythorpe Parish Council NCDC
BV & SM Johnson NDVS (North Devon Voluntary Services)
Caldy Nature Park Netherseal Parish Council
Cam Parish Council Newtown Linford Parish Council
Campaign to Protect Rural England North Somercotes Parish Council
CDA Herts Northamptonshire ACRE
Chair Waveney Valley Local Action group (RDPE-LEADER) Nowton parish council
Chard Town Council Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council
Cheshire Community Action Okehampton Town Council
Cheshire East Council Old Hunstanton Parish Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council Orton Parish Meeting
Chetwynd Aston and Woodcote Parish Council Ousden Parish Council
Chideock Parish Council Owstan Ltd
Church of England Parkinsons UK
Church of England (Parish of the Upper Wreake, Leicester Diocese) Partners in Health ( Midland) Ltd.
Clackclose100 Pentabus Theatre
Cockermouth Town Council Peter Tavy Parish Council
Communities Can Limited Plunkett Foundation
Community Action Northumberland Powlett & associates Ltd
Community Action Suffolk Pulborough Parish Council
Community Council for Somerset (CCS) Pym's Consultancy Ltd
Community Energy Plus Pyrometallurgical Consultancy
Community First in Herefordshire and Worcestershire Quainton Parish Council
Community Lincs Ribble Valley Borough Council
Compton Dando Parish Council Risby Parish Council
Compton Dando Parish Hall RJ Working CIC
Constantine Enterprise Company RKK Ltd
Corfe Castle Parish Council Rother Valley Together
Cornwall Council Rowlands Castle Parish Council
Cornwall Rural Community Charity Royal Town Planning Institute
Cornwall Rural Housing Association Rural Action Derbyshire
Corony Edwards Consulting Rural Services Network
Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Rural West Sussex Partnership
Countryside Alliance Sacriston Parish Council
Cowlinge Parish Council Sampford Arundel Parish Council
CPRE Northumberland Sherborne Deanery Rural Chaplaincy
Crick Parish Council Shropshire Council
Crowan Parish Council Smallburgh Parish Council
CSW Group Smith and Tucker Farms Ltd
Cumbria County Council Snettisham Parish Council
Cusgarne Organic Farm South Hams District Council
DALC South Huish Parish Council
Dalham Parish Council Spilsby Good Neighbour Scheme
Daventry District Council St Catherine Parish Meeting
Devon County Council St Day Parish Council
Dorset Assoc of Parish and Town Councils St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Dorset Community Transport St Germans Charitable Trust
Dorset CPRE St Gluvias Parish Council
Dowsby Parish Council St Marks Church Scarisbrick
Dyke Stansfield Parish Council
Eagle PC Stanway Parish Council
East Devon District Council Staverton Parish Council
East Markham Parish Council Stelling Minnis Parish Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Sticklepath Parish Council
East Suffolk Council Sturton le steeple PC
Eastham Parish Council Sunniside Community Association
Easton and Otley College Sustainable Brampton
Eden District Council Sutton Bridge & Wingland Parish Council
Eden Housing Association Tattingstone Parish Council
Egob Tees Valley Rural Action
Elstead PC Teignbridge District Council
Encounter Eden The Clacklose Hundred CBS
English Rural Housing Association The DR Company
Epwell Parish Council The Flower Export Co Ltd
Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby PC The Forum of Private Business
Essex Police The Grassington Hub
Etchingham Parish Council The Methodist and United Reformed Churches
Everybody "Get On Board" The National Centre for Rural Health & Care
Exmoor National Park Authority The Rural Services Partnership
Exstream Networks Ltd The Trails Trust
Farlington Parish Meeting Tiffield Parish Council
Farming & Rural Issues Group South East Tredington Parish Council
Farthinghoe Parish Council Trent and Dove Housing
Fcn United Benefice of Dolphinholme, Quernmore & Over Wyresdale
Feltwell Parish Council Upper Beeding Parish Council
Fenstanton Parish Council W.A.T.A.G.
FirstGroup UK Bus Division Waddingham parish council
FoCS &Constantine Enterprise Co Warwickshire Older People’s Forum
Forest Heath District Council West Devon Borough Council
Forest of Dean Green Party West Lakes Adventure
Friends of Constantine Surgery West Lindsey District Council
Friends of the Lake District West Somerset Council
Fryers Garage What's On In Landbeach (village newsletter)
GoGilsland Wheels to Work Ryedale
Granborough Parish Council Whorlton & Swainby Parish Council
GRCC Willey Parish Council
Great & Little Carlton Parish Council Wiltshire College - Lackham
Great Addington Parish Council Wiltshire College & University Centre
Great Gransden Parish Council Winford Parish Council
Great Limber Parish Council Winteringham Parish Council
Gweek Parish Council Wittersham Parish Council
Gwennap Parish Council Woodchester Parish Council
Hampshire County Council World Organisation of Family Doctors Rural Group (RuralWonca)
Hamsey Parish Council Yarnton Parish Council
Haresfield parish counci Yelvertoft Parish Council
Harrington Parish Council Young Somerset
Harston Parish Council

A. Crouchman Jon Moss
Abby  Navarre Jon Turner
Adam Paynter - Leader of Cornwall Council Jonathan Rose
Adrian Louis Josephine Parish
Alan Parker Josie Palmer
Alastair Sheehan Joyce Hutchinson
Alexandra Channer Jude Considine
Alison Abraham Judith Pressley
Alison Brown Judy Bell
Alison Cruse Julia Ford
Alison Robinson Julia Plinston
Alistair Banks Julia Tingle
Allan Redfern Julian Tatam
Allan Scott Julian True
Amanda Brown Julie Hardy
Amber Nuttall Juliet Williams
Andrew Fitter Karl Love
Andrew Knight Kate Belinis
Andrew Lanham Katharine Harrod
Andrew McDonald Kathleen Pym
Andrew Shaw Kathy Cuthbert
Andrew Simkins Keeley Rudd
Andrew Talliss Keith Riste
Andy Blackwell Keith Townson
Angela Barnes Ken Christy
Angela Lawrence Ken Clifford
Anica Alvarez Nishio Ken Johnson
Ann Day Kenneth Bray
Ann Hindley Kevin Dukes
Anne Kemp Kevin Forbes Mitchell
Anne Lawson Kevin Furnish
Anne Shilton Kevin Hynes
Anne-Marie Spalding Kevin Kendall
Anthony Trollope-Bellew - Leader of West Somerset Council Kevin Wood
Anthony W Penn Kieran Carr
Antoinette Wisbey Kim Atkinson
Avis Thomas Kirsty McDowell
B Fludgate Lauretta Williams
Barbara Fisher Lesley Everett
Barbara Le Gallez Lesley Long
Barbara Stanway Lesley Woledge
Barry Olorenshaw Leslie Hann
Ben Hogben Linda Harman
Beryl Janet James Lisa Clements
Beth Martin Lisa Dixon
Bev Iles Liz Berry
Beverley Parker Liz Johnson-Idan
Bishop John Stroyan Lois Rowlands
Bishop of Ely Louisa Lockwood
Bob Watters Louise Haywood
Bob Welch Louise Tucker
Brenda Weston Lucy Aldridge
Brian Foley M F Holmes
Brian Wilson M. Brombley
Bruce Heywood Madeleine king
Carol Mew Malcolm Baldwin
Carol Perry Malcolm Bloor
Caroline Ashall Malcolm Rigler
Carolyn Peck Margaret Gibson
Catherine Hitchens Margaret Guest
Catrin John Marguerite Shapland
Charles Fryer Mark Hall
Charles Wild Mark Haworth-Booth
Charlotte Squire Mark Herriott
Cherry Ekins Mark McEvilly
Chris Abraham Mark Nash-Williams (Revd)
Chris Bell Mark Turner
Chris Bridgman Marshal Scott - Chief Executive of Bibble Valley Borough Council
Chris Bright Martin Craddock
Chris Cowcher Martin Rowell
Chris Everidge Martin Weston
Chris Higgins Martin windley
Chris Lambert Maureen Dobson
Christine Patty Maurice E Hall
Christine Rust Melanie Thew
Christopher Hurst Melissa Whittaker
Christopher Matijasevic Merietta Raymond
Cindy Rigney Mervyn Benford
Claire Brooks Michael David John Price
Claire Way Michael Lyons
Clare Gamble Michael Toogood
Clare Mahaddie Mikchael Bell
Claudine Scatchard Mike Allen
Clive Neal-Sturgess Mike Cooper
Cllr B Weston Mike Gant
Cllr Bill Lane Mike Hawes
Cllr Caroline Page Mike Stanton
Cllr Jan Goffey Mike Willmott
Cllr John Hassall Mr Alan Hopkins
Cllr John McNeill Mr Ray Shapland
Cllr Julie Yelland Mrs B. Uren
Cllr M Devine Mrs Barbara tocher
Cllr Maggie Ray Mrs Emma Dunn
Cllr Melissa Whittaker-Mather Mrs Gesella J Tidy
Cllr Mike Lovell Mrs Jane Virginia Stollery
Cllr Nathan Garbutt Moore Mrs Jean S Sangster
Cllr Norma Raynes Mrs Santa Checkley
Cllr Strange Mrs Victoria Firth
Cllr Tamsyn d'Arienzo Myles Thomas
Cllr. Nigel Shaw Nathan Harmer-Taylor
Cllr. Richard Good Neil Watson
Colin Adsley Nick Boothroyd
Colin Parnell Nick Edmonds
Colin Smith Nick Morton
Colin Stroud Nicky Bishop
Colin Tindill Nicola Kingman
Corony Edwards Nicola Salter
Councillor Gary Cowan Nik Harwood
Councillor Kate Parkinson Owen Bierley
Daniel Tebbutt Patricia Holtom
Daniel Walton Patrick Kimber
Danny Moody Patrick Spink
Dave Lewis Paul Booton
David Ansbro Paul Cranstone
David Cohen Paul French
David Darlow Paul Graham
David Evans Paul Harrison
David Gluck Paul Heinrich
David Harknett Paul Rogers
David Jeffels Paul Simpson
David Rawlinson Paulette Barton
David Roe Pauline McCarthy
David Simpson Peter Carrell
David Tooke Peter Clarke
David Webb Peter Cowx
Dawn Beeby Peter Daniels
Debbie Reyland Peter Fane
Deborah Mitchell Peter Griffiths
Deborah Munro Peter Hodge
Deborah Sellis Peter Holmes
Denis Pye Peter Jones
Derek Nicholls Peter Moore
Diana Garrod Peter Sleet
Diane  Elphinstone Phil Appleyard
Donald MacIntyre Phil Galpin
Doreen M Shineton Philip Cornish
Dr Alan Rogers Philip Cupit
Dr Clive Waddington Philip Ham
Dr Gordon Morris Philip Paul
Dr John Philippa Paget
Dr Kreseda Smith Phyllis Power
Dr Malcolm Rigler Pip Hayes
Dr Tim Jones Polly Foster
Dr. Joan Hinde Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham
E Mather Professor Simon Pemberton
E Young R. Pushman
Ebbie Hulland Rachael Troughton
Edith Gorst Rachel Bennett
Eileen Heaney Rachel Smith
Elaine O'Leary Rachel Thompson
Elaine simpson Rachel Thompson MBE
Elaine Smith Ray Kay
Elizabeth Clark Raymond Brookfield
Elizabeth McNabb Rev John L Evans
Emily Brailsford Revd Richard Kirlew
Emma Bould Richard Dorman
Emma James Richard Good
Emma Powlett Richard Hosking
Emma Williams Richard Parkinson
Enid Smith Richard Sherras
Eric Buckley Rita Lawson
Faye Mitchell Robert A Hatt
Fran Mason Robert Hodgson
Frances Beatty Robert Lemmon
Frances Harris Robert Marshall
Francis Hayden Robert Sloan
Frank Cottee Robert Wallace
G S Dowding Robin Walls
Gail Jackson Robin Wilkinson
Gail West Roger Daniels
Gary Moss Rosemary Ashley
Gemma Finnegan Rosie Weaver
Georgina Clark Ross Durkin
Geraldine Hartshorne Rowena Salter
Gillian white Ruth Coe
Gordon Grant Ruth Conley
Grace Everett Ruth Foster
Graham Yeo Ruth West
Guy Browes Ryan Wills
Guy Tucker Sacha Hagar
H Moss Sal Robinson
Harriette Dottridge Sally Fender
Harry St John Sally Lemsford
Hazel Smith Sally Lewis
Heather Crispin Sam Jones
Helen Gundry Sam Ross
Helen Johns Samantha Charles
Helen Richards Samantha Haywood
Hilary Edwards Samantha Hine
Hilary Joyce Sandra Morrison
Hilary Nelson Sandra Smith
Holly Lombardo Sarah Emmett
Howard Maxted Sarah Foxcroft
Hugh Dixon Sarah Thompson
Hywel Lloyd Sarah utting
Ian Cass Saskia Syms
Ian Collingwood Scott Mann MP
Ian Cruise-Taylor Scott Patient
Ian Gennery Sharon Jarvis
Ian Jenkins Sharon Oatley
Ian Marshall Shaun Beattie
Ian Studd Sheila Buckfield
Ian Wilson Sheila Pearce
Iona Parker Sheila Summerscales
Jackie Lamgley Sophie Le Metais
Jackie Smith Stan Martin
Jacky Creswick Stephen Andrews
Jacqueline Rogerson Stephen Guy Dru Drury
Jacqui Channon Stephen Macdonald
James Agnew Stephen Real
James Alcock Steve Cowley
James Catmur Steve Critten
James Del Mar Steve Diamond
James Weddell Steven Alden
Jan Coulthard Stuart Watts
Jane Blackmore Sue Barker
Jane Townsend Sue Burrows
Jane Westbrook Sue Gott
Jane Whittaker Sue Green
Jane Wright Sue Johnson
Janet Carr Sue Osborne
Janet Clark Sue Rogers
Janice Banks Sune Nightingale
Janice Bridger Susan Beauchamp
Jasmine Black Susan Ellen Smith
Jayne Gale Susan L. Scotter
Jayne Pease Susan Prochak
jean nicholls Susan Ragbourne
Jean Sangster Susan Roberts
Jeffrey Summers Susan Scotter
Jennie Hewitt Suzanne Rudge
Jennifer Weston Teresa Crabb
Jenny English Teresa Pascoe
Jenny Fisher Terry Batson
Jeremy Cooper Terry Grocutt
Jeremy Groome Tim Christian
Jill White Tim Hayward-Smith
Jim Beard Tim Hopkinson
Jim Robertson Timothy Coombe
Jjonathan Rose Timothy Everett
Jo Cottee Timothy Roberts
Jo Roundell Greene Tina Greenwood
Jo Rust Tom Holway
Jo Wood Tom Kingstone
Joan Moorhouse Tom Lindsay
Joan Sanger Tom Lowry
Joanne Ainscough Tony Price
Joanne Alderton Trevor B Gill
John Barnett Trevor Russel
John Beer Tricia Fogden
John Doran Valerie Kendall
John Firrell Valerie Marriott
John Griffiths - Leader of West Suffolk Council Vanessa Saunders
John Hall Veronica Sadowsky
John Hatto Vivien Margaret Twort
John Hawkins Wendy Amis
John Howes Wendy Bond
John Ingleby Wes Hinckes
John Milne William Gray
John Otley William Warburg
John Shorter Yaar Dagan Peretz

Download our 'Time for a Rural Strategy' Report here (463KB)
     - Hi resolution version can be downloaded here (15MB)

→ Download the 'Time for a Rural Strategy -  Key Messages' document here 


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