National Countryside Week

To mark the fifth anniversary of National Countryside Week 2015 (20-26 July), The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) are celebrating everything that is special about rural Britain.

Working to improve the sustainability of farming and communities, the fund focuses on reconnecting consumers with relevant issues, and supports farming and rural crisis charities through a dedicated emergency funding stream.

"The projects opening their doors for National Countryside Week are doing vital work to protect, improve and sustain rural life, and this is a great opportunity to get out and learn more about country life - Victoria Elms, Programme Manager at the Prince’s Countryside Fund

National Countryside Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of the countryside to the UK and recognise the people and organisations working tirelessly to maintain and promote rural Britain. Now in its third year, the event is led by The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, who has a long-held commitment to supporting Britain’s hard pressed rural areas, the Fund was set up by Business in the Community in July 2010.

UK farmers manage more than 85% of the countryside, including looking after fences and footpaths; providing habitats for wildlife; sowing wildflowers and managing woodland; and preserving our drinking water, 70% of which comes from the UK’s upland areas. However, the countryside faces many challenges; it is estimated that in the next 50 years we will have to produce more food than we have in the last 10,000 and a significant 60,000 new entrants will be needed in the countryside in the next decade to ensure its sustainability.

Each year, some 19 million people visit the great British countryside, but organisations like PCF are concerned that too few of us are aware of the vulnerability of the communities and businesses that rely on the land.

This year, therefore, the campaign will focus on celebrating the unsung heroes that make a real difference to the health of our countryside every day. National Countryside Week 2015 will be showcasing the work that goes behind running family farms, community shops, pubs and other rural careers, while raising vital money to see these businesses into the future.

Visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk for more information and up to date list of events in your region.

Posted by James on July 21st 2015

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