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  Anger in the countryside
What is happening?
What is the Countryside Alliance?
Farming
Dying villages
Hunting with dogs
Ramblers and walkers

 
Dying villages
Shops, post offices, schools and pubs in the countryside are closing.

Schools

Small schools are expensive to run. Councils would rather put kids on busses and send them to one big school.

This can mean long journeys for kids. If a village has no school families may move away.

Shops

The way we shop has changed. Often we buy all the food for a week in one go at a supermarket. This means small shops shut.

In the countryside there are no shops left in 42% of parishes.

Housing

Every year 90,000 people move from cities to the countryside. Houses there cost an average of 15% more than in towns. People who work on farms often can not afford to buy a house.

There are 17,000 households classed as homeless in rural areas.


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