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  Kids prepare for countryside march
Updated 18 September 2002, 08.22

Children from around the UK are preparing to march in support of the countryside this weekend.

The Countryside Alliance have organised events around the UK all summer to try and show the government that there are problems in rural areas.

  Click here to find out more about countryside's problems

Some 200,000 people, including many children, are expected to march in London on Sunday.

Some public schools are even allowing boarders out for the weekend so that they can march too.

Fox hunting

One of the issues that they want to highlight is the banning of fox hunting.

Joseph, 14, from Scotland, who will be marching, said: "It's not cruelty to animals - it's conservation."

"This is my first march, I don't know what to expect but I hope it raises the awareness of countryside causes".

On Monday night, fire crews from across southern England were called to over 50 fires that turned out to be special beacons lit by countryside campaigners.



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