1073: State of the countryside

This paper has been taken from a Commission for Rural Communities News Release announcing their new ‘State of the countryside’ report

Year of Publication2010

Rural businesses have high levels of entrepreneurship and resilience and can support the national return to growth – particularly in providing ‘green jobs’. Rural people are more likely to give unpaid help, to participate in local decision-making and to feel that people in their area share values and pull together, than people living in urban areas. Rural land is still required for food production; there is also a desire to improve environmental quality and opportunities for public enjoyment of the countryside and to mitigate climate change through developing renewable energy and bio-fuels.

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