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Chief Secretary to the Treasury visits Royal Norfolk Show

Chief Secretary to the Treasury visits Royal Norfolk Show

Liz Truss celebrates the importance of food and drink exports to the East of England.

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Memorial tree honours former Dstl conservationist

Memorial tree honours former Dstl conservationist

A memorial tree has been planted in honour of a former employee for his conservation support at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

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Countryside Stewardship: detail of new simplified offers

Countryside Stewardship: detail of new simplified offers

Four new offers will open for applications in the New Year to make it easier for farmers and landowners to apply.

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£120 million available to support growth in rural areas

£120 million available to support growth in rural areas

New RDPE Growth Programme funding available for projects which create jobs and growth in the rural economy

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National Parks to extend by size of Isle of Wight

National Parks to extend by size of Isle of Wight

Today the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park officially extended.

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Delivering for rural communities

Delivering for rural communities

Government response to review of rural proofing implementation carried out by an independent team led by Lord Cameron of Dillington.

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Enjoy our rural Winter Wonderland

Enjoy our rural Winter Wonderland

The UK has some of the world's most captivating winter scenery - make the most of it and share your pictures with #RealWinterWonderland

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Over £1 million handed out by Caithness and North Sutherland Fund

Over £1 million handed out by Caithness and North Sutherland Fund

The Caithness and North Sutherland (CNS) Fund held its 4th Annual General Meeting on 30th October at Caithness Horizons.

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5 years of grant giving in Cumbria

5 years of grant giving in Cumbria

Copeland Community Fund (CCF) celebrates the achievements of their £11.5m investment in local projects over the past 5 years.

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Nuclear partners back sports complex bid

Nuclear partners back sports complex bid

The nuclear industry in Caithness is backing a group of local sports clubs formed to build on the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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£5 million to fund innovative projects for farmers and foresters

£5 million to fund innovative projects for farmers and foresters

New grants available to boost productivity in the farming industry.

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Amendments to Hunting Act proposed

Amendments to Hunting Act proposed

A small number of technical amendments to the Hunting Act have been proposed.

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A boost for bees: £900 million Countryside Stewardship scheme

A boost for bees: £900 million Countryside Stewardship scheme

Bees are to benefit from £900 million for a new scheme to protect our countryside, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced today.

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Environment Secretary unveils vision for open data to transform food and farming

Environment Secretary unveils vision for open data to transform food and farming

Defra's data reserves will be released to create opportunities for people in the UK making their living from food, farming and the environment.

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RPA support for late BPS applications

RPA support for late BPS applications

The Rural Payments Agency continues to support farmers with late Basic Payment Scheme applications

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Tips for Basic Payment Scheme application forms

Tips for Basic Payment Scheme application forms

With less than a week to go to the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claim deadline, here are some more top tips on getting your application right…

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Drop in centre opening hours extended ahead of BPS deadline

Drop in centre opening hours extended ahead of BPS deadline

Ahead of the 15 June BPS deadline, the Rural Payments Agency has extended the opening hours at most of its drop-in centres.

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Drop in centre opening hours extended ahead of BPS deadline

Drop in centre opening hours extended ahead of BPS deadline

Ahead of the 15 June BPS deadline, the Rural Payments Agency has extended the opening hours at most of its drop-in centres.

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2.5 million more UK homes and businesses can now go superfast

2.5 million more UK homes and businesses can now go superfast

Government investment means an extra 2.5 million homes and businesses can now benefit from superfast broadband

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England Coast Path in North Yorkshire and Teesside: your chance to comment

England Coast Path in North Yorkshire and Teesside: your chance to comment

Natural England has published formal proposals to improve public access between Filey Brigg in North Yorkshire and Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough.

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England Coast Path in Kent: two steps forward

England Coast Path in Kent: two steps forward

Folkestone to Ramsgate route has been approved and Ramsgate to Whitstable route proposals have been published.

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RPA publishes new Basic Payment Scheme forms online

RPA publishes new Basic Payment Scheme forms online

Blank BPS claim form and RLE1 form now available

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UK off road vehicles lead the way

UK off road vehicles lead the way

Innovate UK is investing up to £6 million to reduce off-highway vehicle emissions and improve their efficiency.

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National Park Authorities, Broads Authority & Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards appointments

National Park Authorities, Broads Authority & Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards appointments

Appointments to National Park Authorities, the Broads Authority & Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards

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Rural fuel price cut gets green light

Rural fuel price cut gets green light

Residents across 17 of the UK’s most rural areas with the highest fuel prices to benefit from a 5 pence per litre fuel price cut.

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More food enterprise zones to be created to boost Britain's booming food industry

More food enterprise zones to be created to boost Britain's booming food industry

Applications open today for more Food Enterprise Zones to help food businesses across the country generate growth and jobs.

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Big Tree Plant's millionth tree planted

Big Tree Plant's millionth tree planted

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss plants an oak to celebrate the leafier streets and cities.

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Children’s visits to natural environments: new evidence

Children’s visits to natural environments: new evidence

Report provides new evidence on the scale and scope of visits to natural environments made by children in England.

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Long term economic plan for the south west unveiled

Long term economic plan for the south west unveiled

Jobs, transport, tourism, and defence at the heart of six point plan for the south-west, announced by Prime Minister and Chancellor.

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European Commission approves new rural fuel tax cut

European Commission approves new rural fuel tax cut

UK's most rural communities a step closer to getting a fuel price cut.

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Survey reveals importance of outdoor visits in England

Survey reveals importance of outdoor visits in England

The fifth year of findings from the definitive survey of the way people enjoy the great English outdoors have been published.

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An evaluation of the RDPE Network

An evaluation of the RDPE Network

The RDPE Network has published an independent evaluation of its activities for the 2007 to 2013 rural development programme (RDP).

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Welcome to the Real Winter Wonderland

Welcome to the Real Winter Wonderland

Celebrate nature's Real Winter Wonderland

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Elizabeth Truss: Healthy environment integral to healthy economy

Elizabeth Truss: Healthy environment integral to healthy economy

The Environment Secretary says the UK’s £100 billion food and farming sector needs a healthy and clean environment to be at its most productive.

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England Coast Path proposals: have your say

England Coast Path proposals: have your say

Plans for coastal access routes in Cumbria, Kent and Norfolk have recently been published and are still available for you to comment on.

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Farming minister discusses wildlife friendly farming at RSPB farm

Farming minister discusses wildlife friendly farming at RSPB farm

George Eustice visited RSPB-owned Hope Farm to see work taking place to better protect our farmland birds.

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Natural solutions for tackling health inequalities: conference report

Natural solutions for tackling health inequalities: conference report

The Institute of Health Equality (IHE) has published a report funded by Natural England, which highlights the growing evidence of the benefits of green spaces on health and wellbeing, and the differences in access to natural environments across England, which contribute to health inequalities.

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£500,000 investment energises renewable energy community groups

£500,000 investment energises renewable energy community groups

Over £500,000 has been assigned to help rural community energy projects across England.

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Local authorities to be given powers to close public roads for motor sports events

Local authorities to be given powers to close public roads for motor sports events

Government’s response to consultation published with move that could generate additional £40m for local communities

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Defra awards £19 million to help rural businesses

Defra awards £19 million to help rural businesses

2,500 rural businesses across England will benefit from a share of a £19 million fund, supporting 5,000 jobs.

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Consultation on extending horseracing levy to overseas bookmakers published

Consultation on extending horseracing levy to overseas bookmakers published

Offshore operators will be required to contribute on the same basis and terms as those onshore

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Update on funding for flood affected businesses

Update on funding for flood affected businesses

Government has allocated the second tranche of funding from the £10 million Business Support Scheme to help businesses hardest hit.

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Bumper day for Rural Broadband

Bumper day for Rural Broadband

Thousands of local homes and businesses get access to superfast speeds as part of “Super Switch on Day”

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Superfast Rothbury

Superfast Rothbury

The Rural Community Broadband Fund brings superfast coverage to its first rural community.

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Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C

Hinkley Point C will be the first new nuclear power plant in the UK in 20 years following an agreement between the government and EDF Group.

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