Country life is best for most
PEOPLE living and working in the countryside are happy, healthy and value farmers’ contribution to the quality of life, according to a survey by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). The countryside survey was designed to determine local and national issues affecting rural communities. Although 89 per cent were satisfied with rural life, those responding considered issues like the closure of local services, rural crime and fly-tipping as having a negative impact on their lives. The results show 77 per cent regularly use their local Post Offices, agreeing that it is essential for the future of rural communities and that almost 20 per cent had suffered from rural crime, with the south east being the hardest hit region in Britain. Respondents identified environmental issues to be of the highest importance, with 80 per cent agreeing farmers should be paid for improvements on their land. The conclusion of the survey was that rural communities must work together to make the countryside sustainable for future generations and support for NFU campaigns on issues like fly-tipping and climate change should continue in order to create a better future.