It’s great out­doors – you should come and try it!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

RU­RAL busi­nesses are be­ing urged to sign up to a cam­paign to en­cour­age more peo­ple to en­joy the Kent coun­try­side. COUN­TRY­SIDE 2010 is a new ini­tia­tive de­signed to put peo­ple in touch with the whole range of recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the county and the rest of south east Eng­land.

The cam­paign is co-or­di­nat­ing a two-week “su­per show­case” of recre­ational events, ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions to show what the coun­try­side has to of­fer. COUN­TRY­SIDE 2010 will run from May 29 un­til June 13. The pro­gramme brings to­gether de­tails of hun­dreds of events and ac­tiv­i­ties with a ru­ral set­ting or theme.

The events are or­gan­ised by coun­try-based tourism busi­nesses and vis­i­tor at­trac­tions, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, spe­cial in­ter­est groups and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Na­tional Trust, RSPB, Cy­cle Tour­ing Club, Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety, Ram­blers and the Wildlife Trusts are all con­tribut­ing to the cam­paign.

Events will range from guided walks and rides to tours and tast­ings, open days and ac­tiv­ity ses- sions, bird watch­ing, boat rides, paraglid­ing and pub walks.

The ini­tia­tive is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Ru­ral Ways Part­ner­ship, co-or­di­nated by Tourism South East, and is funded by the Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme for Eng­land, and Ord­nance Sur­vey, Bri­tain’s na­tional map­ping agency.

Tourism South East ru­ral pro­gramme man­ager Rachel Simp­son said: “COUN­TRY­SIDE 2010 of­fers ru­ral busi­nesses, groups and com­mu­ni­ties in Kent a unique and free op­por­tu­nity to at­tract new in­ter­est, new busi­ness, new vis­i­tors, new mem­bers or new vol­un­teers.

“Our coun­try­side of­fers a huge va­ri­ety of things for every­one to en­joy but we can’t join in un­less we know what’s out there.”

All or­gan­is­ers who meet the cam­paign cri­te­ria are wel­come to add their at­trac­tions, events or ac­tiv­i­ties to the COUN­TRY­SIDE 2010 pro­gramme free of charge. De­tails of the cam­paign and how to reg­is­ter can be found at www .coun­try­

Mar­ket Prices will re­turn in next week’s pa­per.

A cam­paign aims to at­tract more peo­ple to en­joy the Kent coun­try­side

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