Rural and countryside


  1. Make or update a rural payments claim

    Update your details with the Rural Payments Agency to keep claiming payments for your farm land

  2. Rights of way and accessing land

    Rights of way and right to roam - access rights of way, open access and permissive access land, use common lands, the Countryside Code, report problems

  3. Owning a boat

    Check what safety requirements and insurance are needed to use a boat on UK rivers, canals, or at sea - boat safety certificates, safety regulations and equipment, disposing of old flares

  4. Register a boat

    Register or license a boat for use on the UK's inland waterways or at sea - which authority to register with, the UK Ship Register and Small Ships Register, penalties and fines

  5. Contaminated land

    Who's responsible for cleaning up contaminated land and how you know if your business is on a contaminated site

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Countryside Productivity Scheme
  2. BPS 2018
  3. Mid Tier: Countryside Stewardship
  4. Public rights of way: landowner responsibilities
  5. The Countryside Code
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News and communications

  1. eAlert: 13 December 2018 - Approvals, RPA winter update and making payments
  2. Communities to have greater say in protecting local trees
  3. Public urged to have their say on National Parks and AONBs
  4. eAlert: 5 December 2018 - New map browser and Land Information Search
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Research and statistics

  1. Rural research priorities
  2. Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) Children’s Report 2017-2018
  3. Bluetongue virus in Europe
  4. Rural productivity and Gross Value Added (GVA) statistics
  5. Statistical Digest of Rural England
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Open access restriction at Storys Gair: how to comment
  2. Open access restriction at Coacher Cleugh: outcome
  3. Tree and woodlands: introducing measures for felling street trees
  4. Open access restriction at West Dart River Valley (2): outcome
  5. Open access restriction at Silence Mine: outcome
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Register of Interests - Forestry Commissioners
  2. Kent's National Nature Reserves
  3. Forestry Commission gender pay gap report: Report for the year 2017-2018
  4. M40 – Extinguishment of bridleway
  5. Accredited country parks in England
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