Reducing rural crime and addressing woodland management are top of a countryside campaign group’s agenda for 2014.
Country Land and Business Association Northamptonshire branch committee chairman Jonathan Farr said: “Rural crime is an important issue and I will be working closely with Northamptonshire Police to make sure crimes such as hare coursing, which is a major problem in our area, and fly tipping are efficiently dealt with.
“There is a range of deadly diseases, pests and conditions threatening our woodlands, and the need to give them the strength to recover and regenerate has become a priority.
“The reality is that there is no cure for diseases such as Ash dieback, so we will have to learn to live with them.
“But we can work to give woodlands the best possible chance of survival by keeping them as strong and as healthy as we can.” Find out more at www.cla.org.uk