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Commission for Rural Communities

We were established in April 2005 and became an independent body on 1 October 2006, following the enactment of the NERC ActOur role is to provide well-informed, independent advice to government and ensure that policies reflect the real needs of people living and working in rural England, with a particular focus on tackling disadvantage.


Activities and Services:

CRC has three key functions:

Rural advocate:
the voice for rural people, businesses and communities

Expert adviser:
giving evidence-based, objective advice to government and others

Independent watchdog:
monitoring and reporting on the delivery of policies nationally, regionally and locally
The Countryside Agency was established on 1 April 1999 through the merger of the Countryside Commission and the Rural Development Commission.


Geographic coverage:

This is a national agency.


Key contacts:

General Enquiries  Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01242 521 381

Cheltenham Head Office
John Dower House, Crescent Place, Cheltenham, GL50 3RA
Tel: 01242 521381 Fax: 01242 584270

London Office
55 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EY
Tel: 0207 2703220 or 0207 2703324



For organisations that have a geographical coverage that stretches beyond Oxfordshire, the most accessible contact for Oxfordshire activities is listed. M - These groups run a membership subscription scheme, but will very often provide initial advice free of charge NL - Newsletter This Directory may not provide the total coverage of the activities of the groups listed. It concentrates on environmental and nature conservation activities. Disclaimer: ONCF cannot accept liability for any losses due to the inaccuracy of any information in this Directory.