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Welcome to this site, which offers space for a conversation about the future of the UK countryside. As the UK prepares for a new relationship with Europe, there are likely to be changes to the ways in which rural life, work, production, protection and recreational activities will be organised, and there are competing visions of what these futures might look like – whose interests will be served, how will alternative perspectives be negotiated and reconciled, and how can different groups come together for constructive dialogue?

To stimulate the discussion, we have invited a number of key thinkers to contribute to this site – we hope this is the start of a conversation about these issues, so that decisions can be made in light of an open dialogue about the future. We have structured our discussion around some key questions, which we believe represent a broad and integrated perspective on the range of issues that will be affected by decisions about rural life and the countryside. We hope you will be encouraged to participate in the conversation, in a spirit of inclusive dialogue.

Please read the contributions we have received so far, and offer your own thoughts. We invite respectful conversations, and this site will be moderated to avoid personal comments and postings that might cause offence.

This site is managed by Professor Bhaskar Vira, Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI). UCCRI is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, which provides an interdisciplinary environment for research on biodiversity conservation and the social context within which humans engage with nature. It is based in the David Attenborough Building, where it works closely with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge, UK.

The views expressed on this site are all offered in an individual capacity, and do not in any way reflect or represent the formal positions of the organisations to which people belong.