Rural Economy

The Colne Valley Park aims to support the rural economy in the rural/urban fringe as pressures on land, agriculture and forestry in the Colne Valley Park and surrounding areas intensify.

A project to support the Rural Economy was funded by the Rural Development Programme for England up to 2013. The vision for the Colne Valley Rural Development Forum was “To achieve a vibrant and sustainable rural economy, including farming and forestry, underpinning the value of the countryside”.

Five issues were identified to focus on:

  • Viability of farming in the rural urban fringe

  • Local food to local markets (a co-operative approach)

  • Woodland management

  • Links between local people and the countryside on their doorstep

  • Tourism & day visits (opportunities for farmers, foresters and growers)

Subsequently the vision of the Rural Development Forum was adopted as one of the objectives of the Colne Valley Park in recognition of the positive role that farming and forestry can play in maintaining the landscape.


The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): Europe investing in rural areas.