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Supporting Rural Communities


For this latest episode of ‘What Has The Environment Ever Done For Us’, Nick Kilby (Cratus) and Vikki Slade (Leader of BCP Council) are joined by Chris Cowcher, who is Head of Policy and Communications at Plunkett Foundation.

Plunkett Foundation is a UK charity that supports people to set up and run a wide range of businesses which are owned by local communities, where members have equal and democratic control. Plunkett represents over 750 community-owned businesses in rural and urban areas throughout the UK, from shops and pubs through to woodlands, farms and fisheries.

During this insightful conversation, Chris talks to Nick and Vikki about the growing importance of supporting local produce, the role of volunteers within the community business sector and much more.

Furthermore, this month’s instalment of ‘Heroes and Villains’ includes a member of the House of Lords, and a North American breed of dairy cattle.

Hosted by Nick Kilby and Vikki Slade,’ What Has The Environment Ever Done For Us’ looks at a range of issues through the lens of the environment and discusses how our decisions from the food we eat to our mode of transportation, impact our environment and the climate. You can listen to previous episodes ⁠here⁠.

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