Rural Development in the United Kingdom is managed on a decentralised basis by the main administrative regions of the country through four Rural Development Programmes (RDPs): one for each England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The RDPs are funded under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and national contributions. The RDPs set out priority approaches and actions to meet the needs of the specific geographical area they cover.
Find relevant information on the 4 RDPs below;
Explore EAFRD-supported projects in UK;
Browse through the Local Action Groups (LAGs) in UK.
Rural development funding through the EAFRD is part of a broader framework of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), including also Regional Development, Social, Cohesion, and Fisheries Funds. These are managed nationally, by each EU Member State, on the basis of Partnership Agreements, strategic plans outlining the country’s goals and investment priorities.
NRNs operate in each EU Member State to support and enhance rural development objectives, enable and facilitate exchange and learning between all the partners involved in policy implementation.
The operation of each NRN is supported by a Network Support Unit (NSU) tasked with coordinating thematic and analytic work, facilitating networking and exchange, and communicating the work and voices of the network.
In the UK, four NRNs operate to enhance the implementation of the RDPs. The four networks are supported by their respective NSUs.
Explore England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales sections below for relevant information on and contacts of each NRN.
Contact the English NSU
RDPE Network Support Unit
Floor 2, Horizon House, Deanery Road,
Bristol, BS1 6EB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 208 225 6446
Mark Herbert (Network Manager): email@example.com
Colin Whelan (Innovation Lead): firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Sheppard (Coordination Lead): email@example.com
Stacy LeCocq (Operations Manager): firstname.lastname@example.org
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Area 1D, Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London; SW1P 3JR; UK
Rural Payments Agency (RPA)
PO Box 69
RG1 3YD, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)300 0200 301
Contact the Northern Ireland NSU
Northern Ireland Rural Network Support Unit
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB. Northern Ireland.
Rural Development Programme Management Branch
Room 403, Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Rd
Belfast, BT4 3SB
Northern Ireland, UK
Telephone: 00 44 (0)2890 524078
Contact the Scottish NSU
Scottish Rural Network Support Unit
B1 Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh, EH11 3XD
Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 2230
Directorate for Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities
Agriculture and Rural Development Division
D Spur, Saughton House
Edinburgh, EH11 3XD
Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 9693
Contact person: Kirsten Beddows: Kirsten.Beddows@gov.scot
- Welsh NRN website
- Welsh NRN profile: main NRN objectives, membership, governance, budget and more.
- See the profiles of all NRNs.
Contact the Welsh NSU
Wales Rural Network Support Unit (English) / Uned Gefnogi Rhwydwaith Gwledig Cymru (Welsh)
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3UR
Telephone: +44 (0)300 062 2302
John Davies (Head of Wales Rural Network - General) email@example.com
Mandi Wilson (Wales Rural Network Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org
Arwel Lewis (Wales Rural Network Website Manager) email@example.com
Katy Watkin (Wales Rural Network Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Yapp (Wales Rural Network Manager) email@example.com