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Describing a town or vicinity outside a major, metropolitan area. Rural areas have low population density. Most people in rural areas work in urban or suburban areas, but some still work in agricultural or energy producing industries. In the United States, living in a rural area can qualify one for some forms of government assistance, such as a USDA mortgage.


Concerning the country. Contrast with urban or suburban.

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He added that the army established control on Marhatan village in al-Bayarat, destroyed a car bomb and foiled an infiltration attempt by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists into some military points in Palmyra in Homs countryside.
NFU Cymru president Stephen James said: "We are proud to be actively involved in Countryside Classroom and the important role it aims to play in children's education.
The terrorist commander was killed in Teir Ma'la in Homs countryside.
The Countryside Alliance said it was concerned, however, by a recent survey into the value of outdoor recreation to the Welsh economy which they claimed failed to include the millions of pounds from shooting, fishing and equestrian activities.
He said: "It is an honour to be chairman of the Children's Countryside Day committee, "This really is an exceptional educational event and one which is continually evolving to meet the needs of the curriculum, children and changing rural economy.
We will start in the new term with our flagship Countryside Live event at Hackney in London on 25th and 26th September, at which over 3,000 children from across London will get the chance to explore the natural environment when we literally bring the countryside into the town.
The letter states: "The English countryside is precious, inspirational and irreplaceable, but it is being eroded every day as a result of poorly planned development.
The current bad weather is an example of the natural challenges faced in the world of countryside management, whose agenda must always be influenced by ecological concerns as well as matters related to infrastructure.
For decades the countryside has been shielded by planning policies that urge using previously developed "brownfield" sites first.
I believe one of the principal causes of that happy fact has been that the planning system has enabled necessary economic growth while protecting and enhancing the countryside - perhaps your greatest national treasure.
Shoppers can enjoy a garden area, countryside zone with trees and a sandy beach which have been created inside the unit.
NEW research from The Prince's Countryside Fund has revealed that Britons love the countryside, yet are clueless about its scale and importance to the economy.