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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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This gesture of supporting the Children's Countryside Day through the carrier bag charge is a new initiative for us and it will hopefully encourage other local retail companies to do the same with the money they receive from their carrier bag scheme.
It's important for all of us to focus on the future of the countryside, but on this occasion it's pleasantly nostalgic to look back on that great occasion and remember the day the countryside found its voice - a voice we have never lost.
The latest campaign will include new signage being installed, posters/ flyers distributed and a video created, with the simple message for dog owners to keep their dogs on leads in open countryside.
Countryside Amish Furniture is your direct source for authentic, handcrafted Amish furniture.
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.
Mark Sullivan, of Warwickshire CPRE, says campaigners are most concerned about threats to countryside in Nuneaton and Bedworth which would be unprotected under the new plans.
But if the new planning rules go unamended they will mark a significant relaxation of protection for the so-called 'ordinary' countryside, the countryside next door which may have no special designation, like a national park, but is so important to so many people.
Based in the upper central mall, the unit will showcase the variety of coast and countryside in the care of the trust across the North East to tempt shoppers to sample what is on offer.
The survey was conducted ahead of the first-ever National Countryside Week, which runs from July 11 - 18.
To mark the event, the Prince's Countryside Fund commissioned a survey which revealed that Brits love the countryside yet are clueless about its scale and importance.
As grocers and suppliers, it is only right that we consider the many, often low-paid individuals who care for our countryside.