Rural news from across Britain: your weekly roundup – 7 September

We round up the week's breaking news on rural affairs and countryside issues. 

AMESBURY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13:  Visitors view the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge on October 13, 2015 in Wiltshire, England. The UK Government has announced today that it is committed to building a tunnel under the UNESCO listed ancient monument as part of a £2 billion spend on road projects in the South West of England between now and 2021 by Highways England.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Survey: Brits prefer living by wind turbines to fracking wells


Wind turbines are much more popular to live near than fracking wells, according to ICM polling. 65% of the 2,000 people surveyed would rather have turbines close to their house than fracking wells.

Stonehenge researchers “may have found largest Neolithic site”

Around 100 stone monoliths found near Stonehenge may be the largest Neolithic monument ever built in the UK, archaeologists have suggested. Hidden remains found by researchers on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, are thought to have been hauled into place 4,500 years ago. Professor Vince Gaffney, one of the lead archaeologists on the project, said “We’re looking at one of the largest stone monuments in Europe and it has been under our noses for something like 4,000 years. It’s truly remarkable.”

Prince’s Countryside Fund opens

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is now taking applications for up to £50,000 of its £725,000 available to rural communities. The fund is aiming to support rural schemes that are addressing issues such as struggling village shops, pubs, and farm businesses. The charity has awarded £6 million in grants since its inception in 2010.

Environmental groups call for M4 relief road rethink


10 environmental organisations, including Wildlife Trusts Wales and RSPB Cymru, have sent a letter to the Welsh government urging a rethink on plans to build a £1bn M4 relief road around Newport. Environmental groups have previously questioned the legality of the decision to build a new 14 mile stretch, which is set to cut across the Gwent Levels landscape.