The Friends of the Countryside

The Friends of the Countryside is a non-profit making organisation consisting of a network of like minded private landowners,
rural managers and entrepreneurs from 27 countries stretching from the Rockies & Andes to the Carpathians.
By means of innovative, regenerative and sustainable practices, this network promotes the long term interests of their land. Through the  platform of the European Landowners’ Organisation, the FCS are able to ensure that their voice is heard throughout the European Union and well beyond.

The Friends of the Countryside and the European Landowners’ Organisation stand in solidarity with our Ukrainian colleagues and citizens.  Property rights, collaboration, dialogue & freedom are ELO’s most prominent values. 


Please Save the Date for next year’s GA in Poland!

26th General Assembly : Poznań : June 15 to 18 

Short Post Tour : Częstochowa & Kraków : June 18 to 21

Long Post Tour : Częstochowa, Kraków & Szczawnica mountains : June 18 to 24


Friends of the Countryside Study Tour in County Monaghan, Ireland

Courtesy of Jack and Susannah Tenison & Jack Dempsey

September 23-25, 2022 – Fully booked


The Friends of the Countryside U.S. Study Tour

Courtesy of Joe Hoagland and Beatrice & Adie von Gontard & Tony Simmons

Details in Trusted and by email.

February 27 – March 7 2023 – Washington, St Louis, New Orleans, U.S.A.


  Current Events

The July – August issue no. 200 of the CountrySide Magazine is out. You are invited to read it by clicking on the Publications page.

The ELO Activity Report for **2021** is now available!
For all the news on ELO Policies, Projects, Awards, Events and the ELO family, please click here to access the pdf version: 


Delivering the Nature Restoration Law  for rural stakeholders and biodiversity. 

Recording and Press Release


Watch the recordings of our Annual Conference on our website to catch up on anything you missed or to revisit any of your favorite moments.

Check out ForumforAg’s Chairman Janez Potočnik’s conversation with the Forum’s Senior Advisor Mark Titterington

Since 2014, the European Bee Award is committed to finding common solutions for the benefit of biodiversity by rewarding projects protecting pollinators.

**Deadline is now closed. Watch this space for the Award Ceremony in December**

Application form and details on the Bee Award page

YFCS announces the winner of the
Congratulations to Karl-Ludwing von Poschinger and his Gut Waltesteig estate in Germany for innovative changes made.
Congratulations also to the runner-up : David Lenin at Gårdsfisk in Sweden

We need your help!
Are you an agricultural producer? 
Do you know anyone active in farming?
Participate with us in an online survey to unleash the potential of bio-based fertilisers

  • This study is designed to be applied to participants with agricultural farming activities and the results will be a major tool to design strategies to promote the use of bio-based fertilisers considering YOUR opinion to the European Commission. Your participation and answers will be treated strictly confidentially.
  • Together we can do better for the future of more sustainable agriculture; please take the survey, share this project with your friends & network.

We are pleased to present the study that we produced in association with the François Sommer Foundation, OFB and AGPB in both English and French. Please click on the image to download it.

This work aims to serve as a scientific basis for the adoption of measures favorable to biodiversity within the framework of the reform of the CAP.

In order to see such measures adopted by the agricultural world, (& hence the involvement of the AGPB in the writing of the book) various sessions will be held including the Biodiversity summit.

We invite you to distribute this study widely to whom it may concern.

Hardback copies are available on order for 25€ +p&p. Please email events(at)

A comprehensive Power Point Presentation of the activities to support landowners by the European Landowners’ Organisation from the ELO General Assembly in Paris in December 2021. Please click here to view it

       March 18, 2021 : NEW ENTRY!                   Discover this new section with information about local events & activities, recent innovations, new members and prizes won by our Friends…

 If you have information to share, please write to events[@]

Welcoming Estates Website: Countryside estates open to the public for private events, countryside getaways with a historic touch, countryside produce, sports, restaurants, picnics and so much more…

Click on the logo for a full list of estates, their history and activities on offer or visit our Instagram page!

Click on the image to access information about all our Previous Events.