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 to the Urals.
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 beyond.

The General Assembly was a great success – thanks to you!

24th Friends of the Countryside
General Assembly in Córdoba, 2021

What a joy it was to see and meet all those who participated in the General Assembly in Cordoba!

An album has been created online  – you can access it through the Members Login.

The brochure is included in the Publications page while our specially conceived website with information about the GA and pre-tour remains open with the full programme. Please click here or on the image.

Please save the date for the 25th Jubilee FCS GA in 

Evora, Portugal : June 9 to 12, 2021

  Current Events

The July-August issue of the CountrySide magazine is out. You are invited to read it by clicking on the Publications page.

       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!

“Working with volunteers on private land – How to get started?”

This webinar will address the involvement of volunteers to provide private land conservation.

A two part event on the 9th and 10th of November 2021 from 9:30 until 13:00 CET.

Register here

“Working with volunteers on private land – How to get started?”


** Applications to the Soil Award are now open! **

The prize rewards land use and soil management practices mitigating soil threats. 

For more details and the application from, go to this page.

The FFA2021 Regional Event France will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021, in Paris, France. Save the date and stay tuned for more information!

Remember you can listen to the FFA Podcasts! Episode no. 30 just came out!

IF you missed this inspiring YFCS webinar ‘Solving Problems with Tech in the Countryside‘ , you can watch the replay here. Listen to how In Ovo (NL) and LettUs Grow (UK) give ethical and ecological solutions in agriculture!

Both businesses won a Diploma of Recognition in our last edition of the Famigro Award with their spectacular projects. 


** Applications to the European Bee Award are now closed! **

Details on the date of the Award will be announced shortly.

Presentation of awards : December 7, 2021

The ELO Activity Report for 2020 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: AR 2020 ELO AR

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 video presentation by FCS Secretary General, Thierry de l’Escaille, of the activities to support landowners by the European Landowners’ Organisation by FCS CEO as recorded at the ELO General Assembly in December 2020. Please click here to view it

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