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

The Friends of the Countryside U.S. Study Tour

Courtesy of Joe Hoagland and Tony Simmons

Details in Trusted and by email.

February 27 – March 4 2023 – Washington, New Orleans, U.S.A.


  Current Events

The January – February issue no. 203 of the CountrySide Magazine is out. You are invited to read it by clicking on the Publications page.


Dear Friends,

Please REGISTER for the various workshops, lunches, dinners and the Forum itself taking place during the 3 days around the ForumforAg 2023!

Details in the Trusted Area!

Login in top right!

The ELO has launched the “Women for the Future of Agriculture” during the month of March to celebrate all women that are operative within the Agriculture sector. 
Each day the ELO will post a story from a woman, to share her story and learn about her challenges within the sector. 
We started the month of March with our very own FCS Board member Galina Peycheva-Miteva. Look out for more FCS members coming up!
To read:
Linked-in: Click here!
Twitter: Click here!
ELO website (overview of all articles): Click here!

**The Bee Award Ceremony took place on December 6 in the European Parliament**

Find out who the winners are by heading to the Bee Award page!

** European Biodiversity Conference : December 6 from 4pm to 6pm at the European Parlieament ** 

The conference addresses the state of play of EU forest readiness to climate change. How to adapt European forests to new challenges caused by climate change and the increased presence of natural stressors?

Click here for the press release.

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

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

       November 9 2022 : NEW ENTRY!                   Details of a book written by FCS member Iñigo Alvaro de Toledo : The Great Climate Regenation (in Italian)

 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.