The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. We speak for everyone who believes in a living and working countryside.
Through the experience and expertise of members and staff, we promote our members’ interests and influence decision-makers to ensure the positive development of the rural economy. CLA professionals lobby continuously at EU, national and regional level in the interests of our members ensuring a visible presence and influence in the media and with Government.
We achieve our goals by being professional, relevant and forward looking, as we have been since 1907, when we began. Read a short history of the CLA, written by Charles Clover to mark our centenary year.The CLA in-house professional advisory team gives unlimited, independent and impartial information on a wide range of issues to members.
The next Government will need to deliver a proactive approach to the countryside and recognise the importance of rural-based businesses to the wider economy.
The CLA talks to landowners in Staffordshire facing compulsory purchase as a result of the HS2 project.
The CLA today backed Environment Secretary Owen Paterson’s pledges to slash £1billion of the red tape suffered by farmers, eradicate bTB and support biotech crops.