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Country Land and Business Association

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Legal statusMembership organisation
PurposeRepresent the interests of landowners and rural business owners; champion the rural economy
Region served
England and Wales
33,000 members in England and Wales
Director General
Sarah Hendry
Main organ
CLA Council

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is a membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. It was until quite recently called the Country Landowners' Association.[1]


CLA members own or manage 10 million acres, over 50% of the rural land in England and Wales. Its 30,000-strong membership includes landowners, farmers and rural businesses.


The CLA states that it "is the only organisation dedicated to defending your interests as a landowner and is your only truly independent and authoritative source of advice." It offers members a support and advice network through a free in-house policy, legal, and tax advisory service, as well as offering networking opportunities for landowners and rural businesses.

The CLA lobbies to protect its members' interests in relation to rural issues at local, national and EU levels.[2]


The Policy team, based in the London office, offers advice on tax and legal, environment and conservation, agriculture and land management, as well as planning, housing and heritage. This includes issues such as the right to roam, reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy, heritage, rural housing, renewable energy and taxation.

Six regional offices include teams of rural surveyors and advisers for local branch members.

The CLA publishes the monthly Land and Business magazine. This is available to all members as a part of their membership subscription.


The CLA was founded in 1907 after a pamphlet called "The Land and the Social Problem" was published by Algernon Tumor, a high-ranking civil servant and former private secretary to Benjamin Disraeli, advocating the co-operation of owners, tenants and workers in the countryside for their common interests.[3]

The organisation celebrated its centenary in 2007. Journalist Charles Clover wrote The History of the CLA to celebrate the anniversary.[3]


The CLA is governed by a Council structure reflecting the breadth of the CLA's work. Council works to guide the organisation through shaping policy development and inspiring support within the membership.

There is a small board of directors that is responsible for the running of the CLA and for making sure that the organisation works as well as possible to deliver its core purposes.

There is a main corporate office based in London and also six regional offices:

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Source: "Country Land and Business Association", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2021, October 7th),

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  1. ^ cow (14 August 2017). "A history of the CLA (The Country Landowners Association)". Three Acres And A Cow. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Lobbying". CLA. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "History of the CLA". CLA. Archived from the original on 5 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  4. ^ "News • CLA".
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