Countryfile broadcast a special segment about BAME access to the countryside
Ethnic minorities face discrimination in the countryside, a rural charity has said after a row over a Countryfile segment about BAME access.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) defended the programme after Scout Ambassador Dwayne Fields presented a section about perceptions by ethnic minorities of the countryside.
The report focused on research from the Government’s Environment Department, published last year, which said that some ethnic groups felt UK national parks were a “white environment”.
Mr Fields said on the show: “When I talk to people from the BAME community, it’s clear that they don’t view the UK countryside as somewhere that’s for them.
“Last September, a national review of England’s national parks was published by DEFRA.
“They found the countryside is