Spread sporting festive cheer with Christmas cards that have proper country credentials and support a cracking cause, too. Take your pick from The Field's best country Christmas cards for 2019
Festive missives are best sent on cards with proper credentials and in support of a cracking countryside cause. Take your pick from The Field’s round-up of the best country Christmas cards for 2019.
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THE BEST COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CARDS
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
2018 was a third successive record-breaking year for the GWCT’s Christmas cards, with over 5,000 packs sold, so order early for this year’s festive missives. There are five designs available, all painted exclusively for the charity by leading wildlife artists, including Owen Williams, Rodger McPhail, Jason Lowe, Ashley Boon and cartoonist Loon. Loon has also put together a mixed pack with his best-selling designs from previous years. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Trust’s vital scientific research programmes for game and wildlife conservation.
Price: prices start at £5.50 for a pack for 10
To buy: call 01425 652381 or visit www.gwct.org.uk.
The Quorn Hunt Supporters Association
For 2019, the Quorn Hunt Supporter’s Association has selected a painting by a renowned local artist for their festive design. The painting by Fred Haycock shows the Quorn hounds on Burrough Hill. The cards are sure to be a hit with festive hunters.
Price: £5 for a pack of 10 cards, plus £1.50 for p&p
To buy: contact email@example.com
The Countryside Alliance Christmas cards are always a popular choice, so hurry if want one of their festive designs for 2019. Available in packs of 10, there is a huge selection available from well-known sporting artists and photographers and all proceeds support the Alliance’s campaigning work for the rural way of life. The Countryside Alliance 2019 calendar is also available now.
Price: prices start at £4.99
To buy: call 0370 270 9011 and visit www.countryside-alliance.org
Hunt Staff Benefit Society
The Hunt Staff Benefit Society have two sporting Christmas card designs available this year, by artists Daniel Crane and Cecil Aldin. All proceeds form an important part of the year’s fundraising efforts, to help cover the running costs of the pension scheme it provides for professional Hunt Staff across the country. The pension scheme has been looking after retried Hunt Staff since 1872.
Price: prices start at £6.50 for a pack of 10 cards plus P&P
To buy: email Lucy Stevens on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01285 653001 for an order form
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
Every year sales of the Christmas cards help support the crucial work of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, farming’s oldest and largest welfare charity. RABI provides financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages. There are five designs available this year in packs of 10. There is also a Farming in Focus 2020 calendar available.
Price: from£4.50 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: visit rabi.org.uk for an order form or phone 01268 888217
The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust have a wonderful selection of Christmas cards available this year, as well as wrapping paper and an advent calendar. All cards are printed on FSC certified card and come wrapped in a paper envelope with no cellophane. Sales of the cards help support our leading woodland conservation charity, who work to increase native woodland cover, restore ancient woods and protect all of our existing woodland.
Price: prices start at £3.99 for a pack of 8
To buy: visit www.woodlandtrustshop.com
The Air Ambulance Service
The Air Ambulance Service is a charity very close to the hearts of sporting sorts. There are 8 Christmas cards available this year, as well as two designs available exclusively in their shops. Profits will go towards their vital, life-saving work, reacting quickly and efficiently to emergencies. Cards come in packs of 10, with the message ‘With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year’.
Price: prices start at £2.95 for a pack of 10
To buy: visit their ebay store
Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund
The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund have a huge array of Christmas cards available this year. As well as new designs, over 30 past favourites are on sale again. Or you can create a personalised card using your own photo and greeting. Proceeds will go towards the fund’s working supporting people injured in horse-related accidents, campaigning on safety and raising awareness of issues affecting equestrians of all levels.
Price: £6.50 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: visit mdirf.co.uk
The Injured Jockeys Fund
The Injured Jockeys Fund Christmas cards are now, incredibly, in their 55th year of production. ‘Winter Solstice’ has been specially painted for the Fund by renowned equine artist, Peter Smith. The cards are printed on FSC accredited sustainable forest card, and it is possible to personalise them. All proceeds will go towards the fund’s important work providing support to jockeys past or present who are injured, unable to ride or generally in need.
Price: £7.50 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: visit ijf.org.uk
World Horse Welfare
This festive design of the Cavalry Blacks awaiting the Christmas parade is one of several Christmas cards available from World Horse Welfare this year. Cards come in packs of 10, and proceeds will go towards the charity’s work supporting horses in need in the UK and around the world.
Price: £3.95 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: visit worldhorsewelfare.org