About Rural Roots
About Rural Roots
Photo: Zoe Chappell
I'm a born and raised Raddle[wo]man and I'm very proud to come from England's smallest mainland county, Rutland, where my Dad ensured I knew the names of British wildlife and cattle breeds before I could even walk.
Not many people can say one of their first words was 'Capercaillie' (and no, I still can't spell it without looking it up).
Having said that, I spent most of my teens and early 20s plotting my escape, working my way up the journalism ladder at local newspapers and writing a regular farming column, Rural Rutland.
Little did I know, hot-footing it to London to complete my journalism training, failing miserably to get a job in the post-recession capital and landing a role as soon as I moved home proved to be the best "worst time" of my life.
It wasn't until I was away from the countryside that I realised I missed it; the friendly people, the fresh air, and above all, better career prospects.
On return from London I qualified as a senior journalist and moved into marketing and PR, with experience in travel, tourism, food and drink in the third sector.
Now gainfully self-employed, I live and work from home in Oakham.
Addicted to tea, I'm an ambassador for supporting small rural businesses and am honoured to work with the brilliant people and places that knit together our rural landscape.
Volunteering is a big part of my life-from skill sharing with local charities to the information desk at Birdfair. I’m also a WiRE network leader, ensuring rural businesswomen achieve great things and encourage each other.
I travel in my spare time and am happiest when exploring Britain's heritage and countryside by car or on foot over long weekends and holidays and collecting regional bottled beers, which is why I want to help rural businesses from across the country to tell their story-from the roots up.
Take a look at some of my work in my Scrapbook.
Megan Allen; Founder
I worked at Sacrewell for four years, starting as Marketing and Comms Officer and later joining the Leadership Team as PR and Comms Manager, assisting in the development of the charity and visitor centre.
I picked up valuable audience analysis skills; knowing where, when, and how to market effectively.
After moving home from London I joined the team at the Rutland and Stamford Mercury, later becoming Rutland reporter for the Rutland Times and the Mercury respectively.
I qualified as a senior reporter in April 2011, following further exams in writing, law and interview technique and completing an extensive portfolio of articles.
I trained at the top journalism school in the country, News Associates in Wimbledon, completing qualifications in news writing, journalism law, local and national government, sub-editing and shorthand.
My first reporting job was at the Rutland Times as a junior where I covered Uppingham as my patch, wrote the entertainments section and had my own 'Rural Rutland' column, discussing issues facing farmers and the rural community.
I graduated from University College Northampton with a 2:1 (Hons) in American Studies.
As part of my degree I spent a semester in South Carolina, where I wrote articles comparing life in the UK to living in the Deep South and which would later inspire my career move to journalism after graduation.
While there I also signed up for a new website that was being launched across universities in America. It was called Facebook....little did we know.