One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An independent body established in 1968 to promote the conservation and improvement of the countryside in England (and formerly in Wales) and to encourage the provision of facilities for public recreation and enjoyment.
1960s; earliest use found in The Times. From countryside + commission.
Countryside Commission/ˈkʌntrɪsʌɪd kəˌmɪʃn/
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