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BBC Countryfile Magazine June 2019

Countryfile Magazine inspires you to explore forgotten corners of the great British countryside and provides knowledge of the people and wildlife that inhabit it. We want to tempt you into trying new things, seek out new places and make the most of Britain’s beautiful landscapes.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
$8.20(Incl. tax)
$69.37(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
goodbye plastic

Some good news this month. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll have noticed your magazine arrived in a paper envelope rather than a polybag, and I’m pleased to say we’re finally plastic-free. And there will be no more plastic bags on the newsstand either. About time too, you might say (I have read all your letters and emails about the issue!). But it’s not been an easy or straightforward task because we’ve been looking for a long-term, sustainable, cost-effective replacement rather than a quick fix. It’s taken a great deal of research and investment and we could not have done it without the tremendous support of Ecotricity, the green-energy supplier. The new paper envelope comes from forests that are managed sustainably and it is fully recyclable. I was lucky enough to spend…

1 min
how to contact us

To subscribe or for subs enquiries: Domestic telephone: 03330 162112 Overseas telephone: 01604 973720 Email: bbccountryfile@buysubscriptions. com Post: BBC Countryfile Magazine, PO BOX 3320, 3 Queensbridge, The Lakes, Northampton, NN4 7BF To talk to the editorial team: Telephone: 0117 300 8580 Email: editor@countryfile.com Post: BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN Advertising enquiries: 0117 314 8384 App support: http://apps.immediate.co.uk/support Syndication and licensing enquiries (UK and international): richard.bentley@immediate.co.uk +44 (0)207 150 5168 Follow us on Twitter: @countryfilemag Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ countryfilemagazine Find us online for lots of bonus content: www.countryfile.com Download the official BBC Countryfile Magazine app from the Apple, Google Play or Amazon App Store.…

2 min
june in the country

must-see CANTERBURY TALES Famous for its mediieval medieval cathedral cathedral and and throng throng of of pilgrims pilgrims and and tourists, Canterbury has has a a beautiful beautiiful hidden hiidden face face –– seen seen only only from from the Stour. You can walk stretches of this famous chalk river but it is best appreciated by boat as you slip through Venice-like scenes of half-timbered Weavers Houses with mullioned windows overlooking the clear water. You’ll also glimpse the gorgeous gardens of some very fortunate riverside homeowners. GRASS SNAKE HUNTING Patient pond-watchers may occasionally be rewarded with a thrilling sight of a languidly swimming grass snake. With head cocked above the surface, the snake propels itself easily with sweeps of its body, but it can also dive agilely below the water to ambush newts and…

1 min
propagate herbs and make pebble labels

1 The day before, water the plant you want to take a cutting from. The next day, cut straight through the stem, halfway between leaf shoots (above). Place your cutting in water; make sure there are no leaves below the waterline. 2 Keep your cutting away from direct sunlight and keep it watered until roots appear. Then, transplant your cutting into a pot of fresh soil; a small, clean yoghurt pot will do. Don’t pack the soil tightly as this will hinder the cutting’s growth. 3 Move your cutting to a windowsill or well-lit surface and re-pot it as it grows. Take a medium-sized pebble and wash off any dirt. Once dry, sketch a detail from your plant, such as a leaf, and write the plant’s name below it. 4 Fill in your…

1 min
events diary

9 JUNE NATIONWIDE LEAF OPEN FARM SUNDAY Discover the story behind our food as hundreds of farms across the UK open their gates to the public. Activities range from tractor rides and machinery displays to walks and livestock demonstrations. farmsunday.org 13 JUNE › 7 JULY NATIONWIDE FOREST LIVE 2019 Experience an enchanting mix of music and trees this summer as Forest Live visits seven of our most beautiful woodlands. Artists include Foals, Hacienda Classical, Jess Glynne, Stereophonics and Paul Weller. forestryengland.uk/music JUNE ONWARDS EXMOOR RANGER EXPERIENCE Explore Exmoor’s hidden corners by Land Rover under the expert guidance of a National Park ranger; £145pp. exmoor-nationalpark.gov. uk/enjoying/ranger-experience 25 MAY › 21 SEPTEMBER YORKSHIRE SCULPT Set in seven rural churches on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, this free art event blends modern sculpture with ancient spaces. artinthechurches.co.uk 22›23 JUNE CHESTER CARNIVAL OF GIANTS Meet dragons, unicorns, angels and giants at Chester’s…

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r is for reading books

Words fill our daily lives, flash up on screens or shout from the back of buses; so much of our reading is incidental, or backlit on a screen. But reading can offer the perfect opportunity for being fully present and mindful. Find a time when you can focus and relax without distractions and choose an engaging text; notice the tactile joy of holding a book cool to the touch, the smell of ink, the soft sounds of paper. Take your time to note the rhythm of a sentence, the pace of a page – even read out loud and savour the sounds of words in your mouth. Allow yourself to be absorbed in the beauty of words.…