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BBC Countryfile Magazine August 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
national treasures

“One of the lovely perks of my job is that I get to chat to the great John Craven on a weekly basis. We discuss what he might tackle in forthcoming columns but the conversation often ranges widely into rural issues and politics; John is so passionate about people, wildlife and the overall health of our countryside. This month John publishes his memoirs – stories from six decades of working in the media – so we decided to turn the tables on him. Instead of asking the questions, he gets to answer them for once and he lets us all into a few intriguing secrets about his life and career, on page 48. We also celebrate the laid-back dog days of high summer this month. From cloud-watching and identifying on page 56…

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, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4ST 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
august in the country

must-do BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE IS BACK! This year, BBC Countryfile Live is double the fun. As well as the show making its fourth appearance at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire (1–4 August), Britain’s biggest celebration of the countryside visits Castle Howard in Yorkshire (pictured) for the first time (15–18 August). Meet the presenters and explore the best of rural Britain, from food and crafts to farming and music. Come andsayhellotoallofusat BBC Countryfile Magazine tooat Blenheim (stand H03) and Castle Howard (stand G08). For more information and tickets, go to countryfilelive.com. See you there! STRUTTING PEACOCK If the peacock butterfly wasn’t so common, people would travel for miles to herald it as one of our most beautiful wild creatures. Its vivid eyespots and tiger stripes on a wine-red background always elicit swoons of delight from adults…

1 min
be a litter hero

We’ve joined forces with The Outdoor Guide, Julia Bradbury and a host of other partners to help launch the Litter Heroes campaign. Put simply, we want to clear up the countryside with your help. You can sign up to become a Litter Hero and receive a canvas litter-picking bag for just £2.75 p&p. For all the details and a full list of partners, visit theoutdoorguide.co.uk/product/litterhero. Last month, the BBC Countryfile Magazine team joined locals to help clean the beaches at Clevedon. Our partners have been busy, too. The HF Holidays team took part in the Great Beach Clean in Brighton on 8 June, using the Litter Hero bags to transport rubbish from beach to recycling bin. Julia Bradbury joined The Camping and Caravanning Club at its headquarters in Coventry on a litter…

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t is for touch

Hold your hand against the furrowed trunk of an old oak tree, brush a feather against your skin or walk barefoot through a meadow. Clichés, yes, but these things really do have a way of making you feel more grounded. Try repotting a plant. Remove it from its container and gently agitate the soil around the roots › is it cold? What do the roots feel like between your fingers? Place the plant into a larger pot then top it up with soil, patting down the surface around the stem to hold it in place. Water well, feeling the liquid on your hands. Almost without realising it, those few minutes of mindful contact with nature will have reduced your heart rate, easing feelings of anxiety, frustration and even anger.…

1 min
make a simple irrigation system

You will need: a 1–2 litre plastic bottle, cleaned • serrated knife or scissors • a hammer and nail • garden wire • trowel for digging 1 Carefully make three evenly-spaced holes in the cap of your plastic bottle using a hammer and nail. To create a slower flow, use a smaller nail or make fewer holes. Place the cap back on the bottle. 2 Using a serrated knife or scissors, make a straight cut near the bottom of the bottle, leaving 3–5cm of plastic attached to form a hinge. This lid will stop slugs and other critters from falling into the water. 3 Make a small hole in the front end of the hinged lid and one just below it on the main section of the bottle. Thread a piece of garden…