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BBC Countryfile Magazine September 2021

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.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
loss and hope

“We’ve a story close to home this month that reveals the constant tensions facing the countryside. Within the borders of the city ofBristol,where Countryfile TVandmagazineare produced, there is one surviving farm. It’s a beautiful place, farmed fairly traditionally and a home to skylarks, swallows, meadow flowers and wild mammals. Yet as much of the land is leased from the council, it has been earmarked for development for much-needed housing. Once gone, it will be lost for generations, though those desperate to get on the housing ladder might accept this cost. But can we guarantee that the houses replacing it will provide an equal quality of life for local people? James Fair investigates, page 40. Similarly, I’m writing about a threatened area near my home in South Wales. The Gwent Levels are an…

1 min
this month’s contributors

Philip Marsden “Reaching out into the space of the sea, Cornwall draws out the imagination – back into time, into the abstract, the sacred and the mythological.” Janina Ramirez “An impossibly tranquil depiction of an idealised British landscape, The Hay Wain’s significance and quiet radicalism has been lost.” Max Porter, “Our parks and green spaces are covered in poo. Plastic bags line the paths, spill from the over-full bins, hang on every tree and hedge.” Photo: Dan Struthers, Oliver Edwards, Lucy Dickens…

2 min
september in the country

WINDS OF CHANGE A harvested hay field in east Kent is bathed in golden evening light as Chillenden Windmill stands tall in the background. Built in 1868, this local landmark is one of only four post mills to survive in Kent, and the last one to be built with an open trestle. This early design means the entire windmill is mounted on a central vertical pole, supported by the trestle, allowing it to be rotated to bring the four sails into the wind. FACES OF THE FOREST The monumental sculptures of South African artist Anton Smit bring drama and gravitas to the glorious Grade I-listed woodland of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens in West Sussex. Positioned by Smit himself to create stunning vistas, the 80 figurative piecesin The Walk of Life exhibition are a…

1 min
slow ways

During the lockdown of spring 2020, volunteers from across the nation plotted a network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain’s towns and cities. Without leaving home, almost 8,000 ‘Slow Ways’ walking routes were mapped using existing paths, trails and roads. Combined, the routes stretch for 71,500 miles, a distance that would lap the equator almost three times. The team behind Slow Ways is now looking for people from every town and city in Great Britain to walk and review the routes to make sure they work in practice. So far, 1,740 routes have been put to the test. To get involved, simply choose, walk and review a Slow Ways route, then submit your journeys to beta.slowways.org.…

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from the bookshelf: four books to live the good life

THE NEW SELF-SUFFICIENT GARDENER by John Seymour Seymour has inspired thousands to enrich their lives by living closer to the land, developing a wide range of useful gardening and kitchen skills. GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES by Joy Larkcom A classic of densely packed yet wonderfully readable information and wisdom for those who want to get the most from their veg garden. THE GREAT VEGETABLE PLOT by Sarah Raven A beautifully photographed and designed book that helps you choose the right veg for your patch – and your taste buds. ABUNDANCE by Alys Fowler Gluts of home-grown veg can be off-putting, but this book offers inspiring ideas for turning them into delicacies for the rest of the year.…

2 min
the seasonal table: a taste of september

The veg patch is bulging at the seams with colourful gluts. Cheerful rows of rainbow chard, spring-sown carrots, climbing beans and sprawls of courgettes. We harvest everything before it spoils, and squirrel things away to tide us through less abundant months ahead. Huge batches of hearty soups and pasta sauces are a firm favourite, and this recipe, tweaked to include whatever is ready to pick, is one we make often. GARDEN SOUP WITH CARROT LEAF PESTO INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp butter• 2 onions, chopped• 225g chard, leaves shredded, stems chopped• 4 carrots, diced• 2 courgettes, diced• 1 large potato, diced• 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and finely chopped• 10 fresh oregano sprigs, leaves picked• 2 garlic cloves, minced• 230g freshly podded borlotti beans (or use tinned)• 800g tinned tomatoes• 2 tbsp tomato…