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Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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miss sarah duffin

Sarah, third daughter of Mr and Mrs Ian Duffin of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is engaged to be married to Jonathan Manners, younger son of Mrs Elisabeth Manners of Somerset and the late Mr Christopher Manners. The founder of floral-design company Me & Stem, Sarah will marry Jonathan at St Andrew’s Church, Ham, London TW10, in June. The reception will take place at Ham House, the ancestral home of the Manners family.…

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nature’s feeling blue

THE woods, suddenly, are shimmering with bluebells, their honeyed smell and the contrast of the blue with the new greenness of spring adding to the charm of a woodland walk. It happens every year and, every year, it feels like a miracle: a gift of Nature that might have been bestowed for the sole purpose of lightening the human load.The bluebell is England’s favourite flower, according to wildflower charity Plantlife (although other parts of the Union opt for the equally delightful primrose). This country contains half the world’s population of the flower (‘How the merry bluebell rings’, page 38). How lucky we are!Spare a thought, however, as you enjoy the scene, for Nature’s woes. As well as the well-known threat to our dainty natives from the more exuberant Spanish…

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country life

Editor Mark HedgesEditor’s PA/Travel Rosie Paterson 555062 Deputy Editor Kate Green 555063Architectural Editor John Goodall 555064Gardens Editor Tiffany Daneff 555067Fine Arts & Books Editor Mary Miers 555066Interiors Editor Giles Kime 555083Managing & Features Editor Paula Lester 555068Deputy Features Editor Victoria Marston 555079 News & Property Editor Annunciata Elwes 555078Luxury Editor Hetty Lintell 555071Acting Art Editor Sarah Readman 555080Deputy Art Editor Heather Clark 555074Designer Ben HarrisPicture Editor Lucy Ford 555075Deputy Picture Editor Emily Anderson 555076Group Chief Sub-Editor Jane Watkins 555077Sub-Editor James Fisher 555089Digital Editor Toby Keel 555086Property Correspondent Penny Churchill Group Managing DirectorAndrea DaviesManaging Director Steve PrenticeAssistant Business DirectorKirsty Setchell 551111 Group Art Director Dean UsherPhotographic Library Manager Melanie Bryan 555090Photographic Library Assistants Paula Fahey 555092; Sarah Hart 555093Marketing Manager Nicola McClure 555115 Antiques & Fine Arts Manager Jonathan Hearn…

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watching the birdie

THE good news is that nearly half a million people participated in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch in this, its 40th-anniversary year. The bad news is that 15 of the top 20 species had fewer sightings than in 2018. These include long-tailed tits (down 28%) and wrens (17%), small birds whose populations may have been affected by last year’s Beast from the East.Over the past four decades, the survey has shown ‘the increasing good fortunes of birds such as the goldfinch and wood pigeon and the alarming declines of the house sparrow and starling,’ explains Daniel Hayhow, RSPB conservation scientist. However, despite the fact that house sparrows are down 56% since the survey began in 1979, they are, in fact, 10% up in the past decade and hold the…

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cream of the crop

AN ice-cream recipe that dates back to the Second World War has been revived at Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire, which has started reproducing the treat after a 20-year hiatus. In the 1930s, when Wicksteed Park opened its own ice-cream parlour and tricycles toured the grounds, cow’s milk was used, but, in 1940, due to wartime rationing, goat’s milk was tried instead and proved so popular that it continued to be used after the war. A factory was built in 1955, but this sadly closed in 2001. Now, local family business Ganders Goat is producing the ice cream once again, in raspberry-ripple and vanilla flavours, from its farm on the border of Northamptonshire, Rutland and Leicestershire, and the parlour at Wicksteed is back up and running. Visit www.wicksteedpark.org.Brighton Pictures; Rachel Husband/Alamy…

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the gardens of arundel castle

The gardens of Arundel Castle, West Sussex, have exploded with colour as its annual Tulip Festival begins (pictured is last year’s display). For the next few weeks, more than 60,000 tulips in 130 varieties—including mandarin-scented Ballerina, pure-white Honeymoon and red-flamed, yellow Firework, plus a labyrinth of red Apeldoorn and white Narcissus Thalia—make up one of the largest public displays in the UK, curated by Kew Guild Medal-winning head gardener Martin Duncan. Visit www.arundelcastle.org for details…