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Country Life 16-May-18

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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perfectly timed

Royal weddings create a serene and much-needed space in our crowded lives THE Royal Family times its weddings perfectly. The marriage of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh boosted the morale of a nation faced with seismic shifts: a devastating world war had been followed, in quick succession, by the resignation of Sir Winston Churchill, austerity and polarising social change. To make matters worse, the effects of a bitterly cold winter were compounded by coal shortages. The marriage of the young princess and her beau, so clearly in love, did much to warm the cockles of the nation’s heart. The wedding of The Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981 and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 both also offered distractions from periods of social and economic turbulence. This…

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say it with flowers

LAST week, a new Protection of Pollinators Bill was presented to the House of Commons; it contained a proposal to establish a national network of wildflower-rich pollinator corridors, restoring and creating tens of thousands of acres that would be beneficial to bees. Some 97% of British wildflower grassland has been destroyed since the 1940s and, over the past few years, wildlife charity Buglife has been working with more than 150 partners to gather support and draw up a map outlining the best areas in England that can be connected with remaining wildflower-rich areas in both town and country. ‘If we get landowners, farmers, businesses, local authorities, schools and the general public to help, then the wildflower networks can become a reality,’ comments Paul Evans of Buglife. Under the new Bill, Defra would…

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going to the chapel: royal wedding timings

Saturday, May 19 9am More than 1,000 members of the public who have been invited to watch begin to arrive at the grounds of Windsor Castle 9.30am to 11am Guests arrive at St George’s Chapel 11.20am Arrival of the Royal Family 11.45am Arrival of Prince Harry and his best man, The Duke of Cambridge 11.59am Arrival of the bride, Meghan Markle, at the west steps of the chapel 12pm The service begins, conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the Rt Rev David Conner. The Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows 1pm In an open-topped Ascot Landau carriage drawn by a team of four, the couple will travel two miles along Castle Hill, the High Street and into Windsor town centre before returning along the…

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good week for

Elms Friends of Richmond Park has had a huge response to its Sponsor an Elm project-40 disease-resistant trees have been funded and will form an avenue from Petersham Gate Hamish A polar-bear cub has been born in the UK for the first time in 25 years, in the Highlands, and he's called Hamish-‘a strong Scottish name' that was voted for by more than 20,000 members of the public Ravens A pair of breeding ravens, with three or four chicks fledged, has been spotted in Suffolk for the first time in 138 years…

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fresh start for the ra

THIS Saturday marks the culmination of the Royal Academy’s (RA) 250th anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of Sir David Chipperfield’s £56 million reconfiguration of the RA complex, to link Burlington House to the building at its north, Burlington Gardens (above). Described by the architect as ‘a small amount of architecture for a profound result’, the development has created a two-acre ‘cultural campus’ running from Piccadilly to Mayfair, with 70% more gallery and exhibition space linked by a new bridge. A highlight is the new gallery devoted to the RA’s own collection—in effect, a complete survey of British art from 1768, including a great, as yet untapped, body of contemporary works by Royal Academicians. The inaugural display has been selected by president Christopher Le Brun. The work of the RA schools past and…

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wanted: gardens editor

ONE of the most sought-after jobs in the world of garden writing is shortly to become available with the departure from Country Life , in June, of Kathryn Bradley-Hole, who has distinguished the post of Gardens Editor with her deep knowledge and evocative writing for more than 15 years. The successful applicant should have a thorough understanding of plants and gardens, a comprehensive contacts book and the ability to create good relationships with garden owners, plus imaginative ideas for features and ways to extend and embellish Country Life’s gardens coverage. The new incumbent needs to be well-organised and a team player, participating in the weekly life of the magazine in its Hampshire office. Apply to the Editor, Mark Hedges, either via email (rosie.paterson@timeinc.com) or by post at Country Life ,…