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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…

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say it with flowers

calendular bumblebee vetch small tortoiseshell butterfly Winners and losers of the verge: white campion (under threat) creeping buttercup (marauder) bugle (victim) cow parsley (flourishing) 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…

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to the point

A HUMOROUS, less-than-fond farewell from ‘the last hedgehog left on Earth’ is published this month. A poem written by Pam Ayres and with illustrations by Alice Tait, The Last Hedgehog sees the protagonist (above) tell of all the terrible ends his family came to, at human hands, and details what we can do to help the species thrive once more (£6.99, Pan Macmillan). ■…

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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…

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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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bad week for

A smooth ride Our ‘pothole epidemic' is costing us £1 million every month in repairs to vehicles, says the AA, adding that the number of claims for the first four months of 2018 already equals those for the whole of last year Junk-food manufacturers Child obesity is a ‘ticking time bomb', says the Mayor of London. He wants to ban junk-food advertising across the Transport for London network ■…