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Country Life 20-May-2020

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Published by TI Media Limited 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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
long walk to freedom

FOR seven weeks, the nearest thing to liberty in this unsettling world was the daily walk: that precious hour or so when lockdown felt temporarily suspended and intangible. But every day brought a dilemma: the clarity of early-morning birdsong and crisp air as the masses lay abed versus savouring the anticipation of evening, when its glorious mellowness was more likely to be shared with fellow exercisers. Now, with restrictions on time and distance lifted, the walk has become the new holiday, the parameters wider, the horizon suddenly, thrillingly, more distant. It may take on the dimensions of an expedition: maps consulted, thermos flasks filled, sandwiches packed. A wider countryside beckons and never has it seemed more vivid, more alive, more fascinating, like stepping into the sharply defined colour schemes of a…

3 min.
crafting our future

THE Heritage Craft Association (HCA) has warned that makers up and down the country are facing serious financial difficulty as a result of Covid-19. In a recent survey, 56% of HCA members said that they believe that there’s a less than 50% chance that their businesses will survive the next six months. The HCA represents hundreds of crafts and makers, as well as producing the Red List of Endangered Crafts, which currently features 107 crafts that are under threat. Patricia Lovett, HCA chair, warns that, without support from individuals and the Government, many of these crafts are likely to be lost. ‘This is really serious,’ she tells COUNTRY LIFE . The HCA is attempting to support makers who have seen their incomes fall by providing grants of up to £500. At the…

2 min.
standards are slipping

AN amendment to the Agriculture Bill that would have banned the import of ‘low-standard food’ was defeated in the House of Commons last week. When the bill was in its report stage, Conservative MPs Simon Hoare and Neil Parish tabled the amendment that would have enshrined imported food standards in law. Although some Tories rebelled against the Government and voted for it, it was defeated by 51 votes. One of the rebels was Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who says his vote ‘for’ was by accident. The ‘chlorinated chicken’ debate has been at the heart of the new Agriculture Bill since it was reintroduced to Parliament earlier this year. Many farmers fear of being undercut by cheap imports, and the NFU has long expressed its concern that the Government is unwilling to provide…

1 min.
good week for

The Spitfire Bird A pair of blue-tits has been found nesting and raising their young in the 20mm cannon of a replica Spitfire at Eden Camp military museum in Malton, North Yorkshire Askham Bog A plan to build 500 new homes next to Askham Bog in York was dismissed by the Secretary of State, to the delight of residents. The campaign to stop the work was backed by Sir David Attenborough, who said the nature reserve was ‘irreplaceable' and likened the idea to building beside York Minster Frustrated cricketers The England & Wales Cricket Board has released an app to keep young cricketers entertained while recreational cricket is suspended. Titled Dynamos Cricket, the app features skills, quizzes and games for children during lockdown…

1 min.
bad week for

Knights in shining armour Armed police in Cardiff surrounded a man dressed in medieval clothing and brandishing a sword last week. A concerned onlooker dialled 999, but the tension quickly de-escalated after firearms officers realised that the ‘knight' was just a young man with a toy sword Men Behaving Badly Guy Ritchie is embroiled in a row over plans to expand his brewery. He intends to increase storage at his real-ale plant in Wiltshire, but the British Horse Society, the president of which is actor Martin Clunes, has objected over fears the work could impede a popular bridleway Barbour The company has revealed that, if properly rewaxed, its jackets can last more than a lifetime, so you'll never have to buy a new one. The firm says it sells more than 100,000 rewaxing tins a…

3 min.
trust in our nature

WE speak to Craig Bennett, new chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts Can you tell us about The Wildlife Trusts? I think we’re the most powerful movement for Nature in the UK. We’re made up of 46 individual trusts, ranging from those covering urban areas (such as London, and Avon), to county trusts (Cornwall and Essex), to groups of counties (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire), devolved nations (such as Scotland and Ulster) and, finally, island trusts (including Alderney, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly). Together, we have more than 2,300 nature reserves, ranging from Camley Street right by King’s Cross, London N1, to the Skomer (above) and Skokholm islands off the Pembrokeshire coast. In total, we directly manage or provide advice on how to manage 822,112 acres of land for Nature, more than…