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Country Life 17-Jun-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

1 min.
the duchess of devonshire

Deborah (1920–2014) was the youngest daughter of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale, and Sydney (née Bowles). The author of 14 books—including multiple memoirs and her correspondence with Patrick Leigh Fermor—Deborah also sat for a portrait by Lucian Freud. She married Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire, in 1941, and played a key role in the restoration of the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire. In 1999, she was appointed a Dame Commanderof the Royal Victorian Order for her service to the Royal Collection Trust.…

2 min.
too eager for beavers?

A LOT of water has flowed downstream in the 500 years since the beaver disappeared from the UK countryside, but does this mean it’s right to reintroduce an animal into an environment that has dramatically changed since the rivers it inhabited meandered through a relatively unpopulated landscape? The growing expectation that beaver reintroductions on a grand scale will help restore some depleted ecosystems may be correct, but they must be carried out sensitively and within the law. Official trials have revealed results that anyone who cares about Nature cannot refute: beavers bring increased biodiversity, cleaner water, slower flow, carbon capture and the sheer joy of spotting such a captivating mammal. The fact that this large, secretive, industrious animal is out there ‘beavering away’, engineering all these good things, shows that, with…

2 min.
why we need a blue belt

BELEAGUERED whales, dolphins and sharks could find a haven in British waters after an independent review, published last week, urged the Government to tighten preservation measures for some underwater sites in England and Northern Ireland. Although Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) already cover 40% of the English seas, the review panel—whose members included academics, conservationists and marine-industry representatives, led by former Defra minister Richard Benyon—found that the current system does not allow ecosystems to recover in full. They recommend introducing new Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), where any activity that could potentially cause damage would be banned. Conservation bodies welcome the proposal. Lissa Batey of The Wildlife Trusts notes that, if the Government adopts the suggestions in full, HPMAs would ‘protect everything within their boundaries, including mobile and migratory species—[that’s] all habitats…

1 min.
sniffing out the invader

JAPANESE knotweed is one of the most unwelcome garden visitors and can blight a house sale. The invasive plant can grow at a rate of 4in a day and insinuate itself into brickwork and drains, causing all sorts of damage. The good news is that dogs, whose sharp sense of smell is increasingly being used in health and environmental sectors, can be trained to sniff it out when it’s still underground: two fox-red labrador brothers, Mick and Mack, have been trained for the purpose by dog-training specialist RFA Security, partner of knotweed-removal company Environet UK. ‘Misrepresentation cases are on the rise,’ warns Nic Seal of Environet. ‘It’s not uncommon for knotweed to be cut back before a survey and I’ve even seen cases where the seller has placed a membrane horizontally…

1 min.
good week for

Spider-plant fans The UK has its first-ever National Collection of spider plants. Plant Heritage has awarded the prestigious recognition to a Kent house that hosts 18 varieties Grateful parents A ‘Herculean' effort has allowed Ludgrove School, Berkshire, to welcome back more than half of its Year 6 boarders-one of only two preps in the country to do so Slow living An Essex resident has been showing people the joy of a slower pace of life as he takes his giant tortoise for walks around Harlow Heritage sites Historic England, which has already made £1.8 million available to 70 heritage organisations, is launching a second emergency pandemic fund, with grants of up to £25,000 to help maintain buildings, monuments and landscapes Concerts to look forward to Hadleigh Old School, a former Victorian boys' school in Suffolk, is being relaunched as…

1 min.
bad week for

Lockdown lunacy The Wildlife Trusts are calling for people to behave better at their sites after the charity had to deal with several episodes of nest-trampling, littering, wildfires from portable barbecues and verbal abuse to staff Coal It's been two months since Britain generated any electricity from coal, in what is thought to be the longest coal-free stretch since the Industrial Revolution Performing arts More than two-thirds of London theatres and production companies, for whom social distancing is unrealistic, could close by the end of the year due to lack of revenue…