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Country Life

Country Life 15-Jan-2020

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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2 Min.
let’s get physical

IT’S tempting to look out of the window at the leafless trees and dormant flower borders and think that this is the quiet time in the garden, but that would be quite wrong. Midwinter is exactly the right time to pull on sturdy boots and head outdoors. Without the distractions of petal and leaf, the bones of the garden are clearly visible. As the cold air clears the mind, memories return of last summer and all those plants you meant to move because they were in the wrong place—those spreading clumps of Dutch iris that you cursed because you had forgotten to divide them are now limp, their spear-like foliage flattened on the dark soil, just waiting to be dug up. ‘It’s not so much mindfulness that we need more of, but…

3 Min.
‘will you have our backs?’

AS Defra Secretary Theresa Villiers attempted to provide reassurance at the Oxford Farming Conference that the Government would protect British farming standards against overseas competition in EU trade negotiations, one farmer baldly asked: ‘Will you have our backs?’ She pledged to support livestock farming against what she agreed was ‘the simplistic labelling of meat-eating as being a negative factor in climate change’ and to be ‘always guided by the science’, confirming that badger culls will remain integral to controlling bovine TB. Farmers complained about the influence of the rewilding lobby, including from within Defra. They requested better control over Government departments, such as the Environment Agency, and more reliable statistics to stop farming being ‘a soft target’ in the climate-change debate. Mrs Villiers promised to relay concerns to Cabinet. ‘This Government has…

1 Min.
sky’s the limit

FOR the past three months, the workshops at Dumfries House, Ayrshire—which was saved for the nation by The Prince of Wales in 2007 and is now the headquarters of The Prince’s Foundation—have resounded with the clangings of students creating a new 33ft-tall obelisk (above) for Poundbury to a design by Ben Pentreath. Stonemasons and carvers perfected 20 separate blocks, which were then assembled in the Dorset town using traditional sand-casting techniques and unveiled earlier this month. Traditional building skills are among many causes championed by the Foundation, which, this year, will launch Building Arts, a new programme for teaching that will help secure the future of heritage glass-work, ceramics, painting, carving, metalwork, sculpture and textiles. ‘Through our courses focused on traditional building skills, we hope to inspire a future generation of designers,…

1 Min.
one, two, three, pull!

THE release of some 10,000 extraordinary digitised images depicting 20th-century Britain—from the John Laing Photographic Collection, held by the Historic England Archive—has begun. A major construction company, John Laing was responsible for projects such as the London Central Mosque, the M1, the Second Severn Bridge and rebuilding Coventry Cathedral (one image shows the spire being hoisted back on by helicopter). The ‘Breaking New Ground’ collection, which was launched on Monday with the first 2,000 images, also includes rare and fascinating images of Laing staff days out. All 10,000 photographs should be available at www. historicengland.org.uk by the autumn. Above, a rapt crowd watches a tug-of-war at the opening of a new sports ground at Elstree, Hertfordshire (May 21, 1949).…

1 Min.
good week for

Spouses of snorers A South Korean company has designed a pillow with sensors that connect to a ‘solution box’; as snoring accelerates, it inflates the pillow until the culprit turns over Merry Men Nottinghamshire’s royal Sherwood Forest—famous haunt of men in tights messing about with bows and arrows—has been named the third most Instagrammed forest in the world, second only to Germany’s Black Forest and the Amazon Rainforest UK property After a year of uncertainty, the fog has lifted; prices in prime regional markets will rise by 1% in 2020 and 11% over the next five years, says Knight Frank Fresh northern air Within the next three years, York will become the first UK city to ban private cars to its medieval centre; only buses and disabled drivers will be exempt…

1 Min.
bad week for

Wild swimming Those fond of taking a dip won’t be thrilled to hear water companies are polluting our loveliest rivers, such as the Windrush, Aire and Itchen Fresh meat Farming communities are disappointed at the lack of balance in a Channel 4 programme, in which George Monbiot claimed livestock farmers should grow trees and the public eat cultured meat and protein flour derived from bacteria instead Keeping it in the family Christmas arguments have led to a 114% spike in will rewrites and disinheritances, says a law firm. Lawyers are bracing themselves Cornish sheep A flock of 100 has been stolen from a farmer’s field in the village of Trerulefoot; as police investigate, the Countryside Alliance is urging farmers to install CCTV, security fences and internal trackers…