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Country Life 08-Apr-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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beauty to tantalise

IT may seem cruel to begin a series about glorious landscapes when they are unreachable to all but those who live in them (Beautiful Britain, page 30)—when even inhabitants aren’t allowed to park up in a layby to stare at the view or walk their dogs—but now we’ve got time on our hands to dream. We will surely emerge from this crisis with a greater appreciation for the British countryside, for a slower pace of life and with an innate reluctance to travel, cheek-by-jowl, too far afield. The 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) that cover 18% of land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland tend to be bridesmaids to the national parks (‘Our national pride and joy’, May 29, 2019), both financially and in their vulnerability to unwanted development.…

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return of the natives

IT’S said that the best thing one can do for a rare-breed farm animal is to eat it. Certainly, if ever there was a time for eating local and eating British, it’s now. One upside of Covid-19—for there are a few—is that it should increase farmer recognition, in particular shining a light on those preserving Britain’s hardy heritage native breeds—snub-nosed Berkshire pigs, coffee-coloured Portland sheep, gleaming Gloucester cattle—and their precious genes for use in times of crisis. Even before lock-down, the Government had acknowledged the UK’s diverse livestock as a ‘public good’; producers will benefit from post-Brexit payment schemes (Town & Country, January 29). ‘Thanks to the efforts of a small body of tenacious breeders who had the foresight and determination to keep these breeds going, nothing is likely to go…

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gates closed, cameras rolling

IN normal times, the redoubtable members of the National Garden Scheme would be busy baking scones and layering sponges, begging, borrowing or stealing tea urns and setting up trestle tables, not to mention oiling the hinges of their garden gates to welcome a bumper load of visitors. Garden openings in April and May alone raise about £750,000 for charity, but, this year, the gates will be closed until further notice. This is particularly sad when seeing fresh growth would do much to help lift the spirits of those stuck indoors for all but one hour a day. However, all is not lost. In stalwart fashion, the charity has risen to the challenge and owners will make videos of gardens instead. Mary Berry is launching the campaign with a short film made of…

1 Min.
good week for

Royal Academy devotees Amateur artists and art collectors can rejoice, as the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is to go ahead this autumn; it was due to start in June. It will be curated by Jane and Louise Wilson, the first time an artistic duo has had the honour Sea life Our oceans can be ‘restored in a generation', says a new study. Humpback whales, elephant seals and green turtles are ‘rebounding'; ‘We can turn the oceans around and we know it makes sense economically, for human wellbeing and, of course, for the environment,' says Prof Callum Roberts Teddy bears Merrythought, Britain's oldest teddy-bear maker, is celebrating its 90th year. Despite flooding (the factory is in Ironbridge in Shropshire) and Covid-19, the company is re-commissioning its souvenir Bevan Bear, originally created to celebrate the 70th birthday…

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bad week for

Nurseries Millions of plants, bulbs and trees may be binned, after some 2,000 garden centres and nurseries were forced to close. At time of writing, the Horticultural Traders Association was asking the Government for support of up to £250 million The Queen’s privacy The Royal Collection has been put online, so we can now take a 360-degree tour of Buckingham Palace, browse more than 250,000 works of art, and read Queen Victoria's private journals, all from the comfort of our own homes East Yorkshire Residents have been warned about angry seagulls. East Riding council said: ‘Due to a lack of food sources, seagulls may be more hungry than normal and may behave aggressively.' Please eat your chips indoors…

3 Min.
surviving life inside a box

TO sit inside for most of the day is not a lifestyle many of us are particularly used to nor, for that matter, one that most of us enjoy. It’s certainly not something we would choose to do. Cmdr Ryan Ramsey, however, is simply looking at the positives. ‘I appreciate the freedom I have at the moment. The freedom to go for a run, to hear the birds sing, to look out the window at the garden,’ he tells me. ‘Those freedoms are denied you when you’re on a submarine.’ Cmdr Ramsey spent 26 years in the Royal Navy, three of which as the captain of HMS Turbulent. On one patrol in 2011, Cmdr Ramsey and his men were at sea for 286 straight days (237 of which were submerged), which…