Country Life

Country Life


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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1 min.
let’s hear it for british food

A SURVEY run by OnePoll for the NFU reveals the public overwhelmingly backs British farming. In it, 84% and 86% of respondents respectively said that any food imports should match British environmental and animal-welfare production criteria. This comes in the same week that the National Food Strategy called for the Government to uphold animal-welfare and environmental standards in future trade deals and advocated for a new tax on sugar and salt in processed food (page 53). ‘It feels really special, as a farmer, knowing all those people are standing behind you when you ask the Government to make sure that imports don’t undercut you with cheaper, sub-par food,’ says NFU president Minette Batters. ‘We want to be world leaders in quality, affordable, climate-friendly food and pave the way for this…

3 min.
from sheep to shop

THE future looks brighter for British wool, as initiatives to support traceability and local production gain momentum. The British Wool marketing board has launched a scheme that tracks woollen products from farm gate to shop floor. Initially starting with bedding supplies, the programme is set to sell about 500 tons of traceable wool through the board’s auctions. Marketing director Graham Clark explains that producers will receive a premium price; he expects interest to grow ‘as brands and consumers are increasingly demanding to know the origin of the products they are purchasing’. Traceable duvets are already available for sale via the board’s e-commerce site (www.britishwool.org.uk/shop). Gloucestershire sheep farmer and knitwear designer Katie Allen, of award-winning business Loopy Ewes (www.loopyewes.co.uk) doesn’t sell her own wool through the board, but thinks ‘it’s fantastic to…

2 min.
letters to the editor

Weighing up your options LAST year, the Three Graces of Liverpool Waterfront were illustrated in Clive Aslet’s choice of 100 ‘crown jewels’ (‘There’ll always be an England, won’t there?’, September 23, 2020). UNESCO is now threatening to remove the site’s World Heritage status because of concerns over the city’s plans for redevelopment. There has long been fear that demand for housing will damage the countryside, as it encourages councils to remove designated green belts and AONBs. Now, there is increasing disquiet in our towns and cities for their layouts and historic buildings, as funding cuts seem to be prompting town halls to increase income from rates and attract visitors with multi-storey office blocks and sports centres. Yes, we need more affordable housing and councils need funds, but surely being able to…

2 min.
a man in oriental costume by rembrandt van rijn

‘In 1981, sailors from HMS Sheffield were visiting sites in and near their home city. I drew Chatsworth: the park, gardens and setting appealed to me most. In those days, interiors and works of art meant less to me. But I suddenly caught sight of a strangely clad figure looking intently at me. After a double take, I realised it wasn’t human; it was a painting–and such a brilliant painting at that. It introduced me to the genius of great art. English Heritage’s Rembrandt self-portrait at Kenwood is equally superb, but that damascene moment at Chatsworth will always stay with me’ IT is said that, if ever an artist was born in the right place at the right time, it was Rembrandt. His birth coincided with the flowering of the recently…

1 min.
racing for charity

Since Tom Cruise presented the trophy to Edie Campbell after the first race in 2011, the Magnolia Cup has raised more than £1,630,000 for a series of charities, from Wellbeing for Women to The Haven Breast Cancer Support. This year, we are supporting Smart Works, which helps women into work, offering style advice and interview coaching. Stylist Isabel Spearman, one of this year's riders, has been a Smart Works ambassador for 10 years. ‘I've seen girls who have been out of work coming in with no confidence and leave a new person. For a small charity, we have a significant impact.' At a time when so many women have lost jobs due to Covid -250,000 from December 2020–March 2021-Smart Works is more valuable than ever. Visit www.smartworks.org.uk…

7 min.
a real pleasure

THE first thing that seizes the attention of the visitor to the 15 acres of gardens at Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster is the population of individual topiary pieces that line up along the left-hand side of the drive. Domes, pillars and mounds of a mixed selection of evergreens are clipped into an entertaining crowd of varied heights and girths against the calm dark backdrop of the seemingly endless yew boundary hedge. It is a scene you might expect to find in an Italian garden. This impression is confirmed as one approaches the main south front of the house, an imposing white ashlar limestone building in the Italianate style of the mid 1860s. House and grounds are a perfect complement of Italianate green architecture and are linked by formal terraces with three…