Country Life 20-Jan-2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
4,85 €(IVA inc.)
151,54 €(IVA inc.)
51 Números

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2 min.
shoots of recovery

Pinehurst II, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough Business Park, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7BF 0330 390 6591; ON mornings when hoar frost sharpens the outline of soot-black drumsticks on last summer’s buddleia and blades of grass stand as crisp as cake decorations, the winter garden comes into its own. Beneath crunchy peaks of dark soil, bulbs are already pushing out snouts of pale new growth; above ground, gardeners mark up catalogues with old favourites and tempting new seeds to try. Lockdown mark one brought sun and an early spring and, soon, the whole country was enjoying its gardens. This time around, things have not been quite so well arranged by the Almighty. We’ve had rain, ice and more rain until winter streams run like milky tea as water filters through sodden ground. Even under the…

2 min.
ahoy there, wrens

MEMBERS of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, perhaps better known as Wrens, formed a vital backbone of the Royal Navy in both World Wars and in peacetime. Whether it was plotting radar, working the wireless, mending aircraft or working as weapons analysts, Wrens were there to keep planes flying and ships sailing. Some 30,000 Wrens passed through the gates of HMS Dauntless in Reading, Berkshire, during its 34 years of operation. Two former Wrens, Mandy Whitham and Janette Crisp, are now on the hunt for other former Wrens to compile an archive of divisional ‘class’ photographs that only Wrens may access. The collection, begun in May by Mrs Witham, also encourages ‘old friends to be rediscovered, memories shared and new friendships and support groups formed’. ‘With permission from Wrens support groups, we…

1 min.
good week for

Nidderdale AONB Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire is to be saved from flooding, after the National Trust announced a scheme to restore the River Skell. The project, backed by a £1.4 million National Lottery grant, will take four years and will see tree planting, meadow creation and new ponds along 12 miles of the Skell in the Nidderdale AONB Rifling through the rubbish A man in Newport, Wales, has asked the local council for permission to rummage through the local landfill site, after he mistakenly threw away a hard drive that contained some £210 million of Bitcoin. James Howells has offered the council a quarter of the value for the drive, some £52 million, should he be allowed to look for it with success…

1 min.
bad week for

Joe the pigeon A racing pigeon that went missing from the US state of Oregon and was then found in Australia will be put down after running afoul of the country's strict quarantine rules. The bird, named Joe, poses a risk to Australia's biosecurity and poultry industry, say officials Escaping snakes Snakes can climb trees, it has been confirmed, to the annoyance of just about everyone. Scientists from the University of Colorado saw brown tree snakes in Guam forming lassos and scaling a vertical pole, on top of which were birds' nests Solent Flour Mills Southampton's unlisted Solent Flour Mills have been demolished, despite a campaign by SAVE Britain's Heritage and the 20th Century Society. It was hoped the Art Deco buildings might be repurposed as a ferry port, but they were levelled by Associated…

7 min.
rural bullying is no game

SOME two-thirds of gamekeepers in Scotland have experienced abusive behaviour, according to research commissioned by the Scottish Government. The findings of the report, written by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), has led the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Ben Macpherson MSP, to write to BASC, saying he ‘was appalled to hear of the experiences’ of Scotland’s gamekeepers. Mr Macpherson said he ‘would work to ensure no credence is given to any vexatious or malicious claims of malpractice’ after concerns were raised that the establishment of a licensing scheme for grouse moors could be exploited by anti-shooting campaigners to have the sport banned. As well as Mr Macpherson’s letter, a motion was tabled in the Scottish Parliament by the Conservative MSP Oliver Mundell, which called on the Scottish government to do…

1 min.
country mouse

TO be honest, it was a bit of a surprise for me, too: I’m on a diet. I only discovered this when all the bread disappeared, together with the potatoes, crisps and biscuits. Although I now pace around the house like a laminitic pony in its starvation paddock, I am secretly rather pleased, as my weight has been showing the sort of annual compound growth that bankers swoon over. I was beginning to look like a corpulent partridge or, as a less kind family member said, a football with teeth. Once, many years ago, I was an amateur jockey and rode out lots at Newmarket way before the cockerel stirred in the morning. I was achingly thin, thanks to the utterly appalling food at my school, Radley, but my light weight…