Country Life 31-Mar-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
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2 min.
peaks and troughs

DANIEL DEFOE described High Peak as ‘the most desolate, wild and abandoned country in all England’, but, as Britain’s first designated national park celebrates its 70th birthday, few people will recall a time when this striking Peak District landscape was not accessible to all. The reward came after decades of mostly polite protest. As poets rhapsodised about ‘untamed’ countryside and ramblers roamed, enabled by modern transport, so, too, did gamekeeper and landowner associations form. There was inevitable conflict, the embers of which are still regularly poked. In 1932, Benny Rothman led the famous Mass Trespass across the bleak wastes of Kinder Scout. At his trial, he said: ‘We ramblers, after a hard week’s work, in smoky towns and cities, go out rambling for relaxation and fresh air… our request, or demand,…

8 min.
town & country

Lead the way FOLLOWING a Cambridge University study last month—which showed that almost all pheasant in the UK market still contains lead shot, despite the pledge, made a year ago by nine shooting organisations, to stop using it—Defra is considering a ban and, last week, requested a two-year review and consultation. The move is a reflection of the Government’s chemical-restriction programme UK Reach. Prof Rhys Green, who conducted the study, points out that although the ‘concentration of lead in many foods has been limited by an EU directive… game-meat products are not included’. The WWT estimates that up to 100,000 wildfowl die each year from ingesting lead in pellets, with a further 200,000–400,000 wildfowl and predators suffering negative health impacts. In February 2020, the GWCT, CLA, British Game Alliance, Moorland Association, BASC, National…

1 min.
good week for

Whisky and woodland Famous Grouse will fund a three-year RSPB project to restore 741 acres near Abernethy, to the benefit of the rare black grouse. A previous 10-year partnership saw a 30% increase Green space This month, the National Forest -a 200-square-mile former coal-mining landscape in the Midlands linking two ancient forests, sponsored by Defra-celebrates planting its nine millionth tree Three little words Police are once more encouraging the public to download what3words -an app that divides the world into 57 trillion 10ft by 10ft squares, each with a unique three-word location-after a man stuck in the mud in Lancashire was rescued Paying tribute As part of a project to replace damaged gargoyles, a stone carving of a masked NHS worker has been added to Dorset's 11th-century Christchurch Priory Help from unexpected places The company behind a new farming…

1 min.
country mouse

TREES are good things and they have stepped into Man’s laser focus as saviours of climate change, but they are much more than merely sinks for carbon dioxide. Trees are beautiful, stately and this is the time to look at them as they burst into leaf with staggering shows of often overlooked flowers. Trees may get lumped together by many people as some sort of collective noun, but each species produces wood that excels in certain uses. The variety is a joy. Ash is tough and resists shock, so makes handles for axes and Windsor chairs, beech is ideal for indoor furniture, birch made cotton reels, oak’s uses range from all the great wooden sailing ships since the Vikings to pews, houses and beer barrels, willow gives us cricket bats; field…

1 min.
town mouse

HIGH on the list of unexpected pleasures that have accompanied lockdown, Town Mouse must now add the experience of having the first dose of the vaccine. It took place in a dreary local hall—the architectural antithesis of vaccination in Salisbury Cathedral or Westminster Abbey—and everyone was masked. Nevertheless, the whole occasion felt extraordinarily uplifting. It was also so quick and easy that, having arrived with a few minutes to spare, I left just before the time of my appointment. It will be some days before I develop my immunity, and many weeks before I get my next jab, but, for the first time in many months, it felt exhilarating to do something positive to end the limbo in which we all find ourselves. Meanwhile, the return to school has revived some…

1 min.
100 years ago in country life april 2, 1921

ON the loch of Skail in Orkney I remember a whooper swan still living which had been winged, captured and pinioned sixty-three years before as an adult bird. It was still shy and wild, except when captured after an injury, when it was very savage. Herr H. C. Müller in his Faeröernes Fuglefauna writes of a pair of herring gulls taken from the nest by a farmer in 1771, which were still living in 1846, but departed soon after the old man died. Professor Newton (Diet of Birds) mentions a pair of blue tits which used a bottle in a tree as a nesting site for a hundred years; and Mr Howard (British Warblers) the case of a pair of wry-necks using the same nesting site for sixty years, as…