Country Life 12-May-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.

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2 min.
open for business

HOW heartening to see the gates of Brodsworth Hall, five miles from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, standing wide in welcome as visitors wander the broad paths under unimaginably blue skies, simply enjoying all that this wonderful garden has to offer. The gigantic topiary displays are clipped sharp and, in the formal flower garden, pompoms of pink spring bedding are still looking fresh in their razor-edged beds. Lockdowns? Furloughs? Of these there is barely any sign. Thanks to the dedication of the team at Brodsworth, the garden has been looked after throughout this awful past year. It may have taken almost 30 years for English Heritage to have brought this garden back to life, but letting things slip for even one year would have required a mammoth task to reverse. Like empty stages,…

1 min.
pears for your heirs

At more than 11 acres, the Weston Walled Garden at RHS Bridgewater originally contained a series of smaller kitchen gardens that fed the hall, peppered with coal-fired chimney stacks that heated the old glasshouses. When Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg, the Chelsea Gold Medal-winning pair that designed the new kitchen garden, took on the project, they decided to give a nod to history with industrial-style plant supports. They also discovered 23 original pears still growing on the walls-ancient specimens that had not been pruned for 100 years. These had to be removed so that the wall could be repaired, but this was carefully done, and DNA sequencing revealed 14 different, mainly French and Belgian, cultivars dating from the 1840s and 1850s. The pears have since been grafted onto new rootstock…

9 min.
it’s green up north

ALMOST a year after it was originally scheduled to do so, the much-anticipated new RHS Bridgewater opens on May 18. ‘It’s the first time in more than 100 years that the RHS has taken on a garden project of this size,’ explains programme director Anna da Silva—and ‘it is a real shot in the arm for northern gardeners,’ adds RHS vice president Alan Titchmarsh. Indeed, everything about the new garden is larger than life, from its 154-acre plot in the former grounds of Worsley New Hall in Salford, once home of the Earls of Ellesmere, to the scale of the project, begun in 2017, which has made it the biggest of its kind in Europe. It is the society’s fifth public garden and the first to be so close to a…

1 min.
good week for

Duck tales Images of ‘the tallest mallard duck to have ever lived' (probably untrue) went viral last week. ‘Long Boi', who lives on campus at the University of York, stands 2ft 4in high and is about to be given a degree As Nature intended The National Trust plans to ‘rewiggle' Goldrill Beck in the Lake District, as the straightening of the river more than 100 years ago encouraged fast water flow and flooding Feeling sheepish An unusual website dedicated to sheep has been launched. So far, has published articles on why sheep are funny, the role of the shepherd and what songs reveal about sheep in a world context Good riddance to bad rubbish A project will turn plastic from beaches into buckets and spades; Plastic Free Torridge starts collecting at Westward Ho!, Devon, this month Gender…

1 min.
country mouse

OVER the past year, I have got to know the estate next to my cottage in a way that I haven’t known anywhere before. It has been an enormous privilege to have the time to understand somewhere deeply and I am very grateful to my landlord for letting me walk his fields. I could, for instance, lead you to a hidden spot where a gardener is reputed to have died in his corrugated shed, but is now home to a pair of tawny owls. I know where the violets will bloom, the best place to forage for wild garlic and where the biggest blackberries grow in the hedgerow. This morning, the campion burst into flower exactly where it always does, but the greatest glory of this beautiful estate at this time…

1 min.
town mouse

FOR our youngest child, elections hold a special significance. That’s not a mark of a precocious interest in politics, rather, it’s because their primary school is used as a polling station. This means an election day is also a day off. As if they hadn’t had their fill of school absence over the past year, they made a determined effort last week not only to enjoy their enforced day of idleness, but to advertise it as well. The night before, they stayed up late on the pretext that there was nothing to get up for. Then, on election morning, they said a theatrical goodbye to their elder sibling as the latter departed for the classroom. Thereafter, as the rest of us worked, they languished on a sofa with offensive laziness. All this…