Country Life 16-Jun-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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151,54 €(IVA inc.)
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2 min.
smell the paper

OH, the joy—we can visit bookshops again. Yes, internet delivery was a godsend when libraries were also shut and many people would otherwise have been starved of literature, but nothing beats the real thing. Enlightened staff to advise. Tables temptingly arranged with the latest titles. Shelves for browsing in case you don’t quite know what you want to enjoy and hold yourself open to surprises. This is the enchantment of bookshops, qualities that Amazon, however efficient during lockdown and however cleverly it tries to read your tastes, cannot replicate: the serendipity of discovering a work that you hadn’t been remotely conscious of when you entered the shop, whether a Victorian titan of a three-decker or a young author writing gritty prose. The smell of the paper is as exciting as greasepaint…

2 min.
on the edge of glory

ROAD verges cover an area the size of Dorset (1.2% of Britain), finds a new study, and should be allowed to flourish into mini wildflower meadows, 97% of which have been lost since the 1930s.s. Using Google, researchers from the University of Exeter estimate that road verges in England, Scotland and Wales cover some 1,000 square miles. Nearly 28% of these are frequently mown (some as a safety measure), 40.87% is grassland, 18.73% woodland and 10.66% scrub—and we’re not harnessing their ‘significant opportunities’, says the study. ‘There’s a lot of road verge in Great Britain and we could manage it much better for Nature,’ comments Exeter’s Ben Phillips. ‘About a quarter of our road verges are mown very regularly to make them look like garden lawns—this is bad for wildlife.’ Of those,…

1 min.
landowners get the green light

FARMERS and landowners can now apply for the new England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO)—a grant scheme launched last week that rewards tree planting and management, with extra contributions per hectare for species recovery, reduced flood risk and improved habitats, water quality and public access. A total of £15.9 million is available for the first year, set to cover the entire cost of buying, planting and maintenance for a decade. The EWCO is ‘flexible’, explains Forestry Commission chair Sir William Worsley (Opinion, June 9), allowing landowners to plant anything from ‘a small one-hectare block’ or ‘a strip of trees along rivers to reduce flood risk, to large mixed woodlands’. This is ‘significantly better than previous schemes’ adds CLA president Mark Bridgeman and ‘the minimum application area of one hectare’, plus ‘optional supplements for…

1 min.
deeds not words

AFTER almost a decade of fundraising, a bronze sculpture of Emily Davison was unveiled in Epsom last week—the Surrey town where the Suffragette famously threw herself under George V’s horse Anmer at the Derby in 1913, resulting in her death. Anyone who sits beside the militant campaigner—on a granite bench in the marketplace engraved with ‘No victory without sacrifice’—might notice the mortarboard beside her, the seven bands of her Suffragettes medal (showing how many times she was imprisoned) and her misshapen mouth. ‘She was force-fed 49 times, she had her teeth knocked out and was paralysed on one side of her mouth. It’s why in photographs she often looks dour,’ explains sculptor Christine Charlesworth. ‘Emily was an extremely intelligent woman and gained two first-class university degrees although, being a woman,…

1 min.
good week for

Face-off in St Ives Amid the G7 happenings, we enjoyed Mount Recyclemorea G ' made from electronic waste Getting on the property ladder A K6 telephone box next to Lincoln Cathedral is on the market for £6,000. It could be used for a business or advertising, says Right-move; auction on June 29 Happy endings An African sulcata tortoise that wandered a mile from his home in Suffolk has been found; it took three police officers to lift 9st Titan Profanity Swearing is good for you, a study says; it can help you to make friends, feel resilient, create intimacy, cope with pain and be persuasive Sea eagles A pair of the UK's largest birds of prey has been spotted at Loch Lomond, scouting for nest sites, for the first time in 100 years Shih tzus Easy to train, with lowish energy…

1 min.
bad week for

The wrong god Last week's joyful floral display at Piccadilly Circus-by Lewis Miller -is welcome, but we must stop calling the figure atop the fountain Eros. It's actually his less mischievous twin, Anteros Kittiwakes Numbers have halved since the 1960s, due to climate change and overfishing, particularly of staple sand eels Letting it grow Despite enthusiasm for rewilding, landowners, farmers and councils still feel duty bound to keep fields and hedges tidy, sometimes overriding biodiversity as a priority, says the GWCT…