Country Life 21-Jul-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
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history made fun

WHAT a joy it will be to be out and about again this summer and autumn. We’re fortunate to have a landscape richly furnished with historic sites, beautifully preserved by their owners, whether institutional or private. One such body is English Heritage (EH), the holdings of which are formidable—more than 400 historic sites and monuments—but apt to be overshadowed, perhaps because many of them are ruins. However, EH’s interpretation often provides a refreshing contrast to increasing wokeness and shows how desirable it is to have an alternative voice in this area of heritage. To spend an hour or two amid the tranquillity of, for example, Waverley Abbey in Surrey—which was still possible during lockdown—is a glorious experience. As the sun slants through the remains of the monastic arcades and we try…

2 min.
a sea change

AS National Marine Week starts this weekend (July 24), conservationists are highlighting the vital role oceans play in stemming climate change. They warn that there’s only a decade to save ‘blue-carbon’ habitats and keep the global surface temperature rise to no more than 1.5˚C above the pre-industrial era. The sea, explains Peter Richardson, head of ocean recovery at the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is facing the double threat of ocean acidification and climate change. ‘Oceans have become more acid... we know that’s going to have an impact on species with calcareous shells.’ Some sea creatures will have to put more energy into shell repair rather than growth and reproduction, so ‘some won’t survive at all and others may evolve smaller’. Higher temperatures are also changing marine ecosystems. In the UK, warmer-water fish,…

1 min.
a mystery (almost) solved

PAINSTAKING restoration work by English Heritage (EH) has brought back to life a 450-year-old painting and comes close to unravelling the mystery of the artist’s identity. The Vegetable Seller was bought in the 18th century by Sir John Griffin Griffin, then owner of Audley End, Essex, and has been in storage for 60 years. It was unsigned and degraded, but was thought to be an 18th-century copy of an earlier work until EH’s two-year conservation project—which removed both a canvas extension and overpainting, unveiled the original colours and used non-invasive infrared imaging to compare The Vegetable Seller to other paintings—led curators to believe it could date from the late 16th century and have been painted by, or have connections to, Dutch artist Joachim Beuckelaer. ‘Now the painting is looking its…

1 min.
happy 400th birthday

THE oldest botanic garden in the country celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. Oxford Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 by Henry Danvers, 1st Earl of Danby, as a physic garden to teach medical students—it still grows plants for research and education in plant sciences. Together with its sister site nearby, the Harcourt Arboretum, it holds more than 5,000 different species. Some are rare in the wild and some exist nowhere else, making the collections internationally important for plant conservation. Behind its walls, visitors will find an English yew planted in 1645 by the first keeper, Jacob Bobart, and many unusual plants. In 2014, a huge Austrian black pine split in half and had to be felled. The tree was loved by Tolkien, who enjoyed wandering in the garden seeking inspiration,…

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…

1 min.
good week for

New money for old ruins A Historic England grant of more than £280,000 will help restore the ruins of medieval Wallingford Castle, Oxfordshire. Despite being Grade I-listed, the castle, built at the time of William the Conqueror, is on the Heritage at Risk Register Natural engineering A beaver kit has been born on Exmoor for the first time in 400 years, on the National Trust's Holnicote estate, and has been named Rashford after the footballer Eco-conscious drinkers An independent distillery on Scotland's west coast, Nc'nean, has become the first in the UK to make carbon-neutral whisky. It uses 100% recycled-glass bottles and offsets carbon emissions through sustainable forest planting Green landowners The average value of farmland in England and Wales has risen and is now higher than £7,000 per acre for the first time since June 2019.…