Country Life

Country Life 26-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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4 min
moor’s the pity

BRITAIN’S grouse moors are under siege. The conservation industry is intent on acquiring control of their management because, it claims, they are in a parlous state. The RSPB says they’re ‘industrial landscapes’, devoid of wildlife, that they cause global warming and flooding, that control of predators is so excessive as to risk extinction and that peat is being drained and burnt out of existence. Furthermore, that this mayhem will only be corrected if driven grouse shooting stops and the RSPB is allowed to put it right. This position is, frankly, bizarre. So special and beautiful are these moors that they are replete with designations. They have been declared Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and almost all…

1 min
what about pets?

Buyers looking to downsize are often undaunted by the prospect of parting with old furniture and belongings, but leaving behind a beloved dog, cat or rabbit is out of the question. Luckily, many age-exclusive developers, such as Audley Villages and Churchill Retirement Living, welcome animals. ‘We know that keeping a pet can reduce stress, provide companionship and help to increase physical activity, all of which is essential as we get older,' says Spencer McCarthy, chairman and CEO of Churchill Retirement Living. ‘More importantly, we know that many of our owners simply wouldn't contemplate leaving their furry friends behind, which is why pets are welcome at Churchill.' Audley Villages shares the same approach, with managing director of operations, Paul Morgan, revealing that owners are encouraged to bring their pets, ‘be that their golden…

1 min
a broad church

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie and The Queen are among pioneering women who are to be subjects for nine new carvings at the 12th-century Church of St Mary in Beverley, East Yorkshire. The first will be in place next month, with the rest to follow by November. ‘The contribution of women to humanity isn’t always properly recognised… and throughout history women’s voices have been silenced,’ wrote the Revd Rebecca Lumley in her application for consent from the Church of England’s Consistory Court. ‘We take seriously the Church’s role in battling inequality and injustice. We hope that this project will help highlight the remarkable achievements of these women and provide hope and inspiration for future generations.’ The new works will replace badly damaged 16th-century grotesques at the Grade I-listed building, where,…

2 min
turn up for the books

A RESEARCHER at Hever Castle, Anne Boleyn’s childhood home in Kent, has found evidence that could help to identify the prayerbook that the doomed queen supposedly carried to her execution. The legend goes that, in her final moments—485 years ago this month—she handed it to one of her ladies. After that, no one knows what happened to it, but contenders exist at both Hever and in the British Library. This particular Book of Hours is ‘small, humble, not glorious or impressive’—perhaps even portable—and contains a plea from Anne that reads ‘Remember me when you do pray that hope dothe led from day to day’. In completing her Masters thesis at the University of Kent, Kate McCaffrey was compelled to examine it. ‘I saw what initially I thought were smudges or water…

1 min
a blooming stiff drink

THE new Three Seasons Gin from Cambridge Distillery, which launches next month, apparently tastes like ‘spring, summer and autumn in liquid form’ and has already won a gold award at the European Spirits Challenge 2021. The distillery—which has been named ‘Most Innovative Distillery in the world’ three times—claims to have achieved a chronological taste journey from lemon verbena to rose to blackcurrant leaf. ‘Three Seasons allows the drinker to experience our unique natural surroundings wherever they may be,’ enthuses master distiller William Lowe. ‘We have distilled the archetypal botanical essence of each season from our environment and frozen it in time. Drinking the Three Seasons martini transports you here to Cambridge and allows the best of each season to flow past you with every sip.’ (£90; A pair of cranes that…

1 min
music to our ears

MORE than 60 years after it was disbanded in the 1950s, the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra has been revived by conductor Ben Crick in a bid to support musicians hit by the pandemic and to balance out the classical-music industry’s ‘Londoncentricity’. A ‘musical and cultural voice for the North of England’ is something the region has been lacking for decades, he says. The original iteration was a prominent feature of Alan Bennett’s childhood, inspiring him to present, in 2014, the BBC radio documentary Death of an Orchestra. New members of the orchestra include trumpeter Anthony Thompson, who has collaborated with Sting and played for Pope Benedict. As well as a tour, outdoor concerts scheduled this summer include Picnic Proms with singer Alfie Boe at Harewood House, West Yorkshire (above), and Lakeside Live…