Country Life 30-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.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
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Weekly
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2 min
home from home

OUR holiday wings have been clipped, but let’s not despair. Britain has been here before, notably during the Napoleonic Wars when the Grand Tour that completed every gentleman’s education became off limits. Even before that, the Revd William Gilpin had discovered the Wye Valley, which he found as Picturesque as the Continent—who needs a Danube cruise? In 1812, Shelley, unable to travel to Europe, stayed in Lyn-mouth, Devon, ‘a fairy scene… rose-clad and myrtle-clad… it was enough’. The Victorians likened Devon—and even Haslemere in Surrey—to Switzerland and, in the early 20th century, we had the Cornish Riviera, courtesy of a publicity drive by the Great Western Railway. What was it Blake wrote about seeing the world in a grain of sand? Some places were deliberately made to look like abroad. Portmeirion…

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9 min
town & country

Green, pleasant and now protected CHESHIRE’S majestic Sandstone Ridge and the chalk hills and dry valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds could soon become England’s latest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Natural England has put forward proposals to designate the two places and expand the existing Surrey Hills and Chilterns AONBs, as well as providing funds to farmers and landowners within protected countryside to help them improve the environment and boost public access. It is part of the Government’s response to Julian Glover’s 2019 review on National Parks and AONBs (‘Our national pride and joy’, May 29, 2019), which indicted the system for being too ‘fragmented’. The plan goes a long way towards meeting a commitment to protect 30% of the land by 2030, according to Environment Secretary George Eustice, as it…

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1 min
good week for

Heavy lifting The World's Strongest Man proves to be a Scot, after 27-year-old Tom Stoltman won the competition, which took place in Sacramento, California, in the US. Mr Stoltman, from Invergordon in the Highlands, beat 24 other competitors and, in one event, pushed a locomotive 30 yards Dieting Major fast food and sweet companies will be banned from online advertising and offering tempting ‘bogof' promotions on fatty and sugary food, plus there will be a 9pm watershed for television adverts, which could cost broadcasters £200 million Birdwatching A RSPB warden on Lundy Island was jubilant when he realised the unusual bird trilling near his moth traps was a sulphur-bellied warbler (right) making its first known trip to British shores; meanwhile, over in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, bee-eaters have been causing a stir…

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1 min
bad week for

Dull words ‘Biodiversity' is an overused word and not as sexy as ‘Nature', Lord Blencathra told fellow peers during a debate on the Environment Bill in the House of Lords Welsh Water The company has been fined £180,000 for allowing sewage to overflow into the River Clywedog during an operation to clear a large snail colony; the leak resulted in the death of some 3,000 fish Drastic topiary Images of a fir tree in Sheffield have gone viral after a tree surgeon sliced its crown in half to solve a neighbours' dispute-a bit like the judgement of Solomon -over noisy and messy birds…

1 min
country mouse

HOW is it July already? We skipped past midsummer’s day more than a week ago, but that dawned so cold and dank it was more like January than June. Even the druids at Stonehenge looked a little crestfallen. Time seems to be moving at a different speed during the pandemic. Some things take forever to pass and others come and go in a flash. My only certainty is that there is a deadline, looming as I write, to get the next issue of COUNTRY LIFE off to the printers. It is a blessing in the uncertainty. Nature has added to the confusion of my body clock. In April, we had a frost 17 nights in a row at my cottage; May was the wettest since 1967 and June, after having a go…

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1 min
town mouse

OVER the course of lockdown, I have developed a new incompetence: it’s an irritating inability to remember a face mask. When the weather remained cold, I could improvise with my scarf, but now that summer has arrived, at least in patches, I keep finding myself helpless without one. I can’t wait to be relieved from the need to remember, the embarrassment of forgetting and the annoyance of misted spectacles. We have just had a birthday in the family and celebrated with a small evening gathering of friends and neighbours on the street. Through their generosity, the house is now upliftingly full of flowers. I take regular advice from our very cheerful local flower-seller about how to make blooms last, but, despite his assurance, that I should be able to eke out…

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