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Country Life 16-Sep-2020

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
Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the art of letting go

IF there’s one thing that bothers Monty Don about the way we garden in this country it is, he says, that we put far too much emphasis on how we do it and not enough on why (Interview, page 48). In so doing we lose the pleasure that is to be found in simply enjoying our surroundings. Of course, there are basic principles of good horticulture and no one is going to gainsay that invaluable piece of advice that ensures success, but Mr Don does have a point. It is indeed better to look at what is in front of you, to observe how a plant grows and responds to the weather and soil and its position in the garden, than it is to scurry indoors endlessly to look up what…

12 min.
following the leader?

THE EU has voted to ban the use of lead shot within 300ft of any body of water or on any peatland. On September 3, the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Committee voted through the proposals, which will be ratified by 2021 and become law in EU states by 2023. Whether the ban applies to the UK will depend on how the Government legislates for REACH-related laws in the future. Organisations such as BASC have hit back against the ban, describing it as ‘utterly unenforceable’, and saying that it may undermine the voluntary switch to non-lead shot that was announced earlier this year and supported by Defra. The UK already has bans on lead shot when shooting waterbirds, but the new EU restrictions would effectively…

5 min.
town & country notebook

Quiz of the week 1) Which UK chef has a group of restaurants, hotels and a cookery school in Padstow, Cornwall? 2) The head of government in the Republic of Ireland is known by what title? 3) What colour is the central band in a standard rainbow? 4) Who starred as James Bond in the film Die Another Day? 5) The venue of which famous sporting event has the postcode SW19? Riddle me this If 11 plus two equals one, what does nine plus five equal? 100 years ago in COUNTRY LIFE September 18, 1920 AFTER excavating the moat at Bodiam Castle, Sussex, to cement the foundations, I have had difficulty refilling the moat with water. In the damp bottom there has grown up a rank forest of rushes, bulrushes and grasses, 3ft to 6ft high. Will these weeds…

4 min.
letter of the week

Rose-tinted memories I ENJOYED the charming piece on pressing flowers (August 26), but urge caution to anyone planning to do so between the pages of a book. As a romantic adolescent, I placed a rose given to me by a young suitor between the pages of what turned out to be a rather rare edition in my parents’ library. Imagine my horror upon opening it to discover that the bloom had gone rotten, the resulting mould ‘eating’ large holes in several pages of the book. I’m still not sure I’ve been forgiven… Justyna Kuczawska, Surrey The writer of the letter of the week will win a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Champagne The eight seasons PATRICK GALBRAITH’S observation that London’s trees and plants fruit and flower up to six weeks before those in the…

3 min.
leave it to the citizens

THE last of the harvest is being gathered in up in the English borderlands where, despite the rain, the results look better than expected. The spring wheat many farmers planted because last year’s weather prevented winter sowing has done unusually well—particularly in comparison with some of the dismal yields further south. All over the country, preparations for next year are beginning in earnest, but today’s considerable uncertainties are making those decisions unusually difficult. Farming support won’t change radically this year, but the end of production subsidies is now within sight. We’ve paid people to grow food for 70 years: Dig for Victory was followed by Deficiency Payments and then 40 years of the EU Common Agricultural Policy—no active farmer has experience of anything else. ‘Perhaps we are beginning to recognise the importance…

2 min.
there could be more trouble ahead in wells

THE cathedral green at Wells is the centrepiece of one of the most completely preserved late medieval cities in Europe. It’s dominated, of course, by the cathedral itself, but this great building is actually only one of a host of outstanding buildings that create the symphonic magnificence of the setting as a whole (marred only by car parking). There are the gates to the close, the chapter house and, to the north side of the green, a big stone-built house with corner turrets and its own gate and battlemented wall. The last, the Old Deanery, was rebuilt in its present form by John Gunthorpe, dean from 1472-1498, and remained the home of his successors until 1962. Despite adaptation over that time, it remains one of the most important grand residential buildings…