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Country Life 23-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.
purely for pleasure

THE events of 2020 have taught a whole new generation and reiterated to their elders that life—certainly, the life we thought we knew —is fragile and precious. Wimbledon, the Grand National and Christmas pantomimes have been cancelled; visiting a grandparent is fraught with logistics; the Last Night of the Proms took place in an empty Royal Albert Hall; travel is no longer a given; and the grounding rites of baptisms, weddings and funerals, not to mention regular church services, have been swept away. There was a precursor to this when, last April, 857-year-old Notre Dame, the acme of French culture and identity, caught fire. The vibrations of shock and grief were felt far beyond that nation’s shores. One spark and a national icon was nearly obliterated. This near-catastrophe prompted COUNTRY LIFE’s…

2 min.
wales warms up to wool

IN a rare victory for common sense, Wales has become the first nation in the UK to formally consider using wool as insulation in public buildings. The decision comes after a crash in the price of wool during lockdown, which led to some farmers burning fleeces or composting them to use as fertiliser. In response, a petition was launched earlier this year asking for the UK Government to use sustainable British wool products (as insulation or carpets, for example) in publicly financed building projects. Last month, the Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy and Rural Affairs, Janet Finch-Saunders, pressed the Welsh Government on the issue and, in response, Lesley Griffiths MS said: ‘I am pleased to say the Welsh Government’s own facilities management team has committed to considering the…

2 min.
shooting to save our woods

BASC is calling on the Government to work proactively with the shooting organisation to deliver on its 25-year Environment Plan. The plan, which the Government set out in 2018 and updated last year, aims to ‘improve the UK’s air and water quality and protect our many threatened plants, trees and wildlife species’. Specifically, BASC feels that shooting will help with the England Tree Strategy, which is currently being drawn up, and is asking that it be ‘proshooting’. The strategy will aim to increase tree planting and woodland creation, increase protection for trees, bring more woodland into management, maximise trees’ role in supporting the economy and engage more people with them. BASC notes that the positive influence and investment in woodland of people who shoot is ‘substantial’ and that the ‘Government…

1 min.
good week for

Picky eaters Scientists have been studying the brains of bees (which are shaped like a croissant, apparently) and have discovered that, unlike vertebrates, bees that live alone and have very specific diets, such as the aster-loving large shaggy bee (pictured), have bigger brains Property If you're interested in buying or selling in the Cotswolds, or anywhere else, tune in to COUNTRY LIFE's third Instagram Live with Savills on September 28 at 6pm, when Lindsay Cuthill and Sebastian Hipwood will answer all your questions Codebreakers The museum at Bletchley Park has won two awards at the UK Heritage Awards. The building where Alan Turing worked scooped up the Judges' Discretionary Award -Best in Heritage and the Must Visit award for its exhibition ‘D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion'…

1 min.
bad week for

Fashion A man was spotted wearing a live snake as a face mask on a bus in Manchester. Transport bosses in the area confirmed it was not a valid covering, adding that, although there is some leeway on what constitutes a mask, ‘we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin-especially when still attached to the snake' Plug-in hybrid cars Plug-in hybrid cars aren't as ‘green' as they seem, after environmental groups found out they emit, on average, 120g of CO2 per km, compared with the advertised 44g. However, that figure is still less than conventional hybrids, petrol or diesel cars…

3 min.
open the doors to nature–everywhere

BLACK, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) people and those on lower incomes find it harder to access the nation’s green spaces, according to a new report from the Ramblers, published last week. In the report, titled The grass isn’t greener for everyone: Why access to green space matters, only 39% of people surveyed from a BAME background lived within five minutes’ walk of a green space, whereas the figure was 46% for those with a household income of less than £15,000. In total, 57% of all adults questioned said they lived within five minutes’ walk of a green space and for those with an annual income of £70,000 or more, the figure rose to 70%. In conjunction with the report, the Ramblers group has called on the Government to set legally binding…