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Country Life 30-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.
stop all the clocks...

IN 1784, 78-year-old Benjamin Franklin, then in Paris, made an astonishing discovery. Used to waking at noon (so he wrote to a French magazine), he found—due to the carelessness of an attendant who had forgotten to close the bedroom shutters—that sunlight streamed through his window at 6am: ‘I saw it with my own eyes. And, having repeated this observation the three following mornings, I found always precisely the same result.’ This, ultimately, led to a proposal for daylight-saving hours, whereby the clocks would change every spring and autumn to adjust our hours to those of the heavens. What an economy there would be in candles, Franklin noted, dryly. Soon (at 1am on Sunday, October 25, to be precise), we’ll complete the annual ritual of putting the clocks back—marginally preferable, due to…

3 min.
answering the call of nature

CONSERVATIONISTS are calling for ambitious measures to restore Nature’s balance before it’s too late. First The Prince of Wales, then Craig Bennett, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, warned last week of an impending environmental catastrophe, with The Prince noting that the climate crisis can ‘dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic’ unless we take ‘swift and immediate action’. Mr Bennett believes the need to tackle the decline of UK wildlife populations is as urgent as that to address climate change: ‘We can’t take a long time over this. It needs to happen fast. This has got to be a turning point in the history of humanity.’ In a major bid to stem the ecological emergency, The Wildlife Trusts are launching an appeal, called 30 by 30, to raise £30 million and…

1 min.
defra sparks controversy

ADEFRA initiative to support agriculture has been criticised by conservationists, who fear that it could undermine more ambitious schemes. First mooted in February, the Sustainable Farming Incentive aims to stimulate integrated pest management, sensitive hedgerow management and soil health. Expected to launch in 2022, the new programme seems intended to fill the funding gap between the current basic-payment system, which begins to taper off next year, and the Environment Land Management scheme (ELMs), which will reward eco-friendly, landscape-scale projects from 2024, thus potentially providing a much-needed buffer for farmers. However, in a letter written last week to Defra Secretary George Eustice, the heads of 17 charities, including the Green Alliance, the Woodland Trust, Plantlife, Butterfly Conservation, the National Trust and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, have expressed concerns that ‘the new transition…

1 min.
keeping our heroes healthy

SOLDIERS are generally fit, but their eating habits may not necessarily be the most salubrious. The British Army is stepping in to address that with the launch of its second Healthy Soldier Cookbook. Packed with favourites such as bangers and new potatoes, devilled salmon steak and pasta carbonara, the book is a collection of easy, quick and healthy dishes that can be made with limited equipment, but don’t skimp on flavour: Michelin-starred chef Adam Gray, who provided the recipes and presented them last week to an audience of junior (and presumably hungry) soldiers at the Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, said he would happily serve them to his customers. The soldiers, who picked a dish and made it on the spot, certainly seemed impressed, with some praising their food as…

1 min.
good week for

Scotland’s birds ‘Overwhelmingly generous support' has saved the Scottish Seabird Centre from closure. The charity raised more than £200,000 in its first public appeal in 20 years to counteract the impact of Covid-19 Country lifestyles Proof, if ever it was needed, that living and working in the countryside is the height of fashion: Gucci has launched denim dungarees, priced at about £850, pre-dirtied with a grass-stain effect Social media At 94, Sir David Attenborough has joined Instagram in a bid to save the planet (@davidattenborough) Slugs From March 2022, the UK will ban the outdoor use of slug-killing pellets that contain metaldehyde because they harm wildlife and the environment…

1 min.
bad week for

Old technology Malfunctioning broadband in a Welsh village stumped engineers for 18 months until they found that electrical interference from an old TV set was the The Arts Thanks to the pandemic, the Royal Academy faces a terrible choice: make up to 150 staff redundant or sell its Michelangelo tondo (pictured), worth £100 million Gin Stock up on gin before it's too late -a devastating pathogen, phytophthora austrocedri, is attacking junipers in Scotland, putting the nation's favourite aperitif at risk Butterflies A study shows that species that rely on microclimates to control their body heat, such as the small copper and the brown argus, are more vulnerable to climate change culprit…