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Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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count our blessings

SKARA BRAE is so ancient as to defy imagination. The beautifully preserved, 5,000-year-old Stone Age village on Orkney only came to light millennia later, when a great storm wrenched off its sand-dune covering. Gloriously set St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire has survived an earthquake and the Roundheads’ ransacking. Blood was violently spilt at Canterbury Cathedral, Windsor Castle was rebuilt after a devastating fire, the scenic Pickering line was partially axed by Beeching before railway enthusiasts revived it and a yew tree on the South Downs still stands proud, 1,000 years after it took root. Today’s Britain is, thankfully, not as bloodthirsty a country as old monuments would suggest, but the currently febrile state of our politics means that we risk it being defined by that rather than its many and varied…

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country life

Editor Mark Hedges Editor’s PA/Travel Rosie Paterson 555062 Telephone numbers are prefixed by 01252 Emails are Editorial enquiries 555062 Subscription enquiries 0330 333 1120 Back issues 01795 662976; Deputy Editor Kate Green 555063 Architectural Editor John Goodall 555064 Gardens Editor Tiffany Daneff 555067 Fine Arts & Books Editor Mary Miers 555066 Interiors Editor Giles Kime 555083 Managing & Features Editor Paula Lester 555068 Deputy Features Editor Victoria Marston 555079 News & Property Editor Annunciata Elwes 555078 Luxury Editor Hetty Lintell 555071 Acting Art Editor Sarah Readman 555080 Deputy Art Editor Heather Clark 555074 Designer Ben Harris Picture Editor Lucy Ford 555075 Deputy Picture Editor Emily Anderson 555076 Group Chief Sub-Editor Jane Watkins 555077 Sub-Editor James Fisher 555089 Digital Editor Toby Keel 555086 Property Correspondent Penny Churchill Group Managing DirectorAndrea Davies Managing Director Steve Prentice Assistant Business DirectorKirsty Setchell 551111 Group Art Director Dean Usher Photographic Library Manager Melanie Bryan 555090 Photographic Library Assistants Paula Fahey 555092; Sarah Hart 555093 Marketing Manager Nicola McClure…

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what’s great in britain today

A safer future for heritage THIS year saw the completion of a major conservation project to protect the future of Abraham Darby III’s Iron Bridge (above), in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire. Constructed in 1779, it’s ‘an iconic symbol of the Industrial Revolution,’ according to English Heritage (EH) chairman Sir Tim Laurence. Stresses in the ironwork, a 19th-century earthquake and ground movement over time put the structure at risk, prompting EH to launch a rescue project in 2017. ‘It was heartening to see so many people rallying around to help us save this remarkable feat of engineering. Today, the bridge—returned to its original colour—stands proud across the River Severn, a reminder of what Britain has achieved.’ Additionally, the National Trust secured the views that inspired Turner when it bought Brackenthwaite Hows in the Lake…

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bad week for

Saving water British properties are wasting up to 30 litres (6½ gallons) of water a day because of undetected leaks, according to a study Scottish climate If climate change isn’t halted, Scotland could face ‘an apocalypse’ of polluted waters, eroded peat-land, abandoned villages and ‘no birdsong’, says Scottish National Heritage’s Francesca Osowska Welsh birds The RSPB has found that bendiocarb, a toxic insecticide, killed a raven that was found dead on Ruabon Moor near Wrexham—the same area that two satellite-tagged hen harriers have disappeared from in the past few years British rivers According to a study, the invasive killer shrimp not only preys on insects and other wildlife, but also affects their behaviour, potentially endangering aquatic ecosystems…

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good week for

Chatsworth Powered by the vision of designer Tom Stuart-Smith, the Duke of Devonshire’s garden is seeing its greatest transformation in 200 years, which will revive the rockery, create a new woodland and open up under-explored areas to visitors Veterans Jim Kelly, a D-Day veteran whose medals were stolen in March, was given a new set by the Royal British Legion. A few days later, Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery won the 2019 series of Britain’s Got Talent Volunteers Volunteers’ Week honoured the contribution of the millions of people who save lives and look after the countryside, the sea and heritage Social horticulture The Patchworking Garden Project, a charity in Dorking, Surrey, has won a Queen’s Award for its work using gardening to support people who are dealing with physical- or mental-health conditions Old churches Following a call for volunteers published…

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country mouse

SO-CALLED sizzling June has taken the Michael and turned soggy, with Storm Miguel dumping vast amounts of water across Britain. It’s not always appreciated just how much an inch of rain really is, but 1in falling on one acre of ground is equal to about 27,154 gallons and weighs about 113 tons. It is easy to see, multiplied across a region, why flooding occurs. The importance of proper run-off management is vital, especially now that we’re experiencing increasing numbers of summer storms. We also need to become better at capturing the water for our use before it rushes out to sea. However, rain isn’t all bad. At this time of year, gardeners want some, but not too much, although farmers are happy with rather more. My local farmer, looking out of the…