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Country Life 16-Oct-2019

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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2 min.
looking to the long term

THIS week’s edition of COUNTRY LIFE includes three kitchens that have been shortlisted for a Historic Houses award, the winner of which will be unveiled next month. The aim of the project is to celebrate examples of new kitchens that have been successfully incorporated into old buildings. Those that have been chosen eloquently demonstrate the different ways that historic buildings can be adapted to the demands of the 21st century, without impacting on their integrity (see page 67). The recent news story of a disgruntled builder in Hertfordshire who single-handedly destroyed a row of five newly built houses in only 40 minutes suggests that many of the houses built today won’t be quite as robust and malleable in centuries to come (if, indeed, they are still standing). Although few house builders have…

3 min.
grouse-moor experiment is mixed success

LAST week came the long-awaited final report on a high-profile, nine-year moor-management scheme that set out to alleviate tensions between raptor conservation and the needs of commercial shooting, but, ultimately, left some issues unresolved. The Langholm Moor Demonstration Project, a partnership between Buccleuch Estates, Scottish Natural Heritage, GWCT, RSPB Scotland and Natural England (NE), intended to find best practices that would improve heather cover, support birds of prey (particularly hen harriers) and boost biodiversity alongside a viable driven-grouse shoot. It took place from 2008 to 2017 on 29,000-plus acres of Dumfriesshire, including an SSSI and SPA. Much of the scheme proved successful. ‘The report shows grouse-moor management delivers a lot of the public goods people are looking for: habitat restoration, successfully breeding waders, a good population of raptors and, of course, an…

1 min.
bag a brace of thorburns

Two Archibald Thorburn watercolours are for sale next month at Busby’s Fine Art & Antiques sale in Bridport, Dorset, on November 21 (www.busby. co.uk). Painted in 1924 and 1927, Covey of Red Grouse and Grouse in Flight (right) are ‘extraordinary’ examples of the Scottish wildlife artist’s work, says dealer Hugo Busby. The paintings were given by Thorburn’s friend Sir Charles Garton to his daughter, Winifred Barlow. Their condition is particularly good because they’ve been stored in a bank vault since 1994. ‘They’re timeless in their accuracy, charm and appeal,’ says Mr Busby.…

1 min.
no-deal double whammy for farmers

BREXIT negotiations are changing by the minute, but British farmers could still find themselves amid the nightmare scenario of paying tariffs on food they sell abroad while being out-competed at home by cheap, lower-quality imports (Agromenes, page 33). Last week, the Government announced that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it would remove or reduce tariffs for incoming agricultural products for up to a year. This, says the NFU, could be devastating. ‘We would suddenly face tariffs on pretty much all goods we produce here that are going into the EU,’ says the NFU’s, Nick von Westenholz. ‘Meanwhile, wheat, eggs, many fruit and vegetables, many cheeses —all of those will be able to come into the UK from anywhere in the world, tariff free, and you’ll see products made to…

1 min.
shiver me timbers

A MONUMENTAL sculpture-conservation project has saved 14 historical figureheads from oblivion. Originally adorning 19th-century warships, the sculptures had been stored at the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre for years, but had suffered extensive water damage. Three specialist teams used a ground-breaking technique—Sonic Tomography scanning, which can assess decay in trees—to analyse the extent of the problem. Some were so degraded that conservators could only retain the outer shell and had to replace all internal timbers. Repainting the figureheads was no mean feat either, as they had been painted over many times, which made it hard to work out their original colours. The conservation teams eventually created a palette by combining information from a cross-section paint analysis with inspiration from a full-colour set of 1912 cigarette cards that featured one of the…

1 min.
good week for

Canine friendship Students and staff at Newcastle University who feel lonely or under pressure can borrow Bessie the Jack Russell, the latest addition to the wellbeing team, for walks or company Coastal walking Natural England plans to improve the England Coast Path between South Hayling, Hampshire, and East Head, West Sussex, including a route around Chichester Harbour Extreme architecture Historic Environment Scotland has granted category B status to the cable-stayed Kessock bridge linking Inverness to the Black Isle; it was specifically designed to cope with extreme weather Mental health The Wildlife Trusts are calling for Nature to become part of NHS mental-health programmes; a study with Leeds Beckett University showed outdoor volunteering and specialist projects to be a cost-effective way to boost wellbeing The fight against food poverty Fortnum & Mason’s annual honey auction will be an online fundraiser…