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Country Life 23-Oct-2019

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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keep it green

WE have nothing to fear from a green agenda—we are the original greens,’ points out Nick Herbert MP. He was announced last week as chairman of the Countryside Alliance, which campaigns not only for fieldsports, but for all that is important to rural life, from bus services to broadband (Interview, page 40). There’s a tendency to forget—or a perverse reluctance to accept—that farming and field/- sports have shaped many of our loveliest landscapes. Hedgerows and copses haven’t sprung up by random accident; woodland tracks, bridlepaths and river beds don’t clear themselves. This is the work and investment of farmers and landowners who happen to enjoy seeing hounds, hosting a shoot or fishing. Yes, much heather moorland—carpets of purple as far as the eye can see—is managed for grouse-shooting, but what benefits this…

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country life

Editor Mark Hedges Editor’s PA/Travel Rosie Paterson 555062 Editorial Assistant Phoebe Bath 555046 Telephone numbers are prefixed by 01252 Emails are name.surname@ti-media.com Editorial enquiries 555046 Deputy Editor Kate Green 555063 Managing & Features Editor Paula Lester 555068 Architectural Editor John Goodall 555064 Gardens Editor Tiffany Daneff 555067 Fine Arts & Books Editor Mary Miers 555066 Executive Editor & Interiors Giles Kime 555083 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 Designer Ben Harris 555245 Picture Editor Lucy Ford 555075 Deputy Picture Editor Emily Anderson 555076 Senior Sub-Editor James Fisher 555089 Senior Sub-Editor Octavia Pollock 555082 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 Assistant Paula Fahey 555092 Marketing…

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icing on the cake

IT seems a good omen for the future of relationships that the London church spire to which we owe the tiered shape of our wedding cakes has been rescued. This year’s Heritage at Risk register was released by Historic England last week and Fleet Street’s Church of St Bride —one of the first to be opened after the Great Fire and by Sir Christopher Wren —is among 310 entries that have been happily removed from the list. Other success stories include the wreck of HMS Invincible, a 1744 74-gun warship on the Solent bed; Carrshield lead mines and ore works in the North Pennines, which were on the brink of collapse, but are now restored and functioning as a camping barn for walkers, cyclists and dark-sky astronomers; and St Andrew’s Church…

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the air that we breathe is not all we need

THE establishment of an Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), an independent watchdog ‘to hold government and other public bodies to account’, according to Defra, is only one element of the much-awaited, ground-breaking Environment Bill, outlined in The Queen’s speech last week. Legally-binding targets are proposed to improve air quality via local authorities and cleaner fuels and vehicles, which Penny Woods of the British Lung Foundation agrees is ‘critical’; to increase sustainable water management and safeguard precious resources; and to restore and protect biodiversity and natural habitats, with particular reference to new housing developers, who will have to deliver a 10% boost to Nature. There is also a pledge to improve recycling and tackle waste with a deposit-return scheme and new charges on single-use plastics. The Bill only applies to England, but…

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good week for

Red kites RSPB Scotland is so happy with the breeding success of these once red-listed birds (now green-listed) that it’s handing over the running of its Galloway Kite Trail to local businesses A glimpse of history ‘Racy’ wall paintings created by American GIs during the Second World War have been discovered behind old wallpaper at a care home in Bristol—possibly a former mess An apple a day A new variety has launched in America with a multi-million-dollar sales campaign. The Cosmic Crisp is a ‘holy grail’ apple that can stay fresh for up to a year if refrigerated; it’ll reach our shores in 2020 Lucky escapes Last week, North Yorkshire fire services faced an unusual mission—rescuing a lone sheep that was marooned on an island in the River Ure. Uninjured, the sheep has been reunited with its…

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bad week for

Ships in the Sky A Hull campaign group is devastated that an enormous, iconic 1963 mosaic by Alan Boyson, created using almost a million pieces of Italian glass, must be destroyed due to asbestos Christmas cards Royal Mail workers have voted in favour of a countrywide postal strike, the first in a decade, which is expected to take place around Christmas and Black Friday Couch potatoes More than 68% of Britons spend too much time indoors between October and March, finds a Forestry Commission survey, which adds that exercising in forests distracts from fatigue and reduces stress…