Country Life 29-Sep-2021

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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in this issue

2 min
the ant knows best

FOOD shortages? What food shortages? Autumn is here and the wild bounty of Nature is everywhere. There are ceps in the woods, samphire by the shore and there can barely be a lane in the country not brightened berry red. One might even find hazelnuts unaccountably overlooked by the squirrels. We are not being trite, or making light of the difficulties Government and industry face in filling shop shelves, but is it not a sort of madness to overlook the food Nature provides for free? As so often in these isles, history provides inspiration. During the Second World War, when U-boat activity menaced the watery supply lines, the Ministry of Food produced a pamphlet entitled ‘Hedgerow Harvest’ and sent a nation off to gather wild food. The men and women at the…

3 min
the ball’s in their court

CONTROVERSY has arisen over the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s (AELTC) plans to develop 73 acres of Capability Brown-designed, Grade II*-listed landscape, currently a golf course, within Wimbledon Park, building 38 grass tennis courts and an 8,000-seat show court. The tennis club currently occupies 42 acres, leaving 45 acres open to the public. The aim of the expansion is to relocate the qualifying rounds from Roehampton, so that more fans can enjoy an internationally important event that, according to the AELTC, generates ‘a TV and digital audience of 1.2 billion people every year and [supported] an estimated £327 million of economic activity across the UK in 2019’. These plans are ‘critical for our future and competition with other Grand Slam events,’ says AELTC head of estate development Justin Smith. The 1st Earl…

2 min
a right royal shindig

A COLOURFUL pageant of more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers, including dancers, actors, musicians and military men and women from the Commonwealth and Europe, will bring The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to life, it was announced last week. In the grounds of Windsor Castle, next May’s four-day extravaganza will be ‘a gallop through history from Elizabeth I to the present day’, with humour, theatricality, a troupe of Elizabethan-inspired Queen’s Players leading the fray and music composed for the National Symphony Orchestra by Debbie Wiseman. An audience of 5,000 will witness live performances each night, with broadcasts on ITV. ‘We have secured some of the best equestrian, military and musical displays from here and around the world to feature in this huge production,’ enthuses Simon Brooks-Ward, director and producer. ‘We are also…

1 min
good week for

Lost and found A missing Fabergé egg rediscovered by a scrap dealer in 2011 -which was given by Emperor Alexander III to Empress Maria Feodorovna for Easter in 1887-will star in a new exhibition at the V&A Museum from November 20 Pets of Poole It's the UK's most pet-friendly place for renters, finds a new study-almost 16% of lets allow them. Newcastle landlords are the least pet-friendly Cheese lovers Dairy fat from cream and cheese actually lower the risk of heart disease, finds a Swedish study using blood samples from more than 4,000 adults The Modern Prometheus Mary Shelley's Frankenstein set a new world auction record for a printed work by a woman earlier this month, selling for $1.17 million (£856,000), above an estimate of $200,000–$300,000 (£146,000–£219,000) at Christie's New York, with bids coming in from all…

1 min
music to our ears

RADIOHEAD fans will be very excited to see six works by Stanley Donwood, who has collaborated with the band since 1996, in an exhibition at Christie’s, King Street, SW1, next month, alongside drawings, lyrics and digital art by both Mr Donwood and frontman Thom Yorke. These dystopian landscapes are closely related to cover and sleeve art for 2000 album Kid A and will go under the hammer as part of the First Open: Post-war and Contemporary Art sale on October 5–19 (£10,000–£15,000 each). ‘Very late one night, Thom and I were alone in the vast wastes of Oxfordshire, surrounded by darkness and trying to finish the artwork,’ remembers Mr Donwood. ‘It was impossible… We had lots of versions… so we took them all downstairs and used tape to stick them to…

2 min
friendly fowl

MANY charities and organisations have suffered over the past 18 months, but the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT)—which has rehomed more than 850,000 commercial chickens since 2005—was able to use the change in circumstances to its advantage. The demand for chickens during lockdowns and furloughs skyrocketed, fuelled by fears over egg supply—in fact, domestic fowl is now the fourth most popular pet (1.2 million) after dogs, cats and indoor birds. ‘Last year, our waiting list went off the scale, with about 27,000 hens reserved, but unable to go to new homes due to lock-downs, not helped by a bout of avian flu in December,’ explains BHWT founder Jane Howorth. Refusing to pause for breath during the hiatus, the charity focused on new initiatives, including the funding of six research grants…