UK Countryside

New England Now: Because Of Its History

Lynn Houghton | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynn Houghton

You may have noticed that I have a thing about culture and, particularly, history. Possibly because I grew up in a somewhat sanitised suburb south of Los Angeles where all the houses, and most of us kids, pretty much looked the same.

In A Caring Britain We'd Be Treating Badgers, Foxes And Hen Harriers - And People - Very Differently

Natalie Bennett | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

We're at a time of great change now, of tremendous possibility. The cruel neoliberal, neo-Thatcherite policies that have dominated Britain in the past four decades are clearly on their way out, and there's an opportunity to build something new.

On Wasps And Foxes: Rethinking Our Relationship With Animals

Tiffany Francis | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Tiffany Francis

My relationship with animals is changing every day, and I am certainly guilty of googling dog memes and having a nervous breakdown over a flock of baby ducks. But in order to support the millions of other species we share our planet with, perhaps we should stop treating them like orphaned children that need mothering, and more like other species who just need the space and resources to live healthy (albeit cute) lives.

Wild Camping Part Three - Water Carriage

Andy Torbet | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Torbet

So your first priority is water. Often overlooked and under-consumed on expeditions. I have found people are especially prone to dehydration in cold climates. In the desert heat everyone is very aware of the problem and is disciplined about drinking.

Five Reasons Why I Love Being A Farmer!

JB Gill | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
JB Gill

I can't say this is the job I most look forward to, however, once I get going, there's something incredibly therapeutic about being in the pens, on my lonesome, having a nostalgic listen to a JLS album, whilst cleaning out the animals.

Shaping Our Future

Ross Murray | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

The starting gun of Article 50 has been fired by the time you read this. The UK is leaving the European Union. It is a decisive, historic, moment but the clarity we investors crave for is somewhat lacking.

Chemical Hazards In The Countryside: Poisoning Our Wildlife

Philip Lymbery | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Philip Lymbery

©Compassion in World Farming In recent years, there has been increased awareness of the plight of the nation's wildlife and the health of our countr...

Air Pollution Is Ravaging Plant Life

Dr Trevor Dines | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Dr Trevor Dines

Walking in the mountains of Snowdonia, the problems of the city can feel a long way away. The negative impact of poor air quality on human health is, thankfully, increasingly well-documented. Not only does air pollution contribute to thousands of early deaths, it also compromises the health of people suffering from ailments like asthma.

Winter Is The Perfect Time To Discover The History Of The British Landscape

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK
Mary-Ann Ochota

Forget long summer days, fields of golden wheat and hedgerows bursting with life. The short, dark days of winter give the would-be Landscape Spotter t...

New Year's Eve: Is This How To Have The Best Night Ever?

Alex Shears | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Shears

Well, that's a realisation a handful of holidaymakers have cottoned on to. Rather than digging out something from the back of our wardrobes to attend the most over-planned and underwhelming night of the year, it seems the smartest among us have found a better way of celebrating New Year's Eve...

Nature Post-Brexit Depends On The Resilience Of Farming

Ross Murray | Posted 30.09.2017 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

As a nation we ask a lot of the countryside. It must feed us, attract tourists, be accessible for recreation and exercise, generate energy and store carbon. At the same time it must clean the air, provide an escape and inspiration, manage flood water, provide habitats for flora and fauna, and be a good place to live and work for rural communities. We ask all this and much more.

Fatherhood and Farming: Raising a Family in the Countryside

JB Gill | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Parents
JB Gill

Experience of the countryside is all about opportunity for me. It's a chance to look at life boiled down to its simplest form and better still, see things from a different view. Whether a career in the countryside is for you, or you just want to eat great food, one thing is for sure, understanding our environment is a good thing for everybody.

Food, Farming and the Environment in a Brave New World

Ross Murray | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

To say that UK farming is at a crossroads is an understatement. Food security, the rural economy and environmental management could all change beyond recognition after Brexit when the UK's relationship with the Common Agricultural Policy ends.

Idyllic Scottish Retreats: Isle of Eriska, Argyll

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Crossing the rickety bridge to the private Isle of Eriska you get the feeling you may be about to infiltrate the land of Narnia. Perched on the west coast of Scotland in 350 acres of manicured gardens, woodland and rugged beaches, against a stunning rural landscape, Eriska lulls you into an immediate state of calm.

The Challenge to Connect the Countryside

Ross Murray | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

The CLA is exploring how countryside communities can leap ahead and achieve the ultrafast connections that will genuinely set rural businesses up for the future. Only when Government and industry show that they are looking to that horizon alongside us will they genuinely deserve the credit they crave.

In Defence of wellness, Not Wellness

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

The main difference to my mind between wellness and Wellness is that the former is actually accessible to everyone. Before I clarified this distinction in my mind, I wrote a blog post dripping with sarcasm and rage, in which I vented.

Two Hundred and Six Miles Later - Loving Life in Rural Devon

Vicky Dean | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Dean

Five months ago in November 2015 we packed up our house in Leicester and moved 206 miles south to a sleepy village in rural Mid-Devon. Having only visited Devon once before, when we were house hunting that August, it was a pretty radical thing to do.

Leave or Remain: Supporting the Rural Economy

Ross Murray | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

The one hard-and-fast rule about a 'Plan B' is to make sure there is one. The farming industry - at the whim in recent years of foot and mouth, bovine TB, crop disease, droughts, flooding, and commodity price crashes to name but a few - understands of the importance of a fall-back plan.

Badgers Face a Bleak Future

Mark Jones | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK
Mark Jones

Figures released by DEFRA on 16th December reveal that almost 1500 badgers were shot under license in the cull zones in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset in 2015. This brings the total number of badgers killed to almost 4,000 over the past three years, at a cost to the taxpayer that's probably in the region of £25 million.

Great Weekend Getaways - Ascot and Windsor, Berkshire

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

On the borders of Windsor Great Park, less than an hour from London, Coworth Park, a luxurious Georgian country house hotel, was the ideal base for our hiking and history mini-break. And, if we'd been in the mood for a horsey weekend, there's an equestrian centre on site where we could have arranged an escorted horseback ride or lessons. Or just up the road is the famous, 300 year-old Ascot Racecourse.

Set Up to Fail: Why Flawed Housing Targets Threaten Our Countryside

Shaun Spiers | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics
Shaun Spiers

Today CPRE published a major report, Set up to fail: why housing targets based on flawed numbers threaten our countryside. I guess most people's minds...

How a Hopeless City Girl Was Converted into Loving the Countryside

Sirena Bergman | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sirena Bergman

"I don't do the countryside," I claimed a couple of years back on my first date with my boyfriend, when he told me that his dream was to wind up living somewhere with a 360 degree view of green stuff.

A Weekend in The Lakes with Sykes Cottages - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

I'd never really explored the Lakes properly so this year for August Bank Holiday weekend, my husband Steve and I decided to do just that and set off on the train from London Euston for 4 nights in the Lake District.

It's Not Just the Foxes That Are Sly

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

I shudder to think what will happen if these amendments pass on Wednesday. Our Government will have been the one to technically legislate for a return to cruelty. We cannot let them. It is wrong. At its very best, this is misrepresentation of the electorate, dirty play and a backward step for our progressive nation.

Once Bitten Twice Shy

Lady Terry Robinson | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lady Terry Robinson

With hindsight I should have insisted on a purse-sized mutt; a spaniel or a Chihuahua, because Sandy, the hyperactive border-collie that came to live with us turned out to be mad. It's as simple as that. He was a stark-raving-insane-out of control-lunatic. I have a hyperactive thyroid, but this dog made me feel like a sloth on Valium.