UK Countryside

Nature Post-Brexit Depends On The Resilience Of Farming

Ross Murray | Posted 29.09.2016 | 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 15.07.2016 | 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 15.07.2016 | 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 17.05.2016 | 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 11.05.2016 | 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 05.05.2016 | 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 02.05.2016 | 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 09.03.2016 | 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 21.12.2015 | 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 15.12.2015 | 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.

Moving to the Country

Robbie Knox | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Robbie Knox

In my mind my life was going to change overnight as I slotted smoothly into the community, winning marrow growing contests whilst rising to a position of power within the WI. But what's the reality? Here's what I've learnt about moving to the country, so you don't have to.

Yarrow Cottage, Churchill - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to have a weekend in the countryside booked in with my husband Steve. We took half a day off work on a Friday and caught the train to Kingham in The Cotswolds, which is less than an hour and a half outside London.

The Saying Goes That When Gorse Is Out of Bloom, Kissing Is Out of Season But This Worries Not the Wild Cook

Fi Bird | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

The heady coconut scent of a bright yellow gorse bush cheers a dull spring day. It brings a promise of sunshine and to my mind smells of exotic suntan lotion. As the days lengthen, the gorse flower provides pollen and nectar for bees.

Rural Retreats: Cowley Manor, Cotswolds

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

It's the attention to detail that makes Cowley Manor stand out. The rack of Hunter wellies at the door, to wear while you stroll around the exquisite Grade II listed gardens. The golden triple cooked chips that compliment the club sandwich. The funky, Scando-style rugs and throws. From the service to the salt cellars, everything feels like it's been carefully and lovingly thought out.

Trail Running: Venturing Off the Beaten Track

Jez Bragg | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jez Bragg

Why don't more runners embrace the trails? I suspect many find that a psychological barrier exists between the two, particularly when you are just starting out. Perhaps a seemingly innocuous footpath stile creates a mental barrier as well as a physical one, for runners as well as livestock.

Super-Dairies Spell the End of England's Green and Pleasant Land

Clare Finney | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Clare Finney

The biggest mega dairy in the States houses 32,000 cows. There's not the space for it here, but it's where we could be heading. Unlike America, though, we've not really got room to spare.

Best Places to View Autumn Leaves in Britain

Mark Hodson | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

The autumn months are when the British countryside is at its most beautiful, and traditional pleasures - cosy pub lunches, woodland walks and lazy afternoons by a fire with the papers and a pint - are at their most, well, pleasing.

Heading for the Hillforts

Mike Collins | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Mike Collins

This place, which in area is the same as 50 football pitches, is dripping with the history that encapsulates the story of the British Isles... These jewels in the National Trust crown have drawn people for a huge variety of reasons. Whether as a place to escape the rat race, a place to be at one with nature or a place to fire the imagination.

Back To 'The Village'

Tim Manton | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Manton

John Simm is back as John Middleton- father of Bert the narrator -and Maxine Peak as his wife Grace. Their baby girl is now well into her childhood, looking up to Bert as Bert looked up to Joe, and there is an edge of optimism to this new series that hadn't quite made it in the first.

Cliveden House and the Pavillion Spa, Berkshire

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

When you ask for directions to your hotel and the reply is: "Turn left at the fountain and head straight for the grand entrance", you get the sense that something pretty spectacular lies at the end of the driveway. Sure enough, Cliveden House - a majestic neoclassical country house, perched within 376 acres of National Trust parkland - is no let-down.