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Calling all backyard flock keepers!

Calling all backyard flock keepers!

The NFU is reminding keepers that ALL flocks are still at risk from Avian Influenza - our new flow chart shows you how to keep your birds safe.

Join the buzz - go Wild About Gardens

Join the buzz - go Wild About Gardens

There's a real buzz about this year's Wild About Gardens campaign, with bees and pollinators taking centre stage.

New app to help tackle Asian hornets

New app to help tackle Asian hornets

A new app will allow members of the public to report sightings of an invasive species which represents a significant threat to native honey bees.

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Top three reasons to be proud of the British Countryside

Bags of sugar produced
in the UK in a year:

2.3
billion

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British cheese produced by our dairy farmers in one year:

443,000 tonnes

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Number of spines on
an adult hedgehog:

5,000 spines

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Lidl pledges to Back British Farming

Lidl pledges to Back British Farming

Lidl UK has today announced its commitment to support British food and farming.

Trade and British farming

Trade and British farming

A delicious hamper filled with quality British produce has marked an important time for British farming, but how and why?

Back British blooms this Mother's Day

Back British blooms this Mother's Day

With just 10% of flowers sold in the UK being home grown, how do you know that you are buying British? Read more to find out and enter our competition for a chance to win a bundle of flower inspired goodies.

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What's in this month's issue

What's in this month's issue

Countryside magazine – the April edition


Wild and wondrous: Why British flowers reign supreme


A garden for all seasons: Exploring the floral delights of Hertfordshire’s Alswick Hall


Lambing 2017 Two Lake District farmers chat to us about the challenges of lambing in the hills


Eats Fishes and Leiths: Prue Leith chats to Martin Stanhope about her 50 years in the cooking business and a surprise legacy


Getting back to our roots: Claire Hunt looks at some of our more unusual root vegetables


Rural Wisdom: The latest smallholder kit at LAMMA, smallholder view, what’s new in the garden this year, meet the pepper growers, plus three super recipes


Plus: Win a fantastic lawnmower from Stiga and a fountain for your garden

Cover story:

Sending flowers is a great way of showing someone you care, but have you ever really thought about where these cut flowers have come from? We take a look at the British cut flower industry and explain why we should buy seasonal British blooms whenever possible...

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Don't miss out on our AMAZING OFFERS

Don't miss out on our AMAZING OFFERS

Countryside members can take advantage of some fantastic offers - take a look at our latest picks.

4 brilliant British pepper recipes

4 brilliant British pepper recipes

Worthy of more than a supporting role, peppers are packed with goodness. Here are four recipes, courtesy of Tangmere Airfield Nurseries and Emsworth Cookery School.

Blog: Bird flu and the backyard poultry keeper

Blog: Bird flu and the backyard poultry keeper

Countryside's poultry expert Andy Cawthray gives you tips on how to mitigate the risk of bird flu to your flock.

A day in the life of a guide dog in training

A day in the life of a guide dog in training

Claire Blunden is a puppy walker for the charity Guide Dogs - she gives us an insight into a day in the life of Axel.

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