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Guardian of the ground

Guardian of the ground

As many racing venues make the switch from winter jump to summer flat racing, Lorna Maybery chats to Andrew Cooper, clerk of the course for Sandown Park and Epsom racecourses.

Farmers raise concerns over sky lantern festival

Farmers raise concerns over sky lantern festival

Farmers have again raised their concerns over the dangers of sky lanterns, as a festival releasing the lights announces four new dates.

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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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Video: Michael Gove vows to back British farming

Video: Michael Gove vows to back British farming

New Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove vowed to back British farming during a reception event for MPs organised by the NFU at Westminster yesterday afternoon.

Farmers raise concerns over sky lantern festival

Farmers raise concerns over sky lantern festival

Farmers have again raised their concerns over the dangers of sky lanterns, as a festival releasing the lights announces four new dates.

Queen's Speech: 5 reasons to back British farming

Queen's Speech: 5 reasons to back British farming

The Queen's Speech has been cancelled for 2018 amid Brexit negotiations. There's plenty at stake for British food and farming. Here's our lowdown.

Make your summer sizzle with a Red Tractor BBQ

Make your summer sizzle with a Red Tractor BBQ

Whatever the weather, the summer signals one thing for us Brits - and that's the promise of a succulent fresh-air feast, cooked out on the barbecue.

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What's in this month's issue

What's in this month's issue

Countryside magazine – our July edition


Food, glorious food: Lorna Maybery is on the trail of artisan food in Somerset and Dorset


Pigs in clover: How great local food is the linchpin of a successful chain of pubs


Homegrown success: Discover one farmer’s diversification success


Outlaw's arresting cuisine: Countryside chats with top chef Nathan Outlaw


Vintner wonderland: Why English wine is causing a real fizz around the world


All eyes and ears: We go in search of the elusive long-eared owl


Britain’s lost racecourses: Why historic race venues have disappeared


PLUS: Behind the scenes at the New Covent Garden Flower Market and some fantastic gooseberry recipes


Cover story:

This month we are looking at Britain’s larder. From food trails in Somerset and Dorset and England’s successful vineyards to the latest artisan foods on the market, we take a look at how Britain’s farmers and growers are fuelling the nation.

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Fun family days out: The top 10 UK festivals

Fun family days out: The top 10 UK festivals

Whether its food festivals or music your are looking for, this guide has the lowdown on the best family days out in the UK. Get all the need-to-know information in one place - from The Big Feastival to Latitude, Camp Bestival and Wilderness.

Beaver reintroduction - what's the story?

Beaver reintroduction - what's the story?

Conservationists are celebrating the trial reintroduction of the European beaver into parts of Scotland and Devon. But can our countryside support these new animal populations?

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Celebrating the great British landscape

Celebrating the great British landscape

Entry for the 11th annual Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year Award is now open and entrants have until 8 July to submit their photographs of the British landscape.

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