Perhaps most important in terms of looking ahead at the politics of rural Britain is The Lobby (page 20) in which James Somerville-Meikle looks at what this Parliament holds for the countryside.
What will our new agricultural policies look like once we’ve left Europe? Will farming still benefit from the seasonal workers that travel to the UK every summer? Will our trade agreements be hamstrung, or will the opening up of trade mean that the UK’s standards of welfare and safety are undermined by cheaper products from further afield?
In a celebration of our British breeds (page 26), we’ve searched out four cattle farmers that specialise in traditional breeds and interviewed them to give an insight into each.
From the domestic to the wild, Tom Godber-Ford Moore celebrates the opening of the game season with two exceptional recipes that make use of foraged ingredients (page 54), while Goedhuis has found the perfect wines to pair with the dishes and gives a short insight into buying wine ‘en primeur’ (page 58).
Continuing the oenological theme, Camilla Swift visits Berry Brothers’ new premises and the astonishing cellars, filled not only with rare vintages, but also a remarkable history (page 14).
Did you enter our inaugural photography competition in the last issue? See the stunning winning photograph (page 18).
With so much to enjoy, I wish you all a fantastic season ahead, and happy reading.
Kate Gatacre, Editor My Countryside