The Countryside Alliance’s Summer 2014 magazine is now online. The issue contains a tribute to Clarissa Dickson Wright and we publish this electronic version on 24th June – which would have been Clarissa’s 67th birthday. Download the magazine here. Read on for the Editor’s letter, giving you an overview of the issue:
Sad news for the countryside in March as two great Champions of the countryside fell. Cook, broadcaster, writer and campaigner, Clarissa Dickson Wright, passed away in mid-March, leaving us reeling. Soon after, Lord Kimball, the warhorse of the BFSS and Countryside Alliance, and our great defender in Parliament, passed away. The countryside is a poorer place for their passing and we pay tribute to them in this issue.
The year-round work of farming, conservation and fieldsports mean life must go on, however, and we bring you several stories about the efforts being put into our working countryside.
Education and conservation are big themes, with Dr Nick Fox OBE’s work for falconry (p22), Liam Stokes rural role as college lecturer (p25), the highs and challenges of puppy walking (p28), Lee Maycock’s game workshops at catering colleges (p32), the GWCT’s Big Farmland Bird Count (p35) and Lucy Bonner on the Young Farmers Club (p43).
The sheer joy of hunting runs through Michael Thompson’s celebration of Barry Todhunter’s 40 years at the Blencathra (p20) while a similar joy of country life comes from the pen of broadcaster Loyd Grossman on p50.
Meantime, our Game Fair preview on p39 and events guide on p49 will see you through the summer until the new season beckons. For everything a season, and the continuation of our way of life is Clarissa and Lord Kimball’s greatest legacy.
Editor, Countryside Alliance magazine