Supporting the Rural Oscars

CSM EDITORIAL The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are returning for their 13th year and supporters of rural businesses are encouraged to nominate now. Thousands of nominations will be submitted honouring the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise and the people who go the extra mile for their communities. New to 2017 is a pub category, enabling you to celebrate your favourite rural local. … Continue reading Supporting the Rural Oscars

CLA 5 Point Plan For Fly Tipping

CSM EDITORIAL The CLA (Country Land and Business Association Limited) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. They have been safeguarding the interests of landowners, and those with an economic, social and environmental interest in rural land for more than 100 years. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales … Continue reading CLA 5 Point Plan For Fly Tipping

English Seaside Project Interview

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Last Wednesday, after a steak and chips in Eastbourne with my accountant, I was due in 1066 country in East Sussex to interview Country Squire’s writer Mandy Baldwin. I wound my way through tiny country lanes until I found a dirt track to a campsite, which was located amidst an old copse on the side of a hill from which there are … Continue reading English Seaside Project Interview

The Bolt (Part 2)

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS When out hacking through the countryside or along roads my mare will display anxiety when approaching and passing horse paddocks. If these horses are just standing around grazing she will become head-high and attempt to focus on the herd. I can feel her attention has shifted from me and I’ve become a mere passenger. Horses in paddocks tend to do two … Continue reading The Bolt (Part 2)

Losing Riding Confidence

BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS Consider a person that has been show-jumping for the last 15 years then one day with a gut-churning realisation they suddenly feel apprehensive about the up-coming show this weekend. As the event draws ever closer the nerves increase and by the Saturday they are a quivering scared mess that would prefer root-canal than to actually be in the ring all of … Continue reading Losing Riding Confidence