Dear Editor, Re: Torbay

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, we rarely publish letters from members of the public but this one below from Dr Helen Boyles fits in well with our campaign related to Torbay Council, which can be read about here. In short, we’re involved with this issue as we see this council, among many, ignoring local wishes and ploughing up the Great British Countryside. We are … Continue reading Dear Editor, Re: Torbay

Legal & General Risk All

BY NICK GRANGER When last August Legal & General announced its establishment of Inspired Villages Group, formed out of English Care Villages, a developer of later living accommodation, business people everywhere could see the logic in the fit. L&G’s life business is already heavily targeted at the third generation. Why not close off the loop and claw back great chunks of pension and annuity pay-outs … Continue reading Legal & General Risk All

Yellowstone, Ethnic Cleansing & Trophic Cascades

BY DAVID EYLES Those many people who enjoy the British countryside by walking or travelling through it will understand that to witness a beautiful view brings us great joy. This act of enjoyment can take many forms – we can struggle up the dizzy heights of Crib Goch and brave the wind as it threatens to sweep us off our feet along the knife edge … Continue reading Yellowstone, Ethnic Cleansing & Trophic Cascades

CLA Countryside Photo Competition

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has launched a photo competition with a top prize of £1,000 aimed at showcasing the landscapes and people of the great British countryside. In addition to capturing beautiful and unique rural landscapes, the CLA, which represents more than 30,000 members across England and Wales, particularly wants to celebrate the people who make the rural economy tick. So it … Continue reading CLA Countryside Photo Competition

The Countryside is Disappearing

BY MERVYN SEAL There is a belief that the real world exists in the countryside, where nature goes about her quiet business, bringing us the greatest pleasure. However, swathes of pristine countryside and vital green fields are as in the past, and now, forever, in extreme jeopardy in Britain. My childhood education included the writings of the 18th Century born poet William Wordsworth. Family would … Continue reading The Countryside is Disappearing

The Torquay Pavilion Storm

CSM EDITORIAL Torquay has been a turbulent place of late, politically at least. Whether it’s alleged conflicts of interest or repeating votes of no confidence in elected officials based in the area, or planning bodies who run roughshod over wishes of local residents and ward councillors, one would wonder what advantages there are to a person, or their loved ones, in stepping up to get … Continue reading The Torquay Pavilion Storm

Scottish Hunting Consultation

BY NIGEL BEAN Here are my answers to the Scottish Hunting Consultation: 1.1. Do you think the definition of “to hunt” as provided in the 2002 Act should be more specifically defined? No, To change the wording is the Scottish Government signing up to the demands of animal rights fundamentalists. The fundamentalists are unhappy because they can’t prove out their money spinning campaigns because they … Continue reading Scottish Hunting Consultation

Rewilding – The Question People Are Not Asking

BY LINUS WOODS There are those days that life deals you a curve ball and you just do not know how to respond. You are simply struck square between the eyes and remain there, frozen in disbelief as to what has just happened. Thanks to social media, this is a pretty common occurrence for many of us. Apparently, conservation (the conservation that has kept the … Continue reading Rewilding – The Question People Are Not Asking