It is our April issue, and that means it is time for our annual Show Guide! This year we have a special eight-page section (pages 43-50) with a three-page directory listing some of the premier shows of interest to smallholders. It is astonishing how many such events are held across the country. We will be attending some of them to represent Country Smallholding and our two sister titles, Your Chickens and Agricultural
Trader. This year we are delighted to be doing something a bit special at the Spring Festival, the major smallholding show held at Builth Wells in Wales on May 21-22. The show organisers, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, have invited us to run Speakers’ Corner. We have now finalised the programme, and are pleased that some of our leading experts will be giving presentations. See page 5 for more details. We hope to see you there!
BIGGEST EVER ISSUE
At 92 pages, this matches our 40th Birthday Special issue in November as the biggest-ever issue of Country Smallholding. Needless to say, it is packed full of features. We tell some of your ‘good life’ stories on pages 6, 11 and 15. Liz Shankland continues her series on moving to a new smallholding (page 8). There is speclialised advice in Tim’s Tips (page 18), our pig pages (22), Vet’s View (26), Home Slaughter (28) and Ask the Experts (80). Kim Stoddart continues her series on the impact of climate change and how we can adapt (page 34). Brian Callaghan and Charles Dowding offer advice on organic gardening (pages 51 and 54) while Alan Beat gives a stepby-step guide to mulching fruit trees on page 58. A competition, recipes, machinery, books, Smallholder’s World and our InFocus product guide round off the package. Enjoy!
Simon McEwan, Editor