Scor­ing a cen­tury…

Countryfile Magazine - - Editor’s Letter - Fer­gus Collins, ed­i­tor@coun­try­

BBC Coun­try­file Mag­a­zine was launched in 2007 to build on the ever-grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the TV show. If Gar­den­ers’ World, Top Gear and Top of the Pops could have their own mag­a­zines, why not Bri­tain’s favourite TV pro­gramme about ru­ral af­fairs?

Now we’ve reached our 100th is­sues and, over the course of pro­duc­ing all those mag­a­zines, we’ve not only dis­cov­ered some won­der­ful places to ex­plore, we’ve also met a host of great writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, farm­ers, crafts­peo­ple and other folk who know the in­ner­most se­crets of the great out­doors. So we de­cided to bring them to­gether in a cel­e­bra­tion of some of the great­est ex­pe­ri­ences that it’s pos­si­ble to have in the coun­try­side.

My high­lights are Jim Crum­ley’s ex­plo­ration of Skye on page 20 (he knows my sec­ond favourite pub in the en­tire world, the Stein Inn in Water­nish); He­len Skel­ton’s love let­ter to her Ull­swa­ter home­land in the Lake Dis­trict (page 62); Tim Gent’s thrilling in­tro­duc­tion to ca­noe camp­ing, which is

Swal­lows and Ama­zons for adults (page 54); and the great Ge­orge Mon­biot’s won­der at see­ing ospreys in Wales for the first time (page 36).

I hope you find some in­spir­ing ideas here – and at the very least, enjoy read­ing lovely pieces by such great na­ture writ­ers as Si­mon Barnes

(page 46), Katharine Nor­bury (page 60) and Mark Cocker (page 44). Here’s to a glo­ri­ous sum­mer!

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