Old roses and their place in my garden

I am here at Country Living for a two week work placement while studying for a journalism qualification. When I was deciding which magazines to apply to Country Living was at the top of my list, as picking up a copy never fails to take me back to my countryside childhood of wide open spaces … Continue reading

Brighton and Hove’s tourism industry anticipates profitable Olympics

In spite of gloomy industry predictions to the contrary, Brighton and Hove’s recession-hit tourism businesses are optimistic that the Olympics will bring a much needed windfall. By Alex Oxborough Tourism accounts for over 13,000 full-time jobs in the Brighton and Hove, a hefty 14% of the total workforce, with so many livelihoods at stake, the … Continue reading

Government NPPF planning policy puts Sussex countryside at risk

Environmental groups have warned that new planning policy guidelines, recently released by the coalition government, are a threat to the countryside, ancient woodland and the character of rural communities. By Alex Oxborough Just one year after the establishment of the South Downs National Park, the Sussex countryside is under threat. Bringing to mind the adage … Continue reading

A Walk on the Wild Side: Out and about in West Sussex this May

AS the days grow longer, the last days of spring bring bustling activity to the countryside as wildflowers blossom and young are born.  It’s a great time to get out and explore the variety of wildlife experiences West Sussex has to offer. Heralds of summer— Swallows return Aerial acrobats and high-speed feeders, Swallows begin returning … Continue reading

The English Garden

  At Gravetye Manor the painstaking restoration is underway of one of the most historically important English gardens of all time. Alex Oxborough met the man tasked with the transformation, Head Gardener Tom Coward. Many of the essential ingredients of the much-loved English garden, we owe to William Robinson (1838-1935). From the densely packed drift … Continue reading