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How to buy your Countryfile Calendar for 2016

Find out how to get your hands on a copy of the Countryfile Calendar for 2016


How to see the Northern Lights in Britain

The northern lights will be dancing over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland over the next few weeks. Paul Thornton looks into this strange phenomenon and reveals the best places to see them

Badger cull extended to Dorset

The badger cull has been authorised for a third year, the Government has announced. The cull will be extended into Dorset, and existing culls will continue in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Hotel Of The Month | Hintlesham Hall Hotel

Escape to the glorious Suffolk countryside. Enjoy the fabulous surroundings of our Grade 1 listed country house hotel. Hintlesham Hall is located four miles west of Ipswich, within easy reach of anywhere in East Anglia. Relax in the friendly ambience of this superb country house hotel with attentive, friendly staff. We have 32 individually designed and luxuriously appointed bedrooms.

Tel: 01473 652334

Holiday Of The Month | Organic Holidays

There's a wide selection of places to choose from on the Organic Holidays website. From pitching your tent on an organic farm to boutique hotels with organic restaurants you’ll find a place to suit you when planning your holiday. Around two thirds of the providers offer meals, usually breakfast. Lunches and evening meals are often available too, prepared using local organic produce whenever possible. We also feature venues that grow their own produce or use wild or natural foods, with the emphasis on fresh local produce rather than imported food. We cover the UK and beyond so have a look at the website today and see what you can find.

Tel: 01943 870791

BBC Countryfile Magazine's big book advent calendar

We're celebrating the festive season with our own BBC Countryfile Magazine advent calendar, giving away a fantastic new book each day. 

How to enter the Countryfile Photographic Competition 2014

Last night’s episode of Countryfile saw the launch of the Countryfile Photographic competition. Here's everything you need to know to enter your images. 

What are the alternatives to HS2?

Recently, Countryfile investigated the issues surrounding the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link that is proposed between London and Birmingham. Supporters of HS2 say that it will make journeys from London to Birmingham and the north of England far quicker while also adding much needed capacity to the rail network.


But there is huge opposition to HS2 for a variety of reasons but most centre on the cost, the noise and disruption to local communities along the route, and the impact on the countryside and its wildlife. In a recent poll on this website "Do you believe HS2 should be built?" 92 per cent of those who responded said "no".


However, demand for rail travel is growing – the National Audit Office estimates that 1.27 billion passenger journeys were made in 2008-09 compared to 0.74 billion in 1994-95 and this is only going to increase although current services are fully stretched "nearly half of all passengers arrive at London between 08:00 and 08:59 on services that are either full or over-crowded". The Office for Rail Regulation found that there were 600 million more passenger journeys in the UK in 2013 than in 2003.


In 2012, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for High Speed Rail found that demand for rail travel was increasing at 5-6% per year and the Dept of Transport has projected that by 2043, demand will be double that seen in 2008. The latter projection is disputed by some opponents of HS2.


So if demand for rail travel increases as expected, are there viable alternatives to HS2?


What do you think?



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