The Countryfile Photographic Competition has now been launched and this year’s theme is Our Living Landscape
**PLEASE NOTE** This competition is now closed. Many thanks for all of your entries and enquiries. The over all winner and judges' choice winner will be announced on Countryfile on 6 October.
The best 12 entered photographs will make up the 2014 annual calendar, which will be sold in aid of the BBC’s Children In Need appeal.
This essential new guide takes you on a mouthwatering journey around England, Scotland and Wales.
Join us as we sample the most delicious British food and drink, from golden Cornish pasties to sparkling fresh oysters from the North Sea. Traditional, homely dishes such as the Bedfordshire clanger and Welsh bara brith will sharpen your appetite. Alongside these delicious dishes are mellow West Country ciders, award-winning wines from the sunny south and rich Speyside malt whiskies to finish.
Along the way, meet some of the finest food producers in the land – and learn about where real food comes from.
Have you got an idea for a walk you'd like to share in the Great Day Out section?
Have you got an idea for a walk you’d like to share in the Great Days Out section? We’d like to hear from you.
Send us a summary of no more than 100 words explaining where and how long your walk is, and what makes it so special.
We’ll then select 20 of the best, and get in touch to ask you for the full version.
If your walk is chosen, you’ll win a great prize.
Much of our countryside only survives through the efforts of volunteers. Now, with the National Trust, we are launching the second Octavia Hill Awards to celebrate the people who make a difference.
It was for being, er, well, an ‘inspirational hero’ I think they said,” says Matt Smith, somewhat bashfully. He’s grinning with embarrassment, but the 22-year-old biology student has just won one of the National Trust’s prestigious Octavia Hill Awards, which celebrate unsung green heroes around the UK.
Here's all the information you need to buy the Countryfile Calendar 2013.
Octavia Hill was a social reformer whose belief in the benefits of fresh air led to the creation of the National Trust. Now awards have been launched in her name to recognise people who keep her legacy alive
The name Octavia Hill may be unfamiliar to some, yet the work of this tireless campaigner for everything from social reform to green spaces has touched the lives of millions.
As one of the founders of the National Trust, her life and legacy can be seen all around us, from large-scale nature reserves to tiny pockets of green in our busiest inner cities.
To mark the centenary of her death in 1912, our new awards will celebrate individuals and groups that are keeping alive Octavia Hill’s legacy.
Location: Central Lake District
Lake District Holidays offer self catering cottages and apartments in Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere (photo taken from Helm Crag lounge window). All are within a short walk of a lake, pubs and restaurants. Free use of health club, and dogs are welcome in most of the properties. Nature lovers will enjoy the tranquility of this beautiful area, home to red squirrels, deer, and badgers. Short breaks available.
Location: Throughout the Lake District
Goosemire Cottages is a small family run agency offering over 40 self catering cottages throughout the Lake District (Ranging from 1 to 7 bedrooms). England’s premier outdoor destination with walks from your doorstep, lake activities, mountaineering, fishing, bird watching, and an array of wildlife. Pets go free. The website shows availability, short breaks, and discounts, and you can also book online. Follow the blog for news on up coming events.
This month Countryfile Magazine looks at Britain's best market towns and how you can make your town a success.
Plus we look at how being untidy in the countryside can help bees and butterflies, how to make beer at home and discover why leaves turn gold in autumn.
And of course, we reveal the finalists of the Countryfile Photographic Competition 2011
Bustling market towns are a cherished part of rural Britain. This month we look at what makes them special, and ask whether they have future. We also meet the local heroes and organisations that are making market towns a success.
Join us as we follow one of the UK's most delightful coast roads before heading inland to explore the Nine Glens of Antrim, each with its own character.