Meet the team

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FERGUS COLLINS, Editor

Editor Fergus lives in deepest Monmouthshire with his family, where his neighbours are farmers, buzzards and sheep. When not working on the magazine he keeps chickens, grows vegetables and attempts to live more self-sufficiently. Fergus is the host of the award-winning Countryfile Plodcast, a weekly escape to the countryside that explores today's issues within the bucolic surroundings of nature.

Email Fergus at editor@countryfile.com

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JOE PONTIN, Features Editor

Joe is BBC Countryfile Magazine's features editor, always eager to find and share great writing and storytelling. His interests roam widely through history, ecology, food and farming, art, crafts and beyond. He loves to discover the charisma of particular rural places, from lofty fells and lonely hillforts to crowded country markets, rose-filled gardens and gorges. He loves to explore, roaming for miles in running shoes or hiking boots.

Joe also coordinates our gear reviews for print and web. 

Read our feature submission guidelines here.
Email Joe with feature ideas at joe.pontin@immediate.co.uk

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CARYS MATTHEWS, Group Digital Editor

Carys is the Group Digital Editor of countryfile.com and our sister title discoverwildlife.com. She also looks after the magazine's social media channels and editorial newsletter. Carys loves long-distance hiking, trail running, bike-packing, swimming outdoors and wild camping.

Email Carys your website pitches at carys.matthews@immediate.co.uk

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TANYA JACKSON, Acting Group Digital Editor

Tanya Jackson is the acting group digital editor of countryfile.com and discoverwildlife.com. She loves campfire cooking, swimming in the sea, trail running, rural folklore, barn owls and red kites, hiking with the kids and looking for signs of ancient settlements in the Wiltshire hills where she lives. Tanya also has a passion for English food and drink, and loves uncovering the stories of the land as told through local produce.

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HILARY CLOTHIER, Picture Editor

Hilary commissions all the great photographs and art work that feature in the magazine. She's always on the lookout for stunning new images from around Great Britain. Hilary loves wild swimming, long hikes, and road trips across the UK. Along with Laura Phillips, she co-picks our favourite Photo of the Day from our social media channels.

Email your photos to Hilary at photos@countryfile.com

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LAURA PHILLIPS, Deputy Art Editor

Laura is the Deputy art editor at BBC Countryfile magazine. She runs the Instagram page and co-picks our favourite Photo of the Day across our social media channels. In her spare time she enjoys nature walks in her local area, as well as being ukulele playing, roller skating, silversmithing and cuddling cats.

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TIM BATES, Art Editor

Tim has been with the magazine since its launch in 2008 and is responsible for its design. He spends his spare time chasing around his two young sons, who love nothing more than putting on their Wellingtons and going on outdoor adventures. 

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MARIA HODSON, Production Editor 

Maria loves paddleboarding, hiking, camping and all things seaside and spontaneous.

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MARGARET BARTLETT, Production Editor 

Margaret lives in Cardiff, a fair distance from her home town of Wellington, New Zealand. When not checking copy for typos, she enjoys walks in the Welsh countryside and along its beautiful coastline, cycling, running, yoga, foraging and a bit of indulgent baking too. 

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DANIEL GRAHAM, Section Editor 

Danny is the Section Editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine. He has been working for the publication for five years and is responsible for commissioning, editing and writing articles for the Great Days Out section, which offers ideas and inspiration for exploring the UK countryside.