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From the editor

The saying ‘Where there’s muck there’s money’ is proved correct in this month’s issue, as Annette Richardson unearths an innovative recycling scheme at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.

Elsewhere in this issue, in his regular Wildlife Watching column, James Lowen says there is a buzz in the air this month for dragonflies, butterflies and moths. Artist Jim Watson explores Port Isaac, the Cornish fishing village known for many years as “the place where you park on the beach” and which is a favourite with film crews. And in the Best of British Gardens series, Nia Bell visits Cowbridge Physic Garden, an oasis of serenity in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Mrs Simkins tempts the taste buds with a traditional cake recipe that was a favourite with Cornish fishermen; and cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe celebrates one of the great achievements of humankind: the transformation of milk into cheese … but just how is cheese made?

There is something to everyone’s taste in this month’s issue.

Mark Whitley


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Where there’s muck there’s money
Annette Richardson unearths an innovative recycling scheme at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon

Making liquid sunshine
Expert beekeeper Simon Cavill explains how honey is created

An oasis of serenity
Nia Bell visits Cowbridge Physic Garden in the Vale of Glamorgan for our Best of British Gardens feature

A farmer’s boy in the 1950s
John Phillpott remembers spud-picking sixty years ago

Wildlife in focus
Ellie Rothnie is in Fair Isle to capture a startling photo of the common rabbit

A towering view in the sidlaw hills
Willie Shand heads to the rolling green hills of the ‘Seedlies’ in Scotland to see Kinpurney Tower

The car park on the beach
Jim Watson pitches his easel on the Cornish coast to sketch picturesque Port Isaac

The appeal of estuary life
Phillippa Greenwood explores the charming coastal town of Topsham on the Exe Estuary in Devon

Cool shade and fit for kings
Rosamond Richardson celebrates the myths and folklore surrounding the nation’s favourite trees; this month it’s the sycamore

The Forth Bridge
Fran Halsall continues her survey of the most memorable man­made structures in the British landscape

The horse artist
Emma Leeming looks at the life and work of Alfred Munnings

The sweet smell of the farmyard
Ian Greaves visits Winterborne Tomson, Dorset, for our Charm of Country Churches feature

There’s a buzz in the air
Nature-writer and photographer James Lowen offers advice on seeing our remarkable July aeronauts

How is cheese made?
Cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe believes that the transformation of milk into cheese is one of mankind’s greatest achievements

Icons of everywhere
David McVey celebrates the traditional red telephone box and reveals a little-known fact

Walking back into Cornwall’s mining heritage
Pete London is on the Great Flat Lode Trail

Book reviews
Readers’ letters
Nature watch
Watch the birdie


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