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Parking: death threat to market towns

Friday 07 January 2011
A week in the country: Car parking threat to rural business
 

The countryside, 2011, in our crystal ball

Friday 31 December 2010
A week in the country: The New Year: rough ride, happy landings?
 

2010: a country year to be remembered

Friday 24 December 2010
A week in the country: 2010: Promises made, promises forgotten
 

Promises, promises! Can localism work?

Friday 17 December 2010
A week in the country: Localism and the countryside: testing times ahead
 

Why wind power when water’s better?

Friday 10 December 2010
A week in the country: At last, a glimmer of hope for hydro power
 

Avian SOS as early winter grips

Friday 3 December 2010
A week in the country: After the berries the battle of the birds begins
 

Christmas presents for the countryside

Friday 26 November 2010
A week in the country: Xmas gifts for out-and-about folk
 

The milk of human kindness – or cruelty?

Friday 19 November 2010
A week in the country: Milking the countryside: time for a rethink
 

Dark doings down in the woods?

Friday 12 November 2010
A week in the country: Good news, bad news, from the forest
 

A bonfire for gardeners New Year

Friday 5 November 2010
A week in the country: Swings and roundabouts in the veg plot
 

A living river: back to the future

Friday 29 October 2010
A week in the country: New life for the River Ribble
 

Lessons learned: the great otter comeback

Friday 22 October 2010
A week in the country: Fifteen magic seconds on the river bank
 

Cuts and the countryside copper

Friday 15 October 2010
A week in the country: How will rural policing survive the cuts?
 

Farming at the countryside cross-roads

Friday 8 October 2010
A week in the country: Farming’s future: have the lessons been learned?
 

Fish, farms and water pollution

Friday 1 October 2010
A week in the country: An end to 250 years of river pollution?
 

Time to thank the humble hoverfly

Friday 24 September 2010
A week in the country: A garden glut this hover fly summer
 

Death to Brock the Badger: a PR disaster

Friday 17 September 2010
A week in the country: A countryside calamity: why badger cull is wrong
 

Conkers, brambles and kids not at play

Friday 10 September 2010
A week in the country: Memories of a country childhood
 

Yorkshire’s rural axe man

Friday 03 September 2010
A week in the country: Eric Pickles MP, unlikely star of Westminster
 

Nature and an army at war

Friday 27 August 2010
A week in the country: Mother Nature and the British Army
 

Red drought versus the Red Lion

Friday 20 August 2010
A week in the country: Russian drought and our country pubs
 

Clones, clowns and countryside consequences

Friday 13 August 2010
A week in the country: Food facts and myths: the information chasm
 

The Big Society and a killer weed

Friday 6 August 2010
A week in the country: Ragwort: a big test for the Big Society
 

Bugs, butterflies and a natural future

Friday 30 July 2010
A week in the country: What will the big butterfly count tell us?
 

Kestrels, cuckoos and the blame game

Friday 23 July 2010
A week in the country: Feathers flying in kestrel row
 

The (agricultural) show must go on

Friday 16 July 2010
A week in the country: The Great Yorks Show shows the way
 

Last will and testament for rural life

Friday 9 July 2010
A week in the country: Death of a quango: famous last words
 

Beginning: the bonfire of the quangos

Friday 2 July 2010
A week in the country: Forget the football, a win for the countryside
 

“Edible food-like substances” – i.e. junk food

Friday 25 June 2010
A week in the country: Buy local food for a longer life
 

Beauty and the bees: a good week in the country

Friday 18 June 2010
A week in the country: Good news from Whitehall – and the allotment
 

Cherry ripe: a right rip-off

Friday 11 June 2010
A week in the country: Why our bowl of cherries is empty
 

Bird kill: the cat’s out of the bag

Friday 4 June 2010
A week in the country: The truth at last: cats kill 55 million birds
 

Seeing both the wood and the trees

Friday 28 May 2010
A week in the country: Tree planting bonanza gathers pace
 

Fingers crossed for Duffers’ Fortnight

Friday 21 May 2010
A week in the country: Will the Mayfly fly this year?
 

What happened to the equal society?

Friday 14 May 2010
A week in the country: Will country folk get a look in?
 

A stroll through this blue heaven

Friday 7 May 2010
A week in the country: After the political turmoil, relax amongst the bluebells
 

Election 2010: a rural voters’ dilemma

Friday 30 April 2010
A week in the country: Country folk must vote – but for whom?
 

A view of the Yorkshire Dales – from 6,000 miles

Friday 23 April 2010
A week in the country: Stranded in Singapore – and longing for home
 

Damned lies, statistics and the countryside

Friday 16 April 2010
A week in the country: Who should the rural voter believe?
 

A warm welcome for Jenny Wren

Friday 9 April 2010
A week in the country: Something to be proud of: Jenny’s back!
 

The mysteries of Easter 2010

Friday 2 April 2010
A week in the country: Snowdrops and cherry blossom. At Easter?
 

For peat’s sake: save our moors

Friday 26 March 2010
A week in the country: New focus on ignored peat uplands
 

The fantasy world of food “experts”

Friday 19 March 2010
A week in the country: The fantasy world of food “experts”
 

Dangerous aliens: a risk worth taking?

Friday 12 March 2010
A week in the country: A knotty problem: have we got it right?
 

A mighty stirring down in the woods

Friday 5 March 2010
A week in the country: In the news: elms, snowdrops and frog spawn
 

The Duke and the countryside

Friday 26 Febuary 2010
A week in the country: Please don’t give up Your Grace
 

Bring on the wildlife amateurs

Friday 19 Febuary 2010
A week in the country: More good news: is it election time?
 

Welcome back Jack Frost

Friday 12 Febuary 2010
A week in the country: The silver lining to the Big Freeze
 

Bad science and the Yorkshire Dales landscape

Friday 5 Febuary 2010
A week in the country: Wind farms and global warming debacle
 

Greenbelt: more countryside co-operation

Friday 29 January 2010
A week in the country: Has the recession saved our green belts?
 

Double bonus for country folk?

Friday 22 January 2010
A week in the country: A good news week – at last
 

The big freeze: the good, bad and unready

Friday 15 January 2010
A week in the country: Winter brings out the best – and the worst – in us
 

Making a comeback: the Compleat Angler

Friday 8 January 2010
A week in the country: Fishing, the recession’s silver lining
 

New year, new decade, new hope?

Friday 1 January 2010
A decade in the country: The country glass: half full or half empty?
 

A gardener’s Xmas: hoe, hoe, hoe

Friday 18 December 2009
A week in the country: A gardener’s letter to Father Christmas
 

“Ludicrous” to bring back the beaver –MP

Friday 11 December 2009
A week in the country: At last, a Labour MP with country nous
 

The Millennium, a Yorkshire Dales success story

Friday 04 December 2009
A week in the country: How the Dales beat the Millennium bug
 

Floods: too little, too late

Friday 27 November 2009
A week in the country: Fifty years of flood defence neglect
 

Can the Turnip Taliban save the countryside?

Friday 20 November 2009
A week in the country: Will Whitehall listen as the Turnip Taliban speak?
 

Amateur efforts bring back the forests

Friday 13 November 2009
A week in the country: The shoots of forest recovery – thanks to volunteers
 

Now for the farming good news

Friday 06 November 2009
A week in the country: Sheep & cattle: good for the environment
 

Awful end for global warming deniers?

Friday 30 October 2009
A week in the country: Global warming: an excuse to rip off the countryside
 

Aggro in the uplands: can hill farms survive

Friday 23 October 2009
A week in the country: Hill farms: whose environment is it anyway?
 

Landfill lunacy and trout stream tyres

Friday 16 October 2009
A week in the country: Backyard choice: bins or begonias?
 

Summer saved by the September bell

Friday 09 October 2009
A week in the country: Butterflies swarm in the Indian summer
 

The Prince speaks out ... but is anyone listening?

Friday 02 October 2009
A week in the country: Royalty campaigns whilst politicians sleep
 

Obesity and exercise: bring back the “parkie”

Friday 25 September 2009
A week in the country: A walk in the park – if you’re lucky
 

Are walkers truly welcome?

Friday 18 September 2009
A week in the country: Mixed reception for Yorkshire Dales ramblers
 

Could Krakatoa save the Dales?

Friday 11 September 2009
A week in the country: Who needs artificial volcanoes: Krakatoa will do!
 

Pulling the plug on England’s rivers

Friday 04 September 2009
A week in the country: Rivers doomed by 5 million dishwashers
 

Climate change – or season creep?

Friday 28 August 2009
A week in the country: Why are the hawthorn berries ripe in August?
 

Ringing the changes to save bird species

Friday 21 August 2009
A week in the country: UK joins world-wide campaign against bird extinction
 

Food security: Granny’s way to waste less

Friday 14 August 2009
A week in the country: Food security: Granny’s way to waste less
 

Bees, beehives and (bad) runner beans

Friday 07 August 2009
A week in the country: Linked: a London rooftop and a Yorkshire Dales allotment
 

Wolves & beavers at large? Worry about "wilding"

Friday 31 July 2009
A week in the country: None too wild about wilding - a country view
 

Nine months of peril: rural England’s battle for survival

Friday 24 July 2009
A week in the country: A countryside at war – with its own government
 

Veal and Sarah Brown: a meaty clash

Friday 17 July 2009
A week in the country: Diplomacy, veal and Sarah Brown: was she half right?
 

The law & the countryside: ass or asset?

Friday 10 July 2009
A week in the country: Have cow attacks made an ass of the law?
 

A great leap forward for Salar the leaper?

Friday 3 July 2009
A week in the country: Can Defra plan bring back Wharfedale salmon?
 

An ill wind: search for the methane-lite cow

Friday 26 June 2009
A week in the country: Wind of change: new livestock to save the planet?
 

Jolly hols: Posh Spain or dreamy Dales?

Friday 19 June 2009
A week in (another) country - Holiday happiness: dreamy Dales-v-spick-and-span Spain?
 

Countryside progress despite Government chaos

Friday 05 June 2009
A week in the country: Giving thanks for a rural gift horse
 

Where does milk come from, Mummy?

Friday 05 June 2009
A week in the country: Farm gates open for the supermarket generation
 

Don't bug the "bugs" - they're vital

Friday 22 May 2009
A week in the country: Insects, the over-looked country harvest
 

Veg goes posh at Chelsea Flower Show

Friday 22 May 2009
A week in the country: Allotments: digging for victory, 21st Century style
 

Back to the future: a vision for our countryside

Friday 15 May 2009
A week in the country: Cowslips and dirty knees: the future countryside
 

Country motorists: vote against speed cameras

Friday 08 May 2009
A week in the country: Speed limits & rural roads: another tax on motorists?
 

National parks at 60: success at last for locals?

Friday 01 May 2009
A week in the country: National parks: getting it right after 60 years
 

A Budget to save small rural business?

Friday 17 April 2009
A week in the country: Can Darling afford to help rural business?
 

Busy – and secure – Easter in the Yorkshire Dales

Friday 10 April 2009
A week in the country: Easter in the Dales: making the best of the boom
 

Jamie, CAP, and the red tape jungle

Friday 03 April 2009
A week in the country: Buried: the cost of the Euro red tape mountain
 

The long climb of the long-tailed tit

Friday 27 March 2009
A week in the country: Winner at the bird table: the long tailed tit
 

Bewildered by beavers: can they return?

Friday 20 March 2009
A week in the country: Dam cheek: beavers and their bad habits
 

Can conservation save ancient quarry?

Friday 13 March 2009
A week in the country: Complaints, conservation and 230 years of tradition
 

Under attack: bilberry, beech and oak

Friday 06 March 2009
A week in the country: Mucky mouth pie and the latest foreign invaders
 

Green “turncoats” and the windfarm terror

Friday 27 February 2009
A week in the country: Nuclear “turncoats” –V-the windfarm lobby
 

Saving the rural High Street

Friday 20 February 2009
A week in the country: The market town High Street - spend to survive
 

30 years too late: the egg exonerated

Friday 13 February 2009
A week in the country: Back on the river bank: the banned boiled egg
 

Chaos in the snow: who’s to blame?

Friday 06 February 2009
A week in the country: Snow chaos: professionals join the blame game
 

Birds, bees and cows called Daisy

Friday 30 January 2009
A week in the country: Tough times for Cock Robin – but TLC for Daisy
 

A dead liberty: sowing useless seeds

Friday 23 January 2009
A week in the country: Dead seeds: the guilt-ridden gardener’s nightmare
 

Ringing the changes: a century of bird study

Friday 16 January 2009
A week in the country: Centenary celebration for the British love of birds
 

New Year 2009: finding the glitter amongst the gloom

Friday 02 January 2009
A week in the country: Chins-up for New Year in the Yorkshire Dales
 

Shop local this Xmas – to secure future food

Friday 19 December 2008
A week in the country: Fill your boots this Xmas – and save the rural economy
 

The sad story of Red Robbo and the sparrow hawk

Friday 12 December 2008
A week in the country: Wonderful but wicked: the return of the sparrow hawk
 

Let a historic train take the Xmas strain

Friday 05 December 2008
A week in the country: The roundabout route of the Xmas shopping special
 

Britain and the EU: Babes in the Wood

Friday 28 November 2008
A week in the country: Back to form: another French farming stitch-up
 

Whatever happened to rural proofing?

Friday 21 November 2008
A week in the country: Rural proofing: promises, promises ignored
 

Moody and broody: Dales images for Bavaria

Friday 14 November 2008
Moody and broody: Dales images for Bavaria
 

RHS latch onto the power of the veg patch

Friday 07 November 2008
A week in the country: Vegetable growing joins the garden status stakes
 

Bonfire Night: yet another hedgehog horror

Friday 31 October 2008
A week in the country: Bonfire Night: yet another hedgehog horror
 

Fish and chips: nice but very naughty

Friday 24 October 2008
A week in the country: Untidy Britain: the curse of the fish & chip tray
 

Danger on the web – the spider’s web

Friday 17 October 2008
A week in the country: The alien invasion grows: now its poisonous spiders
 

Drystone walls: precious part of the landscape

Friday 10 October 2008
A week in the country: Drystone walls: precious part of the landscape
 

Country folk 1 – City Slickers 0

Friday 03 October 2008
A week in the country: How local loyalty beat the city slickers
 

At risk: the country pub sign

Friday 26 September 2008
A week in the country: Fighting to save our ancient pub art
 

BBC-v-Crufts: fighting to save pedigree dogs

Friday 19 September 2008
A week in the country: Exposed at last: the danger to our pedigree dogs
 

Too late, the soaring price of land

Friday 12 September 2008
A week in the country: The millionaire farmer who lost the lot
 

Food for free: finding safe wild fungi

Friday 05 September 2008
A week in the country: It’s wild mushroom time – but beware!
 

Green taxes: another rural rip off

Friday 29 August 2008
A week in the country: Country folk bear the brunt of excess “green” taxes
 

Summer in the veg plot: Year of the Toad

Friday 22 August 2008
A week in the country: The clouds did have a silver lining – if you’re a toad
 

Where have all the insects gone?

Friday 15 August 2008
A week in the country: Wanted: some TLC for our missing bugs
 

Dubious duo threat to village pubs

Friday 08 August 2008
A week in the country: Twin threat to the country pub: yobbos and do-gooders
 

Holiday special: narrow boat memories

Friday 01 August 2008
A week in the country: Messing round in boats: an English love story
 

Rural planning: a nice try but....

Friday 25 July 2008
A week in the country: Rural planning report: progress or pigeon hole?
 

Joining forces to aid black grouse

Friday 18 July 2008
A week in the country: Black grouse get-together for Yorkshire Dales
 

Food for thought – or diet for disaster?

Friday 11 July 2008
A week in the country: Food tops the menu – but can we afford it?
 

Stately survival: a tale of rural success

Friday 04 July 2008
A week in the country: Recognition for 900 years of rural enterprise
 

Politicians and planners: who can we trust?

Friday 27 June 2008
A week in the country: The clunking fist crushing local democracy
 

Fifty years of squabble: quarries – v - national parks

Friday 20 June 2008
A week in the country: Quarries: working hearts of national parks
 

Mayfly: Romeo and Juliet of the insect world

Friday 13 June 2008
A week in the country: The Mayfly: 300 million years for what?
 

Good news, bad news for Dales hill farms

Friday 06 June 2008
A week in the country: Praise for the uplands - but is it too late?
 

Counting the cost of rural motoring

Friday 30 May 2008
A week in the country: Why country folk should join fuel cost protests
 

Have you heard the cuckoo call?

Friday 23 May 2008
A week in the country: Deafening silence of the sound of summer
 

Whatever happened to the village duck pond?

Friday 16 May 2008
A week in the country: Build a reservoir and get back to nature
 

Wanted: new bank holiday for rural England

Friday 09 May 2008
A week in the country: Mid-summer: time for a new bank holiday
 

England’s multi-coloured and pleasant land

Friday 02 May 2008
A week in the country: The Dales celebrate the hayfields of yore
 

Shimmering in the sunlight: a ray of hope

Friday 25 April 2008
A week in the country: Dragon flies: alive and well in the Yorkshire Dales
 

Bears, moose and squirrels – in Britain?

Friday 18 April 2008
A week in the country: How wild do we want our wildlife?
 

Theory of the month: global cooling

Friday 11 April 2008
A week in the country: Global warming and the lord: the backlash grows
 

Nuclear power: saviour of the Dales landscape?

Friday 04 April 2008
A week in the country: Will the “greens” sabotage our sublime landscape?
 

Death in the garden: is Puss to blame?

Friday 28 March 2008
A week in the country: Are cats the culprits in garden bird decline?
 

Forget the bad news: Salar is back

Friday 21 March 2008
A week in the country: A century late – but Salar the Salmon returns at last
 

Under our feet: the future of the Yorkshire Dales

Friday 14 March 2008
A week in the country: Predicting the future from potholes’ ancient past
 

A big thank-you for wet Yorkshire Dales winters

Friday 08 March 2008
A week in the country: Water, water everywhere – and what a lot to drink
 

The countryside in 2006: time to talk now

Friday 29 February 2008
A week in the country: A talk in time to save our countryside
 

Wind farms: the landscape –v-bird debate

Friday 22 February 2008
A week in the country: Wind farms in the Dales - will bird safety have the casting vote?
 

Bird-v-fish: how man has changed the balance

Friday 15 February 2008
A week in the country: Trout or cormorant - when will we learn to manage nature?
 

Battle of the bugs: a nightmare in the veg patch

Friday 08 February 2008
A week in the country: She's no lady - the latest lethal invader in the garden
 

Deep stirrings from the past: land girls remembered

Friday 01 February 2008
A week in the country: At last, due recognition for the land girls
 

Energy in the future: electricity that grows on trees

Friday 25 January 2008
A week in the country: The great biofuel debate - another countryside split
 

Flooding: making the best of a very bad job

Friday 18 January 2008
A week in the country: Unprepared and unrepentant - flooding and politics
 

Walk off those Mars Bars - in the Yorkshire Dales

Friday 11 January 2008
A week in the country: Top ten reasons for a walk in the country
 

Riding to the rescue: the pine marten, local hero

Friday 04 January 2008
A week in the country: Can a once-persecuted "pest" save the red squirrel?
 

Fox hunters launch the countryside's New Year fight-back

Friday 28 December 2007
A week in the country: 2008 - the year the countryside fights back?
 

A Dales Christmas dinner: in praise of local food

Friday 21 December 2007
A week in the country: A cheap Christmas change from turkey - wood pigeon!
 

The Bug song: top of the Christmas pops

Friday 14 December 2007
A week in the country: A bug is not just for Christmas - so save our insects
 

Ban stiles and kissing gates: a demand too far

Friday 07 December 2007
A week in the country: The disabled in the countryside - will sympathy run out?
 

Thwarted: our man's poaching dreams come to nowt

Friday 30 November 2007
A week in the country: The dashed dreams of a Yorkshire Dales river-food gourmet
 

Cap confusion, fisheries farce: EU business as usual

Friday 23 November 2007
A week in the country: Has the dream of "green" farming turned Brown
 

Daffs in November: Mother Nature in turmoil

Friday 16 November 2007
A week in the country: Spring in autumn - the seasons in a time warp
 

All I want for Xmas: A Yorkshire Dales tree

Friday 09 November 2007
A week in the country: Plant a virtual tree - a unique present for faraway people
 

Top of the table battle: Tesco-v-the WI for cheapest food

Friday 02 November 2007
A week in country: Bubble & squeak - the tasty way to cut global warming
 

Saving Brock the Badger: We can afford it

Friday 26 October 2007
A week in the country: Cull Government waste not our rare wild animals
 

Swinging high in the Dales as the rugby world cup grips

Friday 19 October 2007
A week in the country: In praise of rugby union - and even the French too
 

Housing boom threat to already tree-poor Britain

Friday 05 October 2007
A week in the country: Please, planners, save that tree. Or is it too late?
 

Farmers and the countryside: can grim get worse?

Friday 28 September 2007
A week in the country: On the ropes: our farmers. At risk: our countryside
 

Country festivals: a good deal with no strings attached

Friday 21 September 2007
A week in the country: Festive capers bring new life to the countryside
 

The Death of a Silent Beauty

Friday 14 September 2007
A week in the country: Light pollution in the Yorkshire Dales
 

PC latest: let's ban dogs in the countryside

Friday 07 September 2007
A week in the country: Under attack - a countryman and his dog
 

What cost the price of meat?

Friday 31 August 2007
A week in the country: The soaring cost of food - just what the UK needs?
 

There's gold in them thar allotments

Friday 24 August 2007
A week in the country: Tatty veg plots become a developer's dream
 

Wanted: £1m to map Britain's birds

Friday 17 August 2007
A week in the country: Sponsors wanted for Britain's biggest bird count
 

A knotty problem: confessions of a boy scout

Friday 10 August 2007
A week in the country: Revealed: our man comes clean after 50 years
 

Life and death on the river: otters are back

Friday 03 August 2007
A week in the country: Why a corpse means new life for Dales rivers
 

Flooding: does charity really begin at home?

Friday 27 July 2007
A week in the country: Game show cancellation: a sign of things to come?
 

A win-win chance for Yorkshire Dales willows?

Friday 20 July 2007
A week in the country: Could biofuels bring the trees back to the Dales?
 

The Benn brief: floods, food and fragile farming

Friday 13 July 2007
A week in the country: Can Wedgie's son save our food supply
 

Join the hunt for our hidden historic trees

Friday 06 July 2007
A week in the country: Hug a tree - and save our history
 

GM foods: an open invitation to the Grim Reaper

Friday 29 June 2007
A week in the country: Frankenstein foods: science fiction becomes science fact?
 

Tony Blair: Ten years of rural rip-off

Friday 22 June 2007
A week in the country: How Blair fed the countryside to the Left Wing wolves
 

Let them play: memories of a rural childhood

Friday 15 June 2007
A week in the country: At last, advice to save the cotton-wool kids
 

Straining trains: good news, bad news on the line

Friday 08 June 2007
A week in the country: The re-birth of a trans-Pennine rail route - genuine hope or pie in the sky?
 

Nuclear power and the metropolitan takeover of Greenpeace

Friday 01 June 2007
A week in the country: Southern squeals at nuclear option - put 'em up North
 

What pushed the humble eel onto the slippery slope?

Friday 25 May 2007
A week in the country - on the slippery slope: the European eel
 

An un-fond farewell to the English countryside's French foe

Friday 18 May 2007
A week in the country: Adieu to Jacques Chirac - and good riddance
 

Britain's canals: still going strong despite the bureaucrats

Friday 11 May 2007
A week in the country: Tales from the towpath - boaters-v-the bureaucrats
 

Record spring brings out the butterflies - good and bad

Friday 04 May 2007
A week in the country: Butterflies, good, bad - and green
 

Relaxing break from the great rural rip-off

Friday 27 April 2007
A week in the country: Peace of mind off the rural roller-coaster
 

Time to fine the mobile phone mountain morons?

Friday 20 April 2007
A week in the country - Mobiles in the mountains: life saver or time waster?
 

A bee in the bonnet: What's happening to old Bumble?

Friday 13 April 2007
A week in the country - Wanted: bumble bee watchers for an overlooked wonder
 

Water mills: the forgotten force that powered the Industrial Revolution

Friday 06 April 2007
A week in the country: Water power, the forgotten green technology
 

Spring's steadfast sentinel: the simple celandine

Friday 30 March 2007
A week in the country: Serenade the celandine, the gold star of spring
 

Broughton Hall: still creating jobs after 900 years!

Friday 23 March 2007
A week in the country: New jobs for old: another Yorkshire Dales triumph
 

Scientific sacrilege: is global warming just a con?

Friday 16 March 2007
A week in the country: Time to stop the global warming band wagon
 

A TV champion for country ways, Jeremy Paxman

Friday 09 March 2007
A week in the country: Bravo for Paxo, TV's politically incorrect countryman
 

Another countryside clash: whose river is it anyway?

Friday 02 March 2007
A week in the country: Another countryside conundrum - canoeing and the contemplative man's sport
 

eDemocracy: a powerful new tool for country folk

Friday 23 February 2007
A week in the country: 10 Downing St and the Web - a new chapter in eDemocracy
 

After turkey chaos, local food goes to the top of the menu

Friday 16 February 2007
A week in the country: The good news and the even better news for Yorkshire food
 

Not so "bootiful": the death knell for factory farming?

Friday 09 February 2007
A week in the country: Will avian 'flu kill factory farming?
 

Daelnet special: Who will cope with avian 'flu?

Monday 05 February 2007
Avian 'flu: can our politicians get it right this time?
 

Help wanted for the ailing house sparrow

Friday 02 February 2007
A week in the country: The sad tale of cats, DIY, and the old cock sparrow
 

The great supermarket con: damp squib or sinister spin?

Friday 26 January 2007
A week in the country: Death and a tale of two Tescos
 

Join the Big Brother trail and save British food

Friday 19 January 2007
A week in the country: Let's declare email war on Downing Street
 

Global warming: a gardening nightmare

Friday 12 January 2007
A week in the country: Global warming and upside-down grass
 

Thrown again: the BBC and the hunting ban

Friday 05 January 2007
A week in the country: You've gotta larf: the BBC boobs again
 

Twenty questionable New Year resolutions for the countryside

Friday 29 December 2006
A week in the country: Twenty questionable New Year resolutions for country folk in 2007
 

At last, an archbishop prepared to stand up for Christmas

Friday 22 December 2006
A week in the country: Happy Christmas, Dr Sentamu, the battling black Archbishop of York
 

Daelnet Yuletide special: A robin is not just for Christmas

Wednesday 20 December 2006
AS millions of paper robins fly around the British Isles this week - as one of the most popular images on Christmas cards...
 

Thinking things through: the lost art of politics

Friday 15 December 2006
A week in the country: Post offices and the Law of Unforeseen Circumstances
 

With the family silver gone, the land must go too

Friday 08 December 2006
A week in the country: The robber baron's great land grab
 

Our canals: at risk because of more Defra chaos

Friday 01 December 2006
A week in the country: The latest victim of the great Defra chaos - our canals
 

Down on the farm - how will celebrity owners cope?

Friday 24 November 2006
A week in the country: I'm a celebrity - get me into the gentry
 

Fly-tipping menace: does your council care?

Friday 17 November 2006
A week in the country: The fly-tipping menace: does your council care?
 

Dirty hands and good wholesome food

Friday 10 November 2006
A week in the country: Giving thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his campaign for real food
 

How to fill the bottomless "green" tax pit

Friday 03 November 2006
A week in the country: Green taxes - more billions for Brown's bottomless pit
 

Another blank salmon season - hooray!

Friday 27 October 2006
A week in the country: A toast to an absent friend, Salar the Leaper
 

Nature plays as the world warms

Friday 20 October 2006
A week in the country: Mating mallards and rampant red admirals
 

British Sugar closes down as the future opens up

Friday 13 October 2006
A week in the country: British Sugar goes sour when the future could be sweet
 

The race to save the country craftsman

Friday 06 October 2006
A week in the country: The quest for country craftsmen - some steps in the right direction
 

Village post offices: the last nail in the rural coffin?

Friday 29 September 2006
A week in the country: Village post offices and the final betrayal
 

The market town: where history meets the future

Friday 22 September 2006
A week in the country: Our salute to market towns, the jewels in the crown of the English countryside
 

Caravan capers: good or bad for country life?

Friday 15 September 2006
A week in the country - Caravan confessions: damn nuisance - or business saviour?
 

Don't bank on it as experts predict monsoons

Friday 08 September 2006
A week in the country: A plea to save the stately horse chestnut
 

KO time for conkers unless Governments acts

Friday 01 September 2006
A week in the country Swept away: Britain's river banks as we face a new monsoon season?
 

Isaac Walton must be turning in his grave

Friday 25 August 2006
A week in the country: Terror comes to the river bank
 

Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit and the plague

Friday 18 August 2006
A week in the country: is Beatrix Potter to blame for our rabbit plague?
 

The game show returns: a triumph for country sports

Friday 11 August 2006
A week in the country: Coming home to Yorkshire, the game show and its big crowds
 

Natural England: another Whitehall countryside cock-up?

Friday 04 August 2006
A week in the country: Natural England, another Whitehall disaster looming?
 

Vegetable gardening in the Yorkshire Dales desert

Friday 28 July 2006
A week in the country: With the holiday season in full swing, we discuss a really important subject: gardening
 

Rural life to implode while the wheel is reinvented?

Friday 21 July 2006
A week in the country: The Government on rural life: re-inventing the wheel!
 

Will farmers ever receive their just rewards?

Friday 14 July 2006
A week in the country: Farmers, politics and the countryside: praise, thanks … or spite?
 

The secret, unfiery side of Fred Trueman

Friday 07 July 2006
A week in the country: Our personal tribute to unfiery Fred Trueman
 

Time to ban the macho men and their killing machines

Friday 30 June 2006
A week in the country: Motorbike madness - time to ban the Yorkshire Dales TT
 

Guard the Malham peregrines: thieves about

Friday 23 June 2006
A week in the country: Good news, bad news on the bird front. Why the Malham peregrines are lucky to be alive
 

Poor but proud: a "new" old find on country life

Friday 16 June 2006
A week in the country: The poor but proud country folk. We investigate a Government investigation
 

Dales council in verge mowing row

Friday 09 June 2006
A week in the country: Viva our roadside verges. Or are they being killed off in the Dales?
 

Who killed Cock Robin? Farmer Giles not guilty

Friday 02 June 2006
A week in the country: Who killed Cock Robin? A reprieve for Farmer Giles
 

Watch the birdie: nature fuses TV and the web

Friday 26 May 2006
A week in the country: Spring, the BBC and the web: the future of fusion is here
 

Half a decade on: our 250th country column

Friday 19 May 2006
A week in the country: Bill Bryson, bluebells and our 250th column
 

Out: two countryside clowns. In: two saviours?

Friday 12 May 2006
A week in the country: At last, a heavyweight at the Defra helm
 

"Red Babs" and the Skipton Water Festival

Friday 05 May 2006
A week in the country: The hated lady who saved our canals
 

In the frame: the Dales through an outsider's eyes

Friday 28 April 2006
A week in the country: The Yorkshire Dales through the eyes of an offcumden
 

At last: a proper celebration for England's patron saint

Friday 21 April 2006
A week in the country: Lifting a glass for England, St George - and farmers
 

Easter on the river - a time worth fighting for

Friday 14 April 2006
A week in the country: A fisherman at Easter. Are there grave battles ahead?
 

Can the law bring back our starlit nights?

Friday 07 April 2006
A week in the country: Stars in our eyes - is this the end of light pollution in the countryside?
 

Locals - v - offcumdens: time to pull together?

Friday 31 March 2006
A week in the country: Pulling together in the 21st Century Dales village
 

Global warming a con, says Jurassic Park author

Friday 24 March 2006
A week in the country: Jurassic Park and global warming - a monster in the countryside?
 

Crushed: the countryside's finest scientists

Friday 17 March 2006
A week in the country: Sacked by the pen-pushers, the scientists trying to save our countryside
 

Good news week for gold crests and windfarm haters

Friday 10 March 2006
A week in the country: good news for the gold crest - and thanks to the gardeners
 

The latest hunting row: how to control the wild boar?

Friday 03 March 2006
A week in the country: Another hunting dilemma- but this time, the quarry can strike back
 

Bird flu and Skipton's stately swans

Friday 24 February 2006
A week in the country: Saving Skipton's stately swans
 

NFU revolt as farming faces yet another crisis

Friday 17 February 2006
A week in the country: NFU rebellion: a war of words down on the farm
 

St Valentine, patron saint of rural affairs?

Friday 10 February 2006
A week in the country: St Valentine's Day, an important date on the countryside calendar
 

The welcome return of Jack Frost

Friday 03 February 2006
A week in the country: Welcome back, Jack Frost, friend of gardeners, farmers, fishermen and 'flu victims
 

Crime: the Sheffield bobby and the Settle saddle

Friday 27 January 2006
A week in the country: Crime in the Yorkshire Dales: will new super-force cope - or even care?
 

Millions spent but no relief for A65 villages

Friday 20 January 2006
A week in the country: The millions wasted on the Yorkshire Dales bypasses which have never been built
 

The Yorkshire Dales and the Silver Screen

Friday 13 January 2006
A week in the country: We take a look at just a few of the roles played by the dales over the years.
 

The Death of a Silent Beauty

Friday 06 January 2006
A week in the country: A New Year contemplation of the loss of one of Yorkshire Dale’s most spectacular views.
 

A happy Christmas for Robin Redbreast?

Friday 23 December 2005
A week in the country: A robin is not just for Christmas - he needs our help
 

Food, glorious Christmas food

Friday 16 December 2005
A week in the country: Good news, bad news and food, glorious food
 

Game on: a tasty, healthy, cheap Christmas dinner

Friday 09 December 2005
A week in the country: Game on this Christmas - tasty, healthy, neighbourly ...and cheap
 

Freeze or fry: the latest spat on global warming

Friday 02 December 2005
A week in the country: Icebergs in Morecambe Bay, yet another fall out by global warming "experts"
 

Wanted, dead or alive: the Siberian chipmunk

Friday 25 November 2005
A week in the country: The "Ahhh" factor and yet another animal invader
 

Skipton V Tesco: David and Goliath go shopping

Friday 18 November 2005
A week in the country: Supermarkets, shopping and market towns - will Skipton take a stand
 

When does a pest become a pet?

Friday 11 November 2005
A week in the country: Red V Grey - the battle of the squirrels and a domestic drama for our countryside correspondent
 

The village hall: 21st Century hub - or empty shell?

Friday 04 November 2005
A week in the country: Village halls, the latest targets for Government double think
 

Don't panic at the wrong bug

Friday 28 October 2005
A week in the country: As near panic grips parts of Europe over the avian flu bug, we ask when is a food "scare" real?
 

Where does milk come from: cow or carton?

Friday 21 October 2005
A week in the country: Taking the Yorkshire Dales to town: a lifeline for deprived youngsters?
 

Them and us: countryside power players

Friday 14 October 2005
A week in the country: The good, the bad and the ugly in the countryside: the Prince versus Prescott
 

Saving the salmon: a conservationist's dilemma

Friday 07 October 2005
A week in the country: With River Ribble salmon under threat, we discuss the moral dilemma of the modern game fisherman
 

A welcome return to the Yorkshire Dales

Friday 30 September 2005
A week in the country: Caravans in the Yorkshire Dales - curse or good custom?
 

A plea to caring caravanners

Friday 23 September 2005
A week in the country: Caravans in the Yorkshire Dales - curse or good custom?
 

Run your car from golden fields?

Friday 16 September 2005
A week in the country: A golden fields solution to the oil crisis: grow your own
 

No doom and gloom in Yorkshire Dales?

Friday 09 September 2005
A week in the country: On the road to rural ruin. Have the Yorkshire Dales avoided the crash?
 

Bringing back the bear: dream or nightmare?

Friday 02 September 2005
A week in the country: Fancy a wild bear in your back yard?
 

When the nearest hospital is 40 miles away

Friday 26 August 2005
A week in the country: How a painful prick for our countryside commentator brought home the NHS shortcomings for residents of remote areas of the Yorkshire Dales
 

Why the farmer's cherry bowl is empty

Friday 19 August 2005
A week in the country: Why life is no longer a bowl of cherries - nor peaches and cream - for farming folk
 

A countryside kick in the teeth for the DDD

Friday 12 August 2005
A week in the country: How Bill Oddie and breeding birds exposed the dumbed-down planning of terrestrial TV programmers
 

Organic-v-traditional farming: time for a truce?

Friday 05 August 2005
A week in the country: Organic -V-traditional farming. Can we really have a "win-win" situation for farmers, wildlife and the British food consumer?
 

Half a century on the riverbank

Friday 29 July 2005
A week in the country: Some quiet reflections on the river bank in 50 years of angling
 

A bad week for birds - thanks to us?

Friday 22 July 2005
A week in the country: Birds and mankind living together - the problems that have put vets on the alert from Surrey to South East Asia
 

Government cock-up could kill off country circuses

Friday 15 July 2005
A week in the country: The clowns with sad faces - a travelling circus being forced out of business by badly conceived licensing legislation
 

Dales hill farming must be saved at all costs

Friday 08 July 2005
A week in the country: As London reels from triumph to disaster, our countryside commentator hopes that one of the most important reports on country life will not be overlooked in future
 

Helmsley floods: act of God or man made?

Friday 24 June 2005
A week in the country: Were North Yorkshire floods made worse by misguided land management?
 

Cheers! A round of applause for the country pub

Friday 17 June 2005
A week in the country: Cheers! As the rest of Europe squabbles, we raise a glass in praise of the English country pub
 

Is this global warming - or just shifting seasons?

Friday 10 June 2005
A week in the country: Global warming or shifting seasons: do the Mayfly have a lesson for the scientists?
 

Lost, one EU bet; won, a virtual reality garden

Friday 03 June 2005
A week in the country: Our countryside commentator celebrates a lost bet with a virtual reality country garden
 

A French "Non" a boon for English country life

Friday 27 May 2005
A week in the country: Praying for French "Non" to save the English countryside
 

Natural England: countryside terrier - or rural lapdog?

Friday 20 May 2005
A week in the country: Defra's brand new, countryside quango: Will it work - or will it be another shambles?
 

Gardening craze a threat to our wild flowers

Friday 13 May 2005
A week in the country: The gardening threat to England's green and pleasant land
 

Day One and the jiggery-pokery begins

Friday 06 May 2005
A week in the country: Day One of a new Government - and a new countryside controversy raises its head
 

What's happening in Malhamdale in 2005?

Tuesday 03 May 2005
Check out some of the events taking place in the Yorkshire Dales this year .. Whatever you're in to, there's something for everyone!
 

Will you vote for the red or grey squirrel party?

Friday 29 April 2005
A week in the country: As the time to vote arrives - at last - is political correctness rather than party policy the biggest danger to the English countryside?
 

The Battle of Whinash and the hidden costs of "green" power

Friday 22 April 2005
A week in the country: As hopes rise for locals-only Yorkshire Dales housing, some useful hints for first-time buyers
 

Helpful hints for first time house buyers

Friday 15 April 2005
A week in the country: As hopes rise for locals-only Yorkshire Dales housing, some useful hints for first-time buyers
 

A wedding day message for Dales-lover Prince Charles

Friday 08 April 2005
A week in the country: Forget the election - let's wish Prince Charles, a good friend of the Yorkshire Dales, a long and happy marriage
 

Time to fix our wandering Easter?

Friday 01 April 2005
A week in the country: An Easter inquest: why is it so early - and how much damage does it do to the tourist trade?
 

Saving the Uist hedgehogs: when conservationists fall out

Friday 25 March 2005
A week in the country: Birds versus hedgehogs - what happens when conservationists fall out
 

Quarrying's new face - as a wildlife haven

Friday 18 March 2005
A week in the country: The new face of quarrying, anathema to wildlife saviour
 

Time to bring back the cowslip and the bulrush

Friday 11 March 2005
A week in the country: Back to the wild. As spring approaches (we hope) we support the move to bring back the wonderful wildflowers that have nearly died out
 

A new dawn for environmentally friendly farming?

Friday 04 March 2005
A week in the country: A welcome for the long-awaited Defra proposals to reward farmers for their environmental work
 

The great food scare: who's to blame this time?

Friday 25 February 2005
A week in the country: Supermarkets, Sudan 1 and the FSA - how safe is our food?
 

The demons of demolition rise yet again

Friday 18 February 2005
A week in the country: Northern market towns under threat: when will they ever learn?
 

Death of foxhunting - or can it fight again another day?

Friday 11 February 2005
A week in the country: Foxhunting faces its point of no return. Or does it?
 

Global warming-v- nuclear power: a "green" nightmare?

Friday 04 February 2005
A week in the country: Ladybirds, golden plovers and global warming: is atomic energy the answer?
 

Whitehall slumbers whilst hill farms slump

Friday 28 January 2005
A week in the country: The best laid plans… More bureaucratic heartache for the long-suffering hill farmers of the Yorkshire Dales
 

Affordable housing: Dales locals fight back

Friday 21 January 2005
A week in the country: At last, positive action to put roofs over the heads of ordinary country folk
 

More research needed to save Brock the Badger

Friday 14 January 2005
A week in the country: Badgers and bovine TB - is there a better way to handle an environmental disaster?
 

Fighting back: the Lakes-v-political correctness

Friday 07 January 2005
A week in the country: Crippling the countryside with political correctness
 

The future is feathered (except for turkeys, of course)

Friday 17 December 2004
A week in the country: We take a look at the ups and downs in life for our feathered friends
 

Xmas cheer as Dales tradition beats big business

Friday 10 December 2004
A week in the country: Thirsty work ahead for the oldest brewers in the Yorkshire Dales
 

Happy turkeys taste better at Christmas

Friday 03 December 2004
A week in the country: How happy was your Christmas turkey? New spat between animal welfare campaigners and farmers
 

For your Christmas shopping list: country crafts

Friday 26 November 2004
A week in the country: Christmas shopping, country-style - there are bargains to be found
 

Country folk criminalized as democracy dies

Friday 19 November 2004
A week in the country: Hunting and the death of democracy - rural rights crushed in the name of PC politics
 

The oldies invade: good or bad for country life?

Friday 12 November 2004
A week in the country: Can townie oldies be of use in the countryside?
 

A royal solution to put the spark back into the Dales

Friday 05 November 2004
A week in the country: Let's copy the Queen and get hydro-power back in the Dales
 

Affordable rural housing - V - the drawbridge effect

Friday 29 October 2004
A week in the country: Brown field building in green field Britain - the answer to the affordable rural housing famine?
 

Lapwings and redshanks: good news for country stewardship

Friday 22 October 2004
A week in the country: Good news for birdlife augers well for next year's country stewardship scheme
 

The Dales in winter: dangers and delights for country folk

Friday 15 October 2004
A week in the country: A harsh winter to come - goods news or bad news?
 

Farm diversification: a sloe way to a quick profit

Friday 08 October 2004
A week in the country: A diversification success story - the sloe way to a quick profit
 

At last, the right sort of TV exposure for the Dales

Friday 01 October 2004
A week in the country: A warm welcome for Alan Titchmarsh as he prepares to make TV stars of the Yorkshire Dales
 

Two-billion-Tesco: what does it mean for market towns?

Friday 24 September 2004
A week in the country: As Tesco announce record profits, we examine the effects of the supermarket chains on country life. And it is far from good…
 

The minister of rural misadventure steps out

Friday 17 September 2004
A week in the country: meet the Minister of Rural Misadventure
 

Hypocrisy and class warfare: the case against fox hunting

Friday 10 September 2004
A week in the country: To ban fox hunting, that cunning old fox, Tony Blair, will feed honest country folk to his baying hounds
 

Britain's wild birds: a decade of ups and downs

Friday 03 September 2004
A week in the country: A decade of ornithology– the winners and losers of Britain's wild birds
 

Farmers face ruin as rains devastate harvests

Friday 27 August 2004
A week in the country: Pity the poor farmer as global warming adds further misery to an agricultural earthquake
 

Insect bites and old wives’ tales: the new science?

Friday 20 August 2004
A week in the country: Taking the sting out of the summer the old fashioned way
 

When banks go bust: the true cost of summer floods

Friday 13 August 2004
A week in the country: Busted banks and the threat that summer flooding poses to home-owners, farmers and wildlife
 

Taken to the dentists - the rural watchdogs with teeth

Friday 30 July 2004
A week in the country: Searching for the good news behind the latest rural red tape
 

At last, red tape with some good news

Friday 23 July 2004
A week in the country: Searching for the good news behind the latest rural red tape
 

A curate’s egg of a country code

Friday 16 July 2004
A week in the country: The new countryside code – a curate’s egg of right and wrong
 

Blindfold lifted on man’s contribution to national parks

Friday 09 July 2004
A week in the country: At last, official recognition for man's contribution to the landscapes of our national parks
 

Organic farming: a big boost needed from CAP reforms

Friday 02 July 2004
A week in the country: Stirring up the compost heap – is this the new agricultural black gold?
 

Right to roam: yet another countryside cock-up

Friday 25 June 2004
A week in the country: Chaos and the Right to Roam - why can't they get our rights right?
 

UKIP and rural England: a bloody nose for the EU

Friday 18 June 2004
A week in the country: UKIP, the European Union, and what do they mean now for the English countryside?
 

Replace walls and hedges, demand country campaigners

Friday 11 June 2004
A week in the country: The people worry as the walls come tumbling down
 

The Eden Project: a Millennium dream come true

Friday 04 June 2004
A week in the country: Millennium magic - a visit to the highly successful Eden Project in Cornwall, one of the few Millennium dreams that came true
 

Three years of revolution in rural affairs

Friday 28 May 2004
A week in the country: Celebrating our 150th edition, we ruminate on changes in rural attitudes over the past three years
 

British eels in danger – because of Japanese imports

Friday 21 May 2004
A week in the country: Eels on the slippery slope – thanks once again to foreign imports
 

Landscape at risk if good intentions go sour

Friday 14 May 2004
A week in the country: Protecting our landscape – are the bureaucrats moving in?
 

Mike Harding to head the Yorkshire Dales Society

Wed 12 May 2004
Comedian, writer, broadcaster and conservationist Mike Harding was elected as the Yorkshire Dales Society's new President at the Society's AGM at the weekend.
 

The Dutiful Duke, a man who loved the Dales

Friday 07 May 2004
A week in the country: The dutiful Duke of Devonshire who felt that his first duty lay to his estates – and the people who worked them
 

The swallows are here – but what about the spring?

Friday 29 April 2004
A week in the country: whatever happened to spring? John Sheard discusses the latest signs of global warming
 

The St George’s Day Diet: patriotism on a plate

Friday 22 April 2004
A week in the country: Raising the flag – and a knife and fork – for the St George’s Day diet
 

Bringing back the skylark: the scientists get to grips

Friday 02 April 2004
A week in the country: The skylark tragedy and moves to prevent it ever happening again
 

Skipton hits the top 20 – but could do better

Friday 26 March 2004
A week in the country: Goods news, bad news for Skipton as a market town
 

A Dales’ invitation: from supermarket to the farm

Friday 19 March 2004
A week in the country: Lambing time in the Dales – a chance for townsfolk to witness rural life in the raw
 

GM crops: the hidden dangers behind a political ploy

Friday 12 March 2004
A week in the country: GM maize, the most dangerous decision ever made for the British environment?
 

Farmers, food and blackmail: Can you help?

Friday 05 March 2004
A week in the country: Blackmail allegations in the never ending row between farmers and the supermarket chains
 

Prince Charming and the Yorkshire Dales

Friday 27 February 2004
A week in the country: The Prince and the Yorkshire Dales, a love affair worth reporting
 

Compulsory purchase rears its ugly head again

Friday 20 February 2004
A week in the country: Back in business, that sinister little phrase "compulsory purchase"
 

Farm subsidy storm: wait for the dust to settle

Friday 13 February 2004
A week in the country: Letting the dust settle on the storm over farm subsidy reform
 

The Rural Trades Register

Friday 06 February 2004
The foundation for rural skills growth in the Yorkshire Dales
 

Grow your own motor fuel: new challenge for farmers

Friday 06 February 2004
A week in the country: ONE OF the drawbacks of writing about countryside matters over the decades is that the same old problems keep cropping up time and time again.
 

The Dales in winter: a welcome fall of snow

Friday 30 January 2004
A week in the country: The snow-bound Yorkshire Dales, a true winter wonderland
 

Fifty years of national park: time to work together

Friday 23 January 2004
A week in the country: As the Yorkshire Dales National Park begins its 50th birthday celebrations, we discuss what it means to the locals
 

The 20-year-old Scottish salmon scandal

Friday 16 January 2004
A week in the country: Why Scottish salmon joined British beef on the food poison hit list
 

Major improvements for Hawes traffic system

Friday 02 January 2004
NORTH YORKSHIRE County Council is about to start major roadworks in Hawes, the first package of schemes linked to the town's traffic management strategy.
 

Mixed blessings for the countryside, 2004?

Tue 30 December 2003
A week in the country: 2004 - a Happy New Year for country folk? Our forecast: occasional sunshine but heavy showers
 

At last, some good news for the countryside

Friday 26 December 2003
Christmas in the country: some unexpected seasonal presents for the countryside
 

The pros and cons of airport expansion

Friday 19 December 2003
A week in the country: The air travel quandary: a benefit for the Dales - or a disaster for the environment?
 

A robin is not just for Christmas

Friday 12 December 2003
A week in the country: We take a seasonal look at Robin Redbreast - and advise how you can help to keep him flourishing
 

Why our farmers need a Christmas present - from us

Friday 05 December 2003
A week in the country: At last, some good news for farmers - but we consumers can do more
 

Horse passports: spin-off benefits of a daft EU law

Friday 28 November 2003
A week in the country. Horses for courses: the EU gets something right - by accident
 

Can the BBC go back to its country roots?

Friday 21 November 2003
A week in the country: Promises, promises from the BBC: will they be kept?
 

The Haskins report: missed opportunity - or political ploy?

Friday 14 November 2003
A week in the country. The Haskins review of the rural future: plain boring - or deeply sinister?
 

A tough choice: swaying palms or golden horse chestnuts?

Friday 07 November 2003
A month out of the country: John Sheard reflects on the pleasure of returning to the Yorkshire Dales after a month in the tropics.
 

Politics and poor people: trouble in paradise

Friday 31 October 2003
A week in another country: John Sheard reports from Penang, Malaysia, on a tourist trade bedeviled by politics
 

Rugby union and rural life: what is the connection?

Friday 24 October 2003
A week in the country: Rugby union and country life: the threads which connect the two
 

Animals at risk thanks to national food fads

Friday 17 October 2003
A week in another country: Our environmental writer John Sheard, on his way to Australia, stops over on the paradise island of Bali
 

Democracy and a better environment: Indonesia takes up the challenge

Friday 10 October 2003
Countryside writer John Sheard, on his way to Australia for the world rugby cup, calls in on Java to see what efforts the now democratic Indonesia is making to overcome its appalling past in environmental matters.
 

A tale of two countries: farming north and south

Friday 03 October 2003
Country columnist John Sheard reflects on the news that profits have soared for British cereal and beef farmers - but asks when some relief will arrive for northern hill farmers?
 

On the line once again: the Settle-Carlisle railway

Friday 26 September 2003
A week in the country: Will the Government, committed to "rural proofing," allow the Settle-Carlisle railway line to stagnate?
 

The red-tape noose strangling the Dales country estate

Friday 19 September 2003
Our countryside commentator John Sheard reports on the maze of red tape choking the English country estate and calls for specialised training for future landowners and farmers
 

A country holiday: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Friday 15 August 2003
Our countryside commentator John Sheard takes a busman's holiday -ten days off in the countryside which is his professional workshop
 

Country folk -V- city louts: whose voice should be heard?

Friday 08 August 2003
Our countryside commentator John Sheard compares two major open-air events staged in Yorkshire and asks why it is always the yobbos who get favoured treatment
 

The innocent and the guilty: which is which in rural crime?

Friday 01 August 2003
Our countryside commentator John Sheard asks if the notorious case of Tony Martin will help focus attention on the long overlooked problem of rural crime
 

A rebirth for a forgotten rural gem: the farm pond?

Friday 25 July 2003
Our countryside commentator John Sheard recalls memories of dragon flies and sticklebacks, newts and dragon flies - and welcomes efforts to bring them back to life
 

Sea trout and global warming: a new link?

Friday 18 July 2003
Our country commentator John Sheard ponders the mystery of the ever-growing sea trout and its causes. Could it be global warning?
 

A new railway for the Dales - but no relief on the A65

Friday 11 July 2003
Our countryside correspondent John Sheard welcomes a re-opened railway line for Wensleydale but despairs that life will ever get better for the villagers of the A65
 

Foxhunting: have they nothing better to fight over?

Friday 04 July 2003
Our countryside commentator John Sheard despairs over this week's fracas in the House of Commons when there are so many more important issues at stake
 

Mixed blessings: a confusing week for country life

Friday 27 June 2003
Our countryside correspondent John Sheard muses on two items of good news this week - agricultural reforms and a new scheme to back affordable rural housing - but wonders if anyone has read the small print
 

The price we must pay for political ambition

Friday 20 June 2003
With great reluctance, our countryside commentator John Sheard turns again to politics - and asks whether North Yorkshire must be sacrificed to political vanity
 

The Dales national park at 50: what about the locals?

Friday 13 June 2003
As the Yorkshire Dales National Park announces party plans for its golden jubilee next year, our countryside correspondent John Sheard discusses some of the successes - and the failings - of the national park movement
 

Surprise, surprise: bureaucrats hinder rural policy reform

Friday 06 June 2003
Our country correspondent John Sheard expresses little surprise at the fact that important countryside legislation is being delayed by Whitehall indifference
 

Wanted: united support for affordable housing plans

Friday 30 May 2003
Our countryside commentator John Sheard hopes that a new plan to give Dales youngsters affordable homes will succeed - but wonders who will give the project necessary support
 

From little acorns: time to plant more trees

Friday 23 May 2003
Our countryside commentator John Sheard urges more farmers, landowners and even gardeners to take advantage of generous grants for tree planting
 

Why we should learn from the otter's good news

Friday 16 May 2003
Country commentator John Sheard delights in the comeback of the otter - but warns that this is a story with a sombre message for the future
 

The ups and downs of country life - official

Friday 09 May 2003
Our country commentator John Sheard digests the latest annual statistics from the Countryside Agency - and, like the curate's egg, they are good and bad in parts
 

100 country weeks, two years of turbulence

Friday 02 May 2003
In this, his 100th Week in the country column, John Sheard picks the good and the bad from the past two years
 

Time for a decision on 4 x 4s and green lanes

Friday 25 April 2003
Our countryside columnist John Sheard hopes that an ill-judged legal threat from off-road vehicle drivers will finally provoke Government action save the green lanes of the Yorkshire Dales
 

Will Easter put rural enterprise back in business?

Thu 17 April 2003
Our countryside columnist John Sheard discusses the importance of this Easter holiday for businesses facing a general downturn - and still not fully recovered from FMD
 

Forty years on: a new approach to farming pesticides

Friday 11 April 2003
In 1960, our country columnist John Sheard was one of the first journalists in Britain to expose the dangers of the widespread use of farm pesticides. At last, he can now welcome a coordinated, scientific approach to this sad subject
 

Seventeen years to save our country life

Friday 04 April 2003
Our country columnist John Sheard looks at an ambitious project to decide the future of rural life and asks: is this just more wishful thinking or can it really work?
 

Poison on your plate: half measures on food imports?

Friday 28 March 2003
Country columnist John Sheard wonders if new controls on foreign food imports can prevent another outbreak of FMD - or even worse
 

No flies for Waggy, a British bird in decline

Friday 21 March 2003
With the opening of the brown trout fishing season, our country columnist John Sheard renewed his 30-year-old relationship with a family of yellow wagtails. They were still there - but he was lucky
 

The Curse of Crufts: 100 years of in-breeding

Friday 07 March 2003
Britain's dogs have been betrayed and belittled by a century of in-breeding encouraged by Crufts supporters, says former dog-owner John Sheard
 

Could the countryside survive a green power revolution?

Friday 28 February 2003
Although country columnist John Sheard believes Government plans for "green" electricity are largely hot air, he still fears they might cause untold damage to the landscape
 

The web and FMD: could it have been the missing key?

Friday 21 February 2003
Two years after the first outbreak of foot and mouth disease, country columnist John Sheard wonders if a vital tool, the Internet, could have saved the day?
 

Wanted: new solutions to the housing crisis killing the countryside

Friday 14 February 2003
Our country columnist John Sheard is dragged away from important matters of country life -like fly fishing and gardening - by the incessant uproar caused by politicians banging the rural drum
 

Salmon, seeds and, sadly, more politics

Friday 07 February 2003
Our country columnist John Sheard is dragged away from important matters of country life -like fly fishing and gardening - by the incessant uproar caused by politicians banging the rural drum
 

Yorkshire Dales apprentices: a good start but where to now?

Friday 31 January 2003
Country columnist John Sheard welcomes plans to train apprentices in rural skills in the Yorkshire Dales National Park – and hopes that others will take up the campaign
 

Once more into the breach: time to fight the Euro-dictators

Friday 24 January 2003
Our country columnist John Sheard rages about a dream turned sour and urges Tony Blair to go to war - in Europe
 

Market towns matter - but what are they?

Friday 17 January 2003
Our country columnist John Sheard raises an eyebrow at a Yorkshire Forward decision to designate old West Riding mill communities as "market towns"
 

Wild bird SOS: your blackbird needs a hearty breakfast

Friday 10 January 2003
Our country columnist John Sheard urges readers to serve up an early meal for their garden birds - or lose them to the cold snap.
 

A knighthood for the country watchdog with teeth

Friday 03 January 2003
Country columnist John Sheard welcomes the honour given to Sir Ewen Cameron, chairman of the Countryside Agency, because he is a man who speaks his mind.
 

New Year: Time to tackle that left-out feeling

Friday 27 December 2002
Country columnist John Sheard argues that we need to put some steel into our New Year resolutions - or see the countryside left even further behind.
 

Dear Santa: what the Yorkshire Dales want for Christmas

Friday 20 December 2002
Country columnist John Sheard submits an optimistic, non-political gift list for a Yorkshire Dales Christmas.
 

Abandoned again: the despairing villages of the A65

Friday 13 December 2002
Our countryside columnist John Sheard takes exception to the CPRE's policy of opposing all road developments.
 

Hunting: Labour left versus Government right

Friday 06 December 2002
The publication of this week's hunting bill merely added to the confusion surrounding this emotive subject, writes country columnist John Sheard. But was that the plan?
 

TV chefs cook up farmers' market Christmas

Friday 29 November 2002
The "buy local food" bandwagon won some extra momentum on Wednesday when two top TV chefs launched a scheme to persuade consumers to shop at farmers' markets this Christmas.
 

Targeted shopping: Spend for the countryside this Christmas

Friday 22 November 2002
As the biggest spending spree of the year swings into action, our country columnist John Sheard urges rural residents to put their money back into the countryside.
 

Getting down to earth - by regenerating allotments

Friday 15 November 2002
Our country columnist (and allotment holder) John Sheard applauds a London based charity which is giving £500,000 to regenerate the nation's allotments.
 

Could Malhamdale hold the future for EU farmers?

Friday 08 November 2002
Our country columnist John Sheard takes a look behind the scenes at the launch of this week's Limestone Country Project.
 

Can Sir Max take on the Government townies?

Friday 01 November 2002
Country columnist John Sheard takes a wry look at the new President of the Council for the Protection of Rural England, the journalist and author Sir Max Hastings.
 

Help demanded for country folk in the urban "war zone"

Friday 25 October 2002
As a major conference opens on urban regeneration, we ask how that will affect the countryside.
 

Have cats put sparrows and starlings on the Red List?

Friday 18 October 2002
John Sheard discusses the reasons why two of Britain's most common birds have been "red listed" and asks how much blame lies with the domestic moggy.
 

Draining our precious assets: the threat of bank erosion

Friday 11 October 2002
Country columnist John Sheard describes how a moment of danger highlighted one of the most serious threats to our landscape
 

Butterflies and baby courgettes in an Indian summer

Friday 04 October 2002
Countryside columnist John Sheard takes the opportunity to enjoy a bit of rural peace and quiet as he enjoys the late summer
 

Apathy, offcumdens, and the countryside

Friday 27 September 2002
John Sheard makes a plea that, after all the excitement of the great march, countryfolk do not sink back into apathy
 

Liberty and livelihoods: the true meaning of the great march

Friday 20 September 2002
John Sheard muses on the meaning of the great march as the countryside goes to town
 

Weeping willows and global warming

Friday 13 September 2002
Country columnist John Sheard sheds a tear for a scrapped alternative energy scheme which could have slowed global warming - and put a few pennies in the pockets of Yorkshire country folk
 

Getting lost on the "right to roam" map

Friday 06 September
Country columnist John Sheard (almost) stifles a lAugusth and looks at the serious side of rural map making.
 

Goods news, bad news on the wild bird front

Friday 30 August
Our country columnist John Sheard examines some extremely important research into the relationship between bird life and a healthy countryside.
 

Wrong again: the toll of Bank Holiday weather forecasts

Friday 23 August
Our country columnist John Sheard asks if the Met Office "experts" realise the damage that inaccurate weather forecasts do to the tourism industry.
 

Requiem for a farm, a family and a way of life

Friday 16 August
Country columnist John Sheard writes in a spirit of deep mourning for a farming family he has known for thirty years, forced off their land by the demands of big business.
 

Don't look now but things are getting better

Friday 09 August
Our country columnist John Sheard casts away the doom and gloom and delights in a week when positive things began to happen.
 

Promises, promises: the Government and country sports

Friday 02 August
Our country columnist John Sheard ponders on a Labour minister's promise not to ban shooting - and thinks it might even be true.
 

Foot and mouth: the final summing up

Friday 26 July
John Sheard, hopefully writing about FMD for the last time, takes a deeply sceptical look at this week's Anderson report.
 

Fur, fin and feather: which species should we protect?

Friday 19 July
Whilst applauding Britain's success in protecting its wild birds, John Sheard suggests more should be done to save our mammals and fish.
 

Markets towns, the future for rural life?

Friday 12 July
John Sheard awards plans for the renaissance of market towns a cautious welcome - but has an optimistic view for their future.
 

Town versus country: time to close the gap

Friday 05 July
John Sheard applauds some good common sense from Countryside Agency boss Ewen Cameron.
 

The sad story of the battery hen: an end in sight?

Friday 28 June
John Sheard, who has been condemning factory farming for 40 years, laments the latest row over battery hens.
 

Show-down time for British farming

Friday 21 June
Too late for crying wolf. Next month's Government spending review really will decide the future for Britain's farmers, argues John Sheard.
 

Factory farming, the Dales and the Third World

Friday 14 June
John Sheard speculates that a conference in Rome designed to reduce starvation in the Third World could have long-term benefits for the Dales.
 

Overdue praise for the Queen's country bumpkins

Friday 07 June
In the wake of astoundingly successful golden jubilee celebrations, John Sheard gives thanks that the Queen takes her advice from country folk, not city slickers.
 

Food for thought: is rural recovery really on the menu?

Friday 24 May
John Sheard ponders on the sad reluctance of the British shopper to pay a little extra for quality food.
 

Regional parliaments: turning crisis into calamity

Friday 17 May
John Sheard urges all country folk to protest against plans for a Yorkshire regional parliament which, he says, would siphon off invaluable resources to the county's rust belt towns.
 

Top minister urged to act against 4x4s on green lanes

Friday 10 May
Some of the most ancient byways in the Yorkshire Dales are being turned into a battlefield by recreational 4x4 drivers. Will the Government act at last, asks John Sheard?
 

River Wharfe, disappearing trout and global warming

Friday 03 May
John Sheard discusses experiments to save fish from being washed away as flooding becomes a winter norm.
 

Head to head - over car boot sales

Friday 26 April
John Sheard struggles to find a balance between rural tranquillity and a chance for small farmers to make a few extra pounds.
 

Good news, bad news for quarrying communities

Friday 19 April
John Sheard welcomes the introduction of new grants for quarrying districts - but laments the missing link.
 

Getting the countryside to work: can it be done?

Friday 12 April
John Sheard examines the crucial problem of providing jobs in the countryside as Yorkshire Forward stages this weekend's Enterprise Show in Harrogate.
 

Hungry swallows doth not a summer make

Friday 05 April
John Sheard, having spotted the first swallows of summer, worries if there is enough insect life in the countryside to feed them.
 

Easter: a taxing matter in the countryside

Friday 29 March
As the Yorkshire Dales face the most critical public holiday for years, John Sheard examines how other famous honey pots handle their tourist trade.
 

Consignia and rural post offices: who foots the bill?

Friday 22 March
John Sheard laments plans by Consignia to charge rural folk for using cash machines and asks what happened to Victorian ideals of nationwide parity.
 

Politics, nitrates and pollution: co-operation or confrontation?

Friday 15 March
John Sheard delves into some of the mysteries behind this week's bitter debate on the EU's so-called Nitrate Directive.
 

Canal capers: a working holiday with a difference

Friday 08 March
As millions plan their summer holidays, John Sheard wonders how a week of backbreaking work in mud, water and rubble would suit.
 

New moves to ban hunting: compassion or political ploy?

Friday 01 March
As the Government moves to ban fox hunting, John Sheard asks if this is a wish to prevent suffering - or just another cynical ploy?
 

National park planning: time to heal old wounds?

Friday 22 February
John Sheard examines an invitation for the villagers of Lower Malhamdale to meet their planners - and hopes they will seize the opportunity.
 

Yorkshire's flooding problems: where to now?

Friday 15 February
John Sheard discusses the lamentable past of Yorkshire's anti-flood defences and asks: what can the Government do to prevent worse in the future?
 

GM foods: have the BSE warnings been heeded?

Friday 08 February
John Sheard spent four years covering the so-called Mad Cow scandal. Now, he sees worrying signs that GM foods might be following the same dangerous path.
 

Change and the Curry report: farming's future at stake

Friday 01 February
John Sheard argues that, difficult though it may be, farmers must accept changes proposed in this week's landmark Curry report - or go out of business.
 

Spring approaches: let's help wildlife set up home

Friday 25 January
John Sheard reports on a scheme to help birds and other wildlife to raise happy families.
 

Right to roam: let battle recommence

Friday 18 January
John Sheard predicts that this year's hottest rural debate will be over "right to roam" legislation.
 

Countryside crime: self-protection in poorly policed areas

Friday 11 January
John Sheard discusses ways of defending rural property - and, at worst, persons - as rural crime rates soar.
 

Planners and the people: can we get it right?

Friday 04 January
The Government wants to streamline the planning laws. Conservationists want more say. John Sheard discusses what might turn out to be the New Year's bloodiest political battle.
 

Countryside 2002: what we need - and probably won't get!

Friday 28 December
John Sheard takes a somewhat jaundiced view of rural prospects in the New Year.
 

A Merry Country Christmas - let's enjoy it

Friday 21 December
John Sheard argues that, after an appalling year, we deserve to let our hair down.
 

The latest French farce: a lesson for Britain?

Friday 14 December
As usual, the French are playing a cunning game in the European Union. John Sheard wonders if Britain should learn from its Gallic neighbours.
 

Farming, conservation and the future of the countryside

Friday 07 December
John Sheard discusses the implications of a keynote speech this week that points a way to farming's future and asks: are farmers ready?
 

Volunteers wanted to chart Britain's migrating birds

Friday 30 November
ONE of the biggest ever surveys of the changing patterns of bird migration in Britain is launched tomorrow (December 1) - and scientists are asking for your help in carrying out.
 

Buy a Christmas box - and help the countryside

Friday 23 November
John Sheard's advice for stumped Christmas box buyers whose money can make a difference
 

Shattered: the £1 million answer to the mean Tyke myth

Friday 16 November
John Sheard applauds the generosity of the Dales folk who have done so much to raise £1 million to help FMD victims
 

Conservation and the osprey: at last, the good news

Friday 09 November
John Sheard discusses the importance of the first hatching of a live osprey chick in England since 1842.
 

The swallow and dairy cattle: a partnership at risk

Friday 02 November
John Sheard discusses new research which shows that a healthy swallow population is intimately linked with dairy farming.
 

The country pub: we must help it survive

Friday 26 October
After the closure of five Yorkshire Dales pubs in a single week, John Sheard argues that this unique institution must be helped to survive.
 

How country folk - and weekenders - must help themselves

Friday 19 October
Country people have always been able to help themselves through crisis, says John Sheard. But will visitors and weekend cottagers do their bit?
 

Woad, coriander and ACTIN: farming's new future?

Friday 12 October
John Sheard discusses moves to persuade British farmers to grow more crops for industrial use.
 

Living together in harmony: bats and potholers

Friday 05 October
John Sheard discusses a unique scientific study of Yorkshire Dales caves and the wild creatures which call them home.
 

Broughton Hall: a signpost to the future for rural Britain

Friday 28 September
John Sheard argues that the development of small, hi-tech businesses is the way ahead - if we can find people with the right drive.
 

Getting them back: what sort of visitor do we want?

Friday 21 September
John Sheard hopes that in the rush to restore the tourist trade, we won't throw away the baby with the bath water.
 

Going to market: why British farmers must change

Friday 14 September
John Sheard asks whether our farmers are yet ready to boost their marketing skills.
 

Blowing in the wind: good news or bad news?

Friday 07 September
Hard-hit farmers are being invited to earn new income by setting up small wind farms. But there is danger lurking here, says John Sheard.
 

Barbecues, a burning shame for British forestry

Friday 31 August
Britons who burn foreign charcoal on their barbecues should be helping our hard-pressed woodlands, says John Sheard.
 

The sad demise of a forest paradise

Friday 25 August
John Sheard laments the decline in country holidays pioneered, and now threatened, by the Forestry Commission.
 

Foot and mouth: the unanswered farce goes on

Friday 17 August
John Sheard argues that a huge rural tragedy has become a political farce and asks the unasked question: who is hiding what?
 

Good news, bad news, from Kyoto

Friday 10 August
John Sheard discusses the pros and cons of global warming.
 

How rumour could devastate farming - if proved true

Friday 03 August
John Sheard laments allegations that could cause tremendous damage to the farming industry.
 

Birdlife boom: may it long continue

Friday 27 July
John Sheard examines the good news from the countryside, our booming birdlife.
 

Education and the countryside: will we get more?

Friday 20 July
Education, education, education - and the lack of it on rural affairs.
 

Yorkshire Dales planning the best in England - Official

Friday 13 July
Many residents of the Yorkshire Dales National Park will be surprised that it has just been voted the best in England on planning matters. John Sheard examines a change of direction.
 

Seeing the wood for the trees

Friday 6 July
John Sheard argues we need more long-term investment to bring the trees back to Britain
 

The countryside, charity, and what is needed now

Friday 29 June
John Sheard argues that charity is welcome but what the countryside needs is firm targets
 

A country home of our own: aid for first-time-buyers

Friday 22 June
John Sheard discusses a new plan which may help couples put a rural roof over their heads
 

Cleaner rivers: bonus of the foot and mouth crisis?

Friday 15 June
John Sheard believes that some good could come from the foot and mouth crisis in the form of cleaner waterways
 

Fair shares for all: What the countryside is asking of the new Government - and will we get it?

Friday 8 June
John Sheard asks what the countryside can expect from the new Government - if anything?
 

Settling for less: the media on foot and mouth

Friday 1 June
John Sheard takes a critical look at the media's coverage of the Settle outbreaks.
 

The RSPCA and hunting: do charity and politics mix?

Friday 25 May
John Sheard ponders on the ever-increasing politicisation of one of Britain's favourite charities.
 

Whither now, MAFF?

Friday 18 May
John Sheard muses on the implications of the downfall of MAFF and what it might mean in the future.
 

At last, a long, hard look at the hill farmer's lot

Friday 11 May
John Sheard discusses an important new initiative which, hopefully, will keep Yorkshire Dales hill farmers on the land.
 

Railways and the Catch-22 of country tourism

Friday 4 May
Raises a glass to the success of the Settle-Carlisle railway "amateurs" whose role in future rural tourism may prove to be historic.
 

The countryside: a general election battleground

Friday 27 April
John Sheard takes a pungent look at the possible effects on the coming general election of the crisis in the countryside.

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