Country Life Today: Buy your own volcano in Devon for the price of a family car

Our news round-up unearths a volcano for sale in the UK; a funding opportunity for farmers looking to reduce their impact on the environment; a supermarket looking to ban game shot with lead ammunition; and a new online platform that connects different generations through cooking

Devon volcano hits the market

If you are looking for an unusual slice of British countryside to call your own, nothing beats a volcano. It might be extinct and saddled with the unflattering nickname of Posbury Clump, but this former fire-breathing hill is some 250-million years old — and could be yours for just £50,000. That’s about what you’d pay for a Land Rover Discovery.

Situated three miles from Crediton and ten from Exeter, the outcrop — most of which is a Site of Special Scientific — is now topped by broadleaf woodland, including oak, holly and ash, and, at 500 ft high, enjoys magnificent views across the surrounding countryside.

Although its fiery days are firmly in the very distant past, Posbury Clump has a more recent history as a former quarry, whose basalt was prized by local architects and went into the construction of Crediton Church and Medland Manor.

The site, which was once part of the former convent of Posbury st Francis, is now for sale through Jackson-Stops estate agents.

Full story (Jackson-Stops listing)


How wild potatoes could stop a future potato blight causing chaos

Scientists believe that genes from wild potatoes could help protect regular crops from potato late blight, the disease that caused the Irish potato famine.

According to research by plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute, the disease spreads easily among British and American potato crops because the genetic differences in their lineage are very limited.

Full story (Country Life)


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Waitrose to ban game shot with lead

Shooting at pheasant The Ford Shoot in the Cotswolds

The supermarket, which is the largest retailer of game in the UK, will no longer sell venison and birds shot with lead ammunition from 2020.

The decision, which also sees the supermarket phasing out led-shot game from this winter, follows recommendations by experts who maintain that lead ammunition poses a health risk to both people and wildlife.

Full story (www.guardian.co.uk)


On This Day… England beat West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup final

30 Jul 1966: World Cup Final, Wembley. England v West Germany (4-2 aet). England on their lap of honour with the Jules Rimet Trophy (l-r) Banks, Wilson, Ball, Charlton, Moore and Cohen. Credit: Getty/Hulton Archive

30 Jul 1966: World Cup Final, Wembley. England v West Germany (4-2 aet). England on their lap of honour with the Jules Rimet Trophy (l-r) Banks, Wilson, Ball, Charlton, Moore and Cohen. Credit: Getty/Hulton Archive

Given how close England’s footballers — men and women — have come in the last two summers, and how our cricketers have shown the way, we have a bit of faith that those who weren’t alive to witness this 53 years ago might one day see its like again.

Maybe.


Loan opportunity for eco-friendly farmers

Farmers looking to reduce their ecological footprint can now apply for funding through a new £2-billion scheme. The Clean Growth Financing Initiative for Agriculture, launched by Lloyds Bank, offers farming businesses loans to help pay for sustainable investment projects. A wider funding initiative for businesses looking to become more environmentally friendly is also in place.

Full story (www.farmingUK.com)


And finally… It’s a stinger! Contestant downs more than 50ft of nettles to win World Stinging Nettle Eating Championships

stinging-nettle in the sunshine

stinging-nettle in the sunshine

The World Stinging Nettle Eating Championships has crowned a new winner. Tony Jeyes endured swollen lips, black tongue and burning hands to conquer the title in the male category by eating a massive 58 ft of the plant. The winner of the ladies’ title, Linda Rogers, managed to down 46ft.

The Championships has been held at the Bottle Inn pub in Marshwood, Dorset, since the 1980s.

Full story (www.thetimes.co.uk)