Country Life 3 August 2022

Country Life 3 August 2022 pays a visit to the exquisite Holkham Hall, celebrates the new age of bronze sculptures, and finds out what to do with a three-acre meadow.

The spirit of the age

In the first of two articles, John Goodall explores Holkham Hall in Norfolk, the apotheosis of a grand gentleman’s seat

The new bronze age

Across the land, compelling modern sculptures, from hares to minotaurs, are catching the eye, finds Anna Tyzack

My field of dreams

Former gamekeeper Simon Lester shows what can be done for Nature in his wildlife-abundant three-acre meadow

Sweet with the evening rain

Few scents are more evocative than petrichor, but what is the science behind the magic? Martin Fone investigates

London Life

Prince Albert, a trail of statues in the east, ice creams for all and Zeb Soanes’s secret city

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