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Welcome to Country Smallholding

Simon McEwan

Welcome to the new-look Country Smallholding website! We hope you find it informative and useful.

Country Smallholding is the biggest-selling magazine for smallholders in Britain and we are passionate about all aspects of self-sufficiency and 'the good life'.

The magazine is owned by Archant, one of Britain's biggest media groups. It is the successor to Practical Self-Sufficiency which was launched by Katie Thear way back in 1975. Katie, along with others such as John Seymour, was a pioneer of the self-sufficiency movement.

These days Country Smallholding is produced by a small team from Archant's office in Barnstaple.

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The magazine has a very strong focus on livestock, with regular feature series on sheep, pigs, goats and alpacas. It comes with a free poultry magazine and has dedicated 'advertorial' sections for advertisers each month.

There are articles on growing, machinery and equipment, 'green' issues, products, a breeders' directory, country recipes, as well as a strong news and events section. Your Good Lives is a popular series about smallholders from across Britain. There are also regular competitions with high-value prizes.

The free magazine, Poultry, is packed full of advice on keeping chickens, and covers many breeds, shows and products, with special features and real life stories.

A special InFocus section in Country Smallholding enables advertisers to promote their products with editorial articles, and different topics are featured each month.

Contributors to the magazine include Alan Beat, author of A Start in Smallholding, who has written for the magazine for more than 20 years, career smallholder Tim Tyne, author of The Sheep Book for Smallholders, TV presenter Kate Humble, who runs smallholding courses from her farm in Wales, organic growing expert Charles Dowding, Liz Shankland, author of The Haynes Smallholding Manual, as well as poultry experts Grant Brereton, Andy Cawthray, Terry Beebe, Victoria Roberts and Chris Ashton.

Whether you are a seasoned smallholder, or a complete novice, we hope you will benefit from browsing our site and reading the magazine. If you wish to promote your business, please check our advertising section.

A sister title, Your Chickenswww.yourchickens.co.uk - was launched in response to the boom in back-garden hen keeping, and special rates are offered for advertisements across both titles

Simon McEwan,


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