The Country Smallholder is aimed at the ever-increasing UK audience interested in living a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable way of life. From people already living on a smallholding, to allotment owners; from those with a couple of acres of land, to those aspiring to get more out of their garden or even window box. With 73% of UK residents claiming to want to live more sustainably post Covid, The Country Smallholder has something for everyone.

Country Smallholders website, social channels and magazine will provide free vet advice; helpful practical features on all aspects of smallholding, from keeping chickens to crop rotation; information on poultry, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, and alpacas; rural crafts; property; small tractors and machinery, as well as keeping readers up to date with all the latest news and innovations.

Our contributors range from established smallholders to those just starting out in their journey – all sharing the highs and lows of living off the land.

Meet the team

Meet the team

Editor – Liz Wright

Liz previously was the editor of The Smallholder (launched in 1910) and has been at the heart of the smallholding community for over 30 years living on a smallholding in the Fens. Liz has met smallholders in Africa and Europe as part of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists and has written fourteen books including 4 books on self-sufficiency.

Poultry Editor – David Parsons, MRCVS.

David has spent most of his working life with poultry and is deeply interested in the future of poultry medicine. He is an expert on avian flu and provides practical information on its importance in both the UK and the world. He is currently a veterinary consultant, has written many professional papers and also lectures at Bristol University.

Poultry Editor – Grant Brereton

Grant is a breeder of pure-bred poultry with a particular interest in genetics. He edited ‘Fancy Fowl’ for many years and is well known in the poultry world. He has written a number of books including the unique ‘Broody Hen Handbook’

Livestock Editor – Liz Shankland

Liz, has been a smallholder for more than 20 years, keeping prize-winning pigs, as well as sheep, goats and poultry. A journalist and broadcaster, she is the author of four books, including the best-selling Haynes Pig, Smallholding, and Sheep Manuals. She is a qualified lecturer, teaching agriculture and animal care at further education level. She also runs a smallholding consultancy.

Contributor – Kieran Jefferson

Kieran is a cook, writer, forager, sheep wrangler, chicken whisperer and beekeeper. He is a member of the Association of Foragers and the Guild of Food Writers.

Contributor – The British Hen Welfare Trust

Founded by Jane Howorth, MBE, The British Hen Welfare Trust are regular contributors providing expertise in the care of rehabilitated laying hens and reporting on hen welfare worldwide.

Alpaca Editor – Joy Whitehead

Joy has been breeding and showing alpacas since 1989 with niece Mary-Jo Smith, a BAS certified judge, joining her in 2000.  They farm around 350 Huacayas and suris from prizewinning pedigree bloodlines

Vet Advice – VetPartners

Providing seasonal veterinary advice across all livestock.

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