A magazine that is published 4 times a year, focusing on the Jersey rural environment, culture and community.

Latest Contributors' Blog

WHY ARE JERSEY’S SOILS BEING POISONED?Read More →Aug 9, 2018
GET YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS...Read More →Jul 17, 2018
CONCERN FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT? - YES, BUT ONLY SELECTIVELY PERHAPSRead More →Jun 26, 2018
DOT COM OR DOTCOMBE?Read More →Jun 19, 2018
THE BOAT IN THE MORNINGRead More →Apr 13, 2017
Milk wholesale price to rise by 4p per litreRead More →Apr 1, 2017
CARROTS ARE FUN.Read More →Mar 13, 2017
Fresh ginger has been grown in Jersey for the first timeRead More →Mar 13, 2017
Sweet TalkingRead More →Mar 13, 2017
The Deutsche Bank Festival of the Creative ArtsRead More →Mar 13, 2017
Is there honey still for Tea?Read More →Mar 10, 2017
Potential global first for new rural support schemeRead More →Mar 10, 2017
• First water quality tests in 2017 similar to 2016Read More →Mar 10, 2017
• Avian flu risk is ‘low but uncertain’ and current measures remain in placeRead More →Mar 10, 2017
Jersey’s links with France strengthened by attendance at International Agricultural Show in ParisRead More →Mar 2, 2017
Minister bans Linuron pesticideRead More →Mar 1, 2017
Bass management measures come into forceRead More →Feb 2, 2017
NEW ISSUE OF RURAL DUE OUT, WEEK BEGINNING 5 FEBRUARY 2017Read More →Feb 2, 2017
Jersey Poultry and Ornithological SocietyRead More →Jan 22, 2016
On Your Marks, Get Set, Grow!Read More →Jan 20, 2016
Marine Resources Panel agrees bass protection planRead More →Jan 20, 2016
National Trust for Jersey programme for 2016Read More →Jan 17, 2016
Jersey Gardening Club – dates for your diaryRead More →Jan 17, 2016
A Wandering WassailRead More →Jan 12, 2016
Savills rural conference in JerseyRead More →Jan 7, 2016
Jersey Arts Trust presents Skipton Open Studios 2016Read More →Jan 5, 2016
Volunteers crucial to Jersey’s wildlifeRead More →Dec 30, 2015
Christmas Daffodils -a very early cropRead More →Dec 29, 2015
Continued Restoration at Plémont - Tree PlantingRead More →Dec 8, 2015
Small is beautiful for Island egg producersRead More →Dec 8, 2015

Welcome from the Editor

Jersey’s rural economy and rural community, localism and locals; local food and farming; fisheries and fishing; the equine economy: racing and hunting; riding, for pleasure and competitions; orchards, local wine, cider and beer, beekeeping; ‘Genuine Jersey’ members and their businesses, smallholding, allotments; rural arts and craft; gardens and gardening ; rural properties; Jersey’s rural past, its ‘heritage’ and preservation for the benefit of both residents and visitors; art music and entertainments; local small-scale businesses and entrepreneurs, farming diversification; societies, clubs and environmental pressure groups; the many ways of enjoying the countryside and the natural environment – such as walking or horse riding, bird watching, the Island’s flora and fauna, foraging for wild food; shooting, maritime life…

How can the best of Jersey’s traditional, local, rural community life be preserved so that it plays a vibrant part in the Island’s present and future?

We hope that ‘Rural’-both magazine and website - might provide at least some of the answers.

RURAL – Jersey Country Life is issued four times a year and can be delivered to your address in Jersey or posted overseas. It is also available on our website on the form of a 'virtual magazine' - please click on 'past issues'.

Both magazine and website are ‘community and cultural’ publications.

Jersey’s still close-knit community is especially strong in the rural parishes and the greater Island community comes together regularly to enjoy, in company, the theatre, the arts and entertainment.

At a time when Jersey is attempting to raise foreign perceptions of its own particular identity across the world, it would be nice to think that our political and business envoys could show the magazine to their foreign hosts or contacts, or encourage them to click on the website – and say to them: ‘Look, this is the Island where I come from. See how beautiful it is. Yes, of course we are a very safe place for foreign investment, but we are not just a finance centre, not just office blocks and palm trees. There is a viable local community; local produce of the highest quality are prepared for the table with the highest skill, and there is a particular, local, centuries-old culture and heritage.’

How this local countryside, community, culture and heritage can remain intact in today’s modern and globalised world should always be a theme to engage our attention and a subject for debate, lest by forgetting the local and the particular we lose a precious inheritance. To this debate, we hope that the RURAL – Jersey Country Life magazine and its associated website can make some useful contribution.

Alasdair Crosby, Editor alasdair@ruraljersey.co.uk