Miscellany

New date, new venue for Bath Vegan Market

BATH Vegan Market is going ahead on Saturday 10th July, a week later than originally planned. Due to COVID restrictions, the original indoor event on 3rd July will take place at Odd Down Sports Ground. The fair showcases what the vegan lifestyle has to offer with more than 60 stalls including world food caterers. There…

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Don’t make the larks ascend at Ham Hill

THE beautiful song of the skylark is becoming a rare sound in the countryside these days as the species is in decline nationally, but there are ways that you can help protect them. South Somerset’s rangers at Ham Hill Country Park are encouraging locals, visitors and dog walkers to remember nesting birds and take extra…

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Going wild at Cucklington

SOUTH Somerset District Council is trying No Mow areas, leaving spaces for wildflowers and grasses to flourish, as part of its declaration of a climate and ecological emergency. The No Mow trials, starting at Cucklington near Wincanton, are part of the council’s commitment to create biodiverse areas for wildlife to thrive. The project, supporting a…

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Walk through Longleat’s history

NINE new sculptures and installations around the grounds of historic Longleat House follow five centuries of the estate’s working history, and introduce visitors to some of the people who worked there. The outdoor exhibition, Tales of the Garden, includes sculptures of workers and animals that were part of the grounds and gardens. Longleat has been…

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Lighthouse date for Pip Hare

PIP Hare, only the ninth woman in history to complete the Vendée Globe round the world race, is coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre to give a talk on Tuesday 6th July. Pip has announced that she has renewed her partnership with Medallia and bought a foiling IMOCA yacht for her 2024 Vendée Globe campaign….

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Springhead in spring

ONE of the most beautiful gardens in the West Country, Springhead at Fontmell Magna in North Dorset, is open over the May Day bank holiday weekend for visitors to admire the blossom. The gardens will be open on Sunday 2nd May and Monday 3rd, from 11.30am to 4.30pm. There is no charge, but donations are…

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Bere Marsh Farm gets buzzing

BERE Marsh Farm, the Countryside Restoration Trust’s showcase farm by the Stour near Shillingstone in Dorset, will be at the heart of a pioneering  project to make the Blackmore Vale a hive of activity for bees and bee enthusiasts. Gardening clubs, schools, parish councils, allotment holders, indeed any organisation or group, will be invited to…

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A Dorset story of “county lines”

DORSET farmer George Streatfeild, the 2020-21 High Sheriff of Dorset, has had a short film produced to highlight the dangers of county lines drug gangs to young people in Dorset. It is the true story of ‘Sam’ (name changed) and aims to show the scale of the problem in Dorset, and to educate and improve…

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Greening the workplace

THIS year’s online Wimborne Spring Green Festival week includes an evening event on Wednesday 21st looking at what organisations can do to ‘green’ their workplaces for the benefit of staff, the general public and the environment as a whole. There is a consensus that we need to act now to make our places of work…

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Ham Hill scheme to save Shrill Carder Bee

SOUTH Somerset District Council is working with organisations including the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust to save the rare Shrill Carder bee. The council’s team at Ham Hill Country Park has started habitat management to encourage the bees to recolonise from an existing population nearby. The work is centred around the hay meadows in the flat…

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