Miscellany

Futureproof your veg plot

ORGANIC gardening expert Sally Morgan is coming to Castle Gardens at Sherborne on Thursday 2nd September to launch her new book, The Healthy Vegetable Garden. Delving into natural, chemical free approaches to soil, biodiversity and managing pests and diseases, this free event will give growers of all abilities the opportunity to learn how to maintain…

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Ban on Ham Hill barbecues

SOUTH Somerset rangers are encouraging people to have picnics at Ham Hill rather than barbecues, which are now banned due to the high fire risk and damage they cause at the Iron Age hillfort. For the last 15 years, barbecues have been catered for at Ham Hill, with stone plinths erected near the rangers centre….

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Chickens befriend emu chick

AN unusual friendship has developed at Longleat where an emu chick which  was rejected by its parents and a flock of farmyard chickens. The two-month old chick is being reared by keepers who have named it Bueno. It is the first to have been successfully reared at the Wiltshire safari park. Keepers initially cared for…

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Fishing for plastic at Bristol

BRISTOL Harbour achieved international attention last year when protestors toppled the statue of slave-trader Edward Colston and tipped it into the harbour. More lastingly damaging is the amount of plastic that gets dumped in the water – a new boat aims to help tackle that problem. Seacycler, a 12-seater, launched by environmental charity Hubbub, is made…

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Southern Cathedrals Festival goes online

THE Southern Cathedral Festivals, hosted this year by Winchester Cathedral, will be online for the first time in its 70 year history. After a turbulent 15 months, which has seen choral singing brought to an abrupt halt across the country, the annual festival takes place on 16th and 17th July, and will include a live-streamed…

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Windrose online archive film festival

RURAL media charity Windrose is running an online archive film festival, continuing to Wednesday 30th June, a selection of old favourites and new discoveries, at www.windroseruralmedia.org Thanks to support from Dorset Council, there are four shows available. Windrose director Trevor Bailey says: “One of our greatest joys is to take film shows to live audiences in…

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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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