Out and About

Cerne Giant big birthday clean up

THE Cerne Abbas Giant is to be rechalked in time for the 100th anniversary of its ownership by the National Trust, which is offering special family volunteering days on Thursday 29th or Saturday 31st August. Dozens of volunteers and National Trust staff will spend two weeks rechalking every centimetre of the outline of the Giant…

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Conservation day at Lytes Cary Manor

VISITORS can join National Trust rangers and experts from other wildlife charities at a conservation day for families at Lytes Cary Manor, near Yeovil, on Tuesday 20th August. The day will include bumblebee safaris and a Mosey in the Margins – a wildlife walk to reveal the importance of field margins as a habitat for…

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August with Dorset Wildlife Trust

WHETHER you are on holiday or just doing days out with the family in August, Dorset Wildlife Trust has an activity or an event for you. For volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk/volunteering Sunday 25th – Chesil Challenge, 11am; can you complete the Chesil Challenge? A children’s treasure trail inside and outside the Centre looking for clues…

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Botanical Bath – a walk in the park

BATH is not only a glorious Regency city with important Roman remains, it is also a green city with a remarkable number of beautiful parks and gardens. Dating back to medieval monastic gardens and deer hunting parks established by the Anglo Saxons and Normans, the green spaces are a significant historic legacy. Other parks and…

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Medieval Village at Corfe Castle

RE-ENACTORS will present a medieval village at Corfe Castle, bringing history to life for visitors in the peak summer period to Monday 19th August. They will portray characters from the turbulent 12th century, when the castle was on the front line in a bitter civil war. Knights, scribes and siege engineers are among those who…

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A gardener’s guide to climate change

SOMERSET-based author and botanist Sally Morgan is coming to Castle Gardens at Sherborne on Tuesday 9th July at 6.30pm, to talk about her new book, The Climate Change Garden. Sally, who lives at Templecombe, will be sharing some down-to-earth horticultural advice, ranging from soil improvement and water saving measures to resilient vegetable patches and robust…

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Garden storytellers at Dyrham Park

DISCOVER more about the history of the gardens of the National Trust’s Dyrham Park, just north of Bath, at regular weekend walks and talks by costumed storytellers, throughout the summer.. The events have a special focus on the development of the herb garden, Fountain Court, with garden tours, wildflower walks and folktales, and continue each…

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Seven wolf cubs born at Longleat

KEEPERS at Longleat Safari Park are celebrating the arrival of seven tiny wolf pups. The bumper litter of European wolves, which were born last month, are being carefully looked after by mum Eliska and dad Jango. The protective parents periodically pick the cubs up and move them between three separate underground dens in their woodland…

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Lioness with a head for heights

FEARLESS Kiana is a lioness with a head for heights – the eight year old Longleat lioness climbed a 20 metre tall sycamore tree in the safari park. She seemed more like a mountain lion as she made short work of went up the giant tree in her wooded enclosure. Keepers say she has always…

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Hatch House open garden

ONE of Wiltshire’s hidden delights, the idyllic garden of historic Hatch House near Tisbury, the home of Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold, holds its annual open garden on Sunday 2nd June, raising funds for the Salisbury Hospice charity. It is a popular event for all the family – a chance to see the 17th century…

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