Out and About

Mompesson House – 40 years with the National Trust

THE 18th century Mompesson House in Salisbury Cathedral Close has reopened for 2017 with a new shop and an exhibition  called New Beginnings, telling the story of the National Trust at the house and celebrating the 40th anniversary of its redecorating, furnishing and opening to visitors. Emma James, visitor experience officer, says: “In 1975 the…

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Seven day opening at Hardy’s homes

THE cottage where Thomas Hardy was born and the little house where TE Lawrence lived are both “far from the madding crowd” but they attract so many visitors that the National Trust has decided to open seven days a week, to try to reduce the overcrowding. The trust’s enhanced events programme and additional interpretation at…

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DWT in March

DORSET Wildife Trust’s events for March including workshops to learn how to draw feathers and make willow baskets, talks on butteflies and gardening for wildlife and birdwatching at Lytchett Bay. For details of regular working parties and volunteer projects, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Friday 3rd – Unseen and Underground: Why Our Geological Heritage Matters, illustrated talk by Sam…

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Prince Charles visits Ham Hill

THE Prince of Wales visited Ham Hill Country Park in late February. He spent around an hour with the South Somerset District Council ranger team and met the small herd of Red Devon cattle that live on the hill. Prince Charles is the Duke of Cornwall, and the  Duchy of Cornwall owns 25 hectares of…

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Bird trail at Ninesprings

SPOT the birds in Yeovil’s Ninesprings countryside park at Yeovil during the February half term. The Countryside Rangers have devised a self-guided trail that will test your bird identification skills as you follow the bird arrows. At different points along the route you will have to look up to find the hidden birds that the…

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Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

GALANTHOPHILES will be heading for the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, for the annual snowdrop display, along a one and a half mile walk through the 40-acre gardens. The tiny white flowers sprout up between the sleeping tree ferns in the Victorian fernery and carpet the beds around the twisty paths. There are more…

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Owls and bugs at the Gardens Group

DISCOVER the mysterious and charismatic world of owls and learn more about the bugs in our gardens at events at the Gardens Group during the February half-term. Sharandys Birds of Prey will be visiting the three Gardens Group centres, from 10am to 4pm, at Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil on Thursday 16th February, Poundbury Gardens, on Friday…

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February wildlife events in Dorset

DORSET Wildlife Trust has a wide range of activities in February, from the regular working parties and conservation projects to talks, walks and activities for children. For the regular volunteer work parties, visit the website www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk and for special events and activities see this month’s diary: Friday 3rd – Bird surveys and getting involved, illustrated…

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Wassailing at Liberty Fields

DORSET apple vodka and apple balsamic pioneers Liberty Fields will be holding Wassail celebrations at their orchards in Halstock, on Sunday 22nd January from 3.30 to 6pm. This ancient ceremony, which is carried out to ensure a good apple crop for the coming year, takes place in orchards all over the country in late January….

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