Out and About

Dark skies over Cranborne Chase AONB

CRANBORNE Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has officially become an International Dark Sky Reserve – the first AONB to receive this formal designation and only the 14th reserve across the globe. The Chase, which extends from Dorset into Wiltshire, Hampshire and a small area in Somerset, joins an exclusive club of International Union for…

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National Trust announces first beaver reintroductions

THE National Trust has announced plans to release Eurasian beavers[at two sites in the south of England next spring to help with flood management and to improve biodiversity. The beaver reintroductions will be the Trust’s first, linking to its ambitions to create priority habitats for nature and to increase the diversity of species and wildlife…

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Stroll with Dorset Wildlife Trust

DECEMBER  with Dorset Wildlife Trust continues with on Monday 30th December, with the Holes Bay stroll, 10.30am to 1.30pm, to view the salt marsh surrounding Holes Bay. Visit to Upton Country park and tearooms. Meet at Upton House car park. Contact Ken Yeates on 07947 141539. Pictured: Geese and other waterfowl on the edge of…

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Planting the Oudolf way

LANDSCAPE designer Piet Oudolf, whose innovative creations include the Oudolf Field at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, at Bruton, is a leading member of the New Perennials group, particularly noted for his naturalistic planting in swathes of grasses and perennial plants. His work at Hauser & Wirth’s Durslade Farm galleries and arts centre is described in…

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Autumn arrives at Stourhead

IT may have come a bit late, but the autumn colours at Stourhead are attracting plenty of visitors to enjoy the spectacular show around the garden and wider estate. Alan Power, the National Trust’s head gardener at Stourhead, says: “Every autumn at Stourhead is strikingly distinct, with different types of trees changing at different times….

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Enter a world of myths and legends at Longleat

THE impact of this year’s Festival of Light at Longleat is almost overwhelming – astonishing larger than lifesize silk lantern displays of Greek gods and heroes, Chinese dragons, Norse warriors and mythical beasts and monsters. The festival includes more than 3,000 lanterns, crafted using 50,000 LED lights and 30,000 metres of silk. And for the…

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Hauser & Wirth pumpkin festival

HAUSER & Wirth Somerset will be celebrating the bounty of autumn with the annual Pumpkin Festival at Durslade Farm, Burton, on Sunday 27th October, from 11am to 4pm. Have you grown your own pumpkins, squash or gourds this year? If so, bring along your homegrown veg and enter the grand pumpkin and squash competition. Renowned…

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Trust project to restore river to its natural path

A NEW scheme by the National Trust aims to return rivers to their natural path to reduce the impact of climate change, flood risk and to make space for nature, including the endangered water vole. Allowing rivers to meander like ‘the branches of a tree’ rather than along a single channel will slow river flow,…

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