Out and About

Free family fun at Bridport Museum

BRIDPORT’s refurbished museum is attracting ;more visitors than ever and there is plenty to enjoy during the summer holidays, with free fun for all the family. Since it re-opened in May after its major Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment, more than 5000 visitors have passed through the doors of Bridport Museum- double the number of people…

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New Ridgeway walking trail

CHILDREN from a south Dorset primary school have helped to develop a new interactive walking trail to attract people of all ages to explore the magnificent sights of the South Dorset Ridgeway. Hosted by Bincombe Valley Primary School, and led by Dorset Youth Association with the support of Artsreach and the social and ethical house…

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Legacy helps Dyrham Park garden plans

A GENEROUS legacy of £100,000 will help the National Trust to carry out ambitious plans to transform the garden at Dyrham Park near Bath. The gift, left to the Trust in the estate of Stella and Jack Satchell, will enable the garden team to recreate a 17th-century parterre on the west terrace in front of…

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Lottery funds improve disability access

MOORS Valley Country Park near Ringwood is one of 18 heritage and outdoor sites in the south west to benefit with a share of a £527,000 Heritage Lottery award to improve access for people with mobility and sensory impairments. The Heritage Ability scheme was established by Living Options Devon to develop a greater understanding of…

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Scything at Shreen Meadows

THERE will be an opportunity to see the traditional craft of the scyther from Tuesday 1st August when Chris Riley starts three days of scything the western section of Shreen Meadows, Gillingham. Chris, who will be at the meadow on Tuesday 1st, Thursday 3rd and Saturday 5th  August, from 8.30 to 10.30am, says: “If anyone…

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A prickly problem at Glastonbury Tor

THE “Great British Rake-Off” is tackling a prickly problem on Glastonbury Tor. Summer brings a rash of nettles and thistles to the Tor, and the National Trust’s mid-Somerset rangers are tackling it with the help of volunteers. Area ranger Rebekah West says: “Nettles and thistles seek to take over the Tor every year and we…

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Longleat’s summer baby boom

LONGLEAT Safari Park is reporting a summer baby boom with 20 monkeys, three rare Chinese deer, marmoset twins and two reindeer calves all making their first public appearances in recent weeks. The number of baby monkeys born is such that even the dominant male, known as Phil, has taken to helping out with babysitting duties….

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Restoring Dorset’s fingerposts

FINGERPOSTS are a common feature of the Dorset countryside – and their design is thought to be unique, according to the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership which has a project to refurbish these special signs. The fingerposts contribute to the character of the area but their numbers have fallen in recent years and many are in…

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