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John King, trading as John's Tree & Garden Services, was fined for fly tipping. Picture: Wiltshire Council

Fines for fly-tipping and littering in Wiltshire increased to up to £1,000

ANYONE caught fly-tipping in Wiltshire could face a fine of up to £1,000 under new rules. Currently, people issued a…

An impression of how Hillside House, at Donhead St Mary, could look. Picture: Tate+Co/Wiltshire Council

Plans for four-bed eco home in Cranborne Chase AONB submitted

“CAREFULLY considered” plans for a four-bedroom sustainable home in the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have…

The walk will start and finish at the Hardys Birthplace Visitor Centre. Picture: Google

New free guided health walk to launch in woods near Dorchester

A NEW weekly Health Walk is set to start this month at Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve. The free, guided…

FOLDE Dorset, in Shaftesbury, has been awarded B Crops status

Shaftesbury bookshop awarded special status just weeks after award win

AN award-winning Shaftesbury bookshop has added another accolade after being certified as ‘a force for good’. FOLDE Dorset, the specialist…

New dates for Gillingham & Shaftesbury Spring Show after April event called off

NEW dates have been confirmed for the 2024 Gillingham & Shaftesbury Spring Show. On Tuesday, organisers announced the planned…

The Spring Countryside Show on April 20 and 21 has been called off

Spring Countryside Show called off as bad weather hits Turnpike Showground

THE Shaftesbury & Gillingham Spring Countryside Show has been called off amid bad weather. Organisers said heavy rainfall had left…

Dorset attraction becomes a movie set – with sheep as extras!

CAMERAS were rolling at a Dorset attraction recently as a film crew travelled back in time. The Ancient Technology Centre…

Shaftesbury is a finalist in the 2024 Britain in Bloom competition

Two Dorset towns make the 2024 Britain in Bloom finals

TWO Dorset groups have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2024 Britain in Bloom competition. Shaftesbury in Bloom and Upton…

Amy-Jane Beer won the 2023 Wainwright Prize for Best Nature Writing.

The Last Interview with… Dr Amy-Jane Beer

THE naturalist and writer on winning the Wainwright Prize and struggling with the menopause ahead of her talk at…

Derry Watkins will be giving a talk later this month

Celebrity gardener Derry Watkins set for gardening club talk

CELEBRATED gardening expert Derry Watkins will be giving a talk this month. Derry, who runs Special Plants in Bath, will…