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Hidden garden gems discovered in Mere

HUNDREDS of visitors took the opportunity to see the array of stunning gardens on show at this year’s Hidden…

Students from Kingston Maurward College with staff from Dorset County Hospital discussing plans for the sensory garden

£45,000 grant for sensory garden at Dorset County Hospital

A GRANT of more than £45,000 will see a sensory courtyard garden created at Dorset County Hospital (DCH). The hospital,…

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…

Matteo Grasso on the road ahead of his marathon effort

Farmer plans three marathons – barefoot – for kitchen gardens plan

A SOMERSET farmer is taking on three marathons on the Dorset coast to plant kitchen gardens in schools -…

The proposals include possibly building homes on Lowerside Allotments in Glastonbury. Picture: Google

Consultation launched over 505 new homes in Mendip – including on allotments site

PEOPLE are being urged to have their say over possible sites for at least 505 new homes in Mendip. Somerset…

From left to right; Immediate Past GCA Chairman, Tammy Woodhouse, Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, and William Blake, GCA chair. Picture: Garden Centre Association

NBV gardening expert picks up honour for work in the industry

GARDENING expert – and New Blackmore Vale columnist – Mike Burks has received an honorary award. Mike Burks, managing director…

Rubbish and recycling collections are changing in parts of Somerset

Extra rubbish collections in Somerset: Check when yours is

HOUSEHOLDS across Somerset will have an extra rubbish collection this month ahead of changes to the collections timetable. One-off Saturday…

Photo: Peter Shallcross.

Wiltshire farmer takes the ‘elm in fight against deadly disease

A WILTSHIRE farmer is fighting back against a deadly epidemic. Dutch elm disease (DED) has killed almost all mature elms…

Schools and other groups can take part in Plant Your Pants. Picture: The Countryside Trust

Plant Your Pants this spring – to see what’s going on ‘down there’!

PEOPLE in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire are being urged to plant their pants – yes, pants – this spring,…

Financial support grants on offer to households in Dorset

FINANCIAL help is available for Dorset Council residents who aren’t connected to mains gas, or who meet other criteria. Citizens…