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Tue, 13:01

Central to the garden city vision for Letchworth, Howard Park and Gardens has undergone work to restore its wet habitats for wildlife and improve vistas across the green space. Jez Perkins, Countryside Management Service projects officer, explains

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Tewinbury Farm

One of the most desirable locations in the county, Tewin is blessed with a vibrant community and many reasons to visit

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins

Alastair Gunn, Bishop’s Stortford thriller author of My Bloody Valentine shares his best three latest reads

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Honey bee approaching a blossoming cherry tree -insects such as these are crucial to pollination

July is a-buzz with insects collecting nectar and thereby pollinating plants. Liz Hamilton of Campaign to Protect Rural England Herfordshire says we need to preserve insect habitats and create new ones – for our own sakes

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Battle Proms

Whether it’s music, theatre, food, books, comedy or art you love, we’ve just the thing for you in our guide to 50 of the best shows and festivals in Hertfordshire this summer. Compiled by Alice Cooke

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Food & Drink

Tue, 12:23

Laura Vickers celebrates a new Hertfordshire brewery

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Dinner at The Tilbury, Datchworth

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Garlic butter whelks with wild garlic gazpacho and cockles

Food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne revisits an old friend under new ownership and finds it in good hands

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Perfect for a summer meal

The Ashwell restaurant’s fish with with pea, mint and asparagus risotto

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JSD Products' coconut bowls

From small pips great ideas grow... Sharon Struckman finds a Welwyn GC business that is providing unusual and fun ways of presenting food

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A Glass of Herts: Lulu Coffee, Ware

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Lulu Coffee Company, Ware

Laura Vickers celebrates a coffee shop doing things its own way

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Homes & Gardens

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

In the North Herts village of Breachwood Green, a pretty 17th-century cottage has a very unusual collection of plants, landscaping and containers inspired by wilder parts of the UK and our gardening heritage. Philippa Pearson visits

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Property match-making

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Choosing a home that fits with your future plans is key

Finding the right home is like finding the right partner - the fundamentals and future plans need to be compatible, says Matthew Craker of Fine and Country Brookmans Park

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Tips from the showhome

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Chesham, Chiltern Grange

Many of us would love our home to look like a show home but how do the experts make them look so appealing? Carrie Edwards of house builder CALA Homes, which has opened a show home (above) at its Chiltern Grange development in Chesham, gives her top five tips.

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The Old Maltings

After years in Bermuda, a family found the English country setting they craved in a jumble of buildings with a deep history in Much Hadham

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The Gardening Coach: July

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Topiary - a national obsession

Judy Shardlow celebrates topiary

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Style

Tue, 12:37

Fashion in full bloom is one of this season’s hottest trends as designers take their cue from nature. But with the next trend just around the corner, how do you best shop for it? St Albans Fashion Week Director Ellena Ophira gives her top tips

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Organic pollen barriers are an alternative to anti-histamine

The Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum chooses her favourite treatments, therapies and foods in the county

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The NHS website has short workouts that can be done at home with no equipment

TV fitness expert and BBC presenter Nana Akua’s tips for the exercise averse

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Collector cover up

If there’s one item you must include in your holiday luggage this summer, it’s the kaftan, says St Albans Fashion Week director Ellena Ophira. Beach-body ready or not, this garment will ensure you look ultra-glamorous by the pool or on the beach. Whether you wear it short, mid-length or long, team with wedges and the largest sunhat you can find.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Garden on a Roll

The Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum chooses her favourite treatments, therapies and foods in the county

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Motoring

Tue, 12:55

Volkswagen has entered the hybrid market with its eco hot-hatch Golf GTE - just in the nick of time, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
2015 Volvo XC90

The hugely successful Volvo XC90 has a replacement after close to a decade and a half. Iain Dooley tests the boldly remodelled SUV

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid

Green motoring comes at a hefty price with the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-in Hybrd, but that’s the only sticking point, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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Friday, March 13, 2015
The 2 Series Active Tourer introduces front-wheel drive to the marque and takes BMW into the multi-purpose vehicle market

The 2 Series Active Tourer marks a new era and several firsts for BMW. Motoring editor Andy Russell puts the package to the test

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Popular Volvo XC60 sport utility vehicle's fine driving experience has been further boosted by new 2.0-litre D4 turbo diesel engine.

A refined turbo diesel gives another boost to Volvo’s modern image, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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People

Tue, 12:06

Hertfordshire’s Simon Pegg has risen from cult TV to key roles in some of the film industry’s biggest film franchises. But he says it’s family, not work, that drives him on

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Julia Salmon, hospital director, Spire Harpenden Hospital

The hospital director at Spire Harpenden Hospital shares her business insights

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Care is now more in the hands of individuals

The new Care Act has put the focus on personal responsibilty for adult care. Susan Glenholme, partner at Hertfordshire law firm Debenhams Ottaway, gives a guide to the changes

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Rainbow portrait of Elizabeth I c1600 (attrib to Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger) at Hatfield House

Elizabeth I could call Hertfordshire home. Raised here and a frequent visitor, the county played a key role in her life. On the 450th anniversary of her most scandalous summer progress to meet Dudley - her possible lover, Michael Long looks at her relationship with the county

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Louie Evans

Herts entrerpenuer Louie Evans has a vision for a UK five-a-side professional football league that mixes high-adrenalin games with live music and street sports. He talks to Carrie Bone ahead of his inaugural show at Wembley

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Arts & Culture

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Alastair Gunn, Bishop’s Stortford thriller author of My Bloody Valentine shares his best three latest reads

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Andrew Wilson

Art@Gravelly Barn celebrates 10 years and a huge fundraising effort at its summer show in Braughing this month. Caroline Foster reports

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Dune, Frank Herbert

The Herts author of Possession is Nine-Tenths of Desire shares her three favourite latest reads

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Hotel D'Angleterre

Elegant and enticing, Copenhagen offers visitors striking architecture, high-end shopping and deep layers of history

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Monday, June 8, 2015
A self-portrait of Mathew Paris kneeling in prayer in one of the monk's chronicles

To mark the signing of Magna Carta 800 years ago this month, author Derek Taylor visits St Albans and discovers the king it was designed to curb was not quite the villain history describes

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30 Great days out in Herts

Thursday, July 18, 2013
DH106 Comet nose section. de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre

The school holidays are time for the whole family to get out and enjoy all that Hertfordshire has to offer, from adrenalin activities to wildlife, culture and heritage. Here’s our guide to 30 of our best days out in the county

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Simon Pegg (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Hertfordshire’s Simon Pegg has risen from cult TV to key roles in some of the film industry’s biggest film franchises. But he says it’s family, not work, that drives him on

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Tewin Bury Farm

Afternoon tea is a hallmark of British culture that these days comes in many varieties. With its green landscape, attractive towns and beautiful venues, Hertfordshire is a great location for this delight. Sarah Hammill finds 45 of the best places in the county to indulge

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Dainty sandwiches, scones piled high with jam and cream and home-baked cakes. Treat yourself to afternoon tea with friends

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VW on a charge

Tue, 12:55
VW GTE

Volkswagen has entered the hybrid market with its eco hot-hatch Golf GTE - just in the nick of time, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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The Rich List 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014
Lewis Hamilton [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

The richest 50 in Hertfordshire are not getting any poorer – with a collective wealth up a quarter on last year’s combined total.

Find out who is up, down and new in our in-depth look at those who are leading the economic field in the county

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