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Charlie Brooks

Interview: Reinvention of a drama queen

Ware-born Charlie Brooks made her name as ‘the Walford witch’ Janine Butcher on Eastenders, filmed at the BBC Elstree Centre in the county. With Albert Square behind her she is creating new dramas on stage

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Marsh frog on a lily pad

A garden oasis

Creating a pond is one of the best things you can do for wildlife in your garden. Sarah Buckingham of the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust says February is the perfect time to do it

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A traditional marquee in a beautiful garden could be the perfect answer

How to choose a wedding venue

The proposal was accepted, friends and family are delighted and the couple are on cloud nine, now it’s time to find a special place to host the big day. Joanne Goodwin, editorial director of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Bride magazine, gives her top tips for finding the perfect wedding venue

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Lussmans, Hertford

A Day out in Hertford

With a castle, scenic rivers and some of Hertfordshire’s best food venues, you won’t struggle to find a reason to visit Hertford. But there’s plenty of lesser-known treasures that make the county town a great venue for a day out too. Laura Vickers explores

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Beautiful presentation is a mark of the restaurant

Chef Q&A: Stephanie Malvoisin, The Manor, Elstree

The head chef of The Cavendish Restaurant at The Manor, Elstree gives an insight into her kitchen

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Dining room in the original 1600's part of house

Property: Where kings hunted

The Old Palace in Royston was once a royal hunting lodge of James I, where he escaped the pressures of court to indulge his passion. Pat Bramley talks to the man who has restored it from a wreck to a property fit for a king

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Check the BHS recommended sources for public rights of way

Equestrian: Following the right path

Keeping routes open to horses is key to the safety of riders and the accessibility of the countryside. The British Horse Society outlines the sources of information available to check public rights of way

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Foliating is key to fresh looking skin

Health & Beauty: top tips for youthful skin

Time needn’t wither us. Sally Saunders, owner of Esse beauty salon in Melbourn, gives her top tips for smoother, radiant skin at any age

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Live traditional Irish music is a feature of the many pubs

Travel: The charm of Cork

European Capital of Culture in 2005 and in the top 10 Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2010, Cork offers visitors a rich and colourful tapestry of culture and history. Rebecca Underwood is charmed

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Rebecca Clark, Luxury Beauty and Interiors

Trading places in Welwyn

Julie Lucas explores the attractive blend of historic setting and quality independents in the desirable village of Welwyn

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Young tomatoes at Guy and Wright

The fine foodie on Green Tye’s tasty tomatoes

Sharon Struckman visits one of the greenest tomato producers in the UK

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Lily James

Bright young things

There are some truly talented young people in Hertfordshire, in fields ranging from acting to sport and music. Alice Cooke talks to new stars, those on the rise and ones about to go interstellar in 2015

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The Milky Way traces upwards through the sky, captured on the Isle of Wight by Andrew Whyte

Reaching for the stars

Light polution is obscuring our view of the heavens. Liz Hamilton of Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire says while the county is taking steps to curb it, more can be done

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Coming In

Art focus: Positivity in paint

Bushey artist Ken Haslar talks to Janice Walker about his journey from printer to painter after being diagnosed with cancer

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Janey Lee Grace

Health & Beauty: Janey Lee Grace

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

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Grey wagtail

A river runs through it

Restoration work on the important River Purwell in Hitchin is helping to bring back iconic species, Countryside Management Service projects officer Zoe Channon gives a guide

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snowdrop

Searching for snowdrops

In the dark, cold winter days of February, the welcome appearance of snowdops means spring is not far away. Philippa Pearson looks at their history and finds the best places in the county to see them

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The overhaul has been positive news for most buyers and sellers

Home truths: Stamping out uncertainty

Nicholas Walker, associate partner at Strutt and Parker in St Albans, takes the property market temperature after the Chancellor’s stamp duty reforms

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