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Hitchin history walks

A walk through Hitchin will take you back centuries and in the footsteps of royalty, inventors and reformers. Sandra Smith meets two town guides passionate about its history both ancient and modern

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BMW 4 Series Convertible looks great with the roof up or down but the hard-top eats into boot space.

Motoring: A stunning conversion

BMW’s new 4 Series Convertible is a stunner rain or shine, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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Health & Beauty: Janey Lee Grace

The Radio 2 holistic health expert and Herts mum gives her top tips for treatments and products in the county

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Salmon and crab, St Michaels Manor, St Albans

Chef Q&A: Simon Johnston, St Michael’s Manor, St Albans

The head chef at The Lake Restaurant gives an insight into his kitchen

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The Longhorns on the nature reserve

The common touch: Oughtonhead

Oughtonhead Common on the outskirts of Hitchin is a rich oasis for wildlife. Countryside Management Service projects officer Heidi Hutton describes how the group and volunteers continue to work to improve the nature reserve for wildlife and people

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Tracy Smith

My Herts Life: Tracy Smith

People call Tracy Smith a lot of names. Tracy-will-sort-it, Tracy-gets-it-done, Tracy-the-catalyst. Patsy Hudson chats to the Hatfield down-sizing, de-cluttering and decorating guru about helping people deal with life’s stuff

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Kelly Oliver

Celebration of modern folk

Harpenden Public Halls is the place to be for music lovers on October 27 for the latest Folkstock benefit concert, where audiences can find BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees rubbing shoulders with a host of emerging acts, with real ale and cider to wash it all down

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Excercise is a key benefit of playing outside

A fresh air revolution

In its second article on encouraging youngsters to explore the great outdoors, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust looks at steps to combat an epidemic of housebound children

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Boletus luridformis - red in the field, turns blue when cut

A taste on the wild side

As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness begins, now’s the time to explore our fields, woods and hedgerows for wild food. From fruit and fungi to edible weeds and nuts, there’s a huge variety of ingredients ripe for the picking. Doretta Sarris Hogan goes in search of a free lunch

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Property: 4 of the best

Cottages with character and style

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The attractive setting of Sheene Mill

Award for Sheene Mill

Sheene Mill at Melbourn, near Royston, has been awarded two AA rosettes for its food less than two years after the arrival of a new team led by former TV chef Steven Saunders, daughter Serena and Serena’s partner Adam Jordan

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Elizabeth Somers with Tizzy the pony, Brook Cottage Farm Riding School

Things to do in Furneux Pelham

Sarah Hammill finds plenty of good reasons to visit this attractive East Herts village

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Boulders supress weeds, keep moisture in the soil and create year-round drama

The Gardening Coach: October

Judy Shardlow looks at elements to create a beautiful yet low maintenance garden

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A demonstration room at Musical Images, Harpenden

New Harpenden home entertainment store

Harpenden has a new outlet for audio-visual and home entertainment systems with the arrival in the High Street of Musical Images

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Dr Bob Parsons with some of the children helped by HOPE

My Herts Life: Dr Bob Parsons

The founder of Hemel Hempstead-based charity Hope for Children reflects on 20 years of the charity’s work and his recent OBE

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Know your finances and create a plan

Finance: Stepping off the hamster wheel

Mike Williams, director and independent financial adviser at Chamberlain Stean and West in Chipperfield, looks at how simple steps now can help avoid financial regrets later

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Cromer Windmill

Tilting at windmills

Windmills were once a commmon site in the Hertfordshire countryside, testimony to the village production of grain and bread. Today, only one working survivor remains. Liz Hamilton, Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire chairman, looks at the deep history of milling in the county

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Achillea in the Yellow Garden

The late show: Knebworth House gardens

Traditional and exotic late-summer colour is in abundance at Knebworth House gardens. Philippa Pearson tours the borders with head gardener Kelly Baker

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