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A medieval relic: Nomansland Common

Nomansland Common stretching across Weathampstead and Sandridge is a medieval relic with a fascinating history and important modern ecological role, writes Countryside Management Service project officer Alex Laurie

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View towards Ivinghoe Beacon from The Ridgeway

Exploring the Chilterns

The hills, woods, waterways and estates of the Chilterns in the west of the county offer some of the best walking and views in England. Liz Hamilton of the Herts branch of Campaign to Protect Rural England takes the high road

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Essendon Golf Course

10 things you may not know about Essendon

It may be diminutive, but Essendon village in the south-east of the county has a fascinating history that links it to great events and a thriving modern community

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Nonna's Kitchen, Hoddesdon

Lee Valley little Sicily

An influx of Italians in the 1950s to Hoddesdon and Broxbourne sowed the seeds (quite literally) for a food revolution in the area and enriched the culture with a Mediterranean flavour. Julie Lucas reports

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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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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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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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Eleanor of Castile by John Masey Wright (1777–-1866)

A monument to love - the Eleanor Crosses

The Eleanor Cross in Waltham Cross is testament to a medieval love story between an English king and a Spanish queen. With Valentine’s Day this month, Kiran Reynolds examines the history of this 700-year-old monument to passion

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Daniel Tozser and a young supporter model the clubs new away strip at its annual open day last summer

From terrace to town

It’s Hertfordshire’s most successful football club. Former England manager Graham Taylor spent some of the happiest times of his life here and Elton John was so passionate about it he bought it. What is perhaps less well known is Watford FC’s role in bringing joy to thousands away from the terraces. Julie Lucas reports

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Connor Wells on the SX Studio Stage on Baldock High Street

Beating heart of Baldock

Baldock is increasingly becoming a cultural hub in the county, with food, music, art, craft, comedy, sport and charity events throughout the year. 
James Scott looks ahead to the highlights of 2015

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Tamsin Little is performing in the village

10 Things to do in Markyate

This month there’s plenty going on in the charming west Herts village of Markyate. Alice Cooke brings you her pick of the bunch

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Black squirels were first spotted on the common in Letchworth a century ago. Photo Brian Sawford

Countryside in the heart of Letchworth

Countryside Management Service projects officer Ellie Beach gives a guide to work on Norton Common that has enhanced habitats for years to come

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Much Hadham village sign

Things to Do in Much Hadham

Sitting beside the river Ash, the picturesque village of Much Hadham is packed full of history and has many beautiful gardens. From sport to sculpture, it’s a perfect corner of the county to enjoy a day out this month

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Some of the huge wine selection at FL Dickins

Christmas shopping in Rickmansworth

With its picturesque waterways and pretty streets, it’s no surprise that Rickmansworth has been used as a location for film and TV. This month, on and around its attractive High Street, visitors will find plenty of unusual shops offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and goodies

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Heritage Foundation chairman Colin Chatfield with Theo Guy, executive chef at Cultivo Lounge

Letchworth means business

Letchworth is poised to enter a new era thanks to the creation of its Business Improvement District. Patsy Hudson looks at the task ahead

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Barn owls are nesting on the site, photo Jon Hawkins

Rewards of Thorley Wash

A major restoration project at Thorley Wash Nature Reserve is reaping rich rewards, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust officer Joey Millar reports

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