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Shenley Cricket Club pavilion

10 Things to do in...Shenley

Set high on a ridge and a popular location for the gentry, Shenley was home to some of the first commuters, who came to the Hertsmere village to escape London’s smog and smells. Today’s pretty village grew around Porters Park Estate and the old mansion still dominates the landscape. Julie Lucas find 10 things to entice you here

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Tufted vetch

Harmony in Composers Park

Countryside Management Service projects officer Paul Evans explains a project to allow people and wildlife to live in harmony at Composers Park in Elstree

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World War One British recruiting poster urging men to Enlist Now

The Great War: That rarest of places

Only one place in Hertfordshire saw all the men it sent to the Great War return home, a horrifying statistic that reveals the heavy cost the county, like all those across the British Isles, paid in the conflict. Stephen Roberts visits the Thankful Village of Puttenham

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On a break after completing a trench

Never such innocence again: Berkhamsted’s First World War training camp

Tramp along one of the mysterious gulleys that criss-cross pretty common land near Berkhamsted and you will be following the footsteps of thousands of young men destined for the trenches of the Western Front. Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire chairman Elizabeth Hamilton walks the one-time World War I training camp

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Fish and Eels pub, Hoddesdon

10 things to do in Hoddesdon

From river walks and lazy pub afternoons to children’s adventure and the thrills of the race track, Hoddesdon makes for a fine day out. We pick 10 things to do in the Lea Valley town

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Air Force One, Sunil Pawar

Berkhamsted brilliance

Sandra Smith meets three artists putting Berkhamsted on the cultural map

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A wide strip of grassland beside a hedge - ideal hunting ground for kestrels and barn owls

An icon of the countryside

Hedgerows are synonymous with our countryside, shaping our landscapes, enriching its habitats and linking us to our past. Elizabeth Hamilton, Herts chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, gives a guide to their richness

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Haileybury College

Facts and legends of Hertford Heath

Killer ghosts, highway robbery and roaring supercars – 10 things you may not know about the village of Herford Heath

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Mosaic from Roman Verulamium

A world beneath our feet in St Albans

Countryside Management Service project officer Jon Collins goes in search of the deep roots of St Albans’ Verulamium Park, and outlines new projects bringing them to light

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Natalie Bird on Vishnu

Horse of the Year double

Two Hertfordshire amateur riders have qualified for the 2014 Horse of the Year Show at the Birmingham NEC in October

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Laura Antonuccio of Frankie's 5 A Day greengrocers

Trading places in Brookmans Park

With traditional trades and modern start-ups, desirable Brookmans Park is a village with a mix of businesses drawing on the old while embracing the new

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Rye Gatehouse

A day out in...Stanstead Abbotts

Patsy Hudson explores an enigmatic village in the south-east corner of the county and discovers more than just a river runs through it

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Stuart Deamer in the hardware store his father opened, Deamer and Sons. Photo Trevor Coultart

Trading Places in Stevenage Old Town

With roots in the medieval period and a village feel, Stevenage Old Town has retained a charm and a diversity of businesses while the new community has grown around it

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Underground by Motionhouse, Imagine Watford

Cultured Watford: a month of festivities

This month, Watford becomes a vibrant centre of the arts as the town hosts three major cultural events. Ewan Foskett reports on a place alive with performance

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Merry Hill walk

10 things to do...in Bushey

It was once home to one of the leading art schools in Britain, headquarters to an American fighter command and its church was the location of a christening in EastEnders. We look at 10 highlights to enjoy today in the varied town of Bushey

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Hatfield House from the West Garden parterre

Hatfield House in bloom

A restored event in the plant lover’s diary is the Hatfield House Garden Show. Taking place at the end of the month among world-renowned landscapes, it is full of inspiration. Philippa Pearson talks to the woman who brought it back, estate owner and passionate gardener Lady Salisbury, about the show and remodelling the estate gardens

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