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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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Royal Ascot unveils David Mach collage. Photo credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images for Royal Ascot

Great British Drama


David Mach tells Eleanore Kelly the story of perhaps the greatest social event anywhere in the world. This he did in the form of a collage entitled ‘The Great British Drama’

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Merry Hill walk

10 things to 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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Gerry Meehan yearling manager at Newsells Stud

Top award for Royston stud man

Royston’s Newsells Park Stud yearling manager Gerry Meehan has galloped off with a top trophy at a gala evening hosted by the British Horseracing Authority to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

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Five bishops sculpture on Castle Hall

Hertford and the living is easy

Patsy Hudson takes a trip to the county town where she finds history, festivities and a sense of easy-living

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Professor Crump

The event of the year: Herts County Show

With this year’s Hertfordshire County Show almost upon us, get ready for an action-packed bank holiday weekend which promises fun for all the family

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Rebournbury Watermill

Opening up the Ver valley

Elizabeth Hamilton, chairman of Campaign to Protect Rural England Hertfordshire, explores an award-winning project that has opened up the beautiful Ver River valley to walkers

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Bluebells carpet the woods in April and May

Harvesting our woodlands – Carpenters Wood, Chorleywood

Sustainable harvesting of timber is key to the management of our beech woods, writes Countryside Management Service projects officer Alex Laurie

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