Countryside

The Semley Tree-Climbing Expert Touring England’s Summer Festivals

Mark Hawes quit the London rat race and moved to the Shaftesbury area to pursue his dream. He wanted to work with trees. His Semley-based tree-climbing business now operates across England and at prestigious summer festivals.

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£1.7m For Shaftesbury Area Cycleways And Virtual Reality Tourism App

A major project to improve the experience of visitors to the Shaftesbury area has received almost £1.7m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Book Revealing Special Wiltshire Stories and Places Launches In Tisbury

Two journalists known for reporting Shaftesbury area news have published a new book that uncovers Wiltshire’s stories and curiosities. Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir launched ‘Deepest Wiltshire’ in Tisbury on Sunday.

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Free Walk To Reveal The Highlights Of Shaftesbury’s Woodland ‘Treasure’

A Shaftesbury-based tree expert will share the special qualities of the town’s nearest ancient woodland during guided walk later this month.

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Discover The Secrets Of Old Trees At Shaftesbury Arts Centre

Shaftesbury people are passionate about trees. Our town has its own tree walk and a highly active Tree Group. Their last public presentation was so packed it was ‘standing room only’. So if you want to hear one of Britain’s most respected tree authors and photographers talk and show incredible images, you might need to book your tickets today.

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Good News For Shaftesbury Stargazers – LEDs Have Reduced Light Pollution

The Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding National Beauty is applying for International Dark Skies Reserve status in March. If the US based judging panels approves the bid, the status could bring extra cash into our local economy.

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Shaftesbury Council Wants to Know Which Footpaths Require Improvement

Many Shaftesbury residents love walking along our wooded slopes, ancient hollow ways and sunken lanes. And Shaftesbury Town Council want’s you to tell them which ones aren’t good enough. Read More

Shaftesbury Farmer Selling Land Promises No-Build Clause

A Shaftesbury farmer who is selling a much-loved area of fields and woodland says that he’ll make sure that the land isn’t built on. Read More

Less Light Pollution Could Boost Melbury Abbas Tourism

Melbury Abbas is one of the best places in the country to view the Milky Way and residents are being asked to help keep it that way. Read More

Discover The Remarkable History Of Yew Trees

Fred Hageneder is one of the founder members of the Ancient Yew Group and has authored books about the fascinating trees, which can live for thousands of years.

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