Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 67

We join the hunt for a rare butterfly on Fontmell Down | The well-respected crime fiction reviewer from Shaftesbury | Shaftesbury’s newest green group plans a festival | Meet Fontmell Magna’s knot tying expert

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire:

Over the August Bank Holiday, people drove to Fontmell Down from as far away as Cornwall to go on a Butterfly Conservation hunt for a rare species. Alfred went along to understand why naturalists consider this North Dorset beauty spot so important. And our reporter enjoyed an unexpected surprise. (00:26)

After experiencing a terrible tragedy Shaftesbury resident Karen Cole found reading books offered her an escape. She’s since become a well-respected and influential crime novel reviewer. Alfred met Karen. (11:21)

A new Shaftesbury green group intends to share practical advice on how to live a more sustainable life, rather than getting involved with politics or protest. Alfred sat in on a ‘Shaftesbury Buttons’ session and heard about their plans for a 2020 festival. (19:42)

Alfred meets Fontmell Magna Man Adam Masters and hears why he’s so passionate about knots. Adam is the Dorset Chairman of an international society which aims to promote and preserve knot-tying techniques, skills and stories. (27:39)