Gardening

Colour boost

Colour boost

Summer bedding can be planted outside from the end of May onwards, so long as we aren’t getting any late frosts. Antirrhinums, asters and lobelia…
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Protecting plants

Protecting plants

Tomato, cucumber and pepper plants should not be planted outside until the end of May; even inside they need some heat at night if temperatures…
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Border controls

Border controls

Hoe borders frequently, preferably on a nice sunny day and any weeds that are beginning to get established will wilt and die off quickly; regular…
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Park nature fun

Park nature fun

As the weather warms up, Severn Valley Country Park in Alveley is once again expanding its events schedule. Every term-time Friday starting from 3 May,…
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Swift solutions!

Swift solutions!

Bridgnorth Swift Group was formed last year with the aim of surveying swift nesting sites. Member Carol Wood explains, “Swifts are particularly fond of old…
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Camping it up

Camping it up

Two events at local National Trust properties will enable campers to get closer to nature. The popular Attingham Camp takes place once again at Attingham…
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Shooting stars

Shooting stars

It’s the season to nurture buds, shoots and saplings – but, as Ann Winwood warns, beware that sudden cold snaps don’t ruin all your hard…
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Bear with Cuan

Bear with Cuan

he team at Cuan Wildlife Rescue near Much Wenlock are getting ready for the busy spring season. Cuan’s next events include a Family Prize Bingo…
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Wildlife forum

Wildlife forum

The second Telford Wildlife Forum of the year will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 April at Horsehay Village Hall TF4 2NF. Harriet Carty…
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Managing the Mynd

Managing the Mynd

Ever wondered how the Long Mynd looks the way it does? The rugged and distinctive length of heathland is one of the county’s most recognisable…
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Farm forays

Farm forays

Acton Scott Farm’s programme of country crafts and outdoor skills has begun again for the spring. On Friday 12 April, a seasonal Snail Day aims…
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Basket case

Basket case

If you’d like to create your own display basket in perfect time for Mother’s Day, join in with a workshop taking place at in the…
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Wildlife events

Wildlife events

Two talks by the Bridgnorth branch of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) are taking place at the town’s library. Vicky Nall of the British Dragonfly…
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Park’s visitor centre plans

Park’s visitor centre plans

Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Partnerships Team are celebrating the results of a successful grant application to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). The project…
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Award for volunteers

Award for volunteers

A group of conservation volunteers have been given a royal seal of approval… and now they’re inviting more people to join them. The Churchyard Task…
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Wildlife quizzes

Wildlife quizzes

A local wildlife charity has arranged a series of quiz nights to raise funds for its lifesaving work. Cuan Wildlife Rescue is planning quizzes at…
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Swift help needed

Swift help needed 

Along with the Bridgnorth branch of Shropshire Wildlife Trust, a local group advertised for helpers to check for possible swift nest sites – and they’re…
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Broseley shows off

Broseley shows off 

Broseley and District Horticultural and Craft Society’s 73rd Annual Show takes place on Saturday 15 September at the town’s Victoria Hall. Classes to enter include…
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Repton ramble

Repton ramble 

This year marks the bicentenary of the death of landscape designer Humphry Repton and events have been taking place throughout the country as part of…
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Little explorers

Little explorers 

Local groups are encouraging smaller nature lovers to get out and about this autumn. Wild Toddlers meets weekly at Alveley’s Severn Valley Country Park from…
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Spring yarn bomb

Spring yarn bomb

Anyone walking through Bridgnorth’s Castle Gardens will have noticed the knitted and crocheted flowers adorning the rails near the ruins. This ‘yarn bombing’ is the…
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Forget me not

Forget me not

Severn Hospice’s ‘Forget Me Not’ flowers are handmade by the talented team at the British Ironwork Centre… and they have the added benefit that you…
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Insect hotel

Insect hotel

Butterflies and other insects are set to dine in style as a result of a project led by West Midlands Butterfly Conservation (WMBC). Volunteers have worked…
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Springtime show

Springtime show

Bridgnorth Horticultural Society held its Spring Show on 1 April at St Leonard’s Church. Chair Glyn Lucas said, “Best in Show was Richard Spiers of…
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