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Our bees need you, but not as much as you need them

Our bees need you, but not as much as you need them

We depend on them not just to provide the everyday foods we take for granted like apples and pears – but also for the survival of many of the flowers that we see in our gardens and countryside and the many species that in turn rely on them. Thanks to

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Red Squirrels: A Bushy Tale

Red Squirrels: A Bushy Tale

Indeed, this remains one of the few strongholds in the United Kingdom for red squirrels, mainly because the American grey squirrels are still being kept at bay. It is an offence to bring a grey squirrel into red squirrel territory, with a penalty of two years imprisonment or a £5,000

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A slippery situation!

A slippery situation!

When Island Roads were successful bidders for the Highways PFI Contract the Island equestrian community were confronted with an additional hazard of extremely slippery road surfaces where metal horse shoes had no traction. The Horse Community Facebook page was full of reports of how horses and ponies were slipping and

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Planting a kiss at Christmas

Planting a kiss at Christmas

They were originally used in pre-Christian times to help celebrate the Winter Solstice Festival, to ward off evil spirits and celebrate new growth. When Christianity arrived in Western Europe, some people wanted to keep the greenery, to give it Christian meanings, but also to ban the use of it to

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Warm Reception for Bloodhounds

Warm Reception for Bloodhounds

  Bloodhound hunting is a totally non-blood sport. It was started here earlier this year by Islander Asa Wingate, a former National Hunt jockey. Asa is Master Huntsman of The Isle of Wight Farmers’ Bloodhounds, with his friend Roger Broomfield the Master. They initially started bloodhound hunting for their own

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Griffin Family Reach 90 Years of Farming

Griffin Family Reach 90 Years of Farming

  Now 90 years on, the Griffin family are still farming at Briddlesford and are accepted as having among the finest dairy cattle not only on the Island, but throughout the country. Amazingly all the cattle they have bred over the years have descended from the 15 cows Charles initially

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Caroline Knox: I Think Gran Would be so Proud

Caroline Knox: I Think Gran Would be so Proud

  Even so, Caroline claims she could never have envisaged being cajoled into the role she now takes very seriously – that of chair person of the Isle of Wight branch of the National Farmers’ Union – known as the NFU.She has successfully held the position for the past two

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Ash…The Burning Issue

Ash…The Burning Issue

As a nine year old, we had one taken down in our garden, because it became unsafe.  I made a tree house, from an upturned table nailed crudely onto the raised stump.  Dutch elm disease tore through the Islands countryside like a storm, sparing no elm tree in its path.

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