On Sale 3rd April, 2012
A Gem Of A Garden Among The Hills
SUSIE WHITE visits Mindrum, where half a century of careful planting has transformed a spacious country garden.
Farming A Crop That Benefits Wildlife
Farmer Kevin Wharf’s success in helping to create new wildflower-rich hay meadows in Upper Coquetdale has won him a Northumberland National Park award, but as STEWART BONNEY discovered, far from being a solo effort, this environmentally important work is being supported by his family, farmers Ian Tait and Frankie Walton and Northumberland National Park.
When Migration Proved A Hard Fact To Swallow
Where do swallows go in winter? It’s no mystery now but, as IAN KERR explains, the truth wasn’t always so obvious.
Wildlife Flourishes Under The Flight Path
ANTHONY TOOLE investigates three areas of former industrial land close to Newcastle airport where nature is now thriving.
An Early Kick-off For Rothbury’s Youth
JON TAIT delves into the formative years of football in the county, and finds that teams from the Coquet valley were there from the very beginning.
Nature's Clock Moves Forward
ALLAN POTTS looks out for distinctive signs of the arrival of spring.
Home Cooking With Jane Lovett
Griddled asparagus and parma ham bundles with poached egg and anchovy croutes.
Dogs Are Welcome — But Bring Your Own Basket
GORDON WILKINSON meets a couple who warmly welcome guests with canine companions.
The Ancient Church Of The Unexploded Bomb
JOHN GRUNDY visits Bolam, where a church dating from Anglo-Saxon times had a narrow escape after an airborne intrusion 70 years ago.
Greys Targeted To Save Red Squirrels
A major new regional conservation partnership project could prove to be the last do or die attempt to safeguard red squirrels in Northumberland by targeting their number one enemy – invading grey squirrels. Nick Mason, the Stocksfield-based project manager for Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) told STEWART BONNEY that to save this highly endangered mammal from extinction in the county – its last major stronghold - thousands of grey squirrels must be culled.
Enjoy An Historic Drive In Border Country
A DRIVE around the sites associated with this famous English victory over the Scots can be easily followed thanks to the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum Project linking sites in north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders which have an intimate connection with the story of Flodden.
The Very Best Of Border Companions
SUSAN BURKE learns about the Border terrier, and how it continues to be one of our favourite dog breeds.
A Walk To The Edge Of Civilisation
JAMES NORRIS enjoys an exhilarating six-mile walk in hill country frequented by soldiers both now and 2,000 years ago.
A Horror Show For Rocky The Python
Senior vet JOHN PRESCOTT remembers his encounter with a nine-stone snake.
Breathing New Life Into Our Living Waterways
THE North East folk singer, Vin Garbutt , famously sings of ‘The Land of Three Rivers, the Tyne, Wear and Tees’ as characterising the communities of the region, which is a useful way of looking at the landscape and its people. Each river catchment is different in natural, cultural and of course in footballing terms! MIKE PRATT, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust explains.
Notes On The Natives And Their Exotic Ways
For the last 300 years the city of Newcastle and its people have made their mark on visiting men and women of letters. As SUE HOPE explains, some of these impressions were favourable, others less so…
Also In This Issue . . .
Small but artistic
The train has arrived
Top award for shop
Harbour curiosity repaired
Historic bed & breakfast
Lots of pots
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