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News from around the Royal Forest of Dean region including Herefordshire and Monmouthshire

September 28th, 2006
Tycoon buys Hampton Court
A TYCOON who owns the famous tourism sites of Land's End and John O'Groats plans to turn Herefordshire's Hampton Court into an exclusive club.

Graham Ferguson Lacey, who has bought the 15th century castle and its 1,000 acres for an undisclosed sum, plans to keep the castle gardens open to the public as part of a world-class tourist attraction.

Hereford Times
September 7th, 2006
Monmouth Show set for a new site
NEXT year, Monmouthshire Show moves from Vauxhall to a new picturesque riverside site near Monmouth which is expected to become a permanent venue.

The show society has been busy preparing the 100-acre site it owns at Wyesham by fencing, draining, levelling and reseeding the land and laying down trackways to ensure good access whatever the weather.

Hereford Times
September 12th, 2006
County guaranteed tourism award success
HEREFORDSHIRE is guaranteed at least one award at the Heart of England gala dinner and awards next month.

That success is certain because all the finalists in the Caravan Park of the Year category are from the county!

Hereford Times
September 5th, 2006
Welsh pub celebrates Michelin accolade
The Bell at Skenfrith is Pub of the Year

Good beer and great pub grub have earned the Bell at Skenfrith, in Monmouthshire, the title of Michelin Pub of the Year 2007.

The 17th century Welsh pub has won the accolade in the latest edition of Michelin’s Eating Out in Pubs guide. The Bell has become a favourite with its many regular diners for its combination of traditional stone floors and roaring log fires with contemporary design elements.......

The Publican
September 5th, 2006
Blooming hat-trick for Herefordshire
It's a blooming hat-trick for Herefordshire in this year's Britain in Bloom competition after landing three gold awards.

Hereford won gold in the small city category, Bromyard won gold in the small town category, and Leominster won gold in the town category.
On top of this, Herefordshire Council's grounds maintenance contractors, Herefordshire Jarvis Services, has been awarded a discretionary honour – the Certificate of Merit.

"This is great news for the whole of Herefordshire and means those who live, work and visit Hereford City and our market towns have enjoyed fantastic floral displays," said Councillor Roy Stockton, Cabinet Member.......

24dash.com
September 13th, 2006
GOLD SET TO HIT ALL-TIME HIGH THIS AUTUMN
Gold may be set to reach an all-time high in many parts of Britain this autumn according to experts at the Forestry Commission.

Our autumn colours experts believe the long hot spell this summer will affect the richness of colour when trees begin their preparation for winter and reveal their autumn hues.

The National Arboretum at Westonbirt, in the Cotswolds, is one place expecting spectacular autumn colours. John Weir, Director of Arboreta, said: "The different chemicals in the leaves control the colours we see. During summer the leaves are packed with chlorophyll, which turns sunlight into sugars - plant food - and this makes the leaves appear green......

Forestry Commission
September 7th, 2006
50,000 flock to see the falcons
THE Wye Valley peregrine falcons have successfully fledged four youngsters on the Coldwell Rocks near Symonds Yat, attracting nearly 50,000 visitors.

Peregrine's have been breeding continually at Coldwell Rocks for 22 years, since 1984 when the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds set up a 24-hour surveillance station after egg thieves abseiled down the cliffs and stole the eggs in 1983.......

Hereford Times
September 3rd, 2006
New Royal Forest of Dean Web Site to Fill a Gap
The Cotswolds Information web site http://www.cotswolds.info, Cotswolds.Info, has just launched a sister web site http://www.royalforestofdean.info, RoyalForestofDean.Info, for the Royal Forest of Dean including the Wye Valley, Severn Vale, Vale of Leadon and the counties of Herefordshire and Monmouthshire...........


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