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  • Just Another Fungus…

    A preparation that is anti-inflammatory, will kill certain bacteria including E.Coli, is antiviral and is apparently capable of inhibiting some types of cancer – a new miracle drug surely? In fact extracts from a humble bracket fungus found on birch trees have been shown, in the lab at any...
  • the Colourful Green woodpecker

    It’s a sultry summer afternoon with a hint of thunder in the air and, as you’re walking through a meadow or perhaps along a disused railway line, you hear it first; a high ringing laugh falling away. There it is again, a wild echoing ‘kew kew kew’, clearly not...
  • A walk in Woodstock

    In 2012 a stone plaque was unveiled on Woodstock Town Hall to mark the installation of seven Portland stone wall plaques around Woodstock. Local sculptor, Giles Macdonald, created the plaques at sites selected by local residents convened by Councillor Linda Glees.  Dr Robert Edwards, Honorary Townsman and local history...
  • Silence

    One morning my Father stopped in a small and secluded quadrangle of the building we were walking through then holding up a finger told my sister and I to listen. We could hear nothing. This he told us was the beauty of the place, no sound of the outside...
  • Dog days!

    We know it can be hard to leave your beloved four legged friend at home when you go out with your family for the day, so here are a few attractions that allow dogs within their grounds. It is always best to double check with your attraction so that...
  • June in the garden

    Your garden should be growing like mad and ready to burst into bloom at this time of the year! Be prepared to be busy in the garden in June with the weather generally being warmer and the days longer and sunnier. As everything will be growing at a rate...
  • Why hospital radio volunteers still play a crucial role

    Banbury’s hospital radio station, Radio Horton first launched in July 1964 by local journalists, Ted Hanson MBE and Graham Wilton. The core principles of the station were built on volunteering, with the fundamental aim to provide light entertainment, reassurance and a friend at the bedside to patients in hospital...
  • Apply within

    White dead-nettle specifically sets out to attract big insects. The pretty white, hood-like flowers that encircle the plant’s stem are so designed that only heavyweight insects with long tongues, such as bumblebees, can pry the blossom open and then reach down to the nectar. As they push their way...
  • Curious and Curiouser

    With the news that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is due to close on the London Westend at the beginning of June we delved into our archives to share this review of the show that Four Shires Cathy Black attended in April 2015 (The below...
  • The Mighty Hawthorn

    The Mighty Hawthorn …By Stephen Melhuish …(Plant Sales Team Leader) at Nicholsons Nurseries,  North Aston. Oxfordshire. Although a number of flowers bridge the gap between winter and early spring none more than the mighty hawthorn in full bloom during May can claim its rightful place as the number one...