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Yorkshireman collects 4,000 old gardening tools, including one that’ll take your legs off

THEY ARE long-forgotten tools from a lost world of Yorkshire kitchen gardening, an age in which growers and seedsmen had an implement for every task, including one to cut the legs off poachers.

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IN THE PINK: Magnolia sargentiana in all its glory.

Gardening: Pretty in pink

Sometimes, plants need a rest; they have performed magnificently – to the point of exhaustion – and they know when it’s time to take time for themselves.

£10,000 diet pays off for Viki

£10,000 diet pays off for Viki

Viki Short has spent £10,000 shedding ten stone and dropping eight dress sizes. Jayne Dawson reports.

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Home from Home gives family time together

A fund-raising campaign launches this week for a home from home which has helped 10,000 families. Catherine Scott reports.

The barn near Askrigg

Planning rules on Yorkshire barns ‘still mired in red tape’

OVERHAULED planning policies to provide a measure of relief for families priced out of the Yorkshire Dales have seen dozens of applications for homes passed to tackle the rural housing crisis.

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BRIGHT START: Forsythia is traditionally considered to be a herald of spring.

Yellow magic orchestrated

So what’s the difference between “common” and “popular”? Both are terms used to describe the in-your-eye yellow Forsythia. The two terms are often confused but can actually affect the meaning behind a statement; for example, “popular” should be used to describe something or someone that a lot of people like, whereas “common” describes something that occurs often – it is not always apparent whether people like it or not.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Manor from heaven: Inside Britain’s biggest house

It’s spring when thoughts turn to home repairs and redecorating and we groan at the prospect of the upheaval and expense. So, spare a thought for Julie Kenny, who has just totted up the restoration costs for Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, and arrived at £50m. It’s an eye-watering sum but after pulling off the seemingly impossible task of raising the £7m needed to buy the gargantuan grade I-listed property, there is every reason to believe that the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust will achieve its goal of turning it into the “Chatsworth of South Yorkshire”.

Fitness for the mind and the body

Fitness for the mind and the body

As we start to realise that mental fitness is as important as physical fitness . Catherine Scott meets a woman helping wellbeing

WORK IN PROGRESS: April is one of the busiest months of the year in the garden.

Roll out the barrow

April is the month when gardeners get out of the blocks. It’s a bit of a sprint to tick off all the jobs on the lengthy list hanging on the back of the shed door.


Spring loaded with blossom loved by bees

Spring has arrived – with some sun, some snow and some confusion.

IN THE PINK: Spring likes to make the most of camellias and their peony-like flowers.

Gardening: Meet my Debbie

David Overend reveals how he fell head over heels for a China girl who put down roots in deepest Wales.

PLUM LINE: The purple-leaved plum has found a place in the hearts of many gardeners.

Gardening: Brightness falls

Prunus cerasifera pissardii is a bit of a mouthful, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming widely grown in gardens throughout the country.

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Land Rover Defender is still a good investment.

IT is now over a year since the Land Rover Defender went out of production but forecasts then that the iconic vehicle would be a good investment have turned out to be correct and prices are holding up well and should continue to do so in the future.
The magnificent fir cone sculpture at the Himalayan Garden
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A spectacular of 20,000 plants in a beautiful dale

Some people are never content; they refuse to rest on their laurels, they refuse to stick to their gunneras, they have to always look to the future. They are the creators and the winners.

OPENING TIME: The garden at Ellerker House, near York

Gates open wide

Spring is here; not because there are bulbs blooming, but because almost 4,000 gardens are gearing up to open their doors to paying visitors to raise millions of pounds for charity.

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Amy Lord and Rebecca Whitney at work

Our dream job didn’t exist, so we created it

Cut adrift from university, graphic art and design graduates Rebekah Whitney and Amy Lord were temping and trying to keep their spirits up while hunting for a dream job. The search turned out to be pointless as the job they wanted didn’t exist, which is how the imaginative pair came to create a new profession and are now fully-fledged Connoisseurs of Make Believe and joint founders of one of Britain’s most exciting creative agencies.


36ft wooden cross installed on Otley Chevin

Over 50 people gathered to see a 36ft wooden cross installed on Otley Chevin

still working: At the age of 83, Dame Joan Collins says she has no plans to retire, and she is not alone. (Picture: PA).

Dame Joan Collins won’t bow out, but many don’t have a choice

As Dame Joan Collins says she doesn’t ‘see the point’ of retiring, Chris Bond looks at whether retirement is actually good for people?

SEEING RED: Tulipa Show Winner.

Showstopper and eye-opener for early spring

All tulips are winners – some big-time, others a little less statuesque but nevertheless stars in their own right.

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