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Column: Spring has sprung, and there’s real hope in the air here in Aylesbury!

Anyone who reads my column on even a semi-regular basis (God bless you) will know that I hate the winter months. The dark and the rain and the potential for ice and snow - it’s never been my season and I’m sure that many readers will agree - it sucks.

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A massive articulated lorry arrived for an overnight stay on the farm. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Overnight stop for articulated lorry

My husband and I were out late recently to welcome the livestock haulier, who had arrived to spend the night in his massive three tier articulated truck in preparation for a 6am start. Michael Brett expertly manoeuvred the 45 foot trailer plus tractor unit into our yard and showed me the inside of the impressive cab. It’s fitted out with a night heater, two bunks, a fridge freezer, television and all mod cons.

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Investigation opened after a fatal collision

OPINION: Penalty for A413 crash misconduct police officers was hardly a penalty at all

For the past three years I have been covering a story which could affect anyone.

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The first phase of HS2 has been granted Royal Assent

FARMING MATTERS: Work on high speed rail line to start

As the first phase of HS2 has received Royal Assent, the National Farmers Union is urging fair treatment for the farming community.

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Ewe and lambs. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Getting ready for lambing

Spring is in the air (or at least, it was when I was writing this). The garden is a carpet of snowdrops, the daffodils are shooting through the grass, and speaking of the grass, that too is definitely growing and soon we shall be back into lawn mower season.

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COLUMN: HS2, it’s going to happen, and that’s bad news for many of our readers

I’m sure that many of our readers will be feeling pretty glum this week, following news that the HS2 rail project has been given the royal assent.

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FARMING MATTERS: Educating youngsters

Visiting farms is a popular pastime for families, which is why there is such an abundance of farm attractions and open farms these days.

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Sugar beet

FARMING MATTERS: Sweet future for sugar beet growers

Sugar is not the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about farming. More usually we think of cattle and sheep and if considering arable crops, wheat and barley.

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COLUMN: Waterside Theatre boss announces this year’s pantomime

COLUMN: Waterside Theatre boss announces this year’s pantomime

I am proud to announce that this year’s Waterside Theatre pantomime will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

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Nostalgia with Karl Vaughan: Little has changed since 1921 due to Aylesbury conservation area

Nostalgia with Karl Vaughan: Little has changed since 1921 due to Aylesbury conservation area

An aerial view of Aylesbury in 1921.

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COLUMN: Gambling can be an addiction, just like drink or drugs

COLUMN: Gambling can be an addiction, just like drink or drugs

Gambling in this country is seen in general terms as an acceptable fun activity that millions of people participate in, be it a flutter on the Grand National, the Premiership or the purchase of a lottery ticket.

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Green Dragon Chef, Stephen Bulmer

FARMING MATTERS: Growing heritage variety vegetables

Bad weather in southern Europe has caused a shortage of some vegetables on the supermarket shelves which could continue well into the spring.

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Dnoald Trump

LETTERS ROUND-UP: Including Donald Trump and John Bercow, development concerns and a traffic response

This week’s Bucks Herald letters - you can send a letter on any subject to the editor by emailing editorial@bucksherald.co.uk - we reserve the right to edit letters.

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Content Editor Hayley O'Keeffe

COLUMN: Wow! It’s been an important week for news here in the Vale...

It’s fast paced weeks like this that really cement how much I cherish the role that local newspapers play, and I’m sure that you’ll agree that there is plenty of important news to ponder in this week’s Bucks Herald.

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David Bell, retired farmer and active pilot with Muscular Dystrophy, manoeuvres one of his light aircraft with the assistance of his TGA Supersport mobility scooter.

FARMING MATTERS: Scooting around the farm

Farming has long been considered to be one of the most dangerous occupations to work in, with exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, large machinery, unpredictable animals, and often working in isolation or in isolated places.

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Living an active life down on the farm

Keep pets fit and healthy

Pet obesity has become a major problem throughout the UK, with an estimated 4.6 million pets (including dogs, cats and rabbits) now considered as obese, putting them at a much higher risk of contracting illnesses like cancer, diabetes and osteoarthritis. And 81 per cent of veterinary professionals have expressed concern over the problem, having seen a significant rise in pet obesity in the last two years.

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FARMING MATTERS: An Inspector Calls

Inspections take place in most industries and farming is no exception.

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Mike Tustin, a chartered forester with John Clegg & Co

FARMING MATTERS: Trees as a farm crop

Farmers are being encouraged to think of forestry as a means of diversification.

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FARMING MATTERS: Deer visited farmhouse garden over Christmas holidays

Over the festive season we have enjoyed some rather endearing visitors to our garden, who were particularly appropriate for the Christmas period.

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FARMING MATTERS: Feeding on a winter day.  Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Feeding takes up the whole day

Winter days on the farm can more or less be summed up in one word - feeding. I wrote last week about how the herd has now come indoors.

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