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WATCH: The Bucks Herald has a brand new look!

This week The Bucks Herald has a brand new look - and we are really excited to find out what you think.

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FARMING MATTERS: Lambing in full flow with lots of singles

Driving into the office yesterday I passed a field filled with ewes and lambs, and it was obvious the gorgeous little lambs were Jacob crosses due to their black, brown and white colouring. I used to have a pet ewe that was a Suffolk/Jacob cross and she was a beautiful chocolate brown colour.

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Buckingham Arms on Buckingham Street Aylesbury is now Emperor's Lounge

EDITOR’S COLUMN: The joy of witnessing landmark events - and a call to share your lost Aylesbury pub memories!

This weekend myself and my beloved had a very important task to attend to - escorting said beloved’s teenage nephew to buy his first ever car!

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This is a tree nursery that grew trees for the Olympic Park

FARMING MATTERS: Equal treatment for nursery growers

Intense campaigning by the National Farmers Union (NFU) has led to a government decision that will see nursery growers treated equally to other agricultural businesses regarding business rates.

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: A canal birds conundrum - and musings on Hampden Fields

There was sad news for the Hampden Fields Action Group this week - when news came through that the development they have fought long and hard against has been given the green light once and for all.

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NFU #takethelead campaign - NFU adviser James Osman with Isle of Wight NFU chairman Matt Legge

NFU asks walkers to #takethelead

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging dog walkers to #takethelead and use a lead near livestock when in the countryside over the Easter school holidays.

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WEATHERWATCH: A look back at a dreary March

WEATHERWATCH: A look back at a dreary March

Temperatures have been climbing since the start of April, and are now a far cry from some of the freezing conditions we saw during March.

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Bucks Herald Columnist and Aylesbury legend Andy Collins shares the trials and tribulations of getting fit after a big Christmas and New year.. .

COLUMNIST: Dancing on Ice tour? It’s not always glitz and glamour on the road!

So when I’m about in town I often get stopped and asked one of these questions: “Is the 12 days of Christmas routine in Panto really that exhausting you look so knackered by the end” - “Is Holly Willoughby as good looking in the flesh as she is on TV” - “Your showbiz job must be so glamorous”.

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The icoinc white lion has been restored at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Photo by Whipsnade Zoo / ZSL

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Wolverine and turkey fun at Whipsnade Zoo - and fingers crossed for a heatwave!

I hope you had a lovely Easter break - and that, despite the naff weather you managed to do all of the things that make you happiest. 
For me that was a trip to Whipsnade Zoo - where we got up close and personal with a range of beasts including lions, tigers, monkeys, some turkeys and goats and a hilarious wolverine which was determined to evade our gaze running around his enclosure. 
So now we learn that a heatwave is on the way - which comes as a shock for my family in West Yorkshire who are currently tackling their fourth bout of snow. The thought of a heatwave fills me with deep joy - but I must admit, I’ll believe it when I see it...

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FARMING MATTERS: Farmers who care for the countryside

Farmers not only produce food to feed us, but spend a lot of time protecting and enhancing the environment and wildlife.

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FARMING MATTERS: Farmer needed to help Wildlife Trust

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is recruiting trustees to its board, and one of the people they are seeking is a farmer who is farming for the benefit of wildlife.

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: Spring has sprung - and we are on a pothole mission!

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Spring has sprung - and we are on a pothole mission!

Yes that’s right - I’m sure every motorist in the county of Bucks has a pothole that they love to hate. For me it used to be a big deep one that sat directly after a speed bump close to the old Quarendon School, I would regularly fall foul of it on my way to and from work - and to be quite honest - it physically hurt every time my car viciously jerked down into its depths!

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Manure heap. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: A smelly time of year as muck goes on land

The early spring muck spreading season is upon us. Muck spreading has been an integral part of farming and food production for centuries but there is no way of avoiding the downside - it smells!

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Minette Batters, the newly elected president of the National Farmers Union, pictured when she visited the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire NFU AGM in November last year. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Making history with first lady president

The National Farmers Union has made history by electing their first female president, Minette Batters, at the recent AGM.

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FARMING MATTERS: Post Brexit food and farming for Britain

Now is the time to change and reshape agricultural policy and future proof British food production, according to NFU president Meurig Raymond.

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Aerial surveying in Northamptonshire. Photography courtesy of Graymatter Media

FARMING MATTERS: Drone technology is expanding on farms

The use of drone technology for farming and land management is becoming increasingly relevant and widespread, providing a valuable new technology for surveying, monitoring and mapping.

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: The government needs to act now on growing social care crisis

This week The Bucks Herald explored the issue of adult social care - and the problems faced by Bucks County Council to provide services for an increasing aging population.
When I started on local newspapers a decade ago we would think nothing of challenging councils on seemingly needless or cruel cuts to services. 
We frequently highlighted where money was being wasted, and where not enough money was being spent - it was an important part of our job. 
That was no matter what the political persuasion of the council or councillor involved, and local newspapers pride themselves on their political neutrality. 
But times have changed for our councils - and after rounds and rounds of government imposed cuts, which last year resulted in a complete slash of the government grant for Bucks County Council - it is clear that all services are being stripped back to the bone. This is bad news for local people - especially our most vulnerable and it is the government’s fault.

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FARMING MATTERS: Rural broadband needs to be priority

The National Farmers Union has said the government must ensure that every farming business can access next generation superfast broadband and complete mobile technology across the farm.

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EDITOR’S COLUMN: Some Valentine’s Day musings - and a call to action on Aylesbury Vale roads

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! And if Valentine’s Day is not your thing - I hope that you at least enjoyed a Shrove Tuesday pancake or two yesterday.

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Chainsaw work in the farmhouse garden. Copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Recording a little bit of social history

I’ve written before about the short video films I make about life down on our farm.

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