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Garston Wood

Picture by Clifton Beard

Picture by Clifton Beard

This ancient wood near Shaftesbury is at its best when its breathtaking carpets of bluebells, wood anemones and primroses are in bloom. You can enjoy a walk along easy paths and rides that criss-cross the wood and look for signs of badgers and fallow deer. There are common woodland birds in spring and turtle doves in spring and summer.

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Orphan otter with hiccups!

Cerridwen is a five-week-old otter cub was rescued near Shaftesbury by Dorset Wildife. Read the story and see more pictures at http://bit.ly/cerridwen

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Picture by Bell and Jeff

Picture by Bell and Jeff

This is all that remains of Shaftesbury Abbey. Founded at Shaftesbury in 888 by Alfred the Great and his daughter Ethelgiva it was to become the wealthiest Benedictine nunnery in England before it was destroyed in 1539 on the order of Thomas Cromwell.

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Air Training Corps

This is a video of 932 (Gillingham & Shaftesbury) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC) by Narky1035 from 2007 aimed to promote the Air Cadets and to show people in the area what their local squadron gets up to!

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Part 1

Actor and Dorset resident Martin Clunes introduces the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, a Dorset based charity that cares for patients with cancer and other progressive conditions who require specialist help.

Part 2

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Enmore Green by Sebastian Crump

Enmore Green by Sebastian Crump

In his novel Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy describes Enmore Green on the outskirts of Shaftesbury saying “It was a place where the churchyard lay nearer heaven than the church steeple”.  There is no steeple but I think we can see what he mean’t.

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Old Wardour Castle

Old Wardour Castle by Chalkie

Old Wardour Castle by Chalkie

Old Wardour Castle is situated on the Dorset-Wiltshire border close to Shaftebsury. It was one of the settings for Kevin Costner’s film of Robin Hood.

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