News from around the countryside – March 5


Average price in Cornwall passes £200,000

The average house price in Cornwall has topped the £200,000 mark for the first time, official Government figures have revealed.


New literary festival

North Yorkshire’s literati will be hoping for inspiration from York’s historic settings when the city’s first Literature Festivals kicks off this week. The festival, which begins on Wednesday and runs until March 15, will feature poetry readings, author events, creative writing taster sessions, plays, storytelling and spoken word performance.


Badger Decision could be by May

Food and Farming Minister Lord Rooker has said today that a decision on badger culling would be made “more or less” by May.

Farmers’ forum on climate change

Farmers in Somerset are being invited to a free lunch to hear about climate change and what it means for agriculture. (Western Morning News)

Scotland goes even more organic

Scotland’s own organic farmers are now meeting 70 per cent of the demand for organic produce north of the border, compared with an estimated 35 per cent five years ago.

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Rare find could change history

Experts are excited about a rare coin unearthed by an amateur treasure hunter which could change the accepted ancient history of Britain.

Castle leased to community

One of Scotland’s most historic castles with one of the country’s most prestigious addresses – boasting the Queen’s home at Balmoral on Royal Deeside as its nearest neighbour – has been leased to its local community. Yesterday, residents of the village of Braemar were celebrating after securing the lease of imposing Braemar Castle, the ancient seat of the Earls of Mar, in what is believed to be the first community takeover of a castle in Scotland.


Colt foal is the first of his kind

At a quarter to midnight on Monday history was made at West Down Stud near South Molton, with the arrival of the very first foal by the only registered coloured thoroughbred stallion in the UK.

New course for butlers

A new qualification developed by City & Guilds means one of the UK’s oldest professions will finally get the recognition it deserves. Available to new students and those already working in the industry, the level 2 diploma for butlers is thought to be the first and only one of its kind in the country.

South West may soon have its own Covent Garden

Plans to turn a run-down part of Plymouth into a vibrant cultural district like London’s Covent Garden have been unveiled.