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Country diary: A generous, loving old soul is this tree | Josie George
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire: I’ve been watching the big lime tree from my bed, where I must spend most of my day. It’s time we got properly acquainted

Josie George

22, Mar, 2023 @5:30 AM

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Simon Armitage savours spring ‘ecstasy and melancholy’ on World Poetry Day
Poet laureate celebrates a plum tree in poem commissioned by the National Trust for its blossom campaign

Tobi Thomas

21, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Country diary: In a bitterly cold cemetery, the sound of early spring | Lev Parikian
West Norwood, south London: It’s under way – that messy medley of starlings, redwings, goldcrests and great tits

Lev Parikian

10, Mar, 2023 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: Tumbling jackdaws are the constant in this changing landscape | Richard Smyth
Stanley, County Durham: At this living museum of recreated miners’ cottages, Wesleyan chapel and old diesel buses, the jackdaws are here, finding use in all

Richard Smyth

08, Mar, 2023 @5:30 AM

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Tim Dowling: spring hasn’t sprung yet, but the tortoise has
He’s spent the past 40 days beneath the washing machine – and now he’s turned up early

Tim Dowling

04, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Country diary: The holy fountain that’s neither holy nor a fountain
Agnes’ Fountain, Allerford, Somerset: Drip becomes puddle becomes zigzag becomes river. It’s gentle and thriving, but there’s nothing sacred about it

Sara Hudston

02, Mar, 2023 @5:30 AM

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UK weather: snow and frost forecast as March temperatures set to fall
Met Office says start of spring will be colder than usual, after provisionally driest February in 30 years

Kevin Rawlinson

01, Mar, 2023 @6:11 PM

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Eagerly awaiting the arrival of frogspawn | Brief letters
Letters: Pond life | No shortage of tomatoes | Mark Spencer | Johnson’s jugs | Letter getter

01, Mar, 2023 @5:23 PM

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Are your crossword clues too cryptic for the next generation of solvers? | Brief letters
Brief letters: A blot on setter’s copybook | Dior’s New Look | Overexcited Rishi Sunak | Ukrainian railways | Signs of an early spring

28, Feb, 2023 @6:07 PM

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Country diary: The sweet pre-spring scent of optimism | Carey Davies
Otley, West Yorkshire: These rich woods, which I grew up next to, have been bought out by local groups who know the true value of nature

Carey Davies

28, Feb, 2023 @5:30 AM

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Parts of US see earliest spring conditions on record: ‘Climate change playing out in real time’
Parts of Texas, Arkansas, Ohio and Maryland, along with New York, are all recording their earliest spring conditions on record

Oliver Milman and Aliya Uteuova

24, Feb, 2023 @10:00 AM

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NatWest profits as customers lose out | Brief letters
Letters: Bank closures | Johnson’s manor | Oat cuisine | Cursing children | First hayfever of spring

19, Feb, 2023 @5:08 PM

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