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How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion

First Night: Latitude Festival, Southwold, Suffolk

Serene surroundings for an Americana feast

New infestation of 'hazardous' moth identified

A new infestation of a non-native moth which is hazardous to human and animal health and trees has been identified, the Forestry Commission has said.

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Plan to sell public forests is chopped down by experts

Controversial plans to sell off England's public forests were finally abandoned by the Government yesterday after an expert panel called for the 637,000 acres of woodland owned by the Forestry Commission to remain in public ownership.

Controversial plans to sell off England’s public forests abandoned by Government

Controversial plans to sell off England’s public forest estate were finally abandoned by the Government today, after an expert panel called for the 637,000 acres of woodlands owned by the Forestry Commission to remain in public ownership.

Hundreds flee blazing US wildfires

Firefighters battled wildfires that spread quickly in parched forests in Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary.

Beware dangerous caterpillar, says Forestry Commission

People are being warned not to touch an invasive species of moth caterpillar which can cause skin rashes and irritation to eyes and throats.

O'Neill reopens war of words with Newcastle

Martin O'Neill has reignited his row with Alan Pardew, questioning the Newcastle manager's accusation that Sunderland had been overly physical in a tempestuous Tyne-Wear derby last Sunday.

The Lorax’s reputation as an environmentalist is under threat

America's favourite tree-hugger hawks gas-guzzlers

For more than 40 years, liberal America's children have been enchanted by the Lorax, a furry Dr Seuss character, with an extravagant moustache who sums up his role in life with an oft-repeated catchphrase: "I speak for the trees!"

Specs appeal: 'I just thought acting would be better than working' says Nighy

Suits you sir: Bill Nighy talks politics and sartorial style

He avoids Shakespeare at all costs, almost killed Judi Dench in his latest film, and only steps out in the sharpest jacket and tie... Tim Walker meets the irrepressible Bill Nighy.

Campaigners say our freedom to roam is being curtailed by the Forestry Commission’s sales of woodland

Revealed: The true scale of Britain's woodland sell-off

Forestry Commission forced to get rid of thousands of hectares as it attempts to balance the books

Philip Hensher: The countryside is an illusion, so why not build?

M ost English people live in cities. The ten biggest urban areas, as officially defined, contain 18.3 million people – London, Manchester, the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Tyneside, Liverpool, Nottingham, Sheffield, Bristol and Brighton. Some of these urban areas are quite arbitrarily divided, for example separating Sheffield from Chesterfield and Liverpool from Birkenhead, so the 40 per cent of the English population which seems to live in the ten largest urban areas is probably an underestimate.

Philip Hensher: The countryside is an illusion, so why not build?

It is true that we have come to the conclusion most newly-built houses are an abomination. But it need not be so

The perfect spot for a Highland fling

Walk Of The Month: Ben Bhraggie, Sutherland - This climb is short and steep but the amorous still find they have feet fit for dancing. Mark Rowe sat that one out

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The Festival

The London Mela is Europe's largest celebration of South Asian culture, with music, food and outdoor arts filling Gunnersbury Park.

Go to Londonmela.org

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Diana Krall interview

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