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Stanton Park car park at Postern Hill, Glos (01793 764649) Organised by the Cotswold Fungus group, this is one of a regular round of mushroom hunts throughout the autumn. The foray is followed by a pub lunch at the Jolly Huntsman at Kington St Michael

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