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The continuous ridge of russet, stone-strewn lakeland mountain encircles a valley floor as flat as a paddy field. Lights of farms are beginning to spark and the cries of tawny owls reverberate around the bowl of darkening fells. In the distance, sunset pinks the snow-dusted peak of Glaramara. It is a suitable stage to approach the most notable trees of northern England.

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Juniper berries are the essential flavouring ingredient in gin, but the bushes that bear the aromatic fruit have been disappearing across Britain – and in southern England have been in danger of extinction.

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Early learning or a case of too much, too young?

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