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Pennywort and a pint of best, anyone? The Foragers pub serves the taste of the Sussex countryside on a plate

The Foragers, 3 Stirling Place, Hove, East Sussex, tel: 01273 733 134

Yours for £5m: English garden (plus wallabies)

With more than 200 acres of some of England's finest gardens, seven lakes, a historic rhododendron and a mob of 40 "semi-wild" wallabies, Leonardslee Gardens in Sussex are perhaps as eccentric as the family which has owned them for more than 150 years.

Future of Great Dixter secured by £4m grant

The future of Great Dixter, the medieval estate which has come to epitomise the English country garden, is to be guaranteed by a multimillion-pound lottery award aimed at conserving one of the country's most remarkable displays of flowers and plants.

Britain's most common wild flowers are latest species to disappear from countryside

Even the commonest wild flowers are disappearing from the countryside, a new analysis of Britain's biggest wild plant survey has shown.

The Roadkill Chef: First, catch your squirrel

Fergus Drennan is a professional forager best known for his BBC programme, The Roadkill Chef. From April, he plans to live entirely on wild food for a whole year

White gold: Britain's new love for snowdrops

Britain is in the grip of a strange passion: snowdropmania. The countryside is aglow with brilliant displays of these delicate flowers. Yet enthusiasts, who recognise hundreds of different varieties, are paying record prices to secure their own miraculous bulbs. Michael McCarthy reports

Peter Marren: Savour the spring and its small mercies in troubled times

Glorious weather, flowers galore: they're almost enough to warm a mother's heart

Letter: Ditch the brown belt

Sir: It is refreshing to see that Tony Blair's Performance and Innovation Unit is proposing that the green belt should be relaxed and farmland freed for development (report, 11 December).

'Independent on Sunday' campaign: A spectacular coast, behind barbed wire

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