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  • The Peace Maze in County Down December 2, 2021
    The Castlewellan Forest Park in County Down, Northern Ireland, has numerous attractions including the longest permanent hedge maze in Europe - planted by volunteers to celebrate peace and reconciliation.
  • The Treasury Building in London December 2, 2021
    The Treasury Building near Downing Street is officially called Government Offices Great George Street (GOGGS). It is a large and monumentally impressive UK government office building situated in Westminster between Horse Guards Road, Great George Street, Parliament Street, King Charles Street and Parliament Square.
  • Edward Jenner and the invention of the vaccine December 2, 2021
    Englishman Edward Jenner is considered the founder of vaccinology in the West in 1796, after he inoculated a 13 year-old-boy with vaccinia virus (cowpox), and demonstrated immunity to smallpox. In 1798, the first smallpox vaccine was developed.
  • Little Owl - brought to Britain and flourished, but now in danger December 2, 2021
    Introduced into the UK in the 1870s, the diminutive little owl has flourished here, and can now be seen along hedgerows, on farmland and in parkland across England and Wales. It often perches on a pole or rock, looking out for its unsuspecting prey.
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson - prolific poet of the Victorian Age December 2, 2021
    One of the most famous English poets, Lord Alfred Tennyson's career spanned 62 years in a life of 83. Tennyson succeeded William Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850, and he was a source of consolation to Queen Victoria when Prince Albert died in 1861. Of his poem 'In Memoriam', she said 'Next to the Bible, […]
  • Westonbirt Arboretum - treasure trove of trees December 2, 2021
    Autumn is arguably the perfect time to visit the world famous Westonbirt National Arboretum in Gloucestershire. The diversity and vibrancy of leaf colours to be found here are claimed to be unsurpassed in Britain, with fruits, hips and berries in profusion.