1984 the greatest year? Looking for strawberries and honey and the adorable speckled bush-cricket

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The BV Podcast is currently just the ‘best bits’ from each BV magazine. A warm and chatty monthly catch up, read by Jenny Devitt and Terry Bennett, divided into three episodes with your splash of local news, wildlife, farming, equestrian – and yes some veg growing and flower farming too.

In the second of June’s episodes:

  1. “I consider 1984 to be the greatest year of music”
    Luke Rake, Kingston Maurward College’s Principal and CEO, also chairs the Dorset Local Nature Partnership. This month he was our castaway for Dorset Island Discs – and revealed a darker, LOUDER side. By day, he’s a mild-mannered college principal. By night, he‘s a rock-playing guitar man with torn-off sleeves …
  2. Open Q&A with Simon Hoare Simon Hoare MP offered to answer an open postbag – and you didn’t disappoint. If you’re wondering what the North Dorset MP thinks of Partygate, the availability of an NHS Dentist, the fact his party seem set against flexible working from home, second-homing in Dorset and which of the Nolan Principles he feels Boris Johnson adheres to, then we have the answers.
  3. Local politics round up Following Simon’s piece we have the thoughts of our other political commenters – from North Dorset’s Labour, Liberal and Green Parties.
  4. Out in the wild Heading up the out of doors section, expert forager Carl Mintern reminds us not to ignore the weeds when you look for the strawberries and honey

    Flower farmer Charlotte Tombs is marking World Bee Day withs ome astonishing facts – along with some sobering statistics

    Jane Adams introduces us to the frankly adorable speckled bush-cricket, and Pete Harcom has your garden jobs for the month.

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