Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire - spectacular scenery and surfing

Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire - spectacular scenery and surfing

Overlooked by the imposing craggy hill of Carn Llidi, Whitesands Bay is a wide expanse of fine white sand in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, curving north towards the remote rocky headland of St David's Head.

Oxford's ancient Botanic Garden - an inspiration to scientists and writers

Oxford's ancient Botanic Garden - an inspiration to scientists and writers

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. The garden was founded on July 25th 1621 as a physic garden growing plants for medicinal research.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson - prolific poet of the Victorian Age

Alfred, Lord Tennyson - prolific poet of the Victorian Age

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, "In Memoriam" is my comfort.'

The Mendip Hills - a world carved in limestone

The Mendip Hills - a world carved in limestone

The limestone slopes and plateau of the Mendip Hills in Somerset provide a distinctive local landscape. They overlook the beautiful lakes of the Chew Valley and the tiny city of Wells, and are dotted with caves and subterranean passageways, which are attractive to potholers. Within the Mendips lies the impressive Cheddar Gorge.

Windmills in Britain

Windmills in Britain

Windmills are known to have been used to grind corn in Britain for some 800 years, though they are believed to have originated in the Middle East. It is uncertain how their use spread to Britain, but it is thought the idea might have been brought back by the Crusaders, or that they were an adaptation of Roman water mills. They steadily became familiar structures within the UK.

Ivy - much maligned but vital for nature

Ivy - much maligned but vital for nature

Ivy is a common evergreen climbing plant, mistakenly thought to strangle trees. It is now better understood as a great benefit to wildlife - supporting at least 50 species of wildlife. There are two subspecies of ivy native to the UK.

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