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Hay stack will keep burning in Essex for several hours

The hay stack alight near Halstead. Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters in Essex spent the night tackling a blaze in a 60-tonne stack of hay.

Crews from Braintree and Halstead were called to the incident at Greenstead Green just before 1.30am Friday morning.

By 7.30am, 30 tonnes of hay were still burning and the stack is expected to continue to burn for another eight hours.

One fire engine will remain at the scene until it is considered safe to leave.

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Thousands descend on Hatfield House to celebrate Great British countryside

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Around 120,000 people are expected to visit Hatfield in Hertfordshire this weekend to celebrate the Great British countryside.

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The annual three day Game Fair is being staged at Hatfield House for the first time in it's 59 year old history.

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The Game Fair boasts the most comprehensive array of field sports in the UK, including archery, air gunning, falconry, fishing, ferrets, gun dogs, horses & hounds and Europe’s longest clay shooting line.

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Farmers welcome post-Brexit subsidies proposal

Farmers have given a cautious welcome to plans for radical changes to the financial support they receive from the Government.

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, says farmers will have to prove they're committed to environmental issues before receiving any form of subsidy after Brexit.

Seven stolen ponies returned to their owner - but one still missing

The Palomino Pony that's still missing after being stolen in Cambridgeshire

Seven of eight miniature ponies that were stolen from a farm have been found and returned home.

Only the palomino pony is still missing after two were found on Tuesday in a field near Christchurch and five were recovered by the force’s Rural Crime Action Team in a field near Beck Row Travellers’ site in Suffolk following a call by a member of Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch.

The ponies were stolen from a field in Sixteen Foot Bank, Stonea, overnight between 10pm on Wednesday (July 12) and 8am Thursday morning (July 13).

Anyone with information about the remaining missing pony should call police on 101

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Safari tours of the Norfolk Broads by kayak

The RSPB is organising a series of safaris in kayaks on the Broads in Norfolk.

The RSPB is organising a series of safaris in kayaks on the Broads in Norfolk.

The idea is that you combine a bit of healthy exercise with the chance to see at first hand the wildlife on offer.

Over the next few weeks, Martin Rendle will be involved in organising a series of guided kayak tours along the River Yare and adjoining broads around the RSPB's Strumpshaw Fen nature reserve.

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