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Great North Air Ambulance celebrates 15th anniversary

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The Great North Air Ambulance Service is celebrating fifteen years of being a registered charity.

They're holding a special event today to mark the occasion and many of the guests are people who's lives have been saved by the charity.

The Chief Executive of the Great North Air Ambulance, Grahame Pickering, says the charity wouldn't be able to run without the support and generosity of the public.


'Unprecedented' numbers attend garden open day

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Organisers of this year's Garden of Cosmic Speculation say they have had an unprecedented number of visitors.

Thousands of people packed into the garden at Portrack, near Holywood, on the outskirts of Dumfries.

The garden was created by local landscape artist and architect Charles Jencks, who takes inspiration from the universe.

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The garden is divided into 40 different areas featuring mounds, water features and installations.

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The huge number of visitors meant there were some long delays for people trying to exit and enter the car parks. Police Scotland asked people to avoid the main A76 route due to the volume of traffic backed up onto the main road.

Organiser's said they were sorry for any delays and thanked the public for their continued support.

"Yesterday's open day raised tens of thousands of pounds for Scotland's Gardens and Maggie's and we are tremendously grateful to all those who came along to support these wonderful causes.

"Perhaps due to the superb bank holiday weather the turnout was far higher than in previous years and there were delays getting to and from the garden during some parts of the day.

"We very much apologise for the inconvenience and would like to thank people for their support and patience."

– Organising committee, Garden of Cosmic Speculation
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Funds raised from the open day are donated to Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres- the charity set-up in memory of Jencks' late wife.

"What's so nice is that the garden spreads people out and they always find things to do here.

"You wouldn't know there were going to be about 5,000 or 10,000 people here because they'll all be looking at small things, very intimate things, as well as the big cosmos. It's delightful seeing all of these people enjoying my garden"

– Charles Jencks, Landscape artist and architect
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The futuristic garden attracted people from as far away as New Zealand and Canada.

Plans are already underway for next year's event, with details published by Scotland's Gardens at the end of 2017.

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'Eggs-citement' as Bassenthwaite osprey lays three eggs

The osprey has laid three eggs. Credit: Lake District Osprey Project

Three osprey eggs have been spotted at a popular tourist attraction in the Lake District.

Just before Easter, Bassenthwaite Lake's regular osprey couple returned.

Members of the Lake District Osprey Project have now confirmed that a hat-trick of eggs, laid over a week, are being looked after by both parents.

We’re so eggs-cited that KL and her partner have three eggs in the nest.

This is the fifth year that these particular ospreys have returned to Bassenthwaite and they’ve had 15 eggs in that time, so they are a very successful pair.

– Cath Johnson, of the LDOP

The osprey viewpoint can be found at Dodd Wood every day from 10am to 5pm until the end of August.

At nearby Whinlatter Visitor Centre visitors can also watch live nest cam images on flat screen televisions, between 10am and 5pm.

Morecambe Bay Walk returns to Lake District

The walk will be eight miles long, taking up to four hours to complete Credit: Friends of the Lake District

A sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay will be taking place next month.

The Morecambe Bay Walk will be lead by Cedric Robinson MBE, the Queen’s Official Guide to the Sands.

Charity, Friends of the Lake District, say it will take eight miles long and will take up to four hours to complete.

This year, they are hoping to raise £10,000, beating last year's funds of £8,000.

It will be held on Sunday 21st of May at 1.45pm, starting from Arnside Promenade and ending at Kent's Bank near Grange-over-Sands.

People are required to make a booking ahead of time.

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