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Heavy Horses Help in Hastings

When it comes to bashing the bracken - what you need are some hardy horses. And so visitors to a country park on the south coast, will see Exmoor ponies, some Ardennes horses, and wild cattle - all doing their bit for nature conservation.

As David Johns found out, it's all the idea of Hastings Council. Good for tourism, it told us and good for the environment too.

He spoke to horse owner Frankie Woodgate, Murray Davidson from Hastings Borough Council, and Anna Bogg from the Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust.

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South-east wine & strawberries for Wimbledon!

Whether you're a sporting fan or not, you can't have failed to notice Wimbledon fortnight has just begun. And once again suppliers in the south east are making hay while the sun shines by sending their wares to the world-famous tournament.

But for the first time in Wimbledon's history, there'll be an English wine on the menu - and it's from Bolney in Sussex.

David Johns reports, speaking to wine maker Sam Linter and strawberry grower Marion Regan.

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Asian wasp which is deadly to trees invades Kent

A large swathe of woodland in Kent is under threat from a deadly Asian wasp. The insect has come over to the UK for the first time ever and laid its eggs in the buds of sweet chestnut trees at Farningham Wood.

The Forestry Commission has begun felling trees to stop the threat spreading to other parts of the country. The pest's larvae was spotted by an amateur insect enthusiast.

Watch Andrea Thomas' report:

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Hope for sheep death prosecution

A farmer from Sussex has spoken of his anger after one of his lambs was chased off a cliff by an out-of-control dog.

A local photographer captured the moment the lamb was forced to the cliff edge at Seven Sisters country Park in Seaford.

It's the latest in a series of incidents of sheep-worrying in the county.

David Johns has our report; he spoke to farmer Sam Stanisstreet and James Osman from the NFU. Still pictures by Eddie Nolan.

Fire-ravaged Clandon Park to be rebuilt 'in some form'

The National Trust has announced that Clandon Park will not be knocked down.

Many feared the building was beyond repair after a huge fire gutted the inside in April.

It's been revealed that the mansion will be rebuilt but details of how it will be restored and what form the building will take, have yet to be be agreed.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Watch Emma Wilkinson's report:

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Welcoming in the Watercress

A town in Hampshire was a sea of green today - as the twelfth annual Watercress Festival was held. The event at Alresford is famous for its street parade. Morris dancers joined the Watercress King and Queen to distribute the first of the season's watercress harvest. Our reporter Andrew Pate was there too.

Power cables to be buried in area of natural beauty

The energy giant UK Power Networks has decided to bury its power cables in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in east Kent.

The cables are essential for electricity supply, but putting them underground is extremely expensive. The decision has given fresh hope to campaigners trying to prevent a corridor of massive pylons being erected in the Valley of the Great Stour near Canterbury. John Ryall reports.

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