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Mike is out and about on The One Show again tonight looking at the largest Cricket in Britain.

BBC1 7pm

Watch Mike tonight from 7pm on BBc 1 with actress Alison Steadman as they go in search of Britain’s newest resisdent the Purple Heron.

Award winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw is fulfilling a botanical ambition and visiting South Africa for the first time, when he will be taking part in a major lecture tour  to help raise funds for the South African Nursery Association (SANA).

 The tour begins in September 2010 and will see Chris visit some of South Africa’s major cities including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban where he will view some of the country’s finest botanical sites.

 The tour is being hosted by the SANA Tom Arnold Bursary Fund and many of the events Chris will be attending during his visit will be raising funds to help provides bursaries to students studying horticulture and related courses in the nursery industry.  Chris will be giving a series of lectures at some of South Africa’s most notable horticultural locations including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, the Durban Botanical Gardens and Buitengeluk Venue in Broadacres Estates in Fourway’s Johannesburg.

 Chris’ lectures will include reviews of some of his many gold medal winning show gardens including the Boveridge Garden which he created at Chelsea Flower Show in 2006, which won a Gold Medal and was voted the ‘People’s Choice’ by BBC TV viewers. This garden was recreated at The World Garden Competition in Japan 2009 where it was awarded one of only 4 Gold Medals and was also awarded the Best Plantsmanship and Horticulture prize.

 Chris will also discuss the new the naturalist planting style’s he has recently adopted which creates stunning low maintenance and restful planting schemes, as seen in his RHS Tatton Flower Show garden which won a Gold Medal and Best in Show Award in 2009.

 Commenting on the lecture tour Chris said, “It is a great honour to have been invited by SANA to take part in this lecture tour.  South Africa is a country I have always wanted to visit.  It is a paradise for any botanist as it is one of the most species rich places on earth and has incredible plant diversity.  I am very much looking forward to visiting all the gardens during the tour and meeting the gardeners there. In particular, I am keen to see Kirstenbosch Botanical  Garden’s which is recognised has one of the greatest gardens in the world, with over 7000 indigenous species including many rare and threatened plants.  The tour is going to be a wonderful experience and I am really looking forward to it.”

Philippa Forrester has helped launch a search to find the nation’s best loved and most neglected rivers.

The ‘Our Rivers Campaign’, which includes the Angling Trust, the RSPB, the Salmon and Trout Association and WWF-UK, is calling on people to take part in the first Our Rivers Awards by going online and voting for the best or worst rivers in England and Wales.

Philippa, who is currently appearing in Halcyon River Diaries on BBC One, was the first person to cast her vote for the Our Rivers Awards.

She said: “Living close to a river I get to see an amazing array of life from the emergence of mayflies in spring to the darting flash of a hunting kingfisher and the secretive habits of the water vole.It may be small but my vote has to go to the river which runs close to my home, the real star of the Halcyon River Diaries, because it is a very special place for me. We have to do all we can to protect these vital wildlife habitats and I hope the Our Rivers awards will highlight the pressures these waterways, and the life they support, are facing.”

The ‘Our Rivers’ campaign was launched last year to campaign for clean, healthy rivers across England and Wales.

An Environment Agency report on the state of the country’s rivers, published soon after in September 2009, found that 74% of rivers in England and Wales were failing to meet European environmental targets and just 5% remained in pristine condition.

‘Our Rivers’ said the rest faced a variety of pressures including run off pollution from fertilizers and poorly designed urban drainage, invasive riverbank species such as signal crayfish and American mink, and low water levels.

Campaigners hope the new survey will help celebrate and bring attention to some of Britain’s best loved and long forgotten rivers.

The best river will win a specially designed badge to be used by the local council and tourist board plus a sculpture or commemorative panel to be placed on the riverbank or elsewhere in town.

The Our Rivers team of experts will a workshop with the local council and/or local groups at the river voted the worst, to develop an action plan to improve the condition of the river and bring back the wildlife.

To vote visit the Our River campaign website at Voting will remain open until October 31.

Philippa Forrester did the honours at the official relaunch of Winchester’s City Mill on 4th September 2010.

 The former Peter Symonds College student reopened the historic mill in 2000 when restoration works were being planned.

 The National Trust has made several improvements since then and the latest refit is now complete – and Philippa was invited back to see the finished article.

Speaking before a host of civic dignitaries, she said: “I first came here as a child, and I was thrilled to be called back here in 2000. Now, ten years’ later, it has been transformed and I can feel the difference with the extra space downstairs and the ability to see what’s happening with the waterwheel.” 

During her visit, she signed copies of her books The River, Halcyon River Diaries and Get Out and Explore Your Local River.