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The best acers for autumn colour

A reader asks Val Bourne: "We have just visited Westonbirt (pictured) and we loved the Japanese Acers. Are they difficult to grow and where can I buy them?" Read Val's advice.

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Time to tuck into some comfort food

After a brisk autumn walk, what could be nicer than a long weekend lunch finished off with a pud like this apple and treacly roly poly?

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Wildlife watch: the little owl

The little owl is small in stature but full of charisma, writes David Chapman.

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Soup-er ways to warm up

Filling, warming and a great way to use up all kinds of leftovers - find a soup recipe to tempt you from our collection of recipe. Pictured above, pumpkin soup.

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Autumn colour

The top ten shrubs for autumn colour

Far from being a time when things wind down at the end of the year, autumn can be the most colourful season and it is one when shrubs excel, if you choose the right ones.

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Marcus Wareing's mushroom cobbler ©

Marcus Wareing's mushroom cobbler

Mushrooms, garlic and spinach are bathed in a cheese sauce and topped off with a cheesy, herby cobbler. Perfect for those autumn weekend lunches.

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Large family group © The Genealogist

Find Your Ancestors: find your family in the census records

Online genealogy expert Mark Bayley looks at census records and what we can find out from these important population records.

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