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Contents

April 2016

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GREAT OUTDOORS

John Graham-Hart finds

homes with lovely gardens

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MODERN TAKE

Jane Howard on a surprising

'Georgian' rectory

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LIFE'S A PICNIC

Juliet Bidwell shares her

favourite picnic recipes

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RHS CHELSEA PREVIEW

Exhibitors from Kent,

Surrey and Sussex

IT'S APRIL

What's going on near

you this month

HOME FROM HOME

John Graham-Hart visits a

restored Georgian farmhouse

near Goudhurst

GET THE LOOK

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from Wealdenfairs.com

FABULOUS UNDERFOOT

Flooring: from runners and

rugs to oiled boards

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CLEVER & PRETTY

The best storage solutions

from WT's homes

MINI MAGIC

Colourful, tactile and tempting

children's clothes

BEAUTIFUL BOTANICALS

Jo Fairley on the best

natural beauty products

WEALDEN HEALTH

& BEAUTY

Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous

NATURAL REMEDIES

Kitchen garden cures and

the benefits of hops

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FOOD FROM THE FAIR

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Frittenden Excess £1,250,000 Biddenden Guide Price £1,050,000

A Grade II listed mill house & detached cottage in an idyllic setting * CSCA * 5 An extended Grade II listed country house amid beautiful grounds * CSCA *

Receptions * Kitchen/Breakfast Room * 6 Bedrooms * 4 Bathrooms * Cottage: No Onward Chain * 3 Receptions * Conservatory * Kitchen/Breakfast Room

Sitting Room/Kitchen/Bathroom/Study/En Suite Bedroom * Meadows & * 6 Bedrooms * 2 Bathrooms * Garage * Tennis Court * Outbuilding * Ponds *

Millstream * In all about 10 acres

About 3.6 acres in all

Benenden Excess £1,000,000 Broad Oak, Brede Guide Price £895,000

Quietly situated, a delightful Grade II listed country house overlooking its An individual contemporary family home providing spacious accommodation

own land * CSCA* 2 Reception Rooms * Kitchen/Breakfast Room * Study * in a peaceful rural location with stunning southerly views * No Onward Chain

5 Bedrooms * 2 Bathrooms * Triple Garage * Outbuildings * Summer House * * 4 Receptions * Kitchen/Dining Room * 4 Bedrooms * 3 Bath/Shower Rooms

Pond * Approximately 9 acres in all

* Double Garage * Gardens of about 0.7 acres in all * EPC: D

Marden Excess £700,000 Cranbrook Guide Price £275,000

A fine example of a Grade II listed attached barn and oast conversion in a rural IDEAL BUY TO LET INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY * In the town centre, a

setting with lovely outlook over neighbouring fields * 2 Reception Rooms * charming Grade II listed maisonette with private garden * CSCA * No Onward

Kitchen * 4 Bedrooms * Family Bathroom * Double Garage * In all about 0.6 Chain * 1/2 Reception Rooms * Kitchen * 3/4 Bedrooms * Bathroom * Private

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A delightful Georgian style property, in a superb rural setting

Entrance hall, cloakroom, utility room, kitchen / breakfast room, garden room, drawing / dining

room, sitting room. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom & dressing room, 3 further bedrooms,

3 further bathrooms (2 en suite), 2 second floor rooms and bathroom. Gardens and grounds

including kitchen garden, greenhouse, swimming pool, orchard and ponds. Triple garage with

space above (potential office). Excellent equestrian facilities include; large barn providing 7 stables,

further outbuildings, 60ft x 20ft manège and paddocks. EPC rating C. In all about 33.8 acres.

Guide price £1,950,000

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Wadhurst

Plot with full planning permission to create an impressive country house

Created for modern family living, the designs provide for a unique home, with a stunning

entrance hall, light and spacious interior and features such as bi-fold doors spanning the

rear. A luxurious leisure complex, cinema and games room. In total, planning and designs

for 7,500 sq ft min or 9,695 sq ft, exc garage wing, set in approx. 11 acres in an Area of

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A most impressive Grade II Listed country house in a wonderful setting

Reception hall, study, morning room, drawing room, dining room, playroom / sitting room, kitchen / breakfast room, pantry, rear

hall, boot room, laundry room, 2 cloakrooms, cellarage. Master Bedroom with en suite, guest bedroom with en suite, 4 further

bedrooms, bathroom, separate WC. Separate 2 bedroom coach house with integral garage, courtyard and private garden.

Rose garden. Orchard. Heated swimming pool. Detached garden store / workshop. Triple garage. In all about 4 acres.

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A stunning contemporary coastal house on the harbour front with light

filled versatile space over three floors. Accommodation includes living

room, fitted kitchen, sitting room/bedroom 3, office, garden room, 2/3

bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, 2 balconies with views. Detached

studio. Integral garage. Garden. EPC TBC.

Rye, East Sussex - £595,000

A spacious detached character house occupying a private

position within the Ancient Town. Accommodation includes living

room, dining room, kitchen, 2 double bedrooms both with ensuite.

Garden. Detached clockhouse outbuilding. Nearby garage

available by separate negotiation. EPC D

Camber, East Sussex - £350,000

A detached single storey coastal property affording stylish, open

plan living accommodation hidden behind the sand dunes at the

end of a private sandy road. Spacious living room with wood

burner, fitted kitchen/dining room, three large double bedrooms.

Garden. Off road parking. PP for en-suite, boot room, utility. EPC G

Brede, East Sussex - £595,000

A lovely detached period house in a village location with views.

Sitting room, dining room, drawing room, breakfast room and

kitchen. Four double bedrooms with 2 en-suite. Attic bedroom 5

with en-suite. Cellar. Detached home office/studio. Large garage

and off-road parking. Garden of approx. 1/4 acre. EPC C

Camber, East Sussex - £315,000

A lovely modern 3 storey property on the Whitesands

development, situated a few hundred yards from the vast stretch

of Camber Sands beach. Accommodation includes kitchen/dining

room, study, galleried sitting room, master bedroom with en-suite,

two further bedrooms. Attached garage. Decked garden. EPC C.

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Grade II Listed town property • Four reception rooms

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Cranbrook School Catchment

Goudhurst £1,650,000

Stunning Grade II Listed farmhouse • Four receptions

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ensuite) • Grounds approx 3.9 acres with swimming pool

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Cranbrook School Catchment

Benenden £1,200,000

Family home with far reaching views • Three reception

rooms and orangery • Kitchen/breakfast room • Utility

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tennis court • Garaging/gym • EPC: D

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Stunning unlisted country home set within approximately 1 acre of private gardens.

• Six bedrooms • Separate one bedroom coach house • Double oak framed garage • Wealth of period features including ornate

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Substantial detached family home located in a highly desirable road

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• Three reception rooms • Five bedrooms • Two en suites and family bathroom • EPC Rating E

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Significant rear portion of Victorian country residence • Sitting room •

Kitchen/breakfast room • Study/family room • Three Bedrooms • Child’s

bedroom four/study • Double garage with home office • Park-like gardens

approx. one acre, fine views • Set at the end of a private road • CSCA • EPC: G

CRANBROOK OFFICE 01580 712 888

Collier Street Guide price £775,000

Immaculately presented five bedroom detached country home • Sitting

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conservatory • South facing rear garden • Detached double garage with

further on street parking • NO FORWARD CHAIN • EPC: E

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MAYFIELD OFFICE 01435 873 999 MAYFIELD OFFICE 01435 873 999

High Street, Mayfield OIEO £495,000

Grade II Listed period property • Central Village Location • Kitchen/

breakfast room with Aga • Double fronted sitting room with fireplace • Dining

room with mezzanine floor/study/further bedroom • 2 double bedrooms • 2

ensuite bathrooms • Large Cellar • Walled garden • Parking • EPC: N/A

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HANDSOME GRADE II* LISTED MANOR HOUSE

throwley, kent

Charing 3 miles; Ashford International 9.6 miles; Faversham 6.7 miles

ø 3 reception rooms ø 6 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø study/playroom ø mature gardens ø

paddock ø double garage & workshop ø about 2.8 acres ø 410.2 sq m (4415 sq ft)

Guide £1.15 million Freehold

Savills Cranbrook

Patrick Baily

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ATTRACTIVE VICTORIAN FAMILY HOME

hawkenbury, kent

Staplehurst 1.4 miles; Headcorn 2.5 miles; Ashford International 17 miles

ø 3 reception rooms ø 4 bedrooms ø 4 bath/shower rooms ø gardens ø detached studio

of 101.7 sq m (1094 sq ft) with offices and garaging ø tennis court ø about 1.3 acres ø

221.9 sq m (2388 sq ft) ø EPC=G

Guide £985,000 Freehold

Savills Cranbrook

Patrick Baily

pbaily@savills.com

01580 720161

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OUTSTANDING FAMILY HOME

broad oak, east sussex

Northiam 3.2 miles; Rye 6.9 miles; Ashford International 26 miles

ø well presented modern family home of traditional design ø elevated position ø 4 reception

rooms ø 5 bedrooms ø 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite) ø double garage ø garden, paddock and

woodland ø about 4.5 acres ø 315.5 sq m (3396 sq. ft) ø EPC=B

OIEO Guide CHD_ADVERT_181x133mm.pdf £995,000 £1.1 million

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WOODCHURCH OIEO £500,000

Detached bungalow set in approximately a third

of an acre with three outbuildings and garage.

The property comprises entrance hall, lounge,

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room, bathroom, separate wc and four bedrooms.

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Newly constructed 4 Bedroom detached Country

property built in a traditional style with oak

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH by John Graham-Hart

1.

Great outdoors

John Graham-Hart finds homes with special gardens

The border guard is approaching the car. It’s not a good moment. We’ve

all seen Midnight Express. I try not to make eye contact but now he’s

tapping on the window. “Passport.” I can smell the gun oil on his

freshly cleaned Manurhin MR-93. He glances at my picture, bends down and

stares intently into my evasive eyes. An eon passes. OK. I’m guilty. I know it.

He knows it. Let’s just get it over with.“ ’ave an ice day, M’sieur.”

And suddenly, inexplicably, wonderfully, I’m free – I and the contraband

scrabbling affectionately in my crotch. I drive on to the Shuttle and fish

surreptitiously around my boxers. Yes, all is well. I withdraw a small glass phial

and there they are, warmish but safe and sound – my 60 French baby ladybirds.

Now it may well be that under EU law French insects have the same rights as

British crawlies to reside and work in Kent and there may be no reason for the

subterfuge. By why take chances? My garden looked like a set from

Day of the Aphids.

I had received the little bêtes à bon Dieu from Vincent Delaitre, directeur

of the superb gardens of the Abbaye de Valloires, a little north of Abbeville. “I

want this to be a place where people are inspired,” he had told me as we walked

through his domain. “I want us to grow ideas.”

He had divided the grounds of the abbey into themed areas – one of which

was the English Garden and he loved it with a quiet passion. “The English tame

nature without breaking its spirit,” he told me. “The result is that they surround

their homes with truly natural beauty. They are blessed.” And so we are – and

none of us more so than the future owners of properties like these….

1. The Old Rectory

Where? The Old Rectory is in the

charming small village of Frinsted on

the North Downs, five miles from

Sittingbourne in an Area of Outstanding

Natural Beauty (Google Maps ME9 0TQ).

What? The property is an attractive

unlisted Georgian house with a handsome

double-fronted façade and all the best

features of the period, including large

sash windows, high ceilings and elegant

fireplaces. On the ground floor there is a

substantial drawing room with an open

fireplace with attractive marble surround, a

double-aspect sitting room with

wood-burning stove and French windows.

There is also a dining room with marble

fireplace, kitchen/breakfast room and

large boot room. Upstairs there is a master

bedroom and large en suite bathroom

as well as a guest room with its own

bathroom, and four further bedrooms.

The substantial gardens and grounds are

divided into formal terraced lawns and

established borders. There is an array of

mature trees including a cedar, sequoia and

pine, an ornamental pond with fountain

and a kitchen garden.

How much? The Old Rectory is

priced at £1,650,000 and is with Knight

Frank in Sevenoaks. Call 01732 744477 or

visit www.knightfrank.co.uk

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of note include;

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front elevation, exposed timbers and beams, brick flooring to

the hall, oak flooring and full length windows to the study

area.

• Another significant feature of the property are the good ceiling

heights to the majority of rooms.

• Reception rooms comprise a drawing room which enjoys a

triple aspect and direct access to the garden, a sitting room

with wood burning stove and a very well proportioned

reception room which could be utilised as an annexe.

• The kitchen has a range of wall and floor cupboards.

Appliances comprise an electric oven, microwave and integral

fridge and freezer.

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2. Hurst Mill Cottage

Where? Hurst Mill Cottage is in an

idyllic rural spot about two-and-a-half

miles from the village of Pluckley and five

miles from Ashford (Google Maps

TN25 4LT).

What? A lovely Grade II listed cottage,

Hurst Mill dates from the 17th century

and period features include Dering

casement windows with stone mullions

to the former front elevation, exposed

timbers and beams and brick flooring.

Downstairs there is a triple-aspect drawing

room with direct access to the garden, a

sitting room with wood-burning stove

and a kitchen/breakfast room. Upstairs

there are three bedrooms including an

attractive vaulted attic room with en

suite bathroom. The property is in more

than four acres of lovely, traditional

English country gardens with brick-paved

pathways, lawns under-planted with

spring bulbs, a variety of mature trees

including impressive willows, an old mill

pond, arbours of clematis, seasonal roses

and an octagonal summerhouse.

How much? Hurst Mill Cottage is

on the market for £895,000 and is with

Savills in Cranbrook. Call 01580 720161

or visit www.savills.co.uk

• A staircase leads to the first floor landing which in turn leads

to two attractive Noakes bedrooms Court which enjoy views over the fields.

The family bathroom is equipped with a white suite including

Jacuzzi/whirlpool bath.

• A separate contemporary staircase leads to a further

bedroom and bathroom. The bedroom enjoys direct access

to a decked terrace.

• Hurst Mill Cottage is approached via double gates which

open to a pebble drive leading to the front of the house and

providing parking for a number of cars.

• A wonderful feature of the property are the landscaped

gardens which lie to three sides of the house. There are brick

paved pathways, lawns under planted with spring bulbs, a

variety of mature trees including impressive willows, an old

mill pond and arbours enhanced with clematis and seasonal

roses.

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3. Noakes Court

Where? Noakes Court is in Barming,

just to the west of Maidstone (Google

Maps ME16 9JS).

What? A striking and unique

single-storey home that has been designed,

furnished and maintained in the style

of the 1970s. It is configured with three

very generous reception areas: a sunken

TV area, as well as a sitting room with a

wall of glass overlooking the garden and

a dining room. There is also a sun room/

playroom, three bedrooms and a master

bedroom with an en suite bathroom

together with a family bathroom and a

separate W.C. The property sits in a plot

of approximately three quarters of an

acre of delightful, professionally designed

gardens with myriad shrubs and flower

beds, a patio, greenhouse, a central lawn

and large ornamental pond. There is

also an area of mature woodland with

specimen trees and informal,

meandering pathways.

How much? Noakes Court has an

asking price of £950,000 and is with Fine

& Country in West Malling. Call 01732

222272 or visit www.fineandcountry.com

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4. 30 High Street

Where? No 30 High Street is in

the heart of We Charing have not tested any services, village’s appliances, historic

equipment or facilities, and nothing in these

particulars should be deemed to be a statement

that they in good working order or that

conservation

the

area

property is in

and

good structural

within

condition or

walking

otherwise.

It should not be assumed that any contents/

distance of its furnishings/furniture mainline etc. photographed railway are station

included in the sale, nor that the property remains

as displayed in the photograph(s). No assumption

should be made with regards to parts of the

(Google Maps property that TN27 have not been photographed. 0HX).

What? An elegant Grade II listed

important notice

These particulars have been prepared in all good

faith to give a fair overall view of the property

and must not be relied upon as statements or

representations of fact. Purchasers must satisfy

themselves by inspection or otherwise regarding

the items mentioned below and as to the content

of these particulars.

If any points are particularly relevant to your

interest in the property please ask for further

information.

All descriptions, dimensions, areas and necessary

permissions for use and occupation and other

details are given in good faith but any intending

purchaser must satisfy themselves by inspection or

further detailed request.

The information in these particulars is given

without responsibility on the part of the agents

or their clients. these particulars do not form

any part of an offer or a contract and neither the

agents nor their employees have any authority to

make or give any representations or warranties

whatsoever in relation to this property.

property with a double-fronted Georgian

façade, No 30 is one of the village’s

most iconic period houses. Downstairs

accommodation includes a spacious

drawing room with inglenook fireplace,

a conservatory, a study, and an extended

kitchen/breakfast room with views over

the garden. On the first floor there is a

master bedroom as well as guest bedrooms

with en suite bathrooms and a sitting

room. On the top floor there are two

more bedrooms. Behind the house is a

wonderful walled garden, extending to

behind the neighbouring property and

featuring a central pond with fountain

surrounded by a paved terrace with

raised beds, climbing plants and exterior

lighting. Pathways lead to a circular lawn

with pergola, adjacent gravel garden and

a number of fruit trees. At the rear of the

garden there is a detached double garage.

How much? No 30 High Street has

a price tag of £925,000 and is with Hobbs

Parker in Ashford. Call 01233 506220 or

visit www.hobbsparker.co.uk

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A stunning period

house situated in

the village centre

conservation area

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distance of High

Street shops and

services along with

Charing main line

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many other facilities

associated with

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Surgeries elsewhere in the village.

Wider facilities are available in the nearby town

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first floor where there is also a sitting room

with built-in antique chest and pretty bay

window overlooking the High Street. There

are 2 further bedrooms on the second floor

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Conspire to create...

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On Friday 15 April, learn to create your own

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Despite moving to London and starting a family, the Weald

will always be home to Ben Parker. So, when he and his French

wife, Perrine spotted a large Georgian farmhouse in need of

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Above: The kitchen was originally three rooms. Now open plan, an Aga and large kitchen table occupy one end of the room while a sleek modern kitchen by

Howdens occupies the other. Overhead lighting comes from rooflight windows during the day and funky filament lights at night

Pliny the Elder once offered the opinion

that ‘home is where the heart is’ and, over

the centuries, it has come to mean that

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those you love and who love you, home could be

anywhere. It’s often a comforting thought but there

is an ingredient missing from this interpretation – an

ingredient Lawrence Durrell called spirit of place.

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with two homes – one where we live happily with

those most important to us and the other a little

home of the mind which we may rarely visit but

which will always be with us wherever we may be.

And so it was for Ben. Brought up in a particularly

lovely corner of the Weald, his career took him to

London where he married, became a father and made

Imagination was going to carry the day – the imagination to take a collection of tired,

300-year-old spaces and truly make them their own


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Above: The ten-seater kitchen-cum-dining table was designed by Perrine and

made by their carpenter Jason Tanner. Alongside is the Aga, with geometric

tiles behind, and a shelving unit made from reclaimed local fruit bins

Left: Quirky Mr Fox fabric by Scion features on the full-length curtains in the

dining area, on cushions, as well as on the kitchen blinds

his home. However, although he may have left Kent,

the county never left him and, a couple of years ago,

he and his French wife, Perrine, decided to buy a

second home and divide their life between the two.

“I must admit I love London and couldn’t live in

the country full time but Ben really wanted a country

home and so the obvious answer was for us to look

for somewhere near where he was brought up and his

parents still lived,” says Perrine. This turned out to be

Goudhurst which also had the clear advantage of still

being within easy striking distance of the capital.

The property Ben immediately fell for was a

substantial and handsome Grade II listed Georgian

The kitchen area is dramatically vaulted

with much lovely timber on display


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Above: A collection of humorous Vanity Fair prints of famous Victorian

cricketers highlights Ben and his father’s passion for cricket. The sofas are

from Graham & Green, as is the convex circular mirror Right: Trompe l’oeil

wallpaper depicting a bookcase hides a secret door which leads through to a

less formal living room and children’s play area

farmhouse. When they first saw it, it was clear that

it needed easing gently into the 21 st century if it

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Its listed status meant that brain rather than brawn

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an environment where simply swinging a sledgehammer

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produce the end results the couple hoped for. It was

soon evident that imagination was going to carry the

day – the imagination to take a collection of tired,

300-year-old spaces and truly make them their own.

As with so many successful renovations, light was

going to be the key and, of course, the elegant and

generous Georgian windows gave them all the raw

material they needed. It was a matter of putting this

light to work, ensuring it was free to explore and

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Above: The informal, family living room is full of fun items including

a ‘naughty step’ by the fire – not such a bad place to sit – and a Harley

Davidson pinball machine Left: the secret door as seen from the other side

enjoy itself through every nook, cranny and alcove in

Tanner House – even on the vile and spiteful spring

morning when we visited, with icy rain lashing down

and a sky like corrugated iron. And yet, step through

the front door and it is a totally different season

altogether. Tanner House is a true summer house.

Perrine’s primary solution was simple and radical

– to remove all the old damaged floors, replace

them with lime-washed oak and re-paint the walls

in Farrow & Ball’s Skimming Stone. Warmth would

be provided by the honeyed glow of the renovated

beams and timbers. True, this would only be the

One alcove flanking the fireplace at first

looks like a bookcase but is, in fact, a secret

door leading though to the drawing room

– an altogther more grown-up affair

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Above: Ben and Perrine found their hall table in an antique shop in the Cotswolds. The teardrop wire and glass lampshade above it is from Not On The High

Street and much of the furniture is from Graham & Green, whose ‘look’ complements the unpretentious but comfortable interior of Tanner House

foundation of the refurbishment and there would be

much to do besides – including a little sympathetic

sledgehammer swinging – but it would, at a stroke,

provide her with the bright, clean canvas she wanted.

From the front door one steps into a large hall

with an inglenook and woodburner. In the centre

is a circular table the couple found in an antique

shop in the Cotswolds and above it a teardrop wire

and glass lamp from Not On The High Street. The

elegant white and grey armchairs flanking the fireplace

are from Graham & Green, one of Perrine’s key

sources when it came to furnishing the property.

Immediately off the hall is one of Perrine’s favourite

rooms – the boot room. This, however, is no ordinary

boot room. Three times the size of any boot room I’ve

met it not only has a central seating island where you

can sit comfortably while pulling on your wellies, but

its walls are lined with white shelving and cubby holes

– the children’s at the bottom and the adults higher

up. All was designed by Perrine. “It’s one of the most

important rooms in the house,” she says. “It would drive

me crazy to have boots and shoes thrown everywhere.”

The units, like so much else in the house, were

designed by Perrine and built by her builder and

joiner, Jason Tanner, for whom she cannot speak

highly enough. “He has been absolutely amazing,”

she says. “Whatever crazy idea I’ve come up with,

he’s made it work and work beautifully.”

Also off the hall is the kitchen, the only room where

the sledgehammers have had a real outing. It was

originally three rooms and it’s now almost two, the

dining area separated from the kitchen proper by the

open studs of an original wall. The 10-seater dining

table was designed by Perrine and made by Jason. Next

The building’s listed status meant brain rather than brawn was going to be the

order of the day; this wasn’t an environment where simply swinging a sledgehammer

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Above: The master bedroom retains its original, wide oak floorboards. Waxed

rather than stained, they provide the perfect backdrop for this pretty patterned

rug and classic bedroom furniture including a bed by Feather & Black

Right: Sleek fitted cupboards offer masses of storage in the master bedroom

to it stands the Aga flanked by shelving and a wine rack

made from reclaimed fruit boxes from a local Marden

producer – again, Perrine-designed and Jason-crafted.

The kitchen area is dramatically vaulted and with

much lovely timber on display. The cool grey units and

white Corian surfaces are from Howdens. Above the

island are three white industrial lights bought in France.

On the ground floor there is also a drawing room

and a snug. The latter is very much a family room but

one with the style that Perrine brings to all her spaces.

Two grey sofas from the Sofa Workshop gather around

Cupboards like so much else in the

house were designed by Perrine and

built by builder and joiner, Jason

Tanner.“Whatever crazy idea I have

come up with, he’s made it work, and

work beautifully,” says Perrine

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Above: The contemporary en suite bathroom with modern standalone bath, spacious walk-in shower and limed oak flooring is a far cry from what the couple

discovered when they bought the house which ‘wasn’t a wreck but needed a lot of updating’. Bathers get an uninterrupted view over the front garden

a coffee table from Graham & Green, a ‘naughty step’

from Indian Summer and a fireplace with bressummer

and woodburner. The TV stands on a table made from

old fruit boxes, another Perrine-Jason production.

Against one wall stands an Eiffel Tower standard

lamp from Graham & Green and against the

opposite wall is one of Ben’s contributions – a Harley

Davidson pin ball machine. On one wall, framed, is

his second – an old UBS trading floor shirt and on

another, a framed poster of signpost family figures

of Ben, Perrine and their children – Amelie, Charles

and Clemence – from Not On The High Street.

One alcove flanking the fireplace at first looks like a

bookcase but is, in fact, a secret door, decorated with

trompe l’oeil wallpaper, which leads through to the

drawing room, an altogether more grown-up affair.

Two buttoned, roll-top sofas from Graham & Green

face each other across a grey-checked Perrine-Jason

ottoman and grey rug above which hangs a sibling

of the lamp in the hallway. The fabric for the grey

and white patterned blind at one window and the

curtains at the other is from Vanessa Arbuthnott.

Above the contemporary gently arched open fireplace

is a convex circular mirror, again, Graham & Green, and

in the alcove next to the fireplace a handsome marbletopped

chest of drawers from Phoenix Antiques in

Tunbridge Wells. Both Ben and his father are passionate

about cricket and, in tribute to the timeless game, a

series of half a dozen Vanity Fair prints depicting great

Victorian cricketers hang over one of the sofas. Across

The guest bedroom has an equally chic bathroom. Through the window

there is a lovely view of the pond and a large neighbouring oast house


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Above: A white, painted easy chair and pale woodwork show hints of Perrine’s

French style. Artworks dotted around the house include paintings by Perrine’s

mother, a talented abstract painter Right: A modern en suite shower room

adds a sense of hotel luxury to the spare room

the room is another contribution from Ben and his

family – a delicate country oil of the Kent countryside.

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Here the single most beautiful thing must be the floor

– the original wide oak boards beautifully waxed, with

gentle colour provided by a blue patterned rug. On the

wall is a black and white photograph of the children,

one of many around the house. Opposite hang two

straw hats from Marrakesh embroidered ‘Mr. Parker’

and ‘Mrs Parker’. The bed is from Feather & Black and

the blue patterned blind is in Vanessa Arbuthnott fabric,

as are the blue matching cushions on the bed. The grey

armchair is Graham & Green. Off the bedroom is a

seriously elegant contemporary en suite bathroom.

A Feather & Black bed and Vanessa Arbuthnott

blind and cushions – in pink – also grace the guest

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Above: Using subtle greys as a background colour, Perrine uses bright pops of pink to liven up the third ‘grown-up’ bedroom. The bed is by Loaf and the rest of

the decor is a family affair – Perrine found and distressed the side table, chest of drawers and mirror to match while her mother provided the abstract painting.

Original fireplaces throughout the house, and in the bedrooms, create the perfect focal point

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and the chest of drawers and its matching mirror are

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bathroom. Through the window there is a lovely

view of the pond and a neighbouring oast. The

third grown-ups’ bedroom has a Loaf bed and the

rest is a Perrine and French family production; she

found and distressed the side table, chest of drawers

and mirror to match while her mother – a talented

artist whose work is displayed around the house –

provided the strong red and black abstract painting.

“We renovated the first two floors of the house first

and then had to wait while we got planning permission

for our plans for the top floor,” she says. These plans

were for three children’s rooms and a bathroom. All

went well and the required approval was granted.

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by me and made by Jason,” says Perrine.

However, children being what they are, the

finished article was met with less than overwhelming

enthusiasm on the part of Charles and a third,

more conventional bed had to be acquired. The

girls’ bedrooms are suitably pink and girly and

were, all things considered, judged up to scratch.

Perrine is still not convinced that her future

lies totally in arcadia but standing back now and

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looking at her country home, she is delighted

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If, like me, you’d like to be one of these people,

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Old versus new? Or both?

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Given its dark, stunning

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Fresh take,

classic theme

Words: Jane Howard Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

Grand, imposing and seemingly a Georgian rectory, this family home in the

heart of the High Weald is not what it seems. For, behind the rambling roses and

historic facade lies a thoroughly modern house – built only 10 years ago by a

family inspired by the popular series, Grand Designs...

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Above: The formal dining room, to the front of the house, is painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Hay’ which, paired with blood red damask curtains, makes a

wonderfully atmospheric space in which to entertain. The magnificent fireplace is one of many sourced from Chesneys in London

Not many of us ever get the chance to build

our own homes, but if we were in that lucky

position, beyond the obvious, what would

be the one thing you would insist on having, however

ditsy? When the Carsons – Helena, Julian and their

two daughters Philippa and Katie – found themselves

with a blank sheet of paper and a house to build, they

all added their own ‘must have’. So, when being shown

round this fabulous house it was fascinating to see who

had chosen what. You would never have guessed the

girls’ choices but in Julian’s case it was probably what

every man would choose if he could! More later.

When the girls were still young the Carsons had

moved further from London to find a larger family

home with a bigger garden. They found what they were

looking for, outside a thriving village, but the garden

backed on to another collection of houses. So, the

dream of coming home from London on a summer’s

evening and sitting out in the garden with a glass of

wine was slightly marred by the sight and sound of

neighbours doing exactly the same. Before long the

hunt was on for better views and more solitude.

Helena explains that at the time, the late 90s, Grand

Designs had just arrived on our TV screens inspiring us

all with fabulous and exotic buildings. By comparison,

everything the estate agent showed them seemed rather

pedestrian. Then they hit on the idea of building

their own dream home and started looking for the

ideal plot. It wasn’t long before they found it.

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a symmetrical, classic house in the style of a Georgian rectory, with a central

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The study is painted in Farrow & Ball Chinese Red, a striking colour that

really works and is the perfect backdrop for the oak bookcases, dark leather

chairs and period oil painting sourced from Phoenix Antiques


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Above: Two fabulous wrought-iron chandeliers, sourced from Illuminations in

Tunbridge Wells, are a striking feature in the vast kitchen

Right: A curved wooden door, to match the curve of the wall, was made in

the traditional way by Westgate Joinery, who shaped the door over a barrel

invited architect Stephen Langer to go take a look at

the house and his report baldly stated: lovely drive,

interesting front door and stunning views. In other

words, the perfect plot for their own Grand Design.

Working closely with the architect, the Carsons ended

up building a symmetrical, classic house in the style

of a Georgian rectory, with a central section of three

floors flanked by two matching single-storey wings.

One of these is the kitchen and this is where we

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space made all the more imposing by virtue of a double

height ceiling creating a church-like effect. The walls

The kitchen is a stunning, light and airy

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of a double-height ceiling creating a

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Above: The Carson family decided to move away from a traditional Georgian style for the family room, opting for a more contemporary look, complemented by

this striking Corbusier chaise longue and ‘birds’ nest’ light fitting. The fitted cupboards also hide a fridge – for the ultimate luxury of chilled drinks on hand

are painted in gardenia and, because the scale of the

room is so large, any regular kitchen furniture would

have been swamped, so individual units – scaled up to

fit the room – were made by Edmonson Interiors of

Goudhurst using oak with granite surfaces in tones of

chestnut and black. The slate floor tiles also had to be

bigger, so worktop slabs were used to keep the room

to scale. The chicken motif blinds – along with all the

soft furnishings throughout the house – were made

up by Mary Ensor. But, what really makes the room

special, are the two fabulous wrought iron chandeliers

hung in a stately fashion at either end of the room

and supplied by Illuminations in Tunbridge Wells.

Leading from the kitchen is a passageway to the

family room where the Carsons decided to break from

the more formal theme found in the rest of the house.

A Corbusier chaise longue covered in cowhide makes a

striking statement, as does the birds’ nest of a lamp made

with tendrils of stainless steel and pearly shades. Bespoke

American walnut units house the cinema system and

there is even a fridge to chill the beers, when watching

the rugby. Oh the joys of designing your own home!

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Above left: At the heart of this modern rectory-style home is a dramatic entrance hall, flooded with light and filled with furniture that befits the Georgian era

Above right: It is almost impossible to stand in the hall and not be tempted to look up three floors to the sky overhead. The effect is magnetising

Another corridor from the kitchen curves off towards

the hall, with a study and cloakroom leading off it. All

the joinery in the house was carried out by Westgate

Joinery from Hailsham and it is impressive just how

much effort they put into ensuring the proportions

and detail so obsessed over by the Georgians were

meticulously replicated in this modern house. All

the skirting boards, architraves and door panels are

completely correct and they even went to the effort

of making the curved door to the cloakroom in the

traditional fashion of bending it round a wooden barrel.

The study is painted in Farrow & Ball Chinese Red,

a striking colour that really works and is the perfect

backdrop for the oak bookcases, dark leather chairs and

period oil painting sourced from Phoenix Antiques.

Beyond the study you come to a wide entrance hall. As

you enter the house from the front door, not only are you

confronted by the magnificent view framed by the rear

door but also the staircase. The oak staircase winds up

through the first and second floors with a glass cupola at

the top throwing down rays of natural light. From the hall

we came to the room that was top of Helena’s wish list:

As you enter the house, not only are you confronted by the magnificent view, but also by the

stairs. An oak staircase winds up through the first and second floors, with a glass cupola at the top

throwing down rays of natural light


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Above: The master bedroom suite, with comfy seating area at one end,

has magnificent views from every window. An adjoining door leads to the

ultimate en suite – or rather, to a staircase up to a huge, top-floor bathroom

Right: Classic, complementary decor in the en suite wet room

a beautiful sun-drenched morning room. Having fallen

in love with some quite stunning Nina Campbell duck

egg blue crewelwork curtains in a magazine, that was the

starting point. When teamed up with ivory walls, a very

pretty marble fireplace and a contemporary chandelier,

she really has created an elegant and serene space.

A formal dining room also leads off the hall and is

painted in Farrow & Ball Hay – a dark yellow teamed

with blood red damask curtains. You can imagine how

fabulous this room looks at night. Centre stage is a

magnificent fireplace. All the fireplaces in the house were

sourced from Chesney’s in London. They worked hard to

ensure all the fireplaces chosen were appropriate to the

style of each room and then came down to oversee the

installations. The made-to-measure over-mantle mirror

is from Joseph McCarthy, a company in the Pantiles

in Tunbridge Wells, that hand-makes frames copied

from its archive of historically important pieces.

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Across the landing are the girls’ rooms – identical mirror images of each other and interconnected

by a shared bathroom with pretty pearly pink and purple Fired Earth tiles. Walk-in cupboards,

which once were secret hideaways have morphed into stylish walk-in wardrobes


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Above: Helena and Julian wanted to be able to lie in the bath and gaze up at the stars, so positioned the double-ended bath under a central skylight window.

Underfloor heating and a large heated towel rail keep this generous bathroom warm, even in the depths of winter

At the opposite end of the house to the kitchen is the

equally imposing drawing room, another double-height

room but this time with a barrel ceiling rather than a

pitched one. The walls and the curtains – 82 metres were

required for the drops and swags in this room alone – are

all in neutral tones, so create a perfect backdrop for the

interesting pieces Helena has added like the paintings,

cushions and lamps. Making the biggest statement is the

large oil painting by artist Bill Talbot of the two girls.

Commissioned when they were young in bold vibrant

colours, all the elements of the painting represent a

personal story and a space has even been left to add

more and so finish the painting when they are older.

At the other end of the room, two pretty Bergere chairs

covered with a deep red and cream check provide a great

spot to sit and look out over the rolling countryside

that sweeps around the house. The first floor has an

open landing looking up to the glass cupola and down

to the hall from which all the bedrooms lead. The

master bedroom works really well with its dark sand

walls perfectly offsetting an old brass bed covered in

a velour throw of the deepest bronze. Three sets of

windows ensure this rich palette looks sumptuous

rather than dark. At the other end of the bedroom is

a seating area with comfortable sofas and chairs and

an especially pretty Victorian writing desk given to

Helena as a 40th birthday present. The guest bedroom

is adorable. Painted in gardenia and with thick Colefax

and Fowler floral curtains, the room has a really fresh

and pretty feel that any visitor couldn’t help but enjoy.

Across the landing are the girls’ rooms – identical

mirror images of each other and interconnected by a

A classic Porcelanosa white bath which sits in magnificent splendour on a plinth

in the middle of the room under a skylight. Everything else has been paired down

to create a modern, minimalist feel. As bathrooms go, it really works


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Above: Tucked away down a discreet staircase at the back of the house, there is every wine-lover’s dream; a vast, cool cellar built from brick and stone, where

Julian keeps a prized collection of wine. A rustic table is the perfect spot for Julian and fellow wine-lovers to sample favourite wines

shared bathroom with pretty pearly pink and purple

Fired Earth tiles. Top of Philippa’s wish list was a

window seat and a bedside table, while all Katie

wanted was a secret hideaway. All wishes were met.

As the girls have grown up, both rooms have been

redecorated, Philippa’s in cool shades of white and

taupe and Katie’s with splashes of purple. But the

bedside tables – made by the joiners – and the window

seats are still there. As are the walk-in cupboards

which made perfect secret hideaways in their day and

have now morphed into stylish walk-in wardrobes.

Although there is a wet room off the master bedroom,

the master bathroom is on the second floor for the

simple reason that Helena and Julian wanted to be able

to lie in the bath and gaze up at the stars. Choosing

the bath, which would be very much centre stage, was

a big decision and after much research they opted for a

classic Porcelanosa white bath which sits in magnificent

splendour on a plinth in the middle of the room under a

skylight. Everything else has been paired down to create a

modern, minimalist feel. As bathrooms go, it really works.

Having finished building a house on this scale, most

people would sit back and consider the job done, but

there was one more project pending – a walled garden.

So back came SEDAC, who built the house and of whom

the Carsons can’t speak highly enough, and the bones of

the garden and greenhouse were built. Grant Brickell of

The Wellingham Walled Herb Garden then came to sort

out paths and beds. Today it looks like something that

is hundreds of years old, an absolute pleasure to behold,

and provides vegetables, fruit and flowers for the house.

Visiting the house today you would never imagine

it was a new-build. Covered in creepers and roses

it looks like it has been there a long time and has

certainly met all the dreams and inspirations that

the family drew up when they set out on their own

Grand Design. Ah yes, Julian’s ‘must have’.

Finally, we went down some less-polished stairs at

the back of the house to the most amazing wine cellar,

built out of brick and stone with a dusty old table

and chairs where Julian and his oeonophile friends

will no doubt have spent many happy hours.


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Above left: The family has built a wonderful, traditional walled garden, including brick paths, flower and vegetable beds, and a large, modern greenhouse

Above right: Benches inside the greenhouse are laden with all manner of seedlings, ready to be planted out once the risk of frosts has passed

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Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

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Aloe vera Everyone should probably have one of these

growing near a window in the kitchen: the tough-looking

spikes slice surprisingly easily, revealing a soft, shiny, cooling,

gel-like sap, which is ultra-soothing for burns and scalds,

and for sunburn. But if you’re less-than-green-fingered, or

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Botanicals

Beautiful

Josephine Fairley on the power of plants...

Illustrations: Susanne Hayes

The beauty benefits of botanicals have been understood

for millennia – though it’s rather scary to think

that just a few centuries back, harnessing the power

of plants might have had us burned at the stake: the ‘wise

women’ who turned to plants for beautification, as well as

for medicinal remedies, often suffered a horrendous fate!

How lucky are we, then, to live at a time when we don’t

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Marigold (Calendula officinalis) One of nature’s most healing,

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mainstream beauty company), I’ve found that a calendula

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Carrot (Daucus carota) Your mother probably told you to

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Hair at Fifteen

call in the morning? Mint’s good for that, too: I love zingy

Korres Mint Tea Shower Gel, £8 for 250ml

(waitrose.com).

Rose Different types of roses are used in cosmetics – and

the benefits are quite diverse, too. Roses are anti-bacterial,

good for acne-prone skin. They’re anti-inflammatory,

helping to calm and soothe rosacea and eczema, as well as

being moisturising: the natural oils found in roses help lock

moisture in the complexion, while the sugars in rosepetals

have been found to soothe the complexion. Rosewater is a

natural astringent, too, helping to tighten pores and maintain

suppleness without leaving skin feeling dried out. Over and

above this, the scent of rose is sublime – and what I do know

is that when we love the scent of a product, we’re more likely

to use it consistently, and thus experience optimum benefits. A

beautiful way to experience rose is in the multi-tasking Neal’s

Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm (a cleanser

and a deeply nourishing top-to-toe balm), £38 for 50g, and

I’m a big fan of the whole Weleda Wild Rose collection,

in particular the Smoothing Day Cream and Smoothing

Night Cream, £19.95 for 30ml each. When it comes to rosescented

hand treats, I don’t think you can beat Jurlique

Rose Hand Cream, £18 for 40ml: sublimely-scented, but

also fantastically softening, banishing even the most papery

dryness. And rose fans, if you’re quick you can snap up a

special limited edition Liz Earle Rose & Cedrat Cleanse

& Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’m so in love with the

citrus-meets-rosiness scent that I’ve stockpiled.

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) As long ago as 1653, cucumber’s

role in cosmetics to cleanse and cool the face was chronicled

by herbalist Culpeper, who added: ‘it’s also excellent for sunburning,

freckles and morphew’ (a rather unsexy name for

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If you fancy trying your hand as a ‘Wise Woman’, meanwhile,

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Wealden Health & Beauty

Wealden Times talks to Katie Timothy...

Do you have a

beauty regime?

I do yes. I like to keep

things very simple and

uncomplicated but I certainly

have a regime. I use a light

exfoliator each night after I

have removed all my makeup,

followed by a night

cream. Then, in the morning

I use a light day cream before

applying my foundation over

the top. I do find my skin can

get very dry especially in the

winter months. Moisturising

twice a day really keeps

this at bay for me.

Do you have a particular

product you cannot

live without?

I’m an absolute sucker for

Neal’s Yard Remedies! The

products that I use on my

skin are in fact all from this

company. My favourite of

all of them would have to be

the Rose and Almond Night

Cream. This cream really

does soothe and remove all

the redness from my skin

by the time I wake up in

the morning. Especially

after wearing make-up

and facing the elements

from the previous day.

What’s your ultimate

pampering treat?

My ultimate pampering treat

is definitely the Rosemary

and Cedarwood Hair

Treatment from Neal’s Yard

Remedies... Like I said, I’m a

real sucker! This product gives

my hair that extra lift and bit

of last minute love, especially

when I’m in need of a hair

cut and haven’t quite found

the time to get it in the diary.

Who’s your style icon?

Without a doubt my style

icon is my partner in life

and business... He is a man

and therefore has completely

different clothes to me, but

his wardrobe is beautifully

curated. It’s wonderfully

simple and uncomplicated.

Katie is head of design

and co-founder at in-grid.

In-grid make white shirts

for women, made in

England. Katie wears The

Rounded Collar shirt in

this image, photographed

by Adam Barclay,

photographer, director

and co-founder at in-grid.

Shop and follow their

story at www.in-grid.co.uk

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Handy Dandy

This bright yellow flower is

often thought of as a pesky

weed which likes to take over

our lawns and irritate golfers.

They pop up in pavement

cracks and even sneak in

at the side of the road.

They are however, rather

misunderstood. Dandelion

is a very rich source of

beta-carotene, vitamin C,

fibre, potassium, iron, and

contains more protein than

spinach. The entire plant can

be eaten; the flowers make

wonderful wine, the roots

have a delicious chocolatelike

taste when roasted

and ground into dandelion

coffee and the leaves are

often available in health

food shops as a freeze dried

herb. Take a walk and forage

them from somewhere free

from pesticides (the ones on

your lawn aren’t the best).

Alternatively, use a tincture

or tea as a digestive aid or

make a fresh dandelion and

fennel salad with a simple

lemon and tamari dressing.

Soothe & sleep...

The Organic Pharmacy’s

Carrot Butter Cleanser is

a must-have for this time

of year. Come in from

the elements and smooth

a small amount over dry

skin with your fingertips.

It melts instantly, and sinks

into pores, removing daily

grime and make-up. After

a couple of minutes, use

their luxurious organic

muslin cloth, soaked in hot

water to gently exfoliate

the skin and fully remove

the cleanser and any dead

skin. It leaves your pretty

cheeks feeling radiant,

incredibly soft and smelling

fragrant. Chamomile and

lavender soothe and calm,

also making it the perfect

relaxing treatment before

bedtime. Indulgent beeswax,

shea and cocoa butter make

it rich, without being thick

or heavy. We love this

cleanser, it’s totally gorgeous

and works perfectly with the

muslin cloth. Both are available

for £39.95 and £3.95 from

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A dose of nature

In a world over-run with pharmaceutical drugs, we’re on the hunt for a more

natural antidote. Read on to discover the potential of your own back garden...

The beekeepers

Alison and Robin Derrick keep their own bees...

We all know how great honey is, but what else do your bees give you?

Beeswax is one of the oldest ingredients used in skincare because it nourishes

and softens the skin. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-allergenic. Propolis is

resinous and very sticky. We’re trialling a propolis cream to treat psoriasis, acne

and burns, and have had great results so far. Bee pollen is packed with protein

and can help hay-fever sufferers. Royal jelly is fed only to bee larvae destined

to be queens, so we don’t extract this as it can disturb the natural equilibrium

in the hive. Even bee stings can be used to treat arthritis and rheumatism.

BeeInspired make some lovely products, which is your favourite and

why? I love making all the creams and balms, however, my absolute favourite

is the gardeners’ hand cream. I love the synergy between the essential oils;

jasmine tones the skin and increases elasticity, lavender calms and soothes,

and rosemary improves blood circulation and relieves muscular pain.

If someone wants to keep their own bees, what are your top tips? Anyone

interested in beekeeping should seek out their local beekeeping association first.

Each association will run both practical and theoretical training courses, conferences

and taster days. I would recommend starting with a friend so you can help each

other lift heavy boxes and keep an eye out for any queen cells. Plus, having two

opinions is useful. Also, always remember that bees are not at all harmful.

Alison has kept bees for over 20 years. BeeInspired combine honey and beeswax

with plant and essential oils to make the most divine smelling beauty products.

They’re luxurious and highly beneficial for both physical and psychological

wellbeing. Get yours here www.wealdenfairs.com/naturalbeeswaxcreams

The expert gardener

Claire works at Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens...

Are you a fan of natural remedies? Why? As a gardener, I love plants,

and they seem to find their way into all aspects of my life, the medicine

shelf included. I love that a potential cure is just at hand and there is no

packaging or added chemicals. Using natural remedies is very simple and

the more you do it, the more normal it feels. Before you know it, you’ll be

stepping into your garden, before reaching for the medicine cabinet.

What would be 3 easy-to-grow plants for the novice gardener or someone

with a small garden? Number one is lavender; it helps with stress, tension and

insomnia. Use a tablespoon of dried flowers and tie them in a square of muslin.

Run them under the tap for a relaxing bath. Thyme is a useful herb in the

kitchen, but is also great at relieving stuffy noses, coughs and colds when added

to a basin with hot water. Pop a towel over your head and breathe in the steamy

aroma for 5-10 minutes. My third choice would be garlic. Buy the garlic head

in winter, plant each clove in the ground or a pot and harvest in June. Make

it into a tea, syrup, juice or oil for poor circulation, joint pain or earache.

Are there any kitchen windowsill plants that you find handy? An Aloe

Vera plant is best kept on the kitchen windowsill where it’s close to hand

to deal with cuts and burns. The clear gel instantly soothes and dries to

form a natural bandage. I also have a pot of Moroccan mint, the best

for making tea. Tear up a palmful of leaves into a teapot and infuse for

a few minutes. It’s great for relieving congestion and headaches. Basil is

known to have anti-inflammatory properties and makes a great pesto.

Claire Abery has been a gardener since leaving school and has worked at the

botanic garden at Reading University and Levens Hall in the Lake District.

Image: Thomas Alexander

The hop growers

Caroline Alexander on a local

way to get a good night’s sleep...

What makes hops and lavender such a great

combination for promoting sleep? Sleeping

on a pillow of hop flowers has long been

considered a remedy for insomnia. Throughout

Europe countryfolk would fill their pillows

with hops and fragrant herbs as the aroma of

hops on their own is not to everyone taste.

By combining them with lavender it smells

lovely as well as increasing the soporific effect.

What evidence is there to support this?

Scientific research has proved that inhaling the

fragrance of lavender or applying the oil to the

skin has a direct effect on the brain and reduces

the symptoms of stress. This is in addition

to lavender’s other medicinal benefits as an

antiseptic, anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory.

Lavender’s relaxing properties are also effective

in combatting travel sickness. Hop flowers

are a natural sedative, but it’s the presence of

oestrogen that is a particular aid to sleep.

How can people use hops and lavender

to promote sleep? The simplest remedy is

Sleepy Scent – a subtle balance of essential

oils using hop extract with pure lavender oil.

A few drops on a pillow is all that’s needed.

It’s perfect for long-haul flights too. For

added benefit, try sipping Sleepy Tea which

blends hops (they’re too bitter to drink on

their own) with lavender, rose petals and

camomile flowers. Sleep pillows can be made

using a ratio of 40% dried hops to 60%

lavender. Loosely fill a fine-woven cotton bag

and place inside an old pillow case. Make sure

you use true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

not lavandin (Lavandula intermedia)

which has mild stimulant properties.

The Hop Shop in Kent has been producing

Sleepy Scent and Sleepy Tea from its homegrown

Kentish lavender for many years.

For more information contact 01959

523219 or visit www.hopshop.co.uk

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Life’sa picnic

As the weather gets warmer, the sun comes out and our thoughts turn to outdoor events – it’s time to

‘think picnic’. Juliet Bidwell of Juliet’s Catering couldn’t agree more. Here are her suggestions...

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Cheese hand

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WEALD

dairy

Wild Rice and Lentil Salad

with Grainy Mustard and Vinaigrette

Serves 6

• 120g wild and basmati rice – cooked

• 120g lentils – cooked

• 2 red onions – cut into wedges and roasted

• 3 spring onions – sliced

• 20g chives – chopped

Grainy Mustard Dressing & Vinaigrette

• 3tbsp olive oil

• 2tbsp cider vinegar

• ½ tsp roast garlic

• 1tsp grainy mustard

• Salt & pepper to taste

1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and taste for

seasoning.

2. Mix the rice, lentils, red onions, spring onion, and

chives together and toss the dressing through the salad


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Lemon Dill Tiger Prawns

with Sumac

Serves 6

• 18 peeled tiger prawns

• 2tbsp olive oil

• Salt & pepper

• 1tsp sumac

Dill dressing

• 5tbsp olive oil, salt & pepper

• 1½ tbsp lemon juice

• 1tbsp dill – chopped

• 6 x 10cm wooden skewers – optional

1. Mix the dill dressing ingredients

together.

2. Season the tiger prawns and panfry

them in the olive oil, turning

them over during cooking. The

flesh will become opaque when

they are cooked.

3. Marinate the prawns in the dill

dressing for two hours.

4. To serve: remove the prawns and

thread them onto the skewers,

if they are to be used, and then

sprinkle them with the sumac.

Smoked Haddock

& Asparagus Tartlets

Serves 8

• 200g non-dyed smoked haddock –

poached & flaked

• 1 onion, chopped and sautéed

• 125ml double cream

• 1 egg

• 1 egg yolk

• 1tbsp parsley – finely chopped

• 100g asparagus spears – blanched

• Filo pastry – 3 or 4 sheets

• 20g butter – melted

• Muffin tin

1. Cut the filo sheets into squares, to fit

8 pockets of the muffin tin. Brush the

squares of filo with the melted butter

& line each pocket with 3 squares.

2. Whisk the cream, egg and egg yolk

together and season.

3. Fill the filo pockets with sautéed

onion, chopped asparagus stem,

smoked haddock, parsley and the

egg and cream mixture and place an

asparagus spear on top.

4. Bake at 180°C for 15 – 20 minutes,

or until cooked.


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Locally sourced meat from Leppards of Mayfield,

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fully licensed cafe serving cooked breakfasts

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lunches, homemade cakes and fresh coffees.

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Rhubarb, Strawberry and Maple Cake

Serves 6-8

• 200g rhubarb – cut

into 3cm lengths

• 2dsp maple syrup

• 120g strawberries –

cut in half

• 3 egg Victoria sponge

• 1 orange – zest-grated

• 250g crème fraîche –

to serve

1. Line a 23cm square tin with parchment.

2. Cook the rhubarb with the maple syrup in the tin for

10 minutes at about 180C (in a conventional oven) or until

cooked, then add the strawberries to the rhubarb.

3. Make the Victoria sponge, adding the grated orange rind to

the mixture. Spoon the sponge mixture over the fruit and

bake for 25 minutes, also at 180C, until cooked.

4. Cool before turning out and serve with crème fraîche.

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The Money is a cross between a game

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about how to spend a pot of real cash.

If you decide before the clock ticks

down then you get to spend it, if not

it rolls over to a new group.

Saturday 23 April, 5pm & 8pm

Friday 29 April, 8pm

Saturday 30 April, 5pm & 8pm

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Foodie treats to look

forward to at the fair

Tickets are now on sale for Wealden Times

Midsummer Fair at Hole Park this June – and

we’ve got the usual array of stands and events,

from hand-picked exhibitors providing a fabulous

shopping experience to the Priceless People Wellbeing

Festival. Whatever your reason for going, there’s

plenty to do and see. In the run-up to the fair, we’ll

be chatting to some of the exhibitors who will be

sharing their passion for all things fresh and local

with visitors. Here we talk to Melissa from Plants

& Produce, part of the Canterbury Oast Trust...

How long has the nursery been

around? The Canterbury Oast Trust

was set up over 30 years ago by a

pioneering group of parents. There has

always been an element of horticultural

activity. The nursery in its current

location, at the Rare Breeds Centre,

Woodchurch, has been operating for

over 20 years.

What kind of plants do you grow? Our trainees help

to grow thousands of bedding and perennial plants each year

and we specialize in herbs, fruit and vegetable plants. We

grow heritage tomatoes such as the beautifully pink ‘Brandy

Wine’ and unusual chili plants such as ‘Black Pearl’ and

‘Pinocchio’s Nose’ and a vast range of herbs, from Strawberry

Mint to Orange Thyme. We also have a range of edible

flowers and a beautiful assortment of cottage garden plants,

shrubs and unusual perennials. We like to grow varieties that

you won’t find in the supermarket – this way they are more

fascinating for us to grow and more interesting for you to eat!

Who does the propagation, potting on and plant

care? We have over 50 learning disabled horticulture

trainees at the nursery throughout the week. They get

involved in every aspect of growing the plants and crops.

This could be selecting seeds or serving customers in the

plant shop. Our horticultural trainees learn a variety of skills

such as propagation, plant maintenance, use of horticulture

machinery, harvesting and customer service. They can also

undertake formal accredited horticultural training with us

through City and Guilds up to NVQ level 1.

What is the philosophy behind the Rare Breeds

Centre Plants and Produce?

The Canterbury Oast Trust is all about supporting the

independence of people with learning disabilities. We support

people to make decisions about their lives and support them

to live the life that they choose. If they choose to learn

about horticulture then they are able to access the nursery,

where they are able to develop their skills and train in a busy

commercial environment. It is amazing what our service users

achieve at the nursery and the beautiful plants that they grow.

Our horticultural trainees really enjoy seeing their plants grow

and they are involved in every aspect from seed-to-sale. As

the plants are growing the service users also grow in skills,

confidence and independence.

What do you like most about visiting the Wealden

Times Fair? It is one of the highlights of our year. We

enjoy attending external events to promote the nursery and

the work of Canterbury Oast Trust. Attending local events

with our service users helps with community integration and

helps to change perceptions about learning disability.

For more details please see our website: www.rarebreeds.org.

uk or www.c-o-t.org.uk. The Rare Breeds Centre Plants &

Produce shop is open all year (except Mondays in November

to March). The nursery, shop and restaurant are also open

to non-visitors to the Rare Breeds Centre. We are happy to

give tours of the nursery growing site to groups and garden

societies etc. Please contact us for further details:

nursery@c-o-t.org.uk or call Melissa Tebbutt or

Lyn Hope on 07795 515182

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WT Garden Supplement

Contents

4 Harmonious bedfellows

Jo Arnell on the benefits of clever companion planting

7 Pick 3!

Four garden experts to name their favourite gardens

11 Gardening jobs for April

Jo Arnell shares her practical advice on what

to be getting on with this month

15 What’s hot this season

Local companies outline some of the latest gardening trends

18 Gone to mow a meadow

Joshua Sparks from Sissinghurst Castle Garden

on encouraging a wildflower meadow

20 Great gardening courses

23 Managing your menagerie

Jennifer Stuart-Smith on keeping livestock in your garden

24 Q&A with Chelsea gold medal winner, Jo Thompson

26 The Practical Gardener

Useful and appealing gifts for gardeners

28 Review of The Kew Garden’s Children’s

Cookbook: Plant, Grow, Eat!

31 The benefits of bushcraft

Penny Kemp on the resurgence of bushcraft

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Harmonious

bed-fellows

Jo Arnell shares her tips for growing

beautifully healthy vegetables

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Monocultures are lonely places, communist states

filled with row-upon-row of the same vegetables,

grown for a single purpose. No unruly weeds

or maverick flowers allowed. There are advantages to this

if you’re growing a commercial crop but it’s an unnatural

way to cultivate plants and will eventually – as with most

communist regimes – lead to problems. Soil nutrients are

depleted and pests and diseases can reach biblical proportions

if not sprayed with chemicals. In our own plot, a similar

scene could be unfolding in miniature. It is labour-saving

to grow strict rows of just one thing in each bed, but

ultimately it’s not the most healthy way. Crop rotation

helps to combat this, if you can be organised enough. A

prettier way to avoid using chemicals (and, if like me you

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can’t remember which phase of the rotation you’re in),

is to introduce some companion plants to your plot.

Permaculture follows a more natural, ecologically based

method of growing edible food. The most natural form

is ‘forest gardening’, which isn’t – as I like to imagine –

growing crops in a forest, but replicates the hierarchy

of species naturally found in a woodland environment,

so that everything gets the right amount of light and

nutrients. The theory is that a more natural ecosystem

will look after itself, produce less waste and need less

labour. Polyculture is a form of permaculture that means

growing crops together in the same space. It’s a friendly,

diverse and beautiful way to grow edible food.

The layout

When I first inherited my vegetable patch – a rough fenced

off square of weeds – I created beds in a random (random is

a kind word for them) fashion, and edged them with herbs

and low-growing companion plants. I found that good

edging plants turned out to be chives, parsley and marigolds

and occasionally I’d use a row or two of a low-growing crop

– dwarf beans or lettuce as dividers. Nearly everything else

I tried - golden marjoram, purple sage, lavender – either

became rampant, or too big and woody. Paths disappeared

and crops rampaged about in a happy jumble. It looked

wonderful in June, but by July I had to cut my way in and

out of a glorious jungle. We installed raised beds, I tamed

my expectations and the plants tried their best to stay within

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Alliums make good companions for many

crops, as their strong smell confuses pests

can be almost any shape – circular, half moon, triangular,

or even part of a larger complicated shape or pattern, as in

a parterre or knot garden. The advantage of using beds with

definite shapes, whether raised or not, is that it is easier to

keep the whole thing under control and free of weeds, with

clear paths for access. If you want to create a naturalistic

look, or are growing vegetables among your flowers in a true

cottage garden style, plant in drifts and make each group of

plants a tear drop shape, so that one variety blends into the

next, and crops that go well together are next to one another.

Good companions

Some crops are happy to share a bed, others will complain.

A few (endearingly called ‘nurse’ crops) will even look out

for the others and offer physical or chemical protection.

Broad beans are used to protect emerging potato plants from

the wind and late frosts, French marigolds (Tagetes) are

traditionally grown among tomatoes to ward off whitefly.

Leguminous plants like peas and beans trap atmospheric

nitrogen in root nodules and make it useable, so leave the

roots of peas and beans in the ground to benefit the next crop.

There’s an old Native American bed-sharing technique

called The Three Sisters, involving sweetcorn, squash and

climbing beans. They all need the same rich, moisture

retentive soil, but the beans add nitrogen and use the

sweetcorn for support, the squash has large leaves that act

as a weed suppressant and provide shade at the roots of the

others. Individually, these crops take up a lot of ground

but, because they use different parts of the space, they can

all be grown together in just one bed. In theory this combo

sounds ideal, but in reality it can end up as a huge mess

(that’s sisters for you). Make sure your beans and squash

aren’t huge, vigorous varieties that will swamp the corn.

Alliums make good companions for many crops, as their

strong smell confuses pests that are drawn to particular

plants. Carrots interspersed with chives, leeks or onions will

deter carrot root fly. Herbs are also very useful. Coriander

and chervil will repel aphids, fennel or dill are good among

cabbage and lettuce (don’t use both or they’ll hybridise and

you’ll end up with unsavoury ‘dennel’ or ‘fill’…). These

umbellifers will also attract pollinators and predatory wasps.

Beneficial bugs and beasts

To encourage beneficial pollinating insects into your

plot, plant nectar-rich flowers like ‘Poached egg flowers’,

sweet peas and Verbena bonariensis. Deter Cabbage White

butterflies from brassicas with a ‘trap’ crop of nasturtiums.

This works best when the nasturtiums are planted away from

the cabbages etc, otherwise they tend to go on to both…

Birds are very useful in the veg patch (but put a cage around

your fruit). All birds feed insects to their young in spring and,

although birds will also eat your seeds, their bug-catching role

in spring is very useful. Attract them by growing plants with

good seed heads – poppies, sunflowers, cirsium and teasel.

When companions fall out

Self-seeding, nectar-rich flowers look gorgeous popping

up serendipitously all over your plot – at first. Once you’ve

allowed this to happen for a few seasons you may find yourself

swamped in a tangle of rampant nasturtiums and thickets

of African marigolds. I’ve let crocosmia creep in too (what

was I thinking?!), and a forest of Verbena bonariensis. It looks

wonderful but it can be a struggle to find the edible crops…

In a multi-crop environment it’s tricky to work out which

plants are weeds and which are prized seedlings; before

you’ve had time to reach for your hoe the weeds can take

over a newly cultivated patch. The textbook way to manage

the rash of weeds that spring up in newly turned earth is

to prepare the seed bed and leave it for three weeks, then

slice the seedlings off with a nice sharp hoe (you could

sharpen your hoe during the three week break). It needs to

be sharp so that you don’t disturb the soil again – or you’ll

have to leave it another three weeks. Once the bed is clear

of weeds, sow your crop and – according to the textbooks

– a clean, weed-free row of seedlings should appear.

Growing flowers among your vegetables (or in my case,

vegetables among the flowers) is a healthy and productive

thing to do. Transforming a dull vegetable plot into a

naturally flourishing and environmentally friendly space

will bring appreciative visitors of all kinds – people and

pollinators will want to spend time in it. It can get a little

untidy if you’re not careful, but a few weeds and unruly

seedlings are a small price to pay for a beautifully diverse

and sustainable plot. Let’s get companionable out there.

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This garden is a plant lover’s paradise.

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3 Ambrose Place, Worthing

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The whole street opens for the NGS and

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gates of each of the Victorian townhouses.

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gardens full of traditional English country

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3 Wakehurst Place The winter is

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the garden. However, a visit to Wakehurst

Place in the middle of winter demonstrates

what can be done. The cornus bring

warm colours of yellows and reds, the

stem colour and bark of the birch tree

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We ask garden lovers and experts to name their three

favourite gardens in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Clare Barham

of Hole Park

3 Hole Park,

Rolvenden My

husband would be

most upset if I did

not include our own beautiful

gardens, but they would be my

number one anyway. The sixteen

acres reflect the four generations

of his family who have loved these

gardens for over a century. They are

at their best between April and June

and again, for a finale of autumn

colours, in October. Hole Park also

hosts the Wealden Times Midsummer

Fair, and entry to the garden is

included with your fair entry ticket.

www.holepark.com

3 Chevening, near Sevenoaks

The official residence of the Foreign

Secretary and, for that reason, it is

not often open to the public. Set

around a huge ornamental lake

which provides the perfect backdrop

to this stunning house, sweeping

alleys of hornbeam run off into the

countryside, encouraging visitors to

see what lies beyond. It’s the ideal

place to let your children run

free too.

www.cheveninghouse.com

3 Balmoral, Benenden The

Molesworths’ delightful garden

in Benenden shows what can be

achieved by two really dedicated

gardeners. Open a couple of times a

year and for groups by appointment.

www.thepottingshedholidaylet.com

Liz Ridgway

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3 Marle Place, Tonbridge,

Kent This garden offers something

for every garden lover. Formal

gardens, woodland, sculptures, ponds,

rockeries, wilder, more naturalistic

areas. It’s a garden with a really

charming character. It is privately

owned and not open all the time, so

make sure you check their website for

opening times before you head out.

3 Walled Nursery, Hawkhurst,

Kent A sense of escape is exactly

what you get when you head to the

Walled Nursery. This is a working

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3 Discovery Garden,

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Visiting gardens isn’t

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and non-plussed kids. It

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Jobs to do in April

Jo Arnell offers helpful advice for those about to head out into their gardens

Spring is the time for investment gardening, so the

more effort you put in now, the less you’ll have to

do later in the season. There ought to be a saying

for it - a weed pulled today keeps thousands at bay / slugs

slain tonight, gardener’s delight, that sort of thing. Many of

the tasks this month are either preparation for the coming

season and all its gorgeousness, or prevention of a disaster

yet to unfold. In short, this is a task, not a glory month

and there’s lots to do, so I’ll stop rambling and make haste.

Sow, sow, quick quick sow

April is the month for sowing hardy perennials outside,

directly into the ground, so none of that indoor, bottom

heat, laboriously fiddly work. You’ll know when it’s time

to start your outdoor sowing - just watch the ground

for the first of the weeds and self-seeders to emerge.

You can then sweep about the garden bountifully

casting seeds about the place - or be more contained

and carefully sow them in regimented drills.

The important thing is to make sure that the soil

is welcoming. Rake to a fine tilth (the consistency of

lumpy crumble topping), so that the seeds are in contact

with the soil. Cover larger seeds with soil, but those

that are tiny and dust-like are best scattered on the

surface of the soil, which should be moist enough to not

need watering (watering will wash away tiny seeds).

Once germinated, instead of pricking-out, the fiddly

job is a mean task called thinning out. This means

removing the weaker seedlings (you can try to transplant

the underdogs, but hmmm), and ensures that your best

babies aren’t overcrowded and can grow strongly.

Some hardy annuals and short-lived perennials will selfsow,

so you may only ever have to buy one packet of

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Biennials like forget-me-nots, wallflowers and honesty

will be flowering now, having made all their leafy growth

last year. Leave them in place after flowering to set seed,

or if you have too many, pull them up before they get

the chance. Sow new biennials in May or June.

Pruning

Some shrubs will need pruning to keep them looking good

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have passed before pruning

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shrubs after they’ve flowered

if they flower on old wood

(produced last year); so

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Weigela, Philadelphus, or

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in late summer - Buddleia, Caryopteris and some

Hydrangeas. Evergreen shrubs can be pruned

later in the month once the weather’s warmed up.

Leave any tender plants until early summer.

Weeds and pests

Weeding is one of those tiresome jobs that should be

tackled as soon as possible after the weeds emerge. That

way you can eradicate them before they reproduce and

start spreading about – and there lies the rub: how to

tell a weedling from a seedling. There is a good website

devoted to the subject: theseedsite.co.uk/weedlings, and

eventually you may learn the difference. But weeds

are cunning - there’s a weed in my garden that looks

just like an emerging poppy seedling that I’ve often

nurtured to flowering point. It can help if you sow

seeds in rows, because weeds are reckless vagabonds and

never grow in tidy rows, so you’ll spot which is which.

Step up the slug patrol especially around emerging

shoots. A mild wet winter makes manna for molluscs

- they will have multiplied and massed their ranks,

so prepare for battle. Also be on the lookout for the

first signs of attack from other bugs like aphids and

lily beetles – catching them before they embark on

their world domination plans (female aphids are

born pregnant and carry on popping out babies at

an alarming rate without needing to find a mate,

which is both scary and weirdly fascinating).

Feeding, Mulching

and supporting

Most shrubs could do with a little pick-me-up now, in the

form of a general purpose fertiliser. There are a confusing

number of plant feeds available and they will have

different effects on plant growth, but a general purpose

feed will have a balance of the important nutrients -

nitrogen for leafy growth, phosphorus for healthy roots

and potassium for flowers and fruit. Sprinkle – at the

recommended rate – at the base of shrubs. Perennials are

a different matter and really don’t need much feeding.

Too much nitrogen will encourage leafy growth, often at

the expense of flowers. Feed with potassium, if anything.

Plants in pots will need fertilising, as they’re growing in a

confined space and will quickly run out of nutrients. Only

feed plants in the growing season; once the summer arrives

all bar the bedding plants must concentrate on ripening

and strengthening in readiness for the autumn and winter.

Apply a generous layer of mulch to your borders

while the soil is still damp. This will prevent excess

moisture loss and help stop the weeds. If you use an

organic mulch, like manure, or spent mushroom

compost, it will gradually be incorporated into the soil

by earthworms etc and will improve the soil structure.

Support the emerging shoots of perennials before they

put on too much top growth. That way they’ll hide the

supports as they grow up through them. There’s not much

point in trussing up a limp, wind-blown bundle of stems

and hoping it’ll look gracefully well supported, trust me.

Vegetables, herbs and fruit

This is the perfect month for sowing vegetables. Direct

sowing is less time-consuming than sowing in pots to

plant out, but you will have to thin your seedlings (see

sowing section above and steel yourself). Weed regularly

and watch out for pests – tiny plants are irresistibly

dainty and delicious to every creature that crawls, flies

or hops across your plot - cat included no doubt.

Feed fruit bushes with general purpose, slow release

fertiliser to encourage good fruiting later in the summer.

Keep the beds weed-free with a layer of mulch. Herbs

will be growing strongly now and will benefit from a

good haircut to keep them looking neat with lots of fresh

new growth. This will also help delay flowering; herbs

that have flowered are (apparently) less flavoursome.

Lawn care

I feel tired now all of a sudden at the thought of all the

mowing that needs doing - and edging, and patching in,

and more mowing. It is a thankless task and too much like

housework in its repetitiveness, but - a well-looked-after

lawn with neat edges (stripes if you have to) will make the

whole garden look better. There are lots of other important

things to do with the lawn, but sadly I’ve run out of space.

The soil is warming, the sun is rising in the sky and

the April showers are providing plenty of moisture. It’s

definitely the gardening season, but even if you can’t face

doing any actual gardening, you can enjoy just going

outside and breathing it all in, celebrating the three ‘b’s

(buds, bees and birds of course). Let’s rush out there.

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What key garden trends have you seen/ worked on

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Over the last few months paving and paths have been on

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There has been a rising trend for home-grown produce, as

people become increasingly mindful of achieving a healthy

lifestyle. Consequently we have been asked to build and

prepare raised vegetable beds by a number of clients. Raised

beds not only give a great place for the veg and fruit to grow,

but also make it easier to work on, particularly if a gardener

has something like arthritis.

Children’s play areas have been another popular feature,

with special areas of larger gardens being given over just for

fun. Bespoke play houses, swings and zip wires are all popular,

with children having their very own veg or flowers beds to

tend too. This all encourages children to get outside and off

their computers and gaming machines, getting them active

and healthier and learning about nature.

Larger planting plans with specimen trees and shrubs which

give form and definition to different areas of the garden,

mean that outside rooms can be created and ugly features

such as oil tanks can be camouflaged.

What garden feature or style do you predict will be

popular this year?

Although this may sound odd, given the amount of rain

that has fallen during the winter months, it doesn’t take

long for beds to dry out in the summer and plants to then

perish. With a watering system, rain can be harvested from

garden building roofs, including the summerhouse, while the

summerhouse itself can be used to retreat from both the heat

and the rain.

Can anyone have this feature or an element of this

feature in their garden?

These watering systems can be set up in any size garden, from

courtyard gardens with planters and pots, to large plots with

separate kitchen gardens. They can be as simple or complex as

necessary, but take the work out of daily watering and direct

the water to exactly where it is needed, meaning happy plants

and less water wastage.

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Louise Tomlin writer/designer and initiator of Jacksons

Show Gardens Design Competition

What key garden trends have you seen/ worked on

in recent months?

There has definitely been a resurgence of interest in ‘grow

you own’ or GYO, over the last couple of years. This is not

surprising given the benefits associated with growing your

own fruit and vegetables, to name a few: cost, freshness,

improved flavour and the pleasure of knowing the provenance

of what you are eating.

One of the ways we know GYO is gaining in popularity

is the upturn in interest for our raised beds, which are more

often than not something used for growing fruit and veggies.

They are perfect for creating the right growing conditions,

if drainage is poor, or if the type of soil in your garden isn’t

suitable i.e. too lime or acid, you can choose which soil or

compost to fill the raised bed with to suit the crops you want

to grow. Raised beds are also great for plants that require their

roots to grow deeper, many types of veg fall into this category.

What garden feature or style do you predict will be

popular this year?

Many raised beds have been used imaginatively in customised

garden designs. The beauty of using them like this, is you

can create areas of interest and different levels, which can

even include water features, or Alpine gardens, like the one

in the photo above, by a clever customer who used Jakwall

landscaping timbers to make raised bed structures. The end

result is very impressive. Screening off areas of the garden to

create separate outdoor rooms, for dining or other activities

is also a growing trend. By installing just a couple of stylish

trellises or semi-solid panels like Venetian, you can create a

different feel to an area and a little more privacy. You can also

combine a raised bed with a single pergola to create instant

height in your garden. By using tensioned wires stretched

between the pergola uprights, planting underneath in the

raised bed can be trained to grow up the wires and, once the

climbers are established and filling out, you have enhanced

privacy in this part of the garden, or a ‘green screen’ that

looks great.

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What key garden trends have you seen or worked

on in recent months?

Classic architectural features have been popular recently. A

Chilstone Etruscan House was adapted and designed for

a private client in Herefordshire. They commissioned the

renowned Chelsea Flower Show designer Jo Thompson to

design a stunning garden next to the client’s swimming pool.

Our temple was used as an area of contemplation looking

over the planted garden area.

Yardley commissioned a Victorian garden for the Hampton

Court Flower show. Chilstone provided the balustrading

and planters. Even though there has been a swing towards

contemporary gardens, the public still want a garden with lots

of colour and fragrances. This garden achieves this with the

roses and lavender which also attract butterflies & bees.

A contemporary garden we worked on recently

demonstrates how architectural straight lines can provide

the perfect neutral back drop to reflect the colours from soft

planting. This style of garden is frequently used in smaller

urban gardens both in London and other major towns and

cities. The Chilstone blocks create windows through which

to view the garden and also seating areas to sit and relax and

soak up the fragrance.

What garden feature / style do you predict will be

popular this year?

We have already seen strong orders for fountains this year.

People want sound and movement in their gardens as

well as creating a focal point. This can be achieved in all

different sized gardens as we have fountains suitable for all

requirements both large and small. They can be self-contained

or three or four tiers falling into a pond.

Can anyone have this feature / an element of this

feature in their garden?

Yes so long as they have access to an electrical point they can

run a fountain. The smaller ones are simple to install but

the larger ones can be installed by one of our recommended

contractors

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Gone to mow a meadow

Joshua Sparks, a horticulturist at Sissinghurst Castle, shares his love of wild flower meadows

Where, or even who, would we be without the

beauty of an English meadow? The English

meadow is entwined in our culture like

honeysuckle coursing through a native hedge. They’ve been

with us since Neolithic man discovered farming and have

helped us forge a unique presence on this planet. Their

romance and beauty have inspired countless writers, painters,

poets and gardeners through the ages. And they still inspire us

today. At Chelsea last year I couldn’t walk more than two steps

without seeing dozens of our native jewels taking centre stage.

Meadows have always had an intimate relationship

with gardens. Ancient Persians described meadows as a

‘recognisable confusion’ and a ‘colourful carpet mingled with

colourful gems’. A perfect description – and it’s wonderful to

see the resurgence of them in gardens. Here at Sissinghurst,

in an effort to forge a stronger connection to our surrounding

landscape, we have begun to create new meadows and

enhance old ones. Our grasslands are becoming like one quilt,

meadows are the patches and native

hedging the stitching.

Hunting for new areas of lawn or

grassland in an open, sunny position

with low nutrients has become a

habit. I enlist them in my struggle

against homogeneous, uninspiring and

manicured green spaces. Often the

simple beginnings of a floral grassland are hidden amongst the

grass. All I need do is stop cutting and allow it to grow from

the end of February. To give these plants a fighting chance I

sow yellow rattle. This hemi-parasitic annual partially feeds on

the nutrients of neighbouring grasses, hindering their growth

and giving wildflowers an opportunity to emerge.

Meadows thrive on low-nutrient soils, as high levels of

fertility encourage grass and pernicious weeds to outcompete

many wildflowers. Thuggish weeds like thistles and docks will

always try to muscle their way in, so should be spot-treated

with a selective herbicide.

I use a variety of methods, depending on the area, from

scraping fertile top soil to planting wild flower plugs and reseeding

with orchid-laden hay. Now, as your respectful author

I must admit to a deep, slightly obsessive infatuation that I

have and I suspect many other meadow gardeners reading this

have too. I am completely besotted by the seductive orchid.

Alas, the gardener in me. I am Anthony and they Cleopatra.

So, imagine my excitement when Marden Meadow, a local

ancient meadow managed by Kent Wildlife Trust offered

us three acres of lush, orchid-laden hay for seed. Using seed

from a neighbouring ancient meadow carries with it huge

environmental benefits. The travel-miles are low and the seeds

establish more easily when they are spread on to familiar

ground. We put Kentish seeds back into a Kentish field. On

a hot July day we loaded our metal trailer with hay. Marden

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felt dry and hazy and the atmosphere was one of passing; you

could sense the meadow’s time was over. It was a bittersweet

moment as we harvested its season’s labour. We quickly drove

back to Sissinghurst and strew the hay on our bare, harrowed

ground. Over the course of three weeks I flicked the hay high

above my head to encourage the seeds to leave their home.

Now I eagerly and obsessively wait to see if Sissinghurst will

greet its first-ever green-winged orchid.

Ancient meadow or not, good management is key to

success. Cutting in late summer will ensure that the flowers

and grasses have set seed and, leaving the cuttings to lie for a

few days, allows seeds and wildlife to escape. Afterwards, rake

and remove the grass. As gardeners, we are free to create our

own interpretation of nature, so don’t be afraid to experiment

with non-natives such as Irises and Crocosmia. In our orchard

you’ll find roses cascading out of long grass like floral geysers.

Once established and managed correctly the flowers become

like friends, as the years go by you will gain more and more. A

meadow isn’t a single, static feature like a garden perennial. A

meadow evolves, it moves. New inhabitants will appear with

each new season from the simple daisy to the regal orchid.

Yellow rattle will wash around the grassland each year like

well-spread butter on dry toast.

Hot summer evenings are when you feel the life force of a

meadow; it is a living, breathing entity. Bees collect the last

of the day’s nectar to turn into golden honey. Crickets and

beetles play into the evening like a well-rehearsed orchestra

joined by the rustling of grasses in a gentle breeze. And

butterflies will dance from flower to flower on a colourful

canopy rising like ships on a turbulent sea.

I could watch the meadows of Sissinghurst for hours, gazing

upon the community that I care for. Visit our meadows and

witness this oasis in all its beauty for yourself this summer.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Inspired by bulbs...

An evening with Anna Pavord

Saturday 7 May 6pm-9.30pm £75

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Inspired by meadows…

before enjoying dinner.

To book 0344 2491895

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Kate Ball

Gardening correspondent for The Independent

and the author of a number of books on plants

and gardening, Anna Pavord will give a talk

celebrating bulbs before you enjoy dinner in the

restaurant at 8pm.

An evening with Michael Marriott

Saturday 18 June 6pm-9.30pm £75

Michael Marriott has been surrounded by roses

for the past 25 years in his day job as technical

manager at David Austin Roses. Explore the

garden at your leisure and join Michael for a talk

about old roses before dinner.

An evening with Nigel Dunnett

Saturday 2 July 6pm-9.30pm £75

Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation

Technology, and the Director of The Green Roof

Centre, University of Sheffield, Nigel will discuss

his work on naturalistic and meadow planting.

After exploring the garden, join Nigel for his talk

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course at West Dean

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Spring is the perfect time to get

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methods of raising and growing

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2Saturday 16 April, 10am

- 12.30pm, at Hornbrook

Manor, Woodchurch, Kent

SATURDAY MORNING

GARDENING COURSE

Join Jo Arnell for six, monthly

workshops in her stunning,

mature garden where she will

teach you how to keep colour

going throughout the year, plus

important tasks and short-cuts

that will keep your garden looking

its best. You’ll sow and collect seed,

take cuttings and prune shrubs

and perennials.

Cost: £25 for each workshop or

£120 for the whole course of six

Hornbrook Manor,

01233 861186,

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Monday 25

April, 10am-1pm, with the

Surrey Hills Gardening

School, Sample Oak, Sample

Oak Lane, Chilworth, Surrey

WHAT TO DO IN THE

GARDEN IN SPRING!

The garden springs to life in April

enabling us to enjoy our gardens

to the full. As well as layering

shrubs and increasing our stocks

of perennials, you will be direct

sowing sweet peas, planting

summer-flowering bulbs, corms

and tuberous plants including

Dahlia, Canna, and Gladiolus

directly into containers or border

soil. You will also identify fastgrowing

annual weeds and how to

eliminate them from your garden.

Cost: £40 per person

www.surreyhillsgardeningschool.co.uk

4Six-session course,

starting Wednesday

11 May, 12.30pm,

The Garden House, 5

Warleigh Road, Brighton

DESIGN YOUR OWN

GARDEN:

The aim of this six-session course

is to give you some basic skills,

knowledge and confidence to

design or revamp your own garden

to suit your lifestyle and budget.

By the end of the course you will

be able to draw up a scale plan,

with at least one planting plan

for a bed, have a clear idea of the

materials you want to use for the

hard landscaping, and an idea of

the cost to turn your plan into

reality, plus a schedule of work.

Wednesday afternoons, 12.30pm

to 3.30pm, 11 and 18 May, then

1, 15 and 29 June, and 6 July.

Cost: £235 includes tea/coffee and

cake. www.gardenhousebrighton.co.uk

5Tuesday 7 June,

10.30am till 3.30pm,

at Perch Hill Farm,

Brightling, East Sussex

GROWING AND

ARRANGING CUT FLOWERS

This course will show you how

to grow the best ever cut flowers

in a small cutting patch in the

morning, followed by learning

how to make a beautiful handtied

bunch in the afternoon.

You will get to pick a bucketful

of flowers to create your own

hand-tied bunch to take home.

This is an intensive course, ideal

for those who have some sowing

and growing knowledge and is

taught by Sarah at Perch Hill.

The day includes tea/coffee on

arrival, a morning tea/coffee break

with home-made biscuits and a

delicious two-course lunch using

produce from the garden at

Perch Hill.

Cost: £195,

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Managing your menagerie

It’s important to do your research, before filling your garden with

four-legged or feathered friends, says Jennifer Stuart-Smith

If you have a large garden or a paddock,

it can be tempting – and sometimes

helpful – to keep animals. What

animals you decide to keep depends on

many factors including how much space

you have, how much you are at home, and

what purpose you want them to serve – if

they are to be more than simply decorative.

Hens are not only appealing to watch,

as they peck and scratch around

in the dirt, but they can also

be prolific layers. Modern

hybrids tend to be the best

in terms of quantity of

eggs, while fancy and rare

breeds tend to lay fewer

eggs and slow up during

the winter. You can keep

hens in a moveable ‘ark’ or

run, as they love fresh grass

each day, in a more permanent

run with electric fencing or free range.

Striking a balance between freedom and

safety is a challenge as the more free

range they are, the more easily they can

be picked off by Mr Fox. Chickens need

regular feeding and clean water as well as

a nice clean nesting and perching area.

Geese As well as being good at keeping

your grass down they are also popular as

security, as they make a racket at the sight

of strangers. Unlike chickens, who will put

themselves to bed, geese need to be ushered

into their sleeping quarters. They will need

adequate sleeping space – about 2sqft per

adult bird – and protection from damp and

draughts as well as grain and pellets daily.

As with all poultry, they need grit so they

TOP TIP

HENS: Clip the long,

outer feathers of one wing,

not both, to prevent chickens

flying out of an open run

Sheila Hume, Poultry

Enthusiast

can mill the food in the gizzard/crop. Fresh

water is essential for drinking, although

they don’t need a pond – a plastic tub or

child’s sand-pit filled with water is enough.

Beware: big geese do big droppings.

Pigs have become popular thanks to the

likes of TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh

Fearnley-Whittingstall. Pigs will wreck

whatever ground you put them on (they

are a ‘natural rotavator’) – although

this might be just what you

want if you are planning

vegetable cultivation once

the pigs have moved on.

There are many breeds,

with different traits;

some more docile, some

who are a little less keen

on rooting and foraging.

What you are rearing them

for is also important. Do you

want lean bacon, fat belly pork or merely

a pet? Whatever pigs you choose, you’ll

need decent pig-proof fencing that can’t be

pushed down.

Sheep are another natural lawnmower,

with less dramatic droppings than geese!

On the downside, they cost more to buy

initially, and will require more care, such as

annual shearing, worming

(as geese do too) and

hoof-trimming. If

reared from lambs,

sheep can be tame

and friendly or,

as adults, can be

trained to follow

a bucket. As with

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PIGS: Pigs love to

forage for roots, fresh green

vegetation, grubs and insects –

so move their pen regularly

Ian Jones, Hartley Coffee

House and Farm

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pigs, you need

to make sure

your fencing is

secure, though sheep

tend to clamber and jump out. Sheep may

need extra feed in winter or if you decide

to breed from them. Sheep are rarely in

danger from foxes, although young, weak

lambs are vulnerable.

Goats will eat anything and everything.

They are also escape artists and will climb

trees and bushes to get their next nibble.

Do not rush to get goats, without doing

your research. They can be tame and

affectionate – and if you keep a female for

breeding, you will have goat’s milk ‘on tap’,

though you need to be a dedicated milker.

Goats need space, with somewhere to

browse, exercise, climb, investigate, explore

and play. They do not tolerate wet weather

so need a shelter which they can retreat

into. Billy goats can be smelly and all goats

can be noisy – neither of which will endear

you to your neighbours. You have

been warned!

Remember.

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GOATS: A goat-specific

mineral lick is a good idea,

preferably a large one if you

have several goats. A Rockies

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If you want to keep livestock

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will need to register your land with

the Rural Payments Agency, who

will issue you with an Agricultural

Holding Number (CPH). Even

one goat needs a CPH, but you

only need to register poultry if

you’re keeping more than 50

hens, and this doesn’t apply to

ducks and geese.

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Kent Garden Show

& NAFAS Regional Flower Show

Sat 28th, Sun 29th & Mon 30th May

Gates Open 9.30am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)

Featuring over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods.

Floral marquees with stunning fl oral displays including

medal winners from Chelsea. There is a food hall,

craft pavilion, brass band & children’s rides.

Garden furniture, water features, garden sheds and

buildings, tools, sculptures, & much more.

Jacqueline Aviolet & Tom Hart-Dyke will be in attendance

all weekend to give answers to your gardening questions.

Tickets available now.

WT Garden Supplement

In the

garden

with...

WT talks to Jo Thompson, Chelsea Gold medal

winner and speaker at this year’s Priceless People

Wellbeing Festival

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Prices: Adults £8.00,

Seniors £7.00

Children up to

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Garden for Chelsea is being

constructed in the workshop,

so it will be exciting to see

this come together.

What garden feature or trend

has struck you most in recent

months?

I think a thankful move

back to the use of shrubs as

structure in beds and moving

away from the ornamental

grass-heavy planting which

has been fashionable of late.

It looks fine in a good light

on a good day, but isn’t for

every situation and it’s a

designer’s responsibility to be

aware of this. Everything in

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Does your own garden reflect

your professional work?

Parts of it – we moved house

recently and have a great

space which is being worked

on, slowly. It has hornbeam

and beech hedges, pergolas

with climbing roses and

clematis, a football pitch

and pizza oven. A natural

swimming pool is next on

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When I think of Bushcraft skills, my mind automatically

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Another trial involved sitting in a glass tank full of rats whilst

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As Steve says, “in a society that is being de-skilled,

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If you want to find out more about the bushcraft weekend,

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Sarah Raven at Perch Hill

Brightling 0345 0920283

www.sarahraven.com

FENCING

Jacksons Fencing

0800 4082234

www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk

GARDENS

Fairlight Hall

01424 814132

www.fairlighthall.co.uk

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

01580 710701

www.nationaltrust.org/

sissinghurst-castle-garden

GARDEN BUILDINGS

Cheeky Monkey Treehouses

01403 732452

www.cheekymonkeytreehouses.com

Johnsons Garden Buildings

0845 4599444

www.needextraspace.co.uk

Modular 105 Ltd

01892 514781

www.mod105.co.uk

Passmores

01634 290033

www.passmores.co.uk

Southern Sheds

01634 200694

www.southernsheds.com

GARDEN CENTRES,

NURSERIES AND

FARM SHOPS

Bodium Nursery

01580 830811

www.bodiumnursery.co.uk

Charity Farm Countrystore

01580 713189

www.charityfarmcountrystore.

co.uk

Granary Flowers

01825 791115

www.granaryflowers.com

Hartley Coffee House

and Farm Shop

01580 715233

Petals for Plants

01435 884111

www.petalsforplants.co.uk

Plants & Produce

at the Rare Breeds Centre,

Woodchurch 01233 861493

www.rarebreeds.org.uk

GARDEN DESIGN

AND LANDSCAPING

Cat & Mouse Landscapes

01323 833600

www.catandmouselandscapes.com

Chilstone 01892 740866

www.chilstone.com

City Escapes 01435 868211

www.cityescapes.co.uk

Frogheath Landscapes

01435 883516

www.frogheath.co.uk

Gardenproud 07725 173820

www.reallygardenproud.com

Jo Thompson Landscape

& Garden Design

01580 201179/

020 71278438

www.jothompsongarden-design.co.uk

Kate Ball Garden Design

07870 627145

www.kateballgardendesign.co.uk

Lamont & Lawrence

01342 825414

Kibblewhite Gardens

01580 850394

www.kibblewhitegardens.co.uk

MF Design Consultancy

0781 2024070

www.mfdesignconsultancy.com

Openview Landscapes

01580 764090

www.openviewlandscapes.co.uk

Trevor Tooth

www.trevortoothassociates.com

Wealden Country Landcraft

01892 722699

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GARDEN FURNITURE

A Bone Engineering

01580 852588

www.englishgardenchairs.co.uk

GARDEN MACHINERY

AND EQUIPMENT

Battle Mowers

01424 773096

www.battlemowers.co.uk

PP Estates

01825 769100

www.ppestates.co.uk

GARDEN SHOWS

AND EVENTS

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Royal Hospital Chelsea,

London 24-28 May

www.rhs.org.uk

The Garden Show in Spring

Firle Place, 22-24 April,

10am-5pm 01243 538456

www.thegardenshowonline.com

The Kent Garden Show,

Detling

01795 474660

www.kentgardenshow.com

LANDSCAPING AND

BUILDING SUPPLIES

Gardenscape

01797 253666

www.gardenscapedirect.co.uk

Homeleigh

01622 791111 / 01580 892733

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Parker Building Supplies

0844 2577000

www.parkerpaving.co.uk

Small Loads Ltd

01892 833325

www.smallloads.co.uk

LAWN CARE

GreenThumb

0800 0111222

www.greenthumb.co.uk

Lawn Revival Team

01892 724400

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Pots and Pithoi

01342 714793

www.potsandpithoi.com

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RECLAMATION YARDS

Ajeer Reclamation

01424 838555

www.ajeer.co.uk

Symonds Salvage

01233 820724

www.symondssalvage.co.uk

SWIMMING POOLS

Al Fresco Pools

01580 236246

www.al-fresco-pools.co.uk

XL Pools 01233 840336

www.xlpools.com

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shopping arcades, marquees & outside offering a

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children & Family

Fri 1, Thu 7 & Fri 8 Apr

10.30am / 12.30pm / 2.30pm

Huguenot Museum, 95 High

Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX

Easter Fabergé Eggs

The famous Fabergé family were

Huguenot descendants, so join

us this Easter to make your own

Huguenot inspired Fabergé egg.

Entry: £4 per child

Info & Booking: 01634 789347

/ www.huguenotmuseum.org

Tues 5 Apr - Fri 8 Apr

11am-12.30pm / 1.30pm-3pm

Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex

House and Gardens, Quex Park,

Birchington CT7 0BH

Divine Decorations

Part of our Somalian Cultural event,

find out more about the decorative

patterns and symbols used within the

Islamic faith, then have a go at recreating

one or designing your very own.

Entry: Adults £8.50 & Children

£6 (includes admission to the

Museum, House and Gardens)

Info: 01843 842168 / www.

quexpark.co.uk

Sat 9 Apr

Sea Searcher Boat Trips, The

Kiosk Pier Yard, Ramsgate Royal

Harbour, Ramsgate CT11 8LS

Seal and Wildlife

Watching Trips

A one and a half hour trip to a local seal

colony in a National Nature Reserve.

Cruise at your leisure to see these

beautiful creatures in the River Stour.

You will never forget the excitement

when you spot your first wild seal! Don’t

forget your binoculars and cameras.

Entry: £20 per person

Info: 07837 562076 / www.

seasearcher.co.uk

Wed 20 Apr 7.30pm

Assembly Hall, Crescent Road,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU

Saba Douglas-Hamilton-A

Life With Elephants

An evening with renowned elephant

conservationist and wildlife television

presenter, Saba Douglas-Hamilton.

Known to millions of television

viewers for This Wild Life and Big Cat

Diaries, Saba will entertain audiences

with exciting animal stories and

intimate behind the scenes tales of life

in Kenya with her young family.

Entry: £17.50 / £15.50 + booking fee

Info: 01892 530613 / www.

sabadouglashamilton.com

Sat 23 Apr 6.45-9am

Sissinghurst Castle Garden,

Sissinghurst, Biddenden Road, near

Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB

Early bird walk

Well worth the early start and a

great opportunity to see and hear

the many species of birds with our

guided estate walk. Don’t forget those

walking boots and binoculars. After

the walk you can warm up with a

breakfast roll. Booking Essential.

Info: 01580 710700 / www.

nationaltrust.org.uk/events

community

Wed 13 Apr 10am-2pm

Tunbridge Wells Bowl Club,

High Woods Lane, Hawkenbury,

Tunbridge Wells TN2 4TU

Dementia & later

life advice

Specialist care providers and experts have

teamed up to invite local community

members to a free information

event offering advice on dementia

and later life. Join us for coffee and

cake for this informal gathering.

Entry: Free

Info: www.bussmurton.co.uk

Courses

Wed 6 Apr 11-11.45am

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst,

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8JN

Walled garden Wednesday

Join a member of the gardening

team to learn about what we need to

do to prepare the beds and borders

for growing fruits, vegetables and

herbaceous perennials. Meet at the

walled garden. Booking Not Needed.

Entry: general admission prices apply.

Info: 01892 893868 / www.

nationaltrust.org.uk/events

Sat 9 Apr 9.30am

Godinton House & Garden, Godinton

Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP

Growing sweet peas

Head gardener, Viv Hunt will share

her knowledge and experience

offering advice on sweet peas. Spend

a morning in the beautiful gardens as

Viv talks through ground preparation,

sowing, training, and support

methods. Booking is essential.

Entry: £25

Info & Booking: 01233 643854

/ www.godintonhouse.co.uk

Thurs 14 Apr 7.30pm

Heathfield Community Centre,

Sheepsetting Lane, Heathfield

Horam & Healthfield

flower club

Enjoy a floral demonstration by

Pat McDonald, plus refreshments,

a raffle and sales table.

Info: 01435 408605

Sat 16 & 30 Apr

Goudhurst

Foraging and winetasting

day

Spend the morning on a two

hour guided, tutored foraging

walk, followed by a ‘wild’ themed

pub lunch. Then enjoy a private,

guided tour of Hush Heath Estate

vineyards, winery and a tutored

tasting course of wines and ciders.

Info: www.albanyevents.co.uk

Thurs 21 Apr 10am-4pm

Belmont House and Gardens

Belmont House, Belmont Park,

Throwley, Faversham ME13 0HH

Spring Forage

Belmont and Badger Bushcraft are

bringing you two foraging courses this

year, to discover the different resources

available to you in different seasons; a

spring forage, and an autumn forage

course. We will cover plant identification

techniques, foraging and the law, what to

avoid when foraging and an introduction

to fire lighting. Booking essential.

Entry: £40.00 per person

Info: 01795 890228 / events@

belmont-house.org

Fairs & Markets

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Apr 10am-4.30pm

Coolings Nurseries, Rushmore Hill,

Knockholt, Kent TN14 7NN

Keep it local craft show

Over 60 stalls well known for their

quality and variety. All handmade in

the Weald. Plenty of free parking.

Entry: Free

Info: www.keepitlocalevents.co.uk

Sat 16 Apr 10am-2pm

18 The Lindens, Tenterden TN30 6QT

Garage Brocante

Lovely painted furniture and pots,

paintings, vintage textiles and china,

cushions and handbags created from

vintage and up-cycled fabrics.

Info: 01580 762993

Sat 16 Apr 10.30am-4pm

Hayes Village Hall, Hayes Street,

Hayes, Bromley, Kent BR2 7LH

Gingham Goose

Craft Market

Gingham Goose Craft Markets aim

to promote ethical shopping by

encouraging the purchase of locally

produced, handmade products of

good quality, plus a popular tea room

serving homemade cakes, soups &

savouries, etc. Different stall holders

every time, so there will always

be something new & exciting!

Entry: Free

Info: 07534 447988 / www.

facebook.com/ginghamgoose

Sat 16 Apr 10am-3pm

The Alexander Centre, 15-17 Preston

Street, Faversham ME13 8NZ

Art Market

The Alexander Centre hosts an ‘Art

Market’ featuring quality arts and

crafts organised by the Swale Arts

Forum. The tea room will also be

open for your refreshment needs.

Info: 07988 641178 / www.

swaleartsforum.com

Sat 16 Apr 10am-3pm

Rotherfield Village Hall, North Street,

Rotherfield nr Crowborough TN6 3LX

spring vintage &

craft market

Lose yourself in a day of nostalgia

and hidden treasures. Enjoy a craft

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*Confi dential Interviews*

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CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND CALL

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01892 667750

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What’s On In April



‘One of the finest gardens in England’



























West End House

Art Gallery

The Lie of the Land

Cliff Howe, Paul Fowler, Clare Winchester

30th April to 30th May 2016

Open Thursday to Monday, 10am-5pm

West End House, Water Lane, Smarden, TN27 8QB

01233 770261 • www.west-end-house-gallery.co.uk

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A NEW

Literary

Festival

for Kent

Chiddingstone Castle

Literary Festival

1 st — 3 rd May

Online Box Office opens 1 st March

www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk/literaryfestival

0800 033 7564

Chiddingstone Castle

Chiddingstone

Edenbridge

Kent TN8 7AD

01892 872746

literaryfestival@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

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What’s On In April

demonstration and pick up some

top creative tips, and be sure to

have a tea or coffee on the house.

Entry: £1

Info: 01892 852888 / www.

facebook.com/vintagecraftmarket

Sat 23 Apr 10am-5pm

Conduit Hill, Rye

Rye Artisan Fair

Browse unique art and crafts, and enjoy

a tasty beverage at this lovely local event.

Info: 07825 393868

Sat 23 & Sun 24 Apr 10am-4.30pm

The Kent County Showground,

Detling, Nr Maidstone,

Kent ME14 3JF

Detling antiques, vintage

and collectors fair

With hundreds of stalls, this fair

offers a fantastic day out, with

endless shopping and great onsite

catering, plus a vintage tearoom.

Entry: £5

Info: 01636 676531 / www.b2bevents.info

Thurs 28 Apr 10am-3pm

Goddards Green, Angley Road,

Cranbrook TN17 3LR

Open garden and

specialist plant fair

Think of Happy Things and Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1QL

your Heart will Fly on Wings

This lovely garden combines traditional

Broadstairs May Fair

and modern planting, with many plant

stalls. Light lunches are available.

Entry: £6

Info: events@

gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk

9 th April–28 th May 2016 Come & join us at Kent’s best beach

& seaside resort. Join in all the fun &

help support Broadstairs Water Gala.

Live music at the band stand, fair rides

for all ages, games, crafts & bric-a-brac

stalls. Ample Free Parking nearby.

Music & art

Entry: Free

Info: 01227 700894 / www.leisureevents.net

Work Inspired by Flight

Fri 1 Apr 6-8pm

at The Singing Soul Gallery

Artichoke Gallery, Church

Street, Ticehurst TN5 7AE

THE MARSHES

A rich and diverse habitat of tranquil

activity captured in landscape and detail.





Entry: £16

Info: 01474 816684 / www.

Listings are correct at time of going to press

but may be subject to change. Readers are

advised to check with venues before making

arrangements. We can list your event in the

next issue of Wealden Times for only £15!

Please join us for a glass of bubbles

at the opening of our next exhibition

which continues throughout April,

Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm.

Info: 01580 200905 / www.

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include date, time, venue, and any entry

price to whatson@wealdentimes.co.uk or

send with payment (cheques payable to JPS

Media) to What’s On, Wealden Times, Kettle

artichokegallery.co.uk

The Mayfield Festival of Music and

the Arts is an English arts festival

Chambers, 21 Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF. Wealden Times reserves

Sat 13 Apr 7.30pm

Rochester Cathedral

The dream of gerontius

Tania Williams-mezzo soprano,

Robin Green-tenor, Simon Thorpebaritone

will be joined by Bexley

Phoenix Choir, the Vigo Singers

and conductor Alan Vincent.

which is primarily devoted to classical

music, based in the beautiful and

ancient village of Mayfield.

Info & Booking: www.

mayfieldfestival.co.uk

Sat 30 Apr - Mon 2 May 10am-late

Victoria Parade & Promenade,

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If you would like your event listing to be

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Deadline for May issue is 11 April 2016.

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