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John Graham-Hart

finds homes with

lovely gardens



Colourful, tactile

and tempting

children's clothes







What's going on near

you this month


Who's doing what

at the RHS Chelsea

Flower Show


John Graham-Hart

visits a restored

Georgian farmhouse

near Goudhurst


Gorgeous home

accessories from



Flooring: from runners

and rugs to oiled boards









Tips to keep you

feeling gorgeous



Kitchen garden cures

and the benefits of hops


Juliet Bidwell shares her

favourite picnic recipes


Jo Arnell on jobs to

do this month


Penny Kemp on the

benefits of bushcraft


Find out...




Jane Howard

on a surprising

'Georgian' rectory


The best storage

solutions from

WT's homes




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Jane Howard on

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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. Barnfield

Where? Barnfield is in a rural position

about a mile from the centre of

Dunsfold and eight miles from Godalming

main line station (Google Maps GU8


What? This handsome and characterful

country house dates from the 19th century

and was built in the traditional Surrey/

Sussex style – heavy oak timbers with brick

in-fills. It has been luxuriously refurbished

while retaining its original features

including inglenooks and polished beams.

It also comes with two separate twobedroom

cottages. Downstairs there is a

drawing room, sitting room, dining room,

library, kitchen/family room and study.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom with en

suite bathroom and dressing room and six

further bedrooms.

The 50 acres of magnificent gardens and

include a croquet lawn with a summer

house, apple orchard, swimming pool, two

greenhouses, a tennis court, large vegetable

garden, paddocks and woodland. There

is also a modern American-style 10-stable

barn, another stable block, a hay barn and

a modern garage block for several cars.

How much? Barnfield has a guide

price of £6,750,000 and is with Savills in

Guildford. Call 01483 796 820 or visit








2. Manna

Where? Manna is in Broomfields,

Esher Park Avenue, one of Esher’s most

sought after private developments (Google

Maps KT10 9NH).

What? A newly built luxury mansion,

Manna has an impressive Georgian

façade but inside offers the very latest in

contemporary Italian style and design.

On the ground floor is a large living

room with a two-metre wide fireplace and

bi-folding doors to the garden, dining

hall opening to the garden, kitchen and

garden – both opening on to the garden

and dining room. There is also a breakfast

room, study, gym/spa with sauna and

Turkish aromatic shower, cinema room

with armchair seating and a one-bedroom

staff annex.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom with

en suite bathroom and dressing room plus

four further bedrooms, all with their own

bathroom or shower room.

Outside there are elegant gardens and

lawns and a striking white-pillared

summer house-cum-outside dining room

complete with white marble flooring and


How much? Manna has an asking

price of £6,300,000 and is being marketed

by Knight Frank in Esher. Call 020 7861

1552 or visit

3. Noys End

Where? Noys End is in unspoilt

location at the end of a lane

on the outskirts of the sought-after village

of Brockham, about three miles east of

Dorking (Google Maps RH3 7HJ).

What? A wonderful Grade II listed

home, the property dates from the 16th

century and has all the classic hallmarks

of its period, including exposed timbers,

leaded light windows, traditional fireplaces

and a fine inglenook fireplace in the

drawing room. Other ground floor

accommodation includes a dining room,

sitting/breakfast room and kitchen. Above

are five bedrooms, including a lovely

beamed master bedroom with superb

views over the surrounding countryside.

The gardens are laid out in a traditional

English country cottage style with

generously stocked flowerbeds and

borders, well-tended level lawns

and a number of established trees,

particularly at the northern end of the

grounds adjacent to a paddock. The acre

of grounds also encompasses a swimming

pool protected by a yew hedge, a large

studio/garden room, a double garage

and two adjacent stores.

How much? Noys End is on the

market at £1,395,000 and is with Jackson-

Stops and Staff in Dorking. Call 01306

887560 or visit

4. Robins Grove

Where? Robins Grove is midway

between the pretty village of Tandridge

and the main line town of Oxted (Google

Maps RH8 9JU).

What? An attractive and imposing

family home, the property offers bright

and versatile accommodation with

excellent views over the surrounding

countryside. Downstairs there is a drawing

room with an elegant fireplace, a dining

room, kitchen/breakfast room and a

family room overlooking the gardens.

Upstairs there is a master bedroom suite

with bathroom and dressing room, two

guest suites with their own bathroom or

shower room and four further bedrooms.

Outside, there is a detached games/leisure

complex incorporating a swimming pool

and changing facilities and two acres of

beautiful gardens consisting of distinctly

different areas of lawn bounded by

hedgerows, banks, shrubs and evergreen

trees. There is also a large stone terrace, a

fountain, feature pond and pergola.

How much? Robins Grove is on

the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff in

Oxted who are inviting offers in excess of

£2,000,000. Call 01883 712375 or visit

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Talking of spring, I hope I’m not tempting fate by mentioning that

we should be looking forward to some better weather as the clocks

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The Curve has created quite a stir since its launch earlier this year.

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Countryside kin...

Fleecy Frolics is an annual lambing event held at Merrist Wood

as a celebration of nature and countryside crafts on Sunday 17

April. It’s a great family day out that is not only educational but

a lot of fun. Cuddle the newly born lambs and meet pygmy

goats, piglets, snakes, rare red squirrels and other animals

down on the farm. Watch willow weaving and wood carving

demonstrations and gardeners can snap up plant bargains while

children enjoy woodland walks and tractor rides. Visit www. or call 01483 884000 for more information.



Exhibitions & events near

you this month... Dusan Guvenda

Springtime sparkle...

Enjoy the beautiful and inspiring setting of

the RHS Garden Wisley in spring at their

craft fair, taking place from Thursday 28 April

to Monday 2 May. See all that shines at the

Festival of Silver, a collection of some of the

finest contemporary British silversmithing

created by established and up-and-coming UK

silversmiths in the Glasshouse Gallery and

visit over 160 artists, crafters and producers.

Barley pop...

Situated between Guildford and Farnham, the

Hogs Back Brewery has been brewing its awardwinning

ales, using locally grown hops, since

1992. throughout April, You’ll be in for a chance

to have a guided tour to learn about the brewing

operation, sample a generous range of beers, see the

new 3 ½ acre hop garden and finish with a visit to

the Brewery Shop, stocking Hogs BackBrewery’s

fine ales plus over 300 other beers from UK and

around the world. Call 01252 784495 or visit for more information.

Showcase in colour..

The Dorking Group of Artists will be holding

their Spring Exhibition at Betchworth Village

Hall from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2

May. Exhibiting members, many professionals

among them, will be displaying over 250 pieces

of new and original art. All will be for sale and

showcase various subjects and styles. Entry is free

so visit or call 01372 375123ágóSzabolcs

Deep blue...

Cucknell’s Wood in Guildford will blossom into a

magnificent sea of blue this spring time. Visiting them

in the daytime is always wonderful, but wandering

through them as dusk adds a truly magical edge.

Meet on Stroud Lane, Shamley Green at 6.45pm

on Saturday 9 April to begin the adventure. Visit for more information.

Natural form...

The Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden is open daily

from 11am to 5pm and features work from across

the UK. The stunning 48 acre Birtley Estate

provides the perfect venue for this temporary

sculpture exhibition and showcases work from both

local and up-and-coming sculptors to top names

in the field. Entry is £5 and under 16s go free.

All work is for sale and the event supports local

community projects. Visit

Magical meander...

As part of the National Gardens Scheme,

Dunsborough Park will be opening this April,

giving visitors the unique opportunity to breathe

in its undeniable charm and fascinating history.

Start the walk at the Penelope Hobhouse borders,

planted with soft blue and white. Then make

your way through the medicinal border, Peacock

Gate, Rose Walk and the greenhouses. Visit www. for dates and details.


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Local talent...

We offer you an insider's glimpse of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens

that have their roots in Kent, Sussex and Surrey

The M&G Garden

Designer: Cleve West (Surrey)

The garden has been inspired by a

memory of the ancient oak woodland

on Exmoor National Park where the

designer spent his youth. Rather than

replicate a particular scene, the designer

has chosen to pay a contemporary

homage to the landscape that made

such an early impression on him.

A stone and gravel path through

woodland edge planting leads you past

stunted oaks and rocks to a smoother

path, a sunken terrace and pool. It

could be seen as a metaphor for the fact

that the path was unsure to begin with,

but smoother once the chosen career

became clear. An oak boundary frames

the garden (as if framing a picture) and

the overriding oak theme is a metaphor

for the sponsor’s values: strength,

growth, longevity and reliability.



The Modern Slavery Campaign Garden



Designer: Juliet Sargeant (Sussex)

Bright doors and colourful planting illustrate

the ordinary streets where we all live. But

there is a darker centre to the garden,

hinting at a hidden reality; people being kept

in captivity and forced to work, in every

part of the UK. This garden is intended

to raise awareness of the 13,000 slaves in

the UK, as well as more than 27 million

worldwide. This struggle is represented

by two contrasting atmospheres: empty,

lifeless and black inside; colourful and open

on the outside. The open doors and path

represent the way to freedom for modern

slaves. Hope stands in the form of an English

oak tree; William Wilberforce stood under

such an oak tree when he dedicated his life

to ending slavery in the 1800s. (In fact,

the original oak is still alive in Sussex.)


Qatari Diar - The Chelsea Barracks Garden



Designer: Jo Thompson (kent/Sussex)

The design is inspired by the heritage of the

Chelsea Barracks site and by the architecture

and landscaping of the new development which

neighbours the Royal Hospital. Roses interspersed

with perennial planting feature prominently,

reflecting the listed Garrison Chapel with its stained

glass Rose Window, preserved as the development’s

centrepiece. The garden is a communal garden

where people can relax and socialise. A bronze

sculpture pays tribute to the Barracks’ former

residents and a sculpted stone tidal rill references the

lost River Westbourne, and its original path under

the Barracks. Bronze uprights forming part of the

boundary can be seen in the distance, beyond which

the Royal Hospital can be glimpsed.

A Modern Apothecary

Sponsor: St John’s Hospice

Designer: Jekka McVicar

Contractor: Crocus (Surrey)

Conversations with doctors and care

professionals about what we can do to

improve our health within the context of

gardens and plants, as well as by the healing

power of plants inspired this garden. The

garden is a small tranquil space with ‘wellness’ at

its heart, and will feature plants known to be beneficial

to the health and wellbeing of society. It will be a place of quiet

reflection, which seeks to highlight the important relationship between

medicine and nature whilst providing rehabilitation to all the senses.

The experience of natural calm whilst walking along the lavender-lined

path, toward the water feature, is enhanced by a pair of benches where

one can sit, surrounded by scented plants in a place of stillness.



Meningitis Now - Futures Garden

Designer: John Everiss

Contractor: peter Gregory Landscapes/Andrew

Loudon/ Chilstone (kent)

Meningitis Now exists to save lives and rebuild futures.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the charity, the

garden has been inspired by the spirit and energy of

families whose lives have been changed by meningitis.

The first recorded case of the disease was in Stroud,

Gloucestershire, which inspired the Cotswold

garden setting. A Greek-themed folly

represents the charity, with a seat bearing

the charity’s motto. A carved stone

tableau set in the back wall depicts the

Greek god of medicine Asclepius.



Divided by the folly are two walls,

one representing the disease and

the second the recovery.


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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

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Pliny the Elder once offered the opinion

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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

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

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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

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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.”

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the sledgehammers have had a real outing. It was

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

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

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was going to be allowed or indeed produce the end results the couple hoped for


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

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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’

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and woodburner. The TV stands on a table made from

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

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of Ben, Perrine and their children – Amelie, Charles

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Above the contemporary gently arched open fireplace

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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


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

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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

bedroom. The white armchair is Graham & Green

and the chest of drawers and its matching mirror are

Feather & Black. En suite there is an equally chic

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.

The result is an enchanted vaulted and beamed

eyrie for eight-year-old Amelie, six-year-old

Charles and two-and-a-half-year-old Clemence.

“The theme for Charles’ bedroom was a forest

camp with natural wood bunk beds designed

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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and shorelines – the places we are or have been our happiest


Above: The attic, once converted, was the perfect space for three children’s bedrooms. “We renovated the first two floors of the house first,” says Perrine, “and

then had to wait while we got planning permission for our plans for the top floor.” Thankfully, approval was granted, and the children now love their cosy rooms

looking at her country home, she is delighted

– with very good reason – at the end result.

“I love the house,” she says, “and so does

everyone who comes here. It’s always full

of people, children running everywhere. It’s

exactly what I hoped it would be.”

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

it’s certainly not out of the question. While the

Parkers are away or not using the property, it is

available to rent as a holiday let through Bramley

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

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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

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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.

What they found was a rather unloved 1920s

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south-facing views over unspoilt farmland. They

Working closely with the architect, Stephen Langer, the family 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


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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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The kitchen is a stunning, light and airy

space made all the more imposing by virtue

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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

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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


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

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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

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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.


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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Step to it: an

old wooden stepladder

serves as a shoe rack in this

16th century Wealden family

home. A nice case of recycling

as well as a clever take on

ladder-style contemporary


Form and

function: rather than

hiding items away, make

a display of them – as the

owners of this classic Victorian

townhouse in Tunbridge Wells

have done. Brightly coloured

books, packaging and objets

d’art stand out against

the grey walls

Clever and pretty

We look back at some of the niftiest storage solutions

featured in Wealden Times in recent months...

Airing clean

linen: the owners of this

contemporary home, on a

country estate in West Sussex, are

on-trend with these chicken-wire

fronted shelves where towels and

linen are aired as well as stored.

Finding what you need

is made easier too

Industrial chic:

taking a leaf out of

professional kitchens, the

owners of this late Victorian

villa in East Grinstead have

all their cooking utensils

close at hand, yet tidily

out of the way


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Glazed, not

confused: a display

cabinet in a townhouse in

St Leonards makes a great

storage space for a collection

of shoes – showing them

off, when not being worn,

and keeping them

dust free too


delight: a bookshelf above

a doorway in this Georgian

farmhouse near Rye makes use

of every available space. This

idea works best for books that

have been read and need to

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The Silent Pool nestles in the heart of the beautiful

rural landscape of the Surrey Hills. The crystal

clear waters spring from a deep, natural chalk

aquifer with the distillery located on the bank of

the Pool. Using water from the Pool itself and

carefully selected ingredients we hand-craft

and bottle our award winning Silent Pool Gin,

liqueurs, vodka and Eau De Vies on site.

Visitors welcome 7 days a week

Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.30

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90 minute deep dive in the company of one of our

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£15 per person. Booking fees apply.

£5 discount on a single bottle purchase.

Tuesday and Thursday 19.00 - 20.30

Other days available. For more info and bookings

see our website or phone 01483 229136.






Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Helen Barton

Take a look at some of our favourite, bright and

beautiful children’s wear for spring, covering special

occasions, garden adventures, and home-time chilling.

Frugi pink t-shirt, £16, daisy trousers, £18, rainbow cardigan, £28, yellow t-shirt,

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DIGEL CONCEPT, a range of jackets and trousers

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To celebrate the 150 th anniversary of MAGEE 1866

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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

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

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shea and cocoa butter make

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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:

uk or 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: or call Melissa Tebbutt or

Lyn Hope on 07795 515182

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair runs from 9-11 June at Hole Park, Rolvenden. To book your tickets visit


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

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


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...

Photographs: David Merewether


Bread Making Classes

There is nothing like the taste and smell of real bread. Our classes

not only teach you how to make a range of delicious loaves using

recipes that you will want to make again and again, they are also

a great, relaxed day out. The cost includes a delicious, home make

lunch as well as all your ingredients, course notes and breads to take

home at the end of the day. We even do all of your washing up!

Booking now with prices from £60!

May 21st Beginners Bread Making

June 25th Beginners Bread Making

July 9th Mediterranean Breads

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The taste of Kent

from your own local farm shop

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


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

chives together and toss the dressing through the salad

You’ll taste the difference when you purchase

your produce from us.

We’ve sourced fruit and veg from local

suppliers so we can guarantee its’

freshness – and that means great tasting food.

Why not make

a day of it?

Visit Polhill Garden Centre

for the best ideas for

your garden

And why not treat yourself to some of our

specialist items: jams, pickles, chutney, cheese,

milk, biscuits, honey, confectionary, ice cream,

frozen foods and much more. Great for gifts –

or treat yourself!

We’ve got easy on-site parking so come and

visit us soon.

London Road,

Badgers Mount,


Kent TN14 7BD

Tel: 01959 533089

The Taste of Kent

Winner of the Garden Centre Association

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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


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.


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.

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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. 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 – or be more

contained and carefully sow them in regimented drills.

The important thing is to make sure the soil is welcoming.

Rake to a fine tilth (the consistency of crumble topping),

so that the seeds are in contact with the soil. Cover larger

seeds with soil. Seeds that are tiny and dust-like are best

scattered on the surface, which should be moist enough to

not need watering (watering will wash away tiny seeds).

Once germinated, the fiddly job is the mean task of

‘thinning out’. This means removing the weaker seedlings

and ensures that your best babies aren’t overcrowded.

Some hardy annuals and short-lived perennials will self-sow, so you

may only have to buy one packet of seeds. This can also result in

some lovely accidental plant combinations, a happy serendipity that

you might not have thought of yourself. Biennials like forget-menots,

wallflowers and honesty will be flowering now. 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.


Some shrubs will need pruning to keep them looking good and

to keep them healthy, but this will depend on whether they’re

evergreen or deciduous and when they flower. It’s best to wait until

the frosts have passed before pruning evergreens. Prune flowering

shrubs after they’ve flowered if they flower on old wood (produced

last year); so that’s things like Forsythia, Weigela, Philadelphus,

or at the beginning of the spring if they flower 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:

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).




Crown reduction, lifting

and thinning

Stump grinding

Deadwooding of tree canopies

Hedge trimming and reduction

Supply, planting and aftercare of new trees

& hedges

Removal and responsible recycling of

green waste

Tree Protection Order (TPO) research,

application for planning consents with local

authorities and conservation area trees

completed free of charge

Kent Garden Show

& NAFAS Regional Flower Show

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

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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.


available at

the gate & online

Prices: Adults £8.00,

Seniors £7.00

Children up to

age 16: Free

01795 474660

The Kent Showground, Detling ME14 3JF

Feeding, Mulching

and supporting

Most shrubs need a little pick-me-up now, in the form of a general

purpose fertiliser. A general purpose feed will have a balance

of 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 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 fertiliser, as they 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 and will improve the soil structure.

Support the emerging shoots of perennials before they

put on too much top growth. There’s not much point

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). Weed

regularly and watch out for pests – tiny plants are irresistibly

delicious to every creature that crawls, flies or hops across your plot.

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.

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.

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.

For border designs and planting, and gardening ideas,

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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


HENS: Clip the long,

outer feathers of one wing,

not both, to prevent chickens

flying out of an open run

Sheila Hume, poultry


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


pIGS: Pigs love to

forage for roots, fresh green

vegetation, grubs and insects –

so move their pen regularly

Ian Jones, Hartley Coffee

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pigs, you need

to make sure

your fencing is

secure, though sheep



GOATS: A goat-specific

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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!

If you want to keep livestock

(excluding horses and donkeys) you

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.





Penny Kemp

on bushcraft

and learning to

live with and



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When I think of Bushcraft skills, my mind automatically

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to breaking point on a mission to outwit nature and

survive in an artificial situation, eating all manner of unsavoury

things. Or the more absurd Ant and Dec I’m a Celebrity – Get me

Out of Here!, where celebrities are made to do the weirdest trials in

order to gain votes from viewers. I can’t make up my mind whether

they are willing victims or just get paid enormous amounts of money

(up to half a million pounds, we are told) to endure bush-tucker

trials where they are seen to eat delicacies such as kangaroo testicles

or cockroaches. Another trial involved sitting in a glass tank full of

rats whilst another celebrity had forty pythons writhing over her.

So it is surprising to learn that here in Kent, in the small village

of Egerton, hundreds of people gather each May bank holiday to

pitch a tent and practise and share their ‘bushcraft’ skills. But it is

not like Bear Grylls and Ant and Dec programmes, it is learning

to live with and understand nature. According to Steve Kirk,

editor of The Bushcraft Magazine and expert wild-food forager:

“Bushcraft is a knowledge of the wild and skill in its ways. In

other words, the sort of things you would need to know if you

love to spend long periods of time outdoors.” He likens it to the

Scouts, Guides and Woodcraft Folk, who learn how to make

fires, track animals, improvise and be resourceful outdoors.

Sadly, I never got to be a Guide as I was expelled from

the Brownies for ‘behaviour unbecoming to a Brownie’.

Suffice to say I was a little bit too much of a tom-boy for

the brown-dressed brigade but my daughter was a very wellbehaved

Brownie and gathered many badges, which stood

her in good stead for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Steve Kirk emphasises that the May weekend is not aimed at hardcore

survivalists but is a family occasion with activities for everyone,

including the young, with evening storytelling and

star-gazing. A team of experienced instructors will teach you how

to carve a wooden spoon, make a fire using just friction, source

free food on a foraging expedition and live in harmony with nature.

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

we are keeping traditional knowledge alive and we

want to share it with as many people as we can”.

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

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PLUS: Food, drink, shopping and music for the humans too!


The best day out for you and your dog!

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What’s On In April

Children & Family

Mon 4 Apr - Fri 8 Apr

Farnham Road, Holt Pound,

Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LD

Pirates fun Activity

Week at Birdworld

Pirates will be taking over Birdworld for

the week! Come and join us for some

swashbuckling fun and games. Join in

with the seasonal arts and crafts, take

part in our trail around the park to win

some great treasures and watch one of

our themed shows, plus lots more. Why

not even come along in fancy dress?

Info: 01420 22140 /

Sun 10 Apr 10am-4pm

Central Car Park, Victoria

Road, Farnham

Farnham Classic &

Vintage Car Show

Come along to see classic and vintage

cars, motorcycles, ex-army vehicles

and an autojumble! All vehicle

owners wishing to participate must

register with Hermon Frost.

Entry: Free (donations welcome)

Info: 01252 320439

Sat 23- Sun 24 Apr 10am-5pm

North East Surrey College Of

Technology, Reigate Road,

Ewell, Surrey KT17 3DS

The Epsom Model

Railway Show

An extensive model railway exhibition

featuring some of the country’s finest

working layouts (large & small) in

a variety of different scales showing

steam, diesel and electric trains in

action. Including ‘Hornby Junction’

where children of all ages can

drive the trains. Miniature railway

providing steam train rides in the

car park. Trade stands, modelling

demonstrations, refreshment lounge.

Entry: Adults £7, children under 16 Free

Info: 01483 576274 /

Sun 24 Apr 8-10.30am

Painshill, Portsmouth Road,

Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Birdsong walk

Learn all about how to identify

birds by song and by sight. Children

must be over the age of 12 years. 1

adult required for every 2 children.

Advance booking required.

Entry: Adults £15 (members

£10) Children £10 (member

£5) to include refreshments.

Info: 01932 868113 /

Sat 16 Apr 10am-4pm

Station Road East And Station Road

West, Oxted, Surrey RH8 9EU

Love oxsted day

Come on in to Oxted and discover

special offers, tastings and more at

our fantastic shops and restaurant,

plus a local produce market featuring

artisan food and drink. Free family

event with street food and street

musicians plus children’s gallery.

Info: 01737 823208 /

Fri 29 Apr 5-9pm

Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village,

Down Lane, Compton,

Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ

Watts at Dusk-

Secret Opening

Join us for our first late night opening

of 2016. Avant Gardening will be here

revealing the Victorian Secret Language

of Flowers. Happen upon musical

performances by students from Prior’s

Field School and delight in herbal

cocktails and themed sweet treats.

Entry: 2 for 1 adult, children

16 & under go free

Info: 01483 810235 /

Sat 30 Apr 10am-3pm

Gostrey Meadow, Farnham GU9 7PT

Farnham Duck Race

The popular Farnham Duck Race

takes place on Saturday 30th April

this year. There will also be plenty of

other attractions in Gostrey Meadow

on the day so come and enjoy it.



Tue 12 Apr 6.30-9.30pm

Nower Wood Educational

Nature Reserve, Leatherhead,

Surrey KT22 8QA

Bat ecology

Discover the many species of bat

found in the UK. Learn about bat

characteristics, their biology, habitat

preferences and threats. After a

classroom session we will undertake

a site visit to observe the bats feeding

around the ponds and use bat

detectors to identify them. Please

bring a torch. Booking essential.

Entry: members £18, non-members £23


uk /

Sun 17 Apr 9am-4pm

Cobham Village Hall, Lushington

Drive, Cobham, Surrey KT112LU

Astronomy for Beginners

A one-day course for those new to

astronomy. Covers what astronomy

is and what you can see in the night

sky. Get an introduction to the

constellations and navigating the sky.

Learn about telescopes and binoculars.

Course attracts a certificate of

attendance and evidence of learning.

Info: 07757 152572 /

Tue 26 April 1-4pm

Nower Wood Educational

Nature Reserve, Leatherhead,

Surrey KT22 8QA

Woodland Wildflowers

Improve your confidence in identifying

wildflowers. Learn to use keys and

basic survey techniques as well as

discovering more about the ecology

and traditional uses of plants. We

will introduce you to many of the

species you are likely to come across in

Surrey’s woodlands. Booking essential.

Entry: members £20, non-members £25


uk /

Fairs & Markets

Tues 5 Apr 9.30am-4pm

Old Police Station Car Park, Leapale

Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4JX


Farmers Market

Buy high quality fresh local produce

directly from over 50 local farmers

and producers at Guildford’s

monthly Farmers’ Market, set in the

attractive cobbled High Street. Try

the best of seasonal produce and ask

questions about growing, rearing,

manufacture and cooking methods.

Tues 12 & 26 Apr 6.30am-2pm

Kempton Park Racecourse,

Staines Road East, Sunbury On

Thames, Middlesex TW165AQ

Sunbury Antiques Market

Well over 700 inside and outside

stallholders throughout three indoor

halls and outside hard standing.

There is always a vast range of

antique goods on offer including

furniture, gold and silverware,

jewellery, ceramics, kitchenallia,

vintage and vintage fashion, garden

ephemera and much more.

Info: 01932230946 /

Sun 17 Apr 11am-4pm

Birtley House, Birtley Road,

Bramley, Surrey GU5 0LB

Rare Plant Fair

A wonderful day out for anyone

who enjoys gardening, with the

opportunity to buy traditional and

unusual plants direct from the growers,

who will be able to give advice on

the plants they are selling. You will

be able to wander around the 48

acres of grounds & gardens at Birtley

House. Refreshments are available.

Entry: £4

Info: 0845 4681368

Sun 17 Apr 10am-3pm

King Edward’s Witley, Petworth

Road, Wormley, Godalming,

Surrey GU8 5SG


Treat your taste buds to a truly

splendid gastronomic experience by

visiting this exciting food and crafts

festival. ‘Taste’ will see the School’s

exhibition hall and Dance Studio

transformed into a bustling food and

craft market, showcasing the very

best culinary delights produced by

approximately 30 local producers.

Entry: Free

Info: 01428686700

MUSIC, Theatre & ART

Fri 1-Sat 30 April

The Lightox, Chobham Road,

Woking, Surrey GU21 4AA

Wells’ War of the worlds

Inspired by the themes of H.G.

Wells’ book The War of the Worlds,

this exhibition marks the beginning

of a year-long programme ‘Wells

in Woking’, celebrating the 150th

anniversary of Wells’ birth.

Info: 01483 737800 /

Sat 9 Apr 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford,

Surrey GU1 3RR


Gallery Restaurant

Special Events 2016

Visit for full details & available dates

Sparkling Outdoor

Vineyard Train Trail &

Gallery Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy the early summer evening commencing with our

Outdoor Vineyard Train tour. Sparkling wine & canapés

will be served at the top of Ranmore at one of the most

spectacular view points of the vineyard overlooking

Box Hill and Dorking. Followed by dinner.

Your evening includes:

- Outdoor Vineyard Train Tour *

(cameras are recommended)

- Sparkling wine & Canapés

- Three course dinner with coffee


Please note, outdoor tour weather permitting / please

bring warm outer clothing

£55.00 per person / Loyalty Club £49.50

Selected dates throughout the season

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

& Gallery Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy the long summer evening commencing with

a leisurely horse drawn carriage ride through the

vineyard, followed by sparkling wine and canapés

served in The Gallery Restaurant

Your evening includes:

- Horse & Carriage Ride*

- Sparkling wine & Canapés

- Three course dinner with coffee


Weather permitting / please bring warm outer clothing

£55 per person / Loyalty Club £49.50

‘A Taste of Denbies’ Evenings

Hosted season by season throughout the year. Enjoy a

tasting menu created to pair with wines selected from

Denbies award winning wine range

For full details and dates please visit

RESERVATIONS: Tel. 01306 876616 | Email:

Denbies Wine Estate Ltd, London Road, Dorking Surrey RH5 6AA

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Impatience 36”x24” £24,000

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We would like to welcome you to one of the Finest Art

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Pip McGarry returns to the Trew Art gallery to unveil his latest collection of astonishing

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What’s On In April

Spring Concert: Faure

& Blackford

Godalming Choral Society presents

Fauré’s beautiful Requiém and

Blackford’s lyrical and powerful Mirror

of Perfection based of the poetry of

St Francis of Assisi performed in the

atmospheric setting of Holy Trinity

Church, Guildford. The choir are

joined by the Orchestra Eroica and

conducted by Michael Veazey.

Entry: Adults £15, Students

£8, Children Free

Info: 01483 444334

Sat 9 Apr 10am-5pm

G Live, London Road,

Guildford, Surrey GU1 2AA

Spring sing

Community Vox presents a day

of singing workshops for everyone

who enjoys a good sing. The day

will comprise of three singing

workshops by three accomplished

and diverse voice workshop leaders.

Entry: £38, Under 12s £12

Info: 01483 369350 /

Sat 9 Apr 7.30pm & 16 Sat

Apr 2pm & 7.30pm

St Peter’s Church Hall, Parsonage

Way, Frimley, Surrey GU167AQ

Brighlight Theatre

Company present Don’t

Dress For Dinner

Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre

present the hilarious farce Don’t

Dress For Dinner. This comedy

is not suitable for under-16s.

Entry: Adults £8, over 60s £5

Info: 07546 737813 /

Tues 12 - Wed 13 Apr

New Victoria Theatre, Peacocks

Centre, Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ

Nederlands Dans Theater

One of the world’s most celebrated

dance companies will thrill and

entertain with a combination of

fresh exuberance and astonishing

athleticism, performing a vibrant

mixed repertoire of work.

Entry: From £17.50

Info: 0844 871 7645

Wed 13 Apr 8pm

Guildford Rugby Club Pavilion,

Godalming, Surrey GU7 3DH

Clark Tracey Quintet

Having long been regarded as the

UK’s most accomplished straightahead

jazz drummer, Clark Tracey

is also a composer and arranger.

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G Live, London Road,

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European Union

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One of England’s most popular

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K415. The evening concludes with

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Happy & Glorious

Kate Tompsett tells us how her passion for creativity,

as well as her love of retail and customer service

inspired her to start her own business.

What’s the significance of your company name,

‘Happy & Glorious’?

The idea for Happy & Glorious came to me

in 2012, the year of the Olympics and the

Jubilee. There was a real sense of excitement

and optimism in the air and I heard an

announcer on the radio say the words ‘Happy

& Glorious’, which to me, summed up

everything that we should aspire to be in life!

What inspired you to start your


As a huge fan of Mary Portas, I watched her

Bottom Line programme, about the decline

of British manufacturing. The effect that

regenerating the manufacturing industry can

have on entire communities is enormous.

Being a farmer’s daughter, my father told me

the importance of buying British wherever possible. His values had

a long-term impact, so my new shop is in Ashford – a Portas Pilot

regeneration town. Everything really feels as if it is coming together.

Have you always been a creative person?

I have always enjoyed making things with fabric, paint or paper, and

as a child was always creating something. I love photography and

drawing and am working to improve these skills as I design more of

my own products.

Did you have training?

I worked in a beautiful shop in Cranbrook for many years, which

instilled my love of retail and taught me a huge amount about

customer service, visual merchandising and hard work. Since setting

up business I’ve had training in marketing and exhibiting, social

media management, buying and visual merchandising. I received

mentoring from Jo Wynn-Carter, Ashford Borough Council’s

Regeneration Manager in 2014, and she’s still an invaluable source

of inspiration and guidance. My business coach, Will Aylward has a

wonderful knack for untangling my brain and keeping me on track.

What influences your product aesthetic?

H&G products are pretty, feminine, and colourful, with a little twist

of fun and silliness. I love spots, stripes, botanicals, birds and wildlife,

so these all feature heavily. I’m inspired by my mother’s beautiful,

quirky garden. Recoloured photographs of it feature on many of my

products and it makes a fabulous backdrop for product images.

Why did you open your shop in Ashford?

Ashford was awarded a Portas Pilot grant to regenerate the town and

there have been huge improvements. I took part in PopUp Britain

in 2014, and heard that Ashford Borough Council had bought Park

Mall with the aim of filling it with independent businesses.

How do you choose and

source or make your


My designs usually start with

a doodle or photograph. I

dedicate a time slot every week

for creativity, which is helpful

and enjoyable. Once I have a

design, I enhance it digitally,

decide what products it would

work on, and make it myself

or source a manufacturer. I look for products that are made to last.

British products are a little more expensive but I feel it’s important to

ensure that they are great quality.

What’s your favourite product from your collection?

I only sell what I love! From my own range, I’m most proud of my

blue and white floral mugs. I love the design and it was a huge step

for my business as I had to place a substantial order with a Stoke-on-

Trent pottery to make them cost effective. My other favourite picks

are the redcurrant & ginger reed diffusers, porcelain bottles, and the

exquisite prints by Louise Pettifer, my lovely talented friend who was

Artist in Residence at Sissinghurst Castle in 2015.

Do you enjoy working for yourself?

I love it and can’t imagine going back. Having the autonomy to

make decisions, plan promotions and implement strategies creates

a freedom that is difficult to emulate when employed. There’s so

much to do, but I structure my week carefully. I’m fortunate to have

supportive family and friends who let me ‘talk shop’ for hours and

help out with every aspect of the business. Looking at my little shop

gives me a sense of achievement. It’s a dream 20 years in the making.

Clockwise from above, ‘Allium Seedheads’ Print, £70; Ashford

Retail Shop; Set of Four Blue Silhouette Flower Mugs, £9 each







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Jane gets help

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s I explained last year, for ages I have wanted to create

a wildflower meadow at Coopers Farm. In the fifteen

years we have been here we have never used herbicides,

pesticides or fertilisers yet, despite our best endeavours, the

fields remain largely a monoculture of rye grass, devoid of any

interesting flora. Thistles, buttercups, daisies, Lady’s Smock and

clover just about sum it up. Over the years I’ve tried spreading

hay (full of seed) cut from flower-rich meadows, inserting

plugs of yellow rattle – a plant which will weaken the rye

grass thereby giving other species a chance – and broadcasting

local clay-loving wildflower seed mix, but all to no avail.

Those in the know were not the least bit surprised by my

dismal results, so last summer we employed the services of

local wildflower guru Colin Reader and embarked on an

ambitious programme to turn the six acre field by the house

into something straight out of The Darling Buds of May and

hopefully buzz all summer with busy bees, butterflies and birds.

Against all my green beliefs, the field was sprayed with

glyphosate three times between July and September. Each time

it was done, a week or so would pass and it looked yellow and

sickly but, blow me down, another three weeks and it would

bounce back like nothing had happened. But eventually the

chemicals prevailed. So, at the end of the summer, the field was

scalped by a machine that peeled off the top inch of roots and

we have spent the winter looking out over a bald brown field.

Unfortunately, although the sheep did a fine job of breaking

up the surface (we shut them in for a few hours much to their

non-amusement at the lack of grass) we still have too many

rabbits. Apparently, the quickest, most efficient and indeed

humane way of sorting this out is to bring in a ferreter. So our

man arrived last week to address the problem.

I have never given much thought to ferrets and ferreting

but how fascinating the whole thing is. Introduced probably

by the Romans to control rats, they came into their own after

the Normans introduced rabbits – which did what rabbits do

and bred like, well, rabbits! Initially ferreting was the sport

of noblewomen – Elizabeth I had one she kept up her sleeve

(yikes!) but as the rabbits bred, everyone got in on the act.

In more recent history they have been used for all manner of

things – the Boeing Aircraft Corporation employed a ‘business’

(the collective noun) of ferrets as recently as the 1970s to thread

guide-wires through conduits from which they could then pull

through electrical cables. Fascinating, but I digress.

Our man has been working the burrows with his Jills (girls)

and I think we can now safely call Colin back and get sowing.

We will then just sit back, rather like Pop Larkin, and wait for a

carpet of beautiful flowers to appear before our eyes.

Well you can but hope!

Follow Jane on Twitter @coopers_farm

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