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EL Magazine MAR-APR 2018 PROOF SINGLE 13.2.18

Essentially Local offers a directory of local businesses and services which encourages the community around Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford and Wolverton to shop local. You'll find articles, useful information, reader offers and a competition. There is something for every age group. Read on to find out more.

Inside this issue

Inside this issue essentiallylocal FOR YOUR WELLBEING 8 Silson AC’s Grand Prix 10K 12 A Quintessentially British Sport 13 Climb your Mountain; Is it really Organic?; Yoga for Men 17 Smile, it’s Spring 30 One Extreme to Another AT YOUR LEISURE 8 Old Stratford in Bloom 20 Artists in Bloom 21 Exciting Times at the Old Talbot 22 An Oasis of Wildlife; A Floral Diamond Anniversary; Growing People 24 National Museum of Computing 26 Competition – Artea Room CREATING YOUR HOME & GARDEN 5 For the Perfect Lawn 10 The Cost of Caring; Getting the Massage Across 18 Baked Kalette Pasta; A Matter of Taste 38 New Life into Old Furniture 39 Getting Cleaner 42 Chemical Free Gardening; Asbestos Alert; Parsnips Veg of the Month 44 Wolverton and Greenley’s Winning Celebrations; Stony Stratford in Bloom SAFE TRAVELS 46 Diesel Excise Duty Increases; EVs Bring Benefits; Deisel Vs Petrol PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING 28 The Right Time to Invest; Make a Positive Difference; Giving your Time 34 Reduce the Risk HELPFUL CONTACTS 6 Local Events 27 Offers and Ideas 48 Useful Numbers 50 Advertisers 30 26 22 28 Chris’s Extreme challenges Win afternoon tea for 2 at ARTea Room SPRING INTO 2018 Locally inspired, locally found! Keep your shopping Essentially Local! Successful ethical investments ADVERTISING & EDITOR Emma Johnson emma@essentiallylocal.co.uk 01908 380777 FOLLOW US /EsentiallyLocal essentiallylocal.co.uk DESIGN Harriet Bull hello@harrietbull.co.uk 4 Please mention Essentially Local when responding to advertisers

For the Perfect Lawn Feature With spring just around the corner, it’s the time many of us turn our thoughts to the garden and the lawn. Some of us may even dream of a lush, green, and weed-free lawn, but have no time to spare or any idea how to achieve it. This is where GreenThumb come in. Now in their 15th year, Ray and Clare, together with their local dedicated team, provide the perfect solution. Their aim is to provide you with a wonderful lawn and exceptional customer service at a price that is less expensive than doing it yourself. Their range of seasonal treatments, designed for the great British weather, is created to deal with whatever problems your lawn may have. GreenThumb’s exclusive Nutragreen® fertiliser is a bespoke, controlled-release, granular, no-scorch formula that feeds and supports the lawn, so encouraging stronger, healthier, and thicker lush grass. In addition, seasonal applications of tailored herbicides will keep weeds under control. Whatever Mother Nature throws at your lawn - whether it's thatch, compaction, lawn pests or diseases - GreenThumb can help. Additional treatments include: • Hollow-Tine Aeration and Scarification to deal with compaction, thatch and moss; • Oasis water-conserver treatment to help lawns from drying out; • and a Growth Regulator which helps to reduce the height of grass growth and so thicken it at the same time. As an accredited Which Trusted trader, the Milton Keynes branch of GreenThumb strive to provide excellent customer service every time. They very much see this as a long-term partnership between GreenThumb and you the customer. Clare says: “We are keen to give customers advice about how to get the best from their lawn, as well as offering free advisory visits in between treatments, if customers ever have concerns. A happy lawn equals a happy customer!” If you think you and your lawn may benefit, give GreenThumb a call and they will be more than happy to arrange a free, no-obligation survey at your convenience. Give GreenThumb a call and they will show you how your lawn can benefit from their treatments. Arrange your free no obligation survey at your convenience. 01908 850548 greenthumb.co.uk/branch/milton-keynes To advertise please call 01908 380777 5

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