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LATER LIVING STYLE
Maggie Alderson finds the best
of retirement properties
GET THE LOOK
Ideas to try from Marta
Nowicka’s style sheet
FROM AN ENGLISH GARDEN
Aaron Bertelsen of Great Dixter’s
simply beautiful recipes
Surrey events to take
note of this month
We take a look at three
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LET THE CHILDREN SPEAK
Hilary Wilce on the importance of
helping children find their voices
Interior designer Alexis Wylie
rejuenvates a family home
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Inspiration for how to emulate
Alexis Wylie’s unique style
The details that will bring
your home bang up to date
Kathryn Flett loves the lack of
cliché in this maritime cottage
RAIN OR SHINE
Kate Watts combats
April showers in style
Jo Fairley is bringing
back the bar
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Eminé Rushton begins her Year of
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Haslemere, Godstone - £525,000
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HOUSE OF THE MONTH
Later living it up
Maggie Alderson is looking forward to the
next of life’s housing stages
Life’s housing stages used to divide up neatly into parental home, first
home and family home… then it all got a bit vague. If you were lucky
there would be a granny flat arrangement with one of the sprogs, if not
there were very few options, especially once the point was reached when even a
retirement bungalow got a bit much to deal with.
How quickly and brilliantly that has all changed, with the dawn of the
appealing concept of ‘later years living’, with the emphasis very much on the
word living. That’s how we think about the stage after the family home years
now, another style of living, not a custodial sentence. Something to look
Now there is a whole new genre of retirement living options, with
developments so well designed that, rather than induce regret at the house
and environs left behind, they can inspire a whole new lease of energy, with
an invigorated social life. And not having to worry about roofs, gutters, lawns,
fallen leaves etc ever again. The joy.
I consider myself particularly well versed in this segment of the property
market, having researched it very thoroughly for my mother and being so
impressed with what I saw, I was inspired to set a large part of the action in my
most recent novel in a glamorous retirement development (The Scent of You, out
The apartments themselves, in every later years set-up I visited, are sleek and
thoughtfully equipped to take unnecessary little irritants out of daily life, with
luxuries such as electric windows, illuminated light switches at elbow height
and front doors that don’t lock automatically on closure.
I can also attest to the quality of the social aspect. Lunch with my mum’s
new group of friends is a riot and the wine flows. Here are some of the best
retirement developments currently on the market.
1. Lynwood Village
Where? Lynwood Village is set in
Sunninghill, near Ascot, one of the most
desirable locations in Berkshire. Windsor
Great Park, Savill Gardens, Virginia
Water and the world-class golf courses of
Wentworth, Sunningdale and Royal Ascot
are all nearby and it’s less than an hour by
train to London Waterloo.
What? Lynwood Village is an awardwinning
retirement community for over
65s with an impressive range of facilities,
beautifully designed, with apartments
and duplexes with one, two, three or four
bedrooms, or two-bedroom cottages.
Central facilities include a restaurant,
coffee shop, swimming pool, hair salon,
shop, spa, therapy centre, bowls, croquet
and snooker. There is a busy programme
of activities, events and excursions, plus a
24-hour concierge and home care service.
Should owners’ needs change Lynwood
Care Centre is located on the same site,
providing life-enhancing residential care.
How much? Prices range from
£415,000 for a one bedroom apartment,
to £1,580,000 for four bedrooms. 01344
2. Laurel Lodge
Where? Laurel Lodge is a collection
of 57 newly built one and two-bedroom
retirement apartments located near the
heart of Carshalton. A charming Surrey
village with excellent transport links into
town, it retains a pleasant village feel,
with shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and
tea rooms. The development is set in
landscaped grounds in a central location, a
short distance from transport links, shops
and all the local amenities.
What? The self-contained apartments
are spacious and well-designed, with
rooms appointed with the over 60s
in mind, with easy-turn lever taps in
both the kitchen and bathroom and
illuminated light switches. In the twobedroom
apartment the master bed has
an ensuite shower room and there is a
separate guest cloakroom off the hall.
The kitchen leads off the living room and
there is a useful storage closet. A lodge
manager oversees the day-to-day running
of the development and there is an
owners’ lounge and coffee bar, plus a wellappointed
How much? One-bedroom
apartments at Laurel Lodge start
from £299,950 and two bedrooms
from £439,950. 020 8712 3142
3. Elmbridge Village
Where? Elmbridge Retirement
Village sits is in a countryside setting
nestled between the Surrey Hills Area of
Outstanding Beauty and the South Downs
National Park, close to the lively village of
Cranleigh. Guildford is a 25 minute drive
and there are no fewer than five railway
stations within five minutes. Gatwick
Airport can be reached in under 40.
What? The two-bedroom Elmbridge
Suite is located in the Elmbridge Manor
clubhouse, close to the village clubhouse
with communal facilities including a
main hall with stage, restaurant and
private dining room, bar and lounge,
multipurpose function room, meeting
rooms, library, village shop, treatment
rooms and guest rooms. The apartment
is in a prime elevated position, with a
private balcony accessible from the lounge
and both bedrooms. Both bedrooms have
en suites and walk in wardrobes.
The Elmbridge Suite is on the market for
£780,000 (other charges apply) as a oneoff
All the properties at Elmbridge
Retirement Village are marketed by Roger
Coupe 01483 268 555 rogercoupe.com See
more at elmbridgevillage.co.uk
4. Durrants Village
Where? Durrants Village is set amongst
30 acres of idyllic parkland and beautiful
West Sussex countryside in the hamlet
of Faygate, close to the market town of
Horsham, from where it’s just over an hour
to Victoria. Gatwick Airport is a cheeky 20
What? The village offers 175 luxury
retirement properties – two-bedroom
apartments and two and three bedroom
cottages. The homes centre around an
on-site clubhouse providing country
club-style facilities, including a restaurant,
bar, lounge, swimming pool, gym and
library. Within the landscaped grounds
there is also a croquet lawn and a lake
with duck houses. The management will
also be implementing bespoke home-care
services that will offer residents a hotel-style
standard of service, as well as an increased
level of care, should their needs change in
How much? Prices start from
£510,000 for a two-bedroom cottage and
from £527,950 for three bedrooms.
01293 851935 durrantsvillage.co.uk
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THESE ARE ALL words used by people at
to describe the artwork of Chris Rivers
at the recent Manchester Buy Art Fair
where Chris turned out to be one of the
most in demand artists of the weekend.
A former professional rock drummer turned artist,
Chris began painting 4 years ago whilst touring the
world as drummer for UK rock band Heaven’s Basement.
I spoke to Chris at Buy Art Fair to find
out more about his story…
“I really fell into painting by accident if I’m honest.
Everything at that time was full throttle, I needed
something to occupy my mind and free time when I
was touring. It started by painting damaged drum skins
and broken cymbals after the shows to then try and
sell for some extra money to have a good time with!
They started selling right away and it gave me
the confidence to do more and more and I found
myself spending days off on tour just painting.”
You spent around 10 years as a professional
drummer, sharing the stage alongside bands such as
Aerosmith, Green Day, Metallica and playing some
of the biggest hard rock festivals in the world, but it
came to end in November 2016, what happened?
“A lot of changes happened in my life, both personally
and with the band so I felt the time was right for me
to step away, I love drumming, sharing the stage with
my friends and touring the world but there’s also a lot
of baggage that comes with the lifestyle of being in
a band, my heart and mind wasn’t in it anymore and
at this point I’d also become completely obsessed
with painting and everything to do with it. It was
clear to me that was the path for me to go down.”
Chris’s work is becoming more and more in demand,
which is attracting the interest of galleries and
art publishers, but he truly believes being in full
control of your own destiny is the best way.
“It’s flattering to have such a great opportunity come my
way but for me I want to be in the driving seat with what
I’m doing, I’m developing all the time, I feel like I’m only just
scratching the surface of what I’m doing, at the moment
I’m selling my work direct myself and working with a select
number of independent galleries which I’ve build great
relationships with, I’m looking to establish a few more but I
want to keep what I’m doing simple and develop at my pace.”
“I’m painting almost everyday at the moment, I’ve got a
lot of ideas I’m keen to get started. A lot of my process
is based on trial and error so the paintings can take a
long time to come together. I’m also working towards
Asian Contemporary art fair in Hong Kong in September,
so that will take me a good 6 months to prepare for.”
Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
“Still painting everyday, simple as that. Painting
is the best and biggest escape I’ve ever had, I
think it good for your health… (seriously).”
Where can people find out more about you?
“You can check out all my work at chrisriversart.com
or @chrisriversart on any social media.”
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Previous page: Ally commissioned bespoke bookshelves to create a focal point in the sitting room. The walls are painted in Farrow &
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location. The chairs and sofa are from Furniture Village – to save money to spend on the bookshelves
The Weald of Kent is a very special part of the world,
with its beautiful rolling landscape peppered with
postcard-worthy villages – and an unusually high
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This house is one of them. Set along a country lane with
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one snowy morning visit, a robin red breast perched on the
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The house is equally blessed, a perfect combination of cosy
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It also has that lovely circular flow, which always makes a
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to the dining area, right turn into the kitchen and then back
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There are also various sets of French windows, so you can
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away from everyone, there is an elegant sitting room off the
other side of the hallway.
But while the bones of the house are perfectly arranged
Above and left: These chairs which had belonged to homeowner
Jo’s mum, were looking a bit tired, but reupholstered with two
old Mexican blankets Ally found in the big clear out, they are
now the focal point in the hall – and a very handy place to hang
for family life, there was a time when the hectic demands of
that very set up had taken its toll.
With three kids growing up through the stages of school life,
with associated sports equipment littering the place up and an
owner with a demanding career in town, the loveliness of the
house had begun to feel rather lost under the tide of life.
Owner Jo had put in the dining room extension that so
brilliantly links the kitchen and the snug when they moved
down to Kent 14 years ago. Then after that output of cash
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Above: Ally had the dresser made to replace the dark wood dresser she moved to the sitting room and to reflect the kitchen’s
contemporary country style. Baskets and apple crates are her favourite tools for keeping clutter organised
Above: Jo put in the dining room extension which joins up the kitchen and the snug, when she first moved in 14 years ago,
combining the beams of the original 16th century cottage with a light airy modern feel. The glorious four-oven Aga, was already in
Ally first visited at the end of September, had her swat team
on site by November and then it was six weeks hard slog to
have it ready for Christmas.
“I was hanging pictures on December 23rd…” she says.
But that was the fun end of the project, which started with
three skips outside, with Jo determined to clear out all the
stuff they didn’t need any more.
“Jo was ruthless,” says Ally. “We had a system: in the skip, or
to the side of the skip. The next morning, if it was still on the
ground next to the skip it went into the skip. The house looks
twice the size now we’ve cleared it out.”
And while Jo was determinedly getting rid of unwanted
belongings – and local charity shops had a bonanza from
it – Ally was at work organising the interior starting with the
entrance hall, which had been ‘a lost space’.
She created a deep cupboard at the back of it, fitted out
with apple crates, each with one family member’s name on it,
as their designated space to stash their stuff between outings.
No more hallway clutter.
She was also on the hunt for family pieces that could be
given a new lease of life. The two chairs now in the hall had
belonged to Jo’s late mother and inspiration struck when Ally
spotted some bold Mexican blankets and rescued them from
“They’d been on the floor for years,” says Ally, “and looked
seriously past their best, but I had them dry cleaned and they
came up beautifully.”
The chairs were transformed and what had seemed like
rubbish, was upcycled and given a whole new lease of life.
Also pressed into service was a trove of fabrics Jo found
stored in a cupboard. A lovely patchwork quilt, which had
been made by her mother for the babies’ cradles, was used to
reupholster two chairs, one in pride of place in the snug as a
lovely daily reminder of granny.
Another great find was bolts of African printed fabrics,
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Above: The main change Ally made in the dining room, was to turn Jo’s table round, so it leads on invitingly from the kitchen. Ally
had Jo’s existing dining chairs recovered in a mix of prints to contrast the graphic design of the curtains and blinds
Above: The copper-lined pulley light over the dining table is by Original BTC (it was a bargain Ally found under the discontinued
clearance table.). The leather club chair was a family favourite. Ally gave it new life with cushions covered in vibrant African fabrics
brought back from Tanzania that turned up in Jo’s clear out
and blinds on the ground floor which are all made of the same
material – an Ikat-style print from Bell House Interiors in
Cranbrook, which is very wide, so economical to use.
It’s an idea which would never have occurred to me – I
was almost shocked at the concept – but once you see it in
place, using one window treatment fabric throughout unites
the layout, giving the space a chic, pulled-together look,
which makes you wonder why on earth we fuss about putting
different patterns in every room.
This is a perfect example of the kind of savvy Ally has
gathered in her nearly 30 years of experience as an interior
designer, working for eight years for South Africa’s doyenne
of the profession, before returning to continue her trade in
London, where she still does big projects, and then 15 years
ago moving down to Kent.
Another cheeky little solution learned from those years of
experience was her treatment for the less than lovely radiators
all over the house. Rather than replace, she disguised them.
“We covered them with latticed box radiator covers, but the
trick is, before you put the cover on, you paint the radiator
charcoal grey, so you can’t see it through the air vents.”
It works like magic and the box covers also created useful
– and once again, unifying – shelves, perfect for grouping
displays of ornaments and mementoes, many of which had
been languishing in cupboards.
It was with such individually small, but very effective en
masse details, rather than any big structural building work,
that Ally helped Jo transform the house.
“It turned out the whole place needed rewiring, which was a
pain, but it gave us the chance to put sockets where we needed
them, which is so important and you have to do it first before
you plaster, so it can all be made good afterwards.”
With a chunk of the budget taken up by such invisible
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Above left: Ally has used the same curtain fabric upstairs in a different colourway. The chair is a Dunelm find, with one of Ally’s
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room, to scale with a pencil and ruler – I don’t use a computer
program – then I measure all the furniture you are going to
keep and cut it out with graph paper to see how it all fits.
Then I use one colour of PostIt notes on the existing furniture
and another to indicate pieces which need to be sourced.
“You keep a record of those measurements in a notebook,
then if you wake up in the morning and want to go and do
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shop with confidence.”
Another of Ally’s techniques is to bring furniture into the
body of the room. A common mistake ‘civilians’ make is
to push it all against the walls to maximise the space in the
centre, whereas in fact, if you articulate it with furniture a
room will actually look bigger – and more appealing.
The two sofas in the snug, which Jo already had, were
recovered and restored with new seat cushions.
“Channelled feather cushions,” says Ally firmly, “it is
essential they’re channelled, or you are constantly heaving the
cushions out to plump them up.”
One sofa was re-covered in taupe devoré velvet, the other
in wool blanket plaid in complimentary tones. Both sit away
from the wall, the velvet one in front of what appears to be a
bespoke shelving unit.
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Previous page: The clock in the
sitting room was found in South
Kensington on one of Marta’s
father’s sites This page left: The
salvaged shutters are French.
Marta put them in to suggest a
window where there isn’t one. She
also wanted to have French things
in the house to reflect Rye’s status
as a Cinque Port Below: Marta
left the patina of old paint on the
main staircase, as part of the story
of the house
without letting that dictate the terms of engagement.
It’s a balance which is pulled off quite beautifully by
the interior architect Marta Nowicka at her holiday-let
coastguard’s cottage at Jury’s Gap — a weather-swept
stretch of coastline between Camber and the MOD
shooting range at Lydd, close to Romney Marsh. This, of
course, isn’t the tastefully manicured seaside of counties
further west; it’s a thoroughly no-nonsense and in-yourface
variety of seaside and as such it isn’t for everyone.
Marta, a Londoner, fell in love with the area by accident,
finding her way to the East Sussex and Kent coastal borders
via friends who had property there. Alerted to the existence
of the striking row of four-storey Victorian coastguard’s
cottages inhabited by similarly creative owner-occupiers, she
bought the one at the end, closest to the sea, in 2009 with
a legacy from her late father, and renovated it with love,
before moving in with her young son, now a teenager.
“Obviously he never visited, but many of my father’s
This page: Fresh paint on the chimney breast in the westfacing
single bedroom sets off the untreated walls on either side. The
window looks out onto Rye Harbour. The curtain fabric is from
Vintage Bird in Hastings
objects are here, so I feel the house is very much of him.
These days all the coastguard’s cottages here are holiday
lets, however at that time, just a few years ago, there was
still a resident community of mostly artists and writers.
My son was at school in Ashford and so we basically
just battened down the hatches here. It was magical.”
It was also, one may say, quite brave. Though glorious
from spring through to autumn, in winter it will come
as no surprise to learn that this stretch of coast can be,
at best, bracing. I live 30 minutes to the west along
the same coast, in Hastings and St Leonards, and I’m
used to what we call the “Lid-On” months, when
the weather hits the shoreline with a vengeance.
There’s a romance to it, for sure — and the ozone blast
of seaside living is wonderfully cobweb-busting—however,
when I visit Marta’s house on a bleak, nearly spring
morning, I’m struck by the bravery of being a newly-single
mother living here with a young child. However, after
even a few minutes in her company you are struck by the
sense that Marta is a woman who makes things work and,
as she says, “it worked very well for us, for a while.”
It’s not hard to see why. Savouring the architectural
quirks of a family home that was built primarily for the
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This page: The staircase from the ground floor up to the
first floor. The rope handrail is a subtle nod to the maritime
connection of the cottage
as many of the original features as possible, including
the coastguard’s gun cabinet by the front door; these
shores, after all, have long been a smuggler’s beat and
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mention blessed with very fine fish and chips, at The Pilot).
Inland, the 100 square miles of Romney Marsh — all big
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sand and shingle and thirteen beautiful medieval churches —
is no less intensely atmospheric. This is, in short, a corner of
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Perhaps the most enduring metaphor for the contrasts of
this fascinating area is the 28-mile Royal Military Canal which
was built as a defence against Napoleon in the early 1800s,
scything through the landscape from Hythe to Rye which,
these days, is an important nature reserve for migratory birds.
Though Marta fell in love with the romance of all this
immediately — ‘it seemed to attract so many of my kind of
people’ — her architect’s eye also meant that pretty should
occasionally outweigh pragmatic. The empty house was
in a desperately unloved state bordering on the derelict.
“It had been vandalized and there was graffiti
everywhere. The bathroom had been smashed to pieces
and radiators pulled off the walls…” which would have
been sufficient to put off most people. Luckily, Marta
not only had a vision of what it could become but could
see that the ‘bones’ of the building were strong.
“There is a vernacular Victorian ‘coastguard’s
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surmised, would be… a total refurb and a lot of visual TLC.
Having studied interior architecture at Kingston
University, Marta founded her own successful practice
in 2004, after a period in partnership at another firm
and as a course leader in interior architecture at
This page: The house had been vandalised before Marta bought it, the bathroom smashed to pieces, so she had to put an entirely new
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This page: In the East facing double bedroom, Marta stripped
off the old wallpaper and liked the distressed plaster beneath it so
much she decided to keep it. She has had the 1950s wicker chair
for many years. The French painter’s ladder was found at Wish
Barn Antiques in Rye
London Metropolitan University. She fast became a go-to
architect for the generation of artists known as the YBAs,
designing projects for Gavin Turk, Gillian Wearing and the
contemporary art dealer Karsten Schubert, among others.
Originally, at Jury’s Gap, there was no view from the
single-storey ground floor kitchen extension in order to
protect the building from the full force of the weather —
that is, until Marta created a big picture window above the
stainless-steel work surfaces, sink and the large range.
“And there’s no extractor, though there probably
‘should’ be,” she shrugs, smiling. However, this really isn’t
a ‘should’ kind of house… “so we just open the door.”
Next to the kitchen, Marta added a spacious wetroom
and downstairs loo. The coastguards may not have
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Surprisingly, even on the day I visit — alluring skies
and biting winds over the desolate landscape — the
house is filled with light. You can easily imagine freerange
kids and barbeques against the backdrop of sun
This page: Looking from the East facing bedroom onto the landing with the ladder steps going up to the attic bedroom
and sea and… an MOD firing range (note to would-be
guests: if the proximity of barbed wire and the occasional
rat-a-tat of working firearms scares you more than it
thrills you then this may not be your kind of place).
The cottage’s central staircase leaves walls free for the
windows and many of the rooms are double aspect.
Even with the predominantly white palette, it’s still a
surprisingly warm and welcoming space, even in winter.
There are five spacious bedrooms which sleep eleven when
the house is full, making it affordable for big groups of
friends or families at a rate starting from £300 per night.
Two of the bedrooms are on the lower ground floor
and are, again, surprisingly light with, I note, windows
perfectly positioned for smaller guests to clamber in
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— “I suspect there is a lot of that,” agrees Marta.
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unlikely that this little spot — geographically,
it’s ‘Camberness’ — will also be your idea
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love and live in the area the more subtle
attractions are precisely what appeal.
Marta also remains passionate about the
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her recent redevelopment of a 1950s St
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environment-wrecking plastic bottles and goes back to the
good old bar variety
I’m all for life’s small pleasures. A delicious
cappuccino, enjoyed while gazing at a beautiful
view. Dancing around the kitchen, cooking dinner
to a favourite Madeleine Peyroux album. Or a new
bar of soap: fresh, fragrant, the beauty equivalent of
a brand new notebook, or crisp clean sheets.
And you know? I absolutely never take it for granted.
A couple of decades ago I went to Romania with The
Body Shop’s Anita Roddick, to visit the orphanages she
was sponsoring. One night, we drove around the nearby
villages giving away bars of soap from the back of a Body
Shop truck – almost triggering a stampede, because
it turned out: there’d been no soap in that part of the
country for 10 whole years. Gulp.
So I’m delighted that proper bar soap,
eclipsed for virtually a generation by hand
and body washes in pump-action plastic
bottles, is making a comeback.
verbena soap £14
And those bottles are one
of the main reasons I’m
glad about this shift.
Increasingly (thanks largely
to David Attenborough…)
we are all starting to think
about the catastrophic
of single-use plastics -
and the bottles which
hand and body washes
come in are some of
the worst offenders.
The components in
them can feature
types of plastic
and sometimes a
metal spring, as
poinsettia soap £14
“We are all starting
to think about
impact of singleuse
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challenging to recycle. In landfill, these hard
plastics will take thousands of years to break
down, so switching to a product where the only
packaging is a piece of paper or simple cardboard is a very
simple step to take to cut down on plastic wastage in your life.
Another reason to shift back to the kind of soap
our grannies used – and which has been traced back
as far as ancient Babylon 5000 years ago – is that it
doesn’t contain any of the increasingly controversial
ingredients which are found in the liquid kind.
Liquid soaps contain sulfate foaming agents, triclosan and
formaldehyde, all of which have been linked to health issues –
too complex to go into here, but very much worth Googling.
And I have another personal reason for
loving old-fashioned bars of beautifully
fragrant soap: I like to store them in drawers
where they make my underwear, knits and
bed linen smell pretty. Another advantage
of this is that if you keep them for a while
they harden off and will last longer, rather
than turning to pulp in your soap dish.
Which is something you may need
to invest in again – or possibly for the first time – if
you’ve been using liquid soap. I like to hunt out pieces
of vintage china and moulded glass to keep my soap in,
but I’ve noticed Zara Home do particularly good soap
dishes, a nice new accessory for your bathroom.
There are countless fabulous soaps, out there, but I
thought I’d share my favourites. So if you’re in the mood
for a new bar, after this, get in a lather over these.
Little Soap Company Natural Olive Oil Bar Soap, £2.95
(littlesoapcompany.co.uk). Little Soap Company create
artisan-style soaps in the Cotswolds, literally - the business
began on the founder Emma Heathcote-James’s kitchen
table. This one uses organic extra virgin olive oil, as
simple, but effective, as soap gets and the olive oil ensures
it’s not drying. Ideal for the touchiest skins. (I find that
some artisan hand-made soaps go squishy very quickly,
but Little Soap Company’s are more resilient.)
Fox Trot violet
of cedarwood), zesty citrusverbena
Banho, or – when
I can find it – the powdery,
violet-scented Fox Trot.
Liberty carries a wide selection,
including some amazing gift sets.
Fragonard Le Jardin de Fragonard Perle
de Thé Soap, £7.95 (Marks & Spencer
beauty departments and on-line). I’m
crazy in love with Fragonard soaps,
Claus Porto Soaps, from around
£15. These are fabulously packaged,
with eye-catching vintage designs
– and smell equally ravishing.
They’re made in Porto, the
Claus is actually the name of the
German founders, who started
the company in 1887. There are
dozens of soaps in the range, any
of which I’d gladly receive as a gift,
but if pushed to choose favourites,
I’ll opt for Chypre, (a stunningly
sophisticated fragrance, with whispers
which you can watch being made,
if you visit the classic perfume
house’s museum, in Grasse. The
soaps look like porcelain treasures,
embossed with different designs,
in this case, an Indian-inspired
Paisley design on a soap that’s gloriously
jasmine-scented. They do another range
that you can only buy in their stores (I
always stock up in Paris), which look
like exquisite cameos. Great gifts, these.
Chanel No.5 The Bath Soap, £22.
What can I say? The ultimate luxury. My
bar of this scented my underwear gloriously for
Le Jardin de
Fragonard Perle de
Thé Soap £7.95
months before I finally began to use it; the trail of Chanel
No.5 that it leaves on the skin is really quite impressive.
Bamford Mini Pebble Soap Set, £32. A fab gift (um, to
yourself?), this brings together all three soaps from the
Oxfordshire-based natural beauty brand of which I’m
becoming an ever-more-ardent fan. The scents are rose,
geranium and jasmine, and the very pleasing, hand-friendly
shape is taken from a heart-shaped pebble found on the beach.
L’Occitane Bonne Mère Honey Soap,
oil bar soap, £2.95
Little Soap Company
£5.50. Many of
L’Occitane’s divine soaps
are made using the
soap method. For a swoon, check out
soaps in their new Regent
Street flagship store. A mustvisit
destination for your next beauty pilgrimage
to London – although this particular choice
is a web-only option, fabulously scented with
honey, which also has a skin-softening action.
Soap Co. Geranium & Rhubarb, £9. Last
autumn I visited the Soap
Co. factory in Walthamstow,
and have been giving their products to
friends ever since. Soap Co. is a new
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If you find before and after weight loss pictures
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The medically supervised weight loss system is based
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of body composition. Seeing fat percentages turning
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Hannah Betts - Practice Manager and Aesthetics
What is the nicest things clients say to you after
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A Year of Wellness
The last thing our bodies need when it’s still cool and damp is a
brutal detox with raw food that is hard to digest, much better work in
harmony with your body and the season says
April: A gentle cleanse
Detoxes are big business. Pills,
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clearing skin and boosting energy levels
in the process.
As a holistic therapist and student
of Ayurveda, I don’t believe that any
one of us needs to actively detox. We’re
in possession of some hugely effective
in-built detoxification organs and
mechanisms, from our small intestine
and liver, to our kidneys and
skin and what best benefits
our bodies (and minds and
spirits while we’re at it), is
a gentle, seasonal, bodysupporting
As spring arrives many
of us feel the shift quite
naturally, as the mood
lightens, the body feels more vital
and the urge for fresh, vibrant green
foods takes hold. This is the ideal
time to work with your body, to help
clear winter’s ‘leftovers’.
In Ayurvedic terms, there is often a
build up of damp, cold energy in the
body after winter and it is helpful to get
things moving, before the spring cough
and cold can take hold (which is simply
nature’s way of getting excess mucous
out of the system).
I begin with Weleda Birch Juice,
£10.95 (weleda.co.uk), an allnatural
age-old tonic that
supports the body’s inbuilt
cleansing processes, taking
it with warm water, in the
from raw juice
and foods until
the weather is
brushing is also very helpful at getting
the lymph moving, flushing out any
small pockets of toxicity, which can
build up in the adipose tissue. Begin
with the soles of the feet, then work up
the calves, thighs and buttocks before
going down the arms, back and gently
over the chest and tummy.
A generous dousing of oil on the skin
should follow. In Ayurveda, organic
sesame oil is considered wonderful for
heating a system, while organic coldpressed
sunflower oil is good for all body
types and conditions. Massage in well.
Given that spring
in England is still cool
(and often wet), make
daily food decisions that
support the body, based
upon the weather, mood
and appetite – and steer
away from raw juice and
foods until the weather
is properly warm. It takes a fair bit
of digestive energy to break down
uncooked roughage and fibre and if
the immune system is flagging, you can
actually deplete yourself further.
Cold mornings are amply warmed
with steaming porridge, served with
seasonal stewed fruit and cinnamon.
Cook some linseed into the oatmeal to
get the bowels spring-cleaned
too. Warmer days can support
raw, live yoghurt eaten at room
temperature, delicious with
If it’s cold outside, cook up
the season’s first spring greens
with cinnamon, ginger and
garlic for stews and warm
salads, or whizz into a soup
that will warm up the innards.
Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and
co-founder of the conscious living blog, The Balance Plan, balanceplan.co.uk
As our bodies start
to shift into spring, it’s
also important to support
the process with at least eight glasses of
warm, filtered water daily. Herbal teas
count toward your intake. Naturally
detoxifying nettle, burdock, elderflower
and fennel, are just the ticket.
And fennel being perfectly in season
in spring, is also an ideal cleansing
veg. Try baking it with fish, for lunch
or dinner, too. Great spring herbs
that support the inner cleanse include
chervil, tarragon, rosemary and mint.
Bake, cook, garnish with them and
you’re getting extra flavour, with
antioxidants to boot.
And no spring awakening would be
complete without a thought for the
quality of our breath. Lungs can take
a bit of a battering over winter, with
perpetual central heating inside, and
gale-force winds out, so work to open
them up with breath-led yoga. And
in this glorious season of renewal, just
get outside a bit more, for brisk walks
and gentle jogs, through parks and
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Elaine Way, owner of the Solution
Focused Studio in Farnham,
discusses how Solution Focused
Clinical Hypnotherapy can harness
the power of the brain to help in
the fight against anxiety and stressrelated
Life, at times, can be overwhelming.
Despite our very best efforts, stress and
anxiety can gradually build up and cause
a range of problems, from depression and
anxiety, to insomnia, weight issues,
addiction, relationship issues, phobias and
more. In response to stress we can start
thinking or behaving in ways that are not
helpful to us, and prevent us living our
lives the way we want them to be.
Elaine Way, Solution Focused Therapist,
Clinical Hypnotherapist and owner of the
Solution Focused Studio, is based in
Farnham and works with clients facing
these life challenges.
“I’m amazed by how many people have
spent years living with anxiety and related
issues, yet have never had the workings of
the brain’s anxiety response system
properly explained to them.”
“Considering our brain is one of the most
important tools we have, we all seem to
spend far too little time looking after our
minds, allowing unhelpful behaviours and
thought patterns to take control, often
impacting the quality of our life and
limiting how we live.”
Using a powerful combination of Solution-
Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), a very
positive type of talking therapy, alongside
Clinical Hypnotherapy to focus and relax
the mind, Elaine explains that effective
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“SFBT as a type of modern psychotherapy
is quite distinct. It is brain-based and futurefocused,
meaning that practitioners don’t
need to spend months of sessions analysing
the past – something that clients report is
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together in a positive and supportive way to
help you facilitate the changes you want to
make as quickly as we can.”
“During clinical hypnosis the mind is deeply
relaxed, focused and receptive. We achieve
a very deep level of relaxation, helping to
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within us or helping to break these
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“I have had clients over 70yrs old break free
from phobias and panic attacks they have
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brain and understand the processes we all
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balance and get control over that issue that
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Beet top and feta tart
Serves 8 Prep time: 15. Cooking time: 50-60 mins
Beetroot tops are often ready in the spring before the spinach
and chard, which is what gave me the inspiration for this tart.
They have a nutty, earthy flavour and are also good eaten on
their own as a steamed or boiled vegetable. I love this tart so
much that I cook and freeze the leaves for use all year.
Serves 8 Prep time: 15 mins plus chilling Cooking time: 45-50 mins
Spring rhubarb is wonderfully pink and tender, so you can
dispense with the poaching step and put it straight into a pastry
case, with a little brown sugar before putting it in the oven. The
sugar caramelizes to give an almost toffee-like flavour. Eat hot or
cold. Either way, it goes well with cream, custard or ice-cream.
• Oil or butter, for greasing
• 1 quantity chilled
• flour, for dusting
• beet tops (greens) from
8 plants, rinsed and
• 175 g/6 oz feta cheese,
diced or crumbled
• 300 ml/10 oz
(1¼ cups) crème fraîche
• 3 eggs
• 100 ml/3½ fl oz
(scant ½ cup) milk
• salt and pepper
1Preheat the oven to
4, placing an oven rack in
the lower part of it. Grease
a 30-cm/12-inch loosebottom
tart pan. Roll out
the pastry (dough) on a
lightly floured work surface
until it is large enough to
line your tart pan.
Put the beet tops
2 (greens) into a pan with
just the water that clings to
them after washing. Cover
with a lid, cook over low
heat for about 5 minutes
until wilted. Let cool, then
drain and spread over the
bottom of the pastry case
(shell). Sprinkle with the
3Put the crème fraîche,
eggs and milk into a
bowl and beat together.
Pour this mixture into the
pastry case and season with
salt and pepper. Place on a
baking sheet and bake for
40–45 minutes until just set.
Take the tart out of the
4 oven and carefully slip
off the outer ring, leaving
the tart sitting on the base.
Return to the oven on
5 the baking sheet for
another 5–10 minutes so
that the sides get really crisp.
• Butter, for greasing
• 1 quantity chilled sweet
• flour, for dusting
• 1 kg/2¼ lb rhubarb,
chopped into 5-cm/2-inch
• 2 tablespoons demerara
• 120 g/4 oz (½ cup) caster
sugar, plus extra for
1Preheat the oven to
5, placing an oven rack in
the lower part of it. Butter a
2Roll out the pastry
(dough) thinly on a
lightly floured work surface
and use to line the prepared
pan. If using spring rhubarb,
arrange it in the pastry case
(shell) and sprinkle with the
demerara (turbinado) sugar.
If not using spring rhubarb,
put the caster (superfine)
sugar and 200 ml/
7 fl oz (¾ cup) water into
a pan and stir together over
medium heat until the sugar
dissolves. Bring to a gentle
boil, then add the chopped
rhubarb and simmer for 1
minute – you don’t
want it to lose its shape.
Drain the rhubarb, then
arrange inside the pastry case.
3Place the filled case on
a baking sheet and bake
on a low oven rack for 40
minutes. Take the tart out of
the oven and carefully slip
off the outer ring, leaving the
tart sitting on the base.
4Return to the oven on the
baking sheet for another
5–10 minutes so that the sides
get really crisp.
Slide the tart onto a plate and
sprinkle with caster sugar,
if desired. Let cool to room
temperature before serving.
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Makes 3 small jars Prep time: 10 mins. Cooking time: 5 mins
An excellent item for your storecupboard (pantry), pesto is great
for using up gluts of produce. This recipe is perfect
for using up any forgotten peas in the freezer, and it is a real
taste of summer, which I hanker for in the winter. It is
delicious with pasta, adding a real depth of flavour.
• 250 g/9 oz (about 2 cups)
shelled fresh or frozen
peas (about 900 g/2 lb in
• 2 fat cloves garlic, finely
• 50 g/2 oz (about ⅓ cup)
pine nuts, toasted
• 50 g/2 oz Parmesan
cheese, chopped into
• good handful mint leaves
• 6 tablespoons extra virgin
1Cook the peas in a pan
of boiling water for 2–3
minutes, until just tender, then
drain and refresh in cold water.
Drain again and pat dry.
2Tip the peas into a blender
or food processor and add
the remaining ingredients.
Pulse very briefly, until
everything is roughly chopped.
Don’t overdo it – the mixture
should still have some texture.
3To store, put into a tightly
lidded container, cover the
surface with a little more olive
oil and store in the refrigerator
for 1 week, or freeze in plastic
food bags for up to 1 month.
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Makes 5kg/11lb Prep time: 30mins. Cooking time: 1 ¼ hours
Chutney is a great way of using up gluts of produce – we often
have lots of beetroot in the garden at Great Dixter. This recipe
is courtesy of Mary Coward, mother of Tom Coward, head
gardener at Gravetye Manor.
• 1 kg/2¼ lb Bramley
(Cortland or Granny
Smith) apples, peeled,
cored and sliced weight
• 2 kg/4½ lb raw beetroot
(beet), peeled and
• 1 kg/2¼ lb (about 6
cups) soft light brown
• 450 g/1 lb (3 cups)
sultanas or golden raisins
• 3½ tablespoons salt
• 1 tablespoon ground
• 1 small onion, finely
• 500 ml/18 fl oz (2 cups)
1Put the apples into a
heavy pan with a little
water, cover and
cook gently for about 10
minutes until soft but not
2Add all the remaining
ingredients to the pan
and boil for 1 hour or more,
until the mixture thickens
and erupts in small craters,
like lava in a volcano.
Spoon into warm,
3 sterilized jars, cover with
a double layer
of greaseproof (wax) paper,
then seal tightly, label and
The chutney can be eaten
immediately, although I
think it’s best stored in a
cool place and enjoyed after
Makes 3 x 450g/1lb jars Prep time: 15mins. Cooking time: 20mins
It was my friend Tom Coward, head gardener at Gravetye
Manor, who first introduced me to this lovely preserve. There
are lots of recipes for pickled pears, but some take up to a week
to prepare. This version can be made in an evening, and I have
found the results to be just as good, though they are best left for
a month before eating so that the flavours can really penetrate the
fruit. Use pears that still have some bite, but not so much that
you cannot get your teeth into them, and make sure you reduce
the liquid well to intensify the flavour. The pears go really well
with blue cheese.
• 900 g/2lb pears, peeled,
cored and sliced
• 425 ml/14½ fl oz (1¾
cups) apple cider vinegar
• 450 g/1 lb (2 cups) caster
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 10 cloves
• thumb-size piece of stem
1Put all the ingredients into
a pan with 850 ml/1½
pints (3½ cups) water and
cook slowly until the pears
start to soften, but only just
(about 10 minutes). You want
them to retain a bit of bite.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer
the pears to a colander and set
aside to drain.
2Meanwhile, increase the
heat under the syrup left
in the pan and boil rapidly
for 15 minutes, or until it has
reduced by about a third and
3Pack the fruit into warm,
sterilized jars and pour in
enough hot syrup to cover.
Seal immediately and store for
a month before eating.
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Makes 30-40 slices Prep time: 20 mins.
Cooking time: 2 ½ hours
This is my grandmother’s recipe, so very special to me. The cake
is intensely fruity and moist. I sometimes make it in the evening,
turning the oven off after two and a half hours and leaving it in
the oven overnight so it has time to settle. In an airtight container,
wrapped in greaseproof paper, it will keep for months.
• 1 kg/2¼ lb (10 cups)
mixed dried fruit, plus an
extra 50 g/2 oz
• (½ cup) each of sultanas
or golden raisins and
• 12 pitted prunes, chopped
• 1 x 400-g/14-oz can
sweetened condensed milk
• 225 g/8 oz (2 sticks)
• 1 tablespoon black treacle
Nana’s fruit cake
• 1 tablespoon golden syrup
or corn syrup
• dash vanilla extract
• dash brandy
• 350 ml/12 fl oz (1½ cups)
• 50 g/2 oz (½ cup) flaked
• 1 slightly heaped teaspoon
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• 1 teaspoon mixed
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• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 300 g/11 oz
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• 1 slightly heaped teaspoon
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140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1.
Line a 23-cm/ 9-inch square
cake pan with parchment
(baking) paper. Put the dried
fruit, prunes, condensed milk,
butter, treacle (molasses),
syrup, vanilla and brandy
into a pan. Add the water
and bring to a simmer for 5
2Let cool slightly before
stirring in the almonds,
of soda (baking soda) and
spices. Finally, incorporate
the flour and baking powder
a bit at a time, stirring well
between each addition.
3Pour the mixture into the
prepared pan and bake
for 2½ hours. Turn off the
oven and leave the cake in
there to settle – I usually do
this overnight. The
following day, turn
it out and store it
as described in the
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8 In full bloom
Jennifer Stuart-Smith’s tips for planting
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13 Outside living
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19 Cool veg for warmer days
Jo Arnell’s guide to getting ahead
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Lovely things for garden life
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Martin Gurdon’s life with feathery friends
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32 How does your garden grow?
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looking for inspiration, but more importantly –
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If anyone can teach me to grow a decent crop of courgettes,
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In full bloom
Blooming Green shares her
expert knowledge on how
to start your own cutting
garden and fill your house
Nothing gives a house a lift like
vases of fresh flowers – there’s
a reason interiors stylists
always arrive at shoots with armloads
of them – but until quite recently
most people only had cut flowers as an
occasional treat on special occasions,
or if in the summer months, they had
a garden from which they could snip a
few blooms without spoiling the display.
Dedicated cutting gardens for a
constant source of fresh flowers were
mostly the preserve of stately homes,
with walled gardens, a team of gardeners
to tend the banks of peonies and
housekeepers to trim and arrange them.
Things have changed now that
supermarkets stock banks of very cheap
cut flowers – but the almost painfully
bright colours of them and how
unnaturally long they last gives a hint
of how they are produced and gradually,
people have become more aware of
where their flowers come from.
With that understanding, rather
like the organic produce and veg
box schemes, people are now more
appreciative of seasonality, variety and,
in the case of flowers, scent. People
drive miles to pick their own flowers
at our cutting gardens in Kent and our
wedding customers in particular, go
wild for the ‘just picked’ wild-flower
The idea for setting up our business
came about well over a decade ago,
when I was working on a newspaper
and kept on seeing articles about the
unpleasant side of the global floristry
industry; poor working conditions, the
use of unpleasant chemicals and masses
of plastic packaging.
My cousin Rebekah,
who has a background in
and horticulture, was
considering new avenues
alongside raising a family,
so together we hatched the
idea of setting up an ecofriendly
‘green’ floristry business.
Our flowers are grown on two sites,
in the countryside south of Maidstone,
on what were once orchards. We grow
at least 500 varieties of flowers and
foliage, so that we have something
to suit every taste, from April right
through to October, and we cultivate
“You don’t have
to have a large
garden to grow
your own cutting
them using an organic ‘no-dig’ method
that improves productivity, soil health
and saves our backs too.
But you don’t have to have a field, or
even a large garden to grow your own
cutting flowers. By planning ahead,
choosing your plants carefully and using
every bit of available space you can have
a steady supply of blooms for the house,
or for friends, in spring, summer and
And once you get into having – truly
– fresh flowers and foliage
in your home, it can
be hard to live without
them, and even in winter
you can find interesting
things in the hedgerow
or cut stems of winterflowering
shrubs such as
When it comes to deciding where
to plant your cutting flowers, there are
many options. You don’t even need a
dedicated cutting patch – simply dot
plants in your herbaceous borders, plant
them amongst your vegetables, potagerstyle,
or grow some in containers
outside the back door.
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Finding great varieties of cut flowers
to grow is also easier these days, as seed
merchants, nurseries and garden centres
have cottoned on to the demand for
home-grown flowers and have developed
wonderful new varieties, perfect for
Always check labels and descriptions
for the ‘scissors symbol’ or any reference
to stem length and suitability for
cutting. In order to have a good variety
of blooms and foliage, it’s a good idea
to plant a mixture of annuals (seed to
flower in one year), biennials (seed to
leaves in the first year, then to flowers in
the second), herbaceous perennials (grow
and flower for more than two years) and
shrubs (perennials with woody, rather
than sappy stems).
To get you started here are a few of
our favourite cutting flowers arranged,
roughly, by when they are ready for
cutting – although this will of course
depend on factors such as when you sow
and what the weather chooses to do.
Sweet rocket Frothy sweetly scented
flowers in purple or white or pale pink
when there is not much else around
(May/June). Biennial (flowers in its
Sweet William Clusters of flowers
smelling lovely in a range from white
pink and red and purple an absolute
classic. Flower June-September. Biennial
Ammi visnaga A white cow-parsleylike
flower, that’s great as a filler and
more robust than its cousin Ammi
majus. Flowers June-September.
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Hardy annual easy to grow from seed
and readily self-seeds.
Mint A great foliage and also a
wonderful flower in purple or white
which insects go crazy over. Flowers
throughout the summer, though we
tend to use it for foliage. Just the job
for Pimms. Perennial which spreads
by roots; will go mad left to its own
Dill Big umbels of lime green flowers,
edible, great for bees and an awesome
filler. Hardy annual, easy to grow from
seed and self-seeds readily. Use the seed
heads decoratively, from June until the
Cosmos Large flowers from red to
pink and white, can grow lovely and
big. Blooms from June, all summer.
Half-hardy annual very easy to grow
Achillea Small plates of tiny
flowers in all shades of yellow, orange,
red, pink and white, from June to
September. Very dreamy and meadowlike.
Short-lived perennial really easy
to grow from seed.
Sunflower (Soraya or Valentine)
These sunflowers produce many
heads and are great for cutting. Soraya
is orange yellow and Valentine is a
delicate pale lemon, flowering from
midsummer to autumn. Half-hardy
Agastache Spikes of flowers in
white, blue pink and orange. Smells
delicious and the minty flowers and
foliage are edible. Perennial, easy to
grow from seed and flowers from July
Verbena bonariensis Small clusters
of luminous purple flowers are held
above the rest of the flower bed on
long straight stalks, flowering from
July to November. Butterflies adore
them. Perennial easy to grow from
seed and self-seeds very readily.
Jen Stuart-Smith & Bek Bibby are
co-founders of Blooming Green, an
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How to keep
Strip any leaves from stems so
that they don’t sit below the
water level in your vase
Always use a clean vase and
replace the water regularly as
bacteria can build up and reduce
the life of your cut flowers
Add a splash of lemonade to
the water. The carbon dioxide
inhibits bacterial growth while
the sugar will make your flowers
Position your vase carefully. The
vase life of your flowers will
be reduced if they are placed
somewhere warm or in direct
Keep cut flowers away from fruit
bowls as fruit produces ethylene
which causes cut flowers to die
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Cool veg for
It’s the moment Jo Arnell has been waiting for since
October – time to get going in the veggie patch
It’s all about to take off in the vegetable garden and the
first of the summer harvests are just around the corner.
The weather and soil are warming, the light has come
back and the garden is properly waking up. April is the
perfect month for sowing quick to mature crops that will
be ready in a few weeks time and also for starting off tender
crops under cover to plant out when the frosts have gone.
Some of us have been waiting since October for this
moment.That same some of us (we know who we are) have
also, in previous years, ended up with an enormous glut of
crops; either too much of one thing, or a single glorious
harvest of everything in late summer - and nothing before or
after. The beginning of the season is an exciting place to be,
but it is just the beginning and we must plan before we plant
- and keep our cool.
You can tell when it’s time to start sowing crops directly
outside if you look at a patch of bare earth in the garden.
Tiny weedlings will be popping up, eager to conquer the
world. Weeds have learned to be cunning and are always
ahead of our pampered plants, but we can use them as coal
miners once used canaries, as a sign that it’s safe to sow some
seeds of our own.
In newly cultivated soil you will often see a great rash of
weeds appear, brought up to the surface through cultivation -
and mingling disastrously with precious seedlings. It is worth
preparing the soil a few weeks before you sow; then you can
hoe off the weedlings prior to sowing or planting the crops.
Sow in rows, because this makes it easier to spot your crop
when it emerges - weeds are wayward outlaws and don’t care
for straight lines. You can avoid most of the direct sowing
pitfalls by growing crops in pots and planting them out once
they’ve grown a few leaves. You can buy them at this stage
too. It is not cheating, but it does mean you don’t get a huge
choice of cultivar.
Some like it hot
Vegetables like French and runner beans, courgettes,
tomatoes, squash and sweetcorn are not frost hardy, so cannot
be safely grown outside until at least the middle of May. The
problem is that in order to get a reliable harvest, many of
them need to be started off before this. Sow seeds under cover
- on a window sill or in a greenhouse and then gradually
harden them off before planting outside.
These crops (like some of us) need lots of hot summer days
for best results, so find a warm sheltered place for them. They
can be thirsty too, especially those that form fruits or juicy
pods, so they may need extra watering if the weather does
become hot and dry.
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My soil dries out quickly, so I usually dig something called
a ‘bean trench’, which involves making a trench in the bed
about 50-70cm deep and filling it with a combination of
kitchen waste and compost. You can use anything organic
that will help to hold in the moisture; I have used newspaper,
cardboard, old woollen jumpers, even an old hat. Then pile
on some soil and plant the crop. The compost layer will act
as a reservoir later in the season and keep the roots cool and
damp in dry weather.
Some like it cooler
A few vegetables respond to warmer weather by getting
overexcited and running to seed almost as soon as you’ve sown
them. These cool weather crops do not like hot dry weather,
so grow things like spinach, rocket, coriander and oriental
greens in early spring or late summer and avoid growing them
at the height of the summer.
The quickest summer harvests
If you are impatient to see results, there are vegetables that
will spring into action and be ready for harvest in as little
as 3-4 weeks. The fastest maturing crops are probably leafy
salads; look for seed packets of ‘speedy’ salad mixes. Radishes
are also quick to grow, and kohlrabi is also speedy. There are
other leafy crops, like rocket (the name gives a clue), some
mustards, spinach and oriental greens. Be careful when you
sow these, though, as they are prone to bolting (running to
seed and turning bitter).
Keep on cropping
Growing in succession is the ideal way to avoid a glut, but it
doesn’t work with all vegetables. The idea is to sow a small
quantity at regular intervals, ensuring that you spread the
harvest. I have done this successfully with peas, French beans,
salads such as loose leaved lettuce and rocket and other fast
growing vegetables. The problem comes when the weather
starts to warm up and speeds up the rate of growth, so that
later sown crops quickly catch up with the earlier ones.
Spave-saving summer crops
Even if your plot is tiny there are ways of growing crops -
climbing plants like beans and small pumpkins make use of
the vertical growing area (i.e. the sky) and there are dwarf,
but bountiful versions of many crops that can be grown in
containers or squeezed into corners.
I have talked before about growing three different
vegetables together in one space; the ancient native Indian
technique called the three sisters involves squash, climbing
beans and sweetcorn all grown together and using each other
for support and nutrients.
Beans climb the sweetcorn and feed the soil with nitrogen,
sprawling squash plants provide shade and suppress weeds,
but (as often happens when three sisters are grown together)
the result can be a bit chaotic.
Too much of a good thing
Even if courgettes are the mainstay of your diet, I promise
that you will only need two plants. You may only need one,
but for pollination purposes it will help to have more than
one plant. Do not plant a whole row.
Fortunately, there are 101 delicious recipes for courgettes,
less for monstrous marrows, which is what they turn into
when you’re not looking. Beans and tomatoes can also be
overwhelming. If you can’t help growing in quantity, make
space in the freezer, or cultivate some new friends to offload
your surplus onto.
If you have a dedicated place to grow your vegetables, then
it is well worth growing a permanent crop - asparagus and
artichokes are top of my list. They do take a few years to
establish, but will then go on to provide regular harvests for
many years to come. Asparagus beds just need to be kept
weed free and supplied with an organic mulch in spring or
autumn. Artichokes form impressive, architectural clumps and
look just as good in the borders as in the vegetable garden.
The mad spring rush is hard to resist, but with just a little
planning, we will be able to sow the right thing, in the right
quantity at the right time - in theory at least. Let’s get out
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Cut and come again
This works well with salad leaves, as you can harvest the outer
leaves, let the plants recover, then cut again. I find that after
two or three cuts it is best to sow a new lot, but it is possible
to make one row of salad last a whole summer.
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Chick, chick, chick,
They wreck the lawn, eat freshly planted bulbs and hardly ever lay an egg, but
Martin Gurdon couldn’t be without his hens (and one psychotic duck)
We were living in a clapboard cottage in Frittenden
with a long, narrow garden and we thought a flock
of chickens would add a pretty, bucolic touch, and
they did, until they turned the lawn into a desert.
Two bantams and a pair of full-sized birds, brought colour
and movement to it, but they also brought avian power
struggles, flowerbed robbery, lawn scarification, and endless
quantities of acidic guano.
Gentle reader, if sparrow dung can leave its unwanted mark
on your car’s paintwork, then hen doings have the power to
rot through the metalwork. Grass on a small lawn has no
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Woodchurch with a bigger garden that has a sort
of lattice Berlin Wall so that our current flock is
unable to trash my wife Jane’s flowerbeds. This
doesn’t stop them trying.
If I leave the gate open for a moment there
will be an avian raiding party, and I’ll see a
trio of rapidly receding feathery bottoms as
their owners make an ungainly charge for the
promised land of milk, honey and flower bulbs.
The birds in question are called Slasher, Priscilla and
Hadron. Slasher might lay three eggs every other year and
is in charge of everybody else. She’s an Araucana; neat, fleet
footed, with a floppy red comb and luxuriant tail feathers.
She’s also ten years old – which is ancient for a chicken – and
recently suffered a suspected stroke. I found her lying outside
the hutch with a back to front head and unable to stand.
Two days R&R in a cage in my home office soon had her
mobile, and other than holding her head at a slightly quizzical
angle you’d never know there had been a problem. My wife,
“Priscilla is a
with a basso
Wonky & Hestletina
who did not welcome our stinky houseguest, has conceded
that in animal husbandry terms, the pong was worthwhile.
Hadron is a heavy chicken who is remarkably light on her
feet and oddly elegant. Think Dawn French with feathers.
Priscilla is a gentle, lumbering serial parent with a basso
profundo cluck, who has brought up several generations of
chickens and ducks, as our garden is also graced with a small
flock of Indian Runner ducks.
These include a drake called Bombay, who is as old as
Slasher and has some rheumatic issues. These have meant
making senior duck mobility aids to assist egress from the
pond. In his younger days (think last year) the
summer months would see Bombay develop
unhealthy and rather confused lusts for one of
the chickens, if it happened to be blond.
Priscilla is light brown, but that hasn’t
deterred Bombay from chasing her, so at this
time of year we keep them separate. When
we didn’t, Bombay dragged one of Priscilla’s
predecessors into the pond for reasons that
we won’t go into, and it was fortunate that I heard the
commotion and hauled the poor bird out.
You might be asking why we put up with this stuff. Well,
we do get eggs, sometimes, but the chicken breeds we favour
tend to live longer partly because they don’t wear themselves
out laying all the time. Also, chickens are most productive
egg-wise during their first year or two, and ours stick with us
until their dotage.
However, the answer is simple. Entertainment. Our
hens are endlessly amusing and interesting, whether they’re
trundling about the garden doing their birdy thing, which is
never less than watchable, or giving us their full attention. We
once had a chicken who would stand on my feet and give me
a penetrating stare when she felt
it was time to be fed.
Our birds aren’t great
intellectuals, but they are great
personalities who are variously
controlling, comic, passionate
and inquisitive. They’ve caused
expensive trips to the vet and
the garden centre, but I can
honestly say that I’ve never met
a chicken I didn’t like.
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Everything in the
Garden Hub is lovely
Be inspired by the speakers at the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair
The Wealden Times Midsummer Fair is a gardener’s
delight with stalls offering plants, outdoor furniture
and statuary to enhance your patch – and added to this
we have some brilliant speakers to inspire your horticultural
ambitions appearing at the Garden Hub sponsored by
NFU Mutual. All talks are included in the ticket price.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet David Archer – yes, that David
Archer, of The Archers. Actor Tim Bentinck, who has been playing
David A for an amazing 36 years, will be talking about his new book
Being David Archer: And Other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living.
You read her every month – now come and meet our
wonderful garden writer Jo Arnell, talking about how to have
a colourful garden all summer. hornbrookmanor.co.uk
The vegetable gardener and cook at Great Dixter,
Aaron will be talking about cooking inspired by what is
growing in the garden. (See an extract from his wonderful
book The Great Dixter Cookbook on page 132.)
There are people who keep chickens for eggs – and then there’s
the rest of us, who start with the eggs and then fall in love with
the chickens. Former Telegraph columnist Martin Gurdon
will be talking about his life with ‘the feather-clad soap opera’
and his book Hen & The Art of Chicken Maintenance.
There will be more Garden Hub speakers announced in the next
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Creating a pond in your garden will bring in wonderful wildlife says Sue Whigham
The big chill of February and
March were very unkind to my
lovely little water lily (Pygmaea
rubra) that has spent eight years in a
large copper in one of my flower beds.
Hibernating plants like that won’t survive
a cold spell if the water freezes over
completely. And, oh boy, it did.
But I won’t be giving up on water
plants and the other things that make a
garden attractive to wildlife. To increase
the number and variety of animal species
around you the essentials are: trees,
plants and shrubs that produce seed
heads and berries, deadwood, areas of
unstrimmed long grass and – most of
all – water.
It seems that one in ten British gardens
has some sort of a pond, making about
two million in total. They provide a vital
network of ‘wetland habitats’ throughout
our ever-expanding urban areas. The
combination of what seems like frenzied
house building on green fields and
climate change means a significant loss of
wildlife havens, but we can all do our bit
to ameliorate this.
It doesn’t even matter if we have
limited space, as even a balcony, roof
terrace or patio can accommodate some
sort of water gardening. All you need
is a watertight container which is deep
enough to give aquatic plants some space
and ensures that the temperature of the
water doesn’t fluctuate too much when
things warm up in the summer.
Something pretty like a copper, an old
galvanised container or ceramic pot is
lovely, but you can also use something
cheap and perhaps not so beautiful like
a bin or large plastic tub and sink it into
the ground. This has the advantage of
keeping the water cool in summer and
protects from freezing – with a bit of
luck – in the winter.
I think spring is the ideal time to
set up a new pond and an informal
arrangement is best for wildlife. In a
perfect world you would choose a sunny
site, away from overhanging trees, with
shallow edges that allow animals easy
access to the water.
If your site is on the shady side
you’ll find different inhabitants setting
up home than if you have the pond
somewhere brighter and warmer. The
best ponds have gently shelving edges
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fringed by grasses. Some of the carexes
are perfect for this.
I love the bright gold C. elata ‘Aurea’
and the stripy phragmites growing with
the variegated leaves of Iris pseudoacorus
‘Variegata’, perfect marginal plants for
the damp edges of your pond.
Once you’ve put your pond in –
whether dug straight into the ground, or
in a vessel – it will fill up naturally with
rain (which is why August is not a good
month to do it).
Avoid topping up with tap water as
it has high nutrient levels
and will upset the balance
of the pond water – and
remember, it is normal for
water levels to go up and
down, benefitting different
kinds of creatures. When
water evaporates in summer
damp mud is ideal territory
for many invertebrates.
The really marvellous thing is that
once your pond or water container is in
place and filled with life-giving H2O, it
will colonise naturally.
Small animals may well arrive
within the hour and water beetles and
dragonflies within a couple of days.
Plants take their time and it may be a
year or two before the amphibians spot
a new residence. You may have to add
algae-eating ramshorn snails as well as
great pond snails, to keep algae growth
in check (available on line).
Plants for shallow water and ledges
Apart from the yellow flags (irises),
include water forget-me-not (Myosotis
“Once your pond
is filled with
may well arrive
within the hour”
scorpioides) which is a perennial
wildflower with creeping roots.
The flowers are rather pretty;
blue with a pink or yellow central eye.
water plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica)
has clouds of pinky white flowers above
rosettes of oval leaves on long stalks. It
has two major advantages in that it self
seeds and the seeds are highly desirable
Hottonia palustris or water violet is an
oxygenating perennial and is perfect once
your pond is established. It flowers early
with blooms rising up above its leaves in
spikes of white and pale lilac.
Frogbit, too, is a rather handsome
perennial, free floating
plant with shiny, kidney
shaped leaves and a threepetalled
white flower. It
provides a good cover
and shelter for aquatic
plants such as this, curled
pondweed and water
starwort, are an important
food source for wildlife.
A couple of years ago we were rather
mystified to find a great crested newt
wandering around on the
kitchen floor. Had we still had
cats, it might have been easier
to understand. However it
seems that great crested newts
hibernate in a variety of habitats
depending on the time of year
and this one was no exception.
Common newts often
overwinter in ponds, as do
frogs and any tadpoles that
didn’t emerge the summer
before. Water snails tend to
disappear into the deeper
recesses of any pond in
the winter, as do other
creatures such as water hog
lice, but occasionally in the
summer you’ll see snails
on the surface taking great
gulps of fresh air.
Then there are the insects.
Dragonfly will lay its eggs on
aquatic plants or drop them
on to the surface of a pond in
summer. Their nymphs then
spend the next three or four
years in the pond before they
metamorphose into the
spectacularly iridescent creatures that we
see hovering over water in the summer.
Common pond skaters live on the
surface of a pond and feed off any
smaller insect that has the misfortune
to fall in. Then there are lesser water
boatmen, whirligig beetles, great diving
beetles and common backswimmers
which fly at night and are usually one of
the first arrivals to a new pond. It seems
that they are predators of other water
So with all these creatures and the
summer visits from birds to bats how
could you ever be bored? Finally, of
course, your pond will provide water for
mammals such as badgers and foxes –
although having just had a devastating
visit from a fox to my hen house, I’m
finding it difficult to have good thoughts
about them right now.
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How does your garden grow?
We are a nation of gardeners, but sometimes it pays to bring in the professionals
We buy the books, watch Gardeners’ World and
avidly read the brilliant gardening writers in
Wealden Times, but if your plot needs serious
attention – or is even brand new - it’s really worth getting the
expert help of qualified horticultural consultants. We asked
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Alan Jones, owner and horticultural consultant
You have two horticultural businesses, what do they each do?
I set up the Tree & Hedge Company, which specialises in
putting in and maintaining those things. My oldest son Ben
is also a horticulturalist and set up Heritage Grounds which
improves and maintains larger mature gardens. We do the
grounds at Cliveden, for example.
What are the main things the Tree & Hedge Company does?
We provide a lot of hedges for quality new builds. Companies
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but softened with greenery, the appeal is instant.
Is there a lower limit for the scale of projects you take on?
Not at all. A client has just called wanting to buy his wife a
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What specialist services do you offer? We might be called in
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it to look its best. Our Garden Medic Plant Nutrient Service
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What is the tallest tree you have ever put in? A London
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What feature do you think makes the single biggest
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How did the name of the company come about? The
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Is there a lower limit for the scale of projects you take on?
We can work on projects that are just a few trees, or
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It’s that time of year when you suddenly notice your lawn is not at its Wimbledon best – time for expert advice
No matter how much you love gardening,
there is one job you really shouldn’t try
and do yourself: fix your lawn.
Grant Goldfinch, of the Lawn Revival Team, tells
us that one in five of the lawns he is called out to look
at have been damaged by the homeowners themselves
over fertilising using garden centre products. So we
asked Grant, and Matthew Boatwright of Kent & Sussex
Lawns, to share some of their lawn lore with us.
Grant Goldfinch, Lawn Revival Team
Has lawn care changed in the twenty
years you’ve worked in it?
There is a movement towards natural solutions, because
legislation is removing a lot of the magic bullets we used to
have in the form of chemicals. A lot of what we do is around
good soil health - 90% of lawns can be renovated through a
regular treatment programme, aeration, scarification (raking)
overseeding and top dressing. Using those techniques we
can bring them back to their former glory or better.
Do you offer regular maintenance packages?
We do seasonal lawn treatment programmes,
predominantly based around weed and feed, controlling
the moss. We conduct four or five treatments a year
depending on the lawn and every time we treat it, we
will inspect the lawn and if we identify a pest or disease
issue, such as red thread, we would treat that.
Do you give your customers advice on what they can
do to improve their lawns themselves between visits?
Yes, cultural control is advising customers what they can do
to maintain the lawn in its best condition. For example, if
you have a lot of coarse grass growing, from blown in weed
grass seeds, you should change your mowing direction each
time, because those grasses don’t like being mown into. Also
avoid mowing too short because it will encourage moss and
weeds. A lawn is all about competition between species and
if you’re knocking back the grass too low, you’re putting it at
a disadvantage. The optimal length is 1.25 to 1.5 inches.
Is there an ideal time of year to start lawn care?
All four seasons need different treatments for different
reasons – you can start at any time of year, but we will
be doing different things. In spring you kill weeds and
feed grass, continuing through summer, then in autumn
and winter it’s moss control and hardening the grass up.
If you start a seasonal treatment plan in the summer
we wouldn’t be able to start killing the moss until
autumn – and you can’t kill weeds in winter, because
herbicide is only effective if the plant is growing.
Are there ever lawns that are beyond repair?
With new build houses, the lawn tends to be thrown down
on top of debris and compacted ground, so it looks lovely
when you buy the house, but as soon as you have a hot
summer, it starts to suffer. A lot of the lawns we lay are
replacements for new houses. It’s not cost effective to keep
repairing them, better to start again and prepare the soil,
have the right kind of root loam and then it will last.
Do you offer services for other parts of the garden?
In autumn we do leaf clearance because of the damage it
can do encouraging bugs. Most of our customers are lawn
enthusiasts themselves and like to do the mowing themselves,
but we do a lot of pre-season and post-season mowing,
because you want to make sure you are removing any debris
getting it ready for the season, or putting it to bed for winter
and we have specialist mowers which act like vacuums
clearing it all up. The main other thing we do is putting
in steel edging, to create a neat edge next to flower beds.
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What are the most common lawn
issues people call you about?
Moss. People call me after the winter when it’s been wet
and there’s a lot of moss, also fungal diseases, particularly
red thread which creates bleached patches on the lawn.
Do you offer regular maintenance packages?
Essentially that’s what we do. We offer regular visits,
two or four times a year, to fertilise, do treatments,
weed control, scarifying and aeration in the autumn
and through the winter months. It helps with drainage
and to allow oxygen into the root system.
Is there a minimum lawn size you will treat?
If I can walk on it, I can treat it.
Are the products you use safe for
children, pets and wildlife?
They are rigorously tested and it’s all about applying them
correctly, at the correct dose rate. Some you need to be
prudent with, because they can be harmful to aquatic
life, so you leave buffer zones if people have ponds –
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customers know what time we’ve finished, so they can
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Are there ever lawns that are beyond repair?
There are often problems with
lawns with new build houses, but
even with properly laid lawns,
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they’re learning do better than those children whose
parents don’t. And all parents know that while that sounds
simple, it’s actually really hard. “What did you do today?”
“Nothing.” “Who did you play with?” “Don’t remember.”
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Saturday 14th April
With Celebrity Chef Tony Tobin
All recipes in this book were supplied by local residents and £3
from the sale of each book will go to two local charities
Discover more on the back cover.
Pop down to The Ashley Centre on Saturday 14th April to see
Celebrity Chef Tony Tobin creating some
mouthwatering recipes using his own
culinary secrets and producing a
couple of recipes from the book.
The Recipe for Success book has been created using recipes from local
residents and £3 from the sale of each book will go to the Centres chosen
charities, Epsom Branch Guide Dogs and The Sunnybank Trust.
The kitchen will be in the Centre from Monday 9th April until
Friday 13th April with retailer demonstrations and tastings.
For more information visit
Love Art, Share the Joy
Fine Art • Investment Art • Pop Art • Sculptures • Framing
11 The Parade, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 0PD
WWW.TREWART.COM • Telephone 01372 470997
May Half Term
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Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village
Sunday 27 May - Sunday 3 June
Guildford GU3 1DQ | wattsgallery.org.uk | Open B.H. Monday
PAPERMANIA Monday 7 May | 10am - 5pm | Free with admission
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The Spring Contemporary
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NEW FOR THIS YEAR:
• 30 demonstrating exhibitors
• Live music on a central stage
• Specialist food exhibitors
The UK’s most popular Craft Fair
9am – 6pm Thursday to Sunday
9am – 5pm Monday
(Garden open to 6pm daily)
Admission to Garden also gives admission to Fair
Normal admission charges apply
Free Garden entry for RHS
Members • Last entry 1 hour
before closing • GU23 6QB
www.craftinfocus.com T: 01622 747325
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What’s On In April
Sat 21 Apr – Sat 2 Jun
New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon
Yard/Lower Church Lane,
Farnham GU9 7PS
New Ashgate Gallery explores
the importance of visual
communication in everyday
life along with the pleasure of
drawing as a feast for the eyes.
The upcoming show features local
and nationally acclaimed artists,
Diana Boyle, Claire Caulfield,
Eliza Southwood, Nick Tankard,
Liz Toole and James Warren.
Children & Families
Thurs 5, Fri 6, Mon 9, Tues 10
& Weds 11 Apr
Grayshott Pottery, School Road,
Grayshott, Hindhead GU26
Learn to throw your own piece of
pottery on a traditional potter’s
wheel over the school holidays
this Easter with Grayshott
Pottery’s lessons for children and
Entry: £15 including one glazed
and fired piece
Fri 30 Mar – Sun 15 Apr
Brooklands Road, Weybridge
Easter Holiday Family
Fun at brooklands
Enjoy the Easter holidays with
vintage car rides, bus rides
courtesy of the London Bus
Museum, an Easter egg trail, kids’
tours of Concorde and the cargo
paper plane challenge.
Fri 30 Mar – Sun 15 Apr
Bockett’s Farm Park, Young
Street, Fetcham, Leatherhead
Learn all about spring at a farm
this year with Bockett’s 350
gorgeous new-born lambs, ‘Meet
the Shepherd’ sessions, an Easter
craft corner, a stamp trail and a
full programme of farm activities
including tractor and pony rides,
goat milking, and pig races.
Weekdays Tues 3 – Fri 13 Apr
Surrey Outdoor Learning &
Development, Headley Lane,
Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6DQ
Activities at High
Keep children and young adults
amused over the Easter holidays
with activities including low
ropes, climbing, wilderness
survival, archery, and mountain
Fairs & Festivals
Sun 8 Apr 9.30am-4pm
Lingfield Park Resort
Racecourse, Racecourse Road,
Lingfield RH7 6PQ
& Vintage Fair
Expect 130 indoor stalls bristling
with some amazing antiques,
collectables and vintage items
at this friendly fair, as well as a
licenced bar, live swing singer,
and on-site facilities including a
hotel, spa and golf course.
Entry: from 9.30am £4, from
Food & Drink
Fri 13 Apr
Albury Vineyard, Silent Pool,
Shere Road, Albury GU5 9BW
Tattams are returning to the
vineyard on Friday 13th April for
an evening of cocktails and fizz.
Get a group of friends together
and celebrate the end of the week
with a hand-crafted cocktail
featuring Albury Estate sparkling
wines and their new spirit, Attila’s
Bite. Watch and learn how the
cocktails are made and learn
about the English wine scene.
Entry: £10 including a cocktail or
glass of bubbly on arrival
The Talbot Ripley, High Street,
Ripley, Woking GU23 6BB
Sat 21 Apr
Afternoon Tea Party
It’s national tea day! The Talbot
are inviting guests down the
rabbit hole for a Wonderland
afternoon tea like no other.
Sat 21 Apr 10am-7pm
Old Deer Park, 187 Kew Road,
Richmond TW9 2AZ
Surrey Food Festival
Local businesses will be
showcasing an exquisite range of
different food & drink, traders
will be demonstrating and selling
their products in the Marketplace
and there’s even a Kids’ Zone to
keep your little ones entertained
while you indulge. Local charities
will benefit from the proceeds.
Weds 25 Apr 11am-4pm
Denbies Wine Estate Ltd,
London Road, Dorking
One Day Wine
All levels of knowledge are
welcome on this one day
workshop covering all aspects of
wine tasting and appreciation,
grape varieties, and wine regions.
Thurs 26 – Sun 29 Apr
Guildford Cathedral Marquee,
Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP
Gin Festival Guildford
The UK’s first, biggest and best
gin festival is making a visit to
Guildford and it’s bringing an
enormous variety of different
gins with it. As well as the
opportunity to try a huge variety
of gins from all over the world,
(including exclusive gins you
won’t see anywhere else) there
will be live music, great food
and a gin cocktail bar. There will
also be gin masterclasses and the
opportunity to meet gin distillers
in person, try free samples and
chat about their gin.
Sat 28 – Sun 29 Apr
Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery
School, The Corn Exchange,
The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge
Wells TN2 5TE
French & Italian
This two day course will include
a mixture of hands on cookery
and demonstrations performed by
Rosemary Shrager. Explore dishes
that reflect the diverse geography
and culture of France and Italy
to gain skills to help you build a
range of dishes to cook at home.
Sat 7 Apr
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley
Lane, Woking GU23 6QB
The British Cacti and Succulent
Society visits RHS Garden Wisley
to help visitors learn how to grow
and look after these fascinating
plants with demonstrations and
advice on everything from where
to buy, to how to repot when
they get too big. Children will get
free seed sowing kits and there
will be some fabulous specimens
Info: 01483 224234 /
Weds 18 Apr – Thurs 3 May
Polesden Lacey, Great
Bookham, Dorking RH5 6BD
Polesden reflects on Mrs.
Greville’s adventures in Asia with
a Floral Fusion extravaganza
Hyacinths, Tulips and Muscari.
Entry: Normal admission applies.
Info: 01372 452048 /
Sat 28 Apr 10am-12.30pm
Merrist Wood College
Make your own Summer
Planter or Hanging
Save money and personalise your
garden by creating your own
summer hanging baskets and
Brand new indoor
playarea now open!
Let little imaginations run wild!
PLUS animal holding, lambs, sandpits,
tractor rides and more!
Find out more: www.godstonefarm.co.uk
19 & 20 May
10am - 5pm, Admission £4, Concessions £3, Under 16s & LAC members FREE
LandmarkArts Landmark Arts Centre landmarkartfairs
Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN, 020 8977 7558, www.landmarkartscentre.org
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Perruches bowl the
opalescent glass with
a freeze of parakeets.
Left: 'Garden Chair',
designed by Peter
Antique & Collectors’: 11 April
Asian Art: 12 April
Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Sewing: 12 April
Decorative Arts: 26 April
Contemporary Art: 26 April
Garden Furniture: 10 May
Fine Wines & Spirits: 10 May
Plus buyers premium at
27% inc. VAT
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planters on this hands-on half day
Info: 01483 884000 /
Music & Theatre
Thurs 12 Apr
The Leatherhead Theatre, 7
Church Street, Leatherhead
Big Band in Concert
See The British Philharmonic
Orchestra’s big band in a charity
concert raising funds for Prostate
Cancer UK. The orchestra will be
performing the sounds of Sinatra
and the swing era as well as other
big band classics of modern
Entry: Adults £20, Under 18s £10
Info: 01372 365141 /
Sat 14 Apr 8pm
New Victoria Theatre, The
Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre,
Woking GU21 6GQ
Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert
Ed Byrne spoils audiences as
he asks just how spoiled are
we? Is life really as bad as all
our moaning, complaining and
general whininess makes out?
Info: 0800 912 6971 /
Mon 16 – Sat 21 Apr
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,
Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX
Based on Khaled Hosseini’s
international bestselling novel
and following a sell-out West End
run, the unforgettable tour de
force The Kite Runner comes to
Info: 01483 440000 /
Sat 21 Apr 11am-4pm
Watts Gallery Artists’ Village,
Down Lane, Compton,
Guildford GU3 1DQ
A chance for 13-16 year olds to
learn how to capture creative
What’s On In April
images on a DSLR camera
with the help of professional
photographer Lynn Weddle.
Info: 01483 810235 /
Sun 22 Apr
Painshill, Portsmouth Road,
Cobham KT11 1JE
Introduction to Chair
Making – Make a Three-
Make your very own traditional
three-legged stool with
experienced woodsman Mervyn
Mewis of Green Wood Works. All
plans and materials supplied, no
Sat 28 Apr 10am-4pm
Farnham Maltings, Bridge
Square, Farnham GU9 7QR
Make your own beautiful madeto-measure
leather belt using
traditional skills and specialist
tools. No experience needed, all
materials provided and if time
allows, you may also have time to
make another small accessory.
Info: 01252 745444 /
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Kent Garden Show
& NAFAS Regional Flower Show
Sat 26th, Sun 27th & Mon 28th May
Gates Open 9.30am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)
Featuring over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods.
Floral marquees with stunning fl oral displays including
medal winners from Chelsea. There is a food hall,
craft pavilion, brass band & children’s rides.
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30th March - 15th April 2018
FANTASTIC FAMILY FUN THIS SPRING!
Sorry no dogs
Hundreds of baby lambs due
Meet the Shepherd
Easter Trail with Chocolate treats
Animal handling, goat milking, tractor
rides, pig racing and pony rides daily!
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It’s that joyous time of year for new arrivals on the farm
and Jane has some very important dates in her diary
Spring officially kicked off on 20th March but after that
especially cold and snowy snap, the arrival of the real
yet unofficial thing, whenever that happens will be
very warmly welcomed. April usually delivers the goods and
heralds lots of changes on the farm and all of them are a cause
for great joy.
Given hay and somewhere dry to shelter, our hardy native
Sussex cows would happily outwinter, but they would churn
all the fields into a muddy quagmire and effectively put paid
to any expectation of a good flush of spring grass. Instead, our
grass was only winter grazed by sheep, so once the soil reaches
a temperature of about 10C it will turn green and start to
grow again and will be the sweetest, freshest grass of the year.
Having been housed since November, turnout is a cause
for major bovine celebration. Tentative at first, the cows
come out of the barn and suddenly realising they’re free they
stampede off, frolicking and kicking their heels in the air in a
complete show of joy and happiness.
For the mums things will settle down after about three laps
of the field but for the calves it’s a completely
different matter. Having been born in February
and March they’ve never really had the
opportunity to test drive all four legs. But once
tried there’s no stopping them. Round and
round they go, turbo charged, until, they run
out of muscle power and puff.
For the bull, the advent of spring is even
more exciting. George, our resident stock bull,
who I’ve written about often, has now packed his bags and set
off up the M40 to pastures new in Great Missenden.
After three years of loyal service, his two-year-old daughters
– now known as bulling heifers - are ready to come into the
breeding herd so we needed a new sire. Enter Eric, who will
arrive on the farm at the end of this month.
But Eric won’t be the only arrival this month. The first
swallows should come back to Coopers from south of
the Sahara (which makes George’s journey seem a little
insignificant) any time from 14th April.
Last year it was the 16th and for the past
“It’s funny how
years, the journey of
tadpoles into frogdom
ten years they have only ever varied the date
by one or two days. I know this because I
keep a diary of events that happen on the
farm – and have done so ever since we came
here twenty years ago.
In our first year a purveyor of animal
feeds and mineral blocks gave me a swanky
A4 desk diary, and has done so every year
since. With no appointments or meetings to write in, it makes
for a wonderful record of our farming year and of what’s
going on in the natural world. This recording of the times of
recurring natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate
is called phenology and it’s a very addictive hobby.
Frog spawn always appears in the ponds at the beginning of
March and is now just hatching into a wriggling black soup
– funny how despite advancing years, the journey of tadpoles
into frogdom remains an absolute fascination.
I’ve also seen our first bumble bees, butterflies, ladybirds
and moths. But what I haven’t yet heard is the cuckoo.
When we first came to Coopers, they were a common sound
(anywhen from 12th April, if you’re interested) but last year I
only heard the cuckoo once and that wasn’t here on this farm
so it looks like they are in deep trouble.
Is there anything we can do? Fingers crossed the
nightingales arrive on 2nd May.
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