Surrey Homes | SH55 | May 2019 | Extensions & Outdoor Living supplement inside

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Contents

May 2019

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson tracks down the

best properties on the market

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SWEET SORBET

Bright and light spring

fashion styled by Kate Watts

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116

EUPHORBIA EUPHORIA

Sue Whigham celebrates a muchadmired

garden favourite

35

NOTEBOOK

News and events to

inspire this May

109

PURE & SIMPLE

Josephine Fairley’s eco-friendly

alternatives to make-up wipes

135

REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

We talk to schools about their efforts

to teach environmental values

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PATTERN REPEAT

Take a tour of the luxe and lovely

Hamilton Lodge, Margate

GET THE LOOK

A shopping list inspired

by Hamilton Lodge

COSY COOL

Amy Maynard’s hygge-tastic twobedroom

love shack

GET THE LOOK

A guide to stealing some style

inspiration from Amy Maynard

CURATIVE CONTENT

We source art pieces that make

beautiful interior features

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SKIN DEEP

Eminé Rushton’s final entry

in her year of wellness

focuses on natural make-up

NATURAL WISDOM

Health and wellbeing advice

HOT OFF THE

VEG PATCH

Simple recipies to showcase

locally-sourced ingredients

FOOD FOR FRIENDS

Le Creuset’s own

mouthwatering lamb recipe

BORDER BASICS

Jo Arnell talks us through how

to creatue a beautiful border

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BRAIN WAVES

Hilary Wilce says we need to

work with mobile phones

WHAT’S ON

Events to keep you busy this May

COMPETITION

Win a seven-night boating holiday

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane Howard’s update

from Coopers Farm

EXTENSIONS

& OUTDOOR

LIVING

SUPPLEMENT

22 pages of interior

and exterior ideas

After page 98

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Price correct at time of going to press. The computer generated illustration is for general guidance only. Interior images are of the show home.

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The computer generated illustrations are for general guidance only. Price correct at time of going to press.

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PICTURESQUE &

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Perfectly positioned on the edge of Westcott’s village green,

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1.5 miles from Dorking town centre.

Detached & semi-detached houses with prices from £550,000.

Exclusively marketed by Patrick Gardner.

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Independent Living

at Birtley Mews

Rare ground floor flat available now

Supported Living for the over 65’s

Set within the 48 acre estate of Birtley House Nursing Home, Birtley Mews

is a development of eight luxury apartments which boast spectacular views

and are accompanied by landscaped gardens, lakes, woodland and wildlife.

The flats are sold on a Licence to Occupy basis with the advantage of no

stamp duty. The following is included in the monthly support package:

• Utilities (minus council tax & tv licence)

Each flat features:

• Free Wi-Fi

• Two bedrooms

• Lunch & supper

• Two bathrooms

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• Large living area

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• Pets welcome (subject to approval)

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CGI of Courtyard Gardens, indicative only

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CGI of Courtyard Gardens, indicative only

COURTYARD GARDENS -

CLASSICALLY INSPIRED HOMES IN SURREY’S MOST DESIRABLE TOWN

Courtyard Gardens, by St William, a joint venture between National Grid and

the Berkeley Group, is the fi rst signifi cant development to come to Oxted for

many years. The new scheme will transform the old Oxted Gasholder site,

built in 1967, which has been derelict for over 15 years into a considerately

designed development of 111 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and

collection of penthouses built around a central landscaped courtyard.

The residential regeneration scheme in this affl uent commuter destination is the

latest redevelopment from St William, who are transforming gasholder sites that have

been closed to the public for decades and creating beautiful new communities.

Courtyard Gardens is classically designed, with the architecture echoing traditional

Georgian design with feature pillars and ornate iron work present throughout the

scheme. Individual apartments have either a balcony or a terrace, with some

residences having views over the landscaped gardens, others looking toward the

North Downs. Every apartment benefi ts from parking within this gated development,

and additional storage is available to residents through a selection of storage lockers.

Landscape Design Ltd. Courtyard Gardens has been created to be

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encouraging biodiversity, and plans for resident allotments.

Courtyard Gardens sits just a short stroll from Oxted’s characterful high street

with its many restaurants and independent shops. Oxted is one of Surrey’s most

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Trains run from Oxted to London Bridge in 33 minutes, and to London Victoria

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to major motorways, such as The M25 which is a 10 minute drive away, while

Gatwick airport is conveniently within 30 minutes of Courtyard Gardens.

The launch of the fi rst phase will take place at Robert Leech Estate Agents, 72

Station Road East, Oxted, RH8 0PG, which is nearby to the new scheme, on

Saturday 18th May, with the model to view. For more information and to register for

the launch, please contact the St William’s Marketing Suite on 01883 778935, visit

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Homes at Courtyard Gardens have been thoughtfully designed to offer open plan

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and doors bringing an abundance of light into dining and entertaining spaces.

Built around magnifi cent gardens with year-round colour, the green

spaces and walkways been designed by landscape architect Charnwood


Launching

18 th May

CGI of Courtyard Gardens, indicative only

Outstanding 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses

set within beautifully landscaped gardens.

This exclusive development is just a 5 minute walk* from Oxted High Street

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Call us to book your appointment for the launch 10am – 5pm on Saturday 18th May

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01883 708778 | courtyardgardensoxted.com

*Time taken from Google Maps


WINGATE MEADOW

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Wingate Meadow is a truly unique development located in

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BARNS

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THE BARNS

FRENSHAM

3-4

BEDROOMS

The Barns is a unique development of ten

detached barn conversions and newly built

houses surrounded by rolling hills and natural

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A development sympathetically nestled

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BUY A 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT

NOW WITH A DEPOSIT OF JUST

£17,500

• Help to Buy † available on selected apartments

and houses

• Designed for contemporary living with high

specification finish throughout

• Surrounded by landscaped areas and backing

onto woodland

• Excellent education options from preschool to

higher education

• Direct access to central London in just 36

minutes from Epsom Station

HELP TO BUY † EXAMPLE 2 BEDROOM

APARTMENT £349,950

YOUR 5% DEPOSIT £17,500

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HELP TO BUY EVENT, SATURDAY 18TH MAY, 11AM - 4PM

Join us at London Square Tadworth Gardens and find out how you can get on the property ladder faster with

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2 bedroom apartments from £349,950 3 and 4 bedroom houses from £549,950

Show Homes and Sales Suite, De Burgh Gardens, Tadworth KT20 5LH. Open daily

0333 666 4242 TadworthGardens@londonsquare.co.uk www.londonsquare.co.uk

Computer generated image depicts The Claremont, The Eccleston and The Belgrave house types at London Square Tadworth Gardens and is indicative only. † Available on selected properties of market price £349,950 on Help to Buy at London Square Tadworth Gardens. Help to Buy is subject to the

Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) terms and conditions and is available on new build homes up to £600,000 to customers where the property represents their only residence. You will require a minimum deposit of 5%, a Homes and Communities Agency equity loan of 20% and a mortgage

of 75%. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or any other debt secured on it. Check that these mortgages will meet your needs if you want to move or sell your home or you want your family to inherit it. If you are in any doubt seek independent financial

advice. Please ask your Sales Executive for details. *Available on selected plots. Travel times sourced from National Rail. Details and price are correct at time of going to press, April 2019.


LAUNCH OF THE ELSENHAM

SATURDAY 11TH MAY FROM 11AM

Join us between 11am - 5pm as we reveal our

brand new show home, The Elsenham.

The Elsenham is a contemporary 4 bedroom family home that offers something

for everyone, from luxurious interiors finished with the utmost attention to detail

to spacious, open-plan living areas and generous outdoor space.

Come along and take the time to experience what life could look like

for the whole family at Upper Longcross.

RSVP today and be one of the first to step into The Elsenham.

PRICED AT £875,000

Chobham Lane | Longcross | Surrey | KT16 0EE

www.upperlongcross.co.uk 01932 967024

Street scene photography. Pricing correct on 29.04.19.


RUNNYMEDE - THE ART IS DEVELOPING

Luxurious LIVING,

moments FROM

DORKINg HIGH STREET

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TO VIEW

the SHOW HOME

f i n e n e w

h o m e s j u s t

r e l e a s e d

IMAGES ARE INDICATIVE ONLY.

A peaceful location, hidden away just behind Dene Street, moments

from the bustling High Street of Dorking town centre.

Just nine Georgian style, 3 & 4-bedroom houses offer flexible accommodation - the upper floor

of which, provides stunning Surrey Hills views beyond the roof tops of this picturesque town.

Show Home open Saturday & Sunday - 10am to 4pm. Prices from £815,000

MARKETED BY

CREATED BY

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WHITE HORSE MEWS, DENE STREET, DORKING, SURREY. sat Nav RH4 2DP


YOU’RE

ONLY ALONE

WHEN YOU

choose

TO BE

Whether you prefer your own company, kicking

back and listening to the tracks of your years,

or you feel like being sociable and spending

time in the company of others, the choice is

yours at Lynwood Village.

With a daily choice of activities or excursions,

superb leisure and dining facilities and a vibrant,

welcoming community on your doorstep,

when you live at Lynwood Village you’re

only alone when you choose to be.

And if you want some time on your own, you

can relax in your beautiful new home, safe in

the knowledge that company, help and support

are close at hand should you need them.

YET ANOTHER REASON TO

LOVE LYNWOOD VILLAGE LIFE

Independent living made easy for the over 65s

Owned and operated by Ben

Ben – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund. Lynwood Court, Lynwood Village, Rise Road, Ascot,

SL5 0FG. A charity registered in England and Wales (no.297877) and Scotland (no.SC039842). A company

limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (no.02163894). Registered with the Homes and

Communities Agency (no. LH 3766).

To arrange a visit, please call:

01344 874 250

visit: lynwoodvillage.co.uk or

email: sales@lynwoodvillage.co.uk


House

Month

of the

£2,850,000

House Proud

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

The Manor House

The dream: A Grade II-listed

Regency manor house built in 1824

from lovely warm Bargate stone with

three gables and tall chimneys. The

ground floor rambles out from the

extra-long reception hall, which spans

the front of the house. It has all the

grand features of panelling (some

painted, some polished wood), oak

carving, double doors and ornate

ceilings, but is unusually light and

airy for an older property. There is a

self-contained one-bed annexe, with

its own entrance, which could be

re-incorporated into the house, and a

two-bedroom cottage.

Where: On the outskirts of the village

of Puttenham, just four miles from

Guildford, at the foot of the Hogs

Back ridge in the North Downs.

Setting: Off the road, surrounded by

trees and farmland.

Beds: 4 Baths: 3

Special features: Magnificent threearched

glazing on the windows.

Pleasing details: The kitchen is a

great size and could be very satisfyingly

updated.

Outside: Four acres of grounds,

with south and west facing gardens

landscaped with terraces and woodland

walks. There is also a lake.

Time to town: 37 minutes to

Waterloo from Guildford station,

which is four miles away.

Agent: Savills Guildford savills.com

surrey-homes.co.uk

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£895,000

White Horse Mews

The dream: This is true town centre living,

with all that Dorking has to offer easily

accessible on foot, from the peaceful base of

just nine newly-built red brick and Portland

stone Georgian-style town houses, with views

to the Surrey Hills. The ground floor social

kitchen space opens directly onto the patio, in

the current inside/outside ideal. Each house has

two parking spaces and there are cycle stores.

Where: In the conservation

area of central Dorking.

Setting: A freshly designed urban oasis, a

couple of streets from the High Street.

Beds: 3 Baths: 3

Special features: The first floor living room

makes the most of the light and views.

Pleasing details: Top floor Mansard

windows on the top floor.

Outside: A paved patio and landscaped

garden. The common area of the

development is also attractively planted.

Time to town: Dorking’s three stations are

20 minutes walk and then it’s around an hour

to Waterloo, Victoria or London Bridge.

Agent: Patrick Gardner, Dorking

patrickgardner.com

£1,250,000

The Landmark

The dream: Whether it’s for

downsizing, or 21st Century apartment

living in general, this penthouse on the

top of a prestigious new development

in Weybridge is the full deal with

1500 sq ft of living space, within a

triple aspect wraparound roof terrace.

Where: Close to central Weybridge,

with the shops, cafes and restaurants

of Queens Road nearby. Less

than a mile from Waitrose.

Setting: Urban, with lots

of mature greenery.

Beds: 3 Baths: 3

Special features: Very high

spec throughout.

Pleasing details: Secure, underground,

allotted parking, with lifts up.

Outside: Weybridge, seen

from your terrace.

Time to town: 35 minutes to

Waterloo from Weybridge.

Agent: Jackson Stops, Weybridge

jackson-stops.co.uk

* Images are computer generated

27 surrey-homes.co.uk


JUST 1 HOME

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Internal images of The Bramblings.

Price correct at time of print. Travel times and distances approximate only.


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Previous page: In the sitting room, one wall is papered in Cole & Son ‘Narina’ Above: The dining table is from Sweet Pea and

Willow and dining chairs from Twenty10. The mid-century sideboard is from Crystal Palace Antiques

Everything you’ve ever read about Margate’s

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it’s impressive enough from the outside, once you step

through the front door, your eyes pop open in surprise.

Not just at a glimpse through the lilac-painted


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“I lived next to artist Marijke Hoekstra when I was a student. I loved her work,

but I couldn’t afford to buy one, so when I inherited some money from my

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Above: A leather chesterfield armchair and a club chair contrast pleasingly with a bold and bright modern abstract painting by

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vestibule of the wonderful flamingo wallpaper and striking

mother-of-pearl waterfall chandelier in the guest loo, but

at the extraordinary proportions of the main hall. The

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in nicely worn chestnut leather – with a bold and bright

modern abstract painting on the wall above them.

It is one of many displayed throughout Hamilton Lodge

by the Dutch painter Marijke Hoekstra – which gives a clue

about the owners of the house. One of them – the one giving

me the tour – is Dutch. The other one, her husband, is

American, but beyond that they would prefer to be known

just as the Owners. I think I’ll take a leaf from one of

Dr Seuss’s books and call them Owner One and Owner Two.

The Owners bought the house after a search for a

second home for very specific reasons and requiring very

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kitchen. “London can be claustrophobic, so with two kids

and two dogs we wanted space, clean air and water.

“We looked at other seaside towns within easy reach

of London, but they had pebble beaches. Ramsgate, just

down the coast has a lovely beach, but it drops away

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“We wanted space, high ceilings – and working fireplaces were a must. It had

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Above: The sitting room’s fitted bookcases are painted a striking teal blue, with a sleek cocktail chair and

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steeply to deep water which isn’t that safe for

kids. Margate itself gets very busy in summer

and we have enough of crowds in London.

“Then one of our kids came on a school trip to St

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Left: Flamingo wallpaper and a striking

mother-of-pearl waterfall chandelier are a

memorable addition to the guest loo

came along, ticking all those boxes – and already having

a large modern kitchen extension built at the back.

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Above: A guest bedroom features a padded and buttoned pink velvet headboard

against a wall of deco wallpaper, which gives it a bit of a Biba air

house, the first room you come to – the sitting room –

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“I lived next to her when I was a student,” says Owner

One. “I loved her work, but I couldn’t afford to buy

one, so when I inherited some money from my parents

I thought it would be a lovely way to spend it.”

We walk back through the bright yellow hall – “This

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are two particularly striking high-backed wooden

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came from the home of Owner One’s late parents.

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from Owner Two’s childhood, the rows of simple frames

all lined up perfectly. “We had a professional picture

framer hang all the pictures in the whole house for

£500. We never could have put all these up straight.”

Upstairs, another family heirloom is the statement piece

in the really extraordinary Master Bedroom. The room

is truly huge – the perfect proportions for the splendid

17th century armoire that came from her parents’ house.

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This page: The huge master bedroom

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The next bedroom on the same

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This page: At the top and the front of the house

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wallpaper on the sloping eaves. The dressing

table was found in a London junk shop

a striking black and white tiled bathroom and then

along the corridor is another bedroom, with the mix

of sources which is becoming a theme of the house.

The wooden bed was inherited, as was the chest of

drawers, and the bedside lamps are from Tesco.

Going up again, we pass a beautiful American blue

and white antique patchwork quilt which belonged

to Owner Two’s mother, hanging on the wall – where

you can admire every tiny precise stitch as you pass.

On the top floor, there is the kids’ room with

a jaunty blue and white marine theme, with two

singles, a trundle and a sofa bed, providing enough

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Above left: A beautiful petrol-blue bathroom has opposing counter-top basins Above right: The sixth bedroom is referred to as the

‘French Room’, with a 1960s Louis Fooey chest of drawers and pretty, patterned wallpaper

high jinks that go on in that room at bedtime…

Next to that, at the top and the front of the house, is

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The very adorable pale blue and white 1960s

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blue and white lamps on the tables by Pooky.

Back down one half-landing is the sixth bedroom

– the rambling plan makes it feels like there are far

more – which they call the French Room. More sweetly

girly it has pretty wallpaper, a 1960s Louis Fooey

chest of drawers and an iron bed (Gumtree again).

At the end of the corridor is the final bathroom – which

is possibly my favourite room in the whole house. Painted

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Previous pages & above: Amy limewashed the original bricks in the living area to make them look consistently aged. A black steel

multiple-paned window looks through to the bedroom – which Amy wanted specifically to create that loft feeling

The Danes call it hygge – meaning the feeling of

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you like, and yummy snacks and drinks to hand.

The closest word in English is cosy, but that has

a slightly frumpy association – as in a beloved old

cardi, which is lovely to snuggle up in, moth holes

and all, but you wouldn’t wear out in public.

We all like being cosy (I’m wearing a down gilet as I type,

in pursuit of it on a rather damp spring day), but it’s a bit

of a guilty pleasure – and it certainly has nothing to do with

being cool. Not in temperature terms, but as in effortlessly

groovy. Cool like Steve McQueen, or the young Jane Birkin.

So what struck me immediately on entering Amy Maynard’s

brilliant space, a two-bedroom love shack in the garden of

her house in the village of Appledore, on the northern fringe

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A really cosy gaffe where you could settle down in woolly

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Above: Light floods in from Crittal-style windows which lead out onto a decked terrace

socks, with someone special and a glass of Malbec, your

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One of the tick boxes on their house search list, when Amy

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This page: Connecting the indoors with the outdoors, the terrace provides

a secluded spot to enjoy breakfast or an early evening glass of wine

remember that seminal 1980s ad… if you

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Those bricks are original (although

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Everything else was rebuilt from scratch.

The outside is weatherboarded in keeping with

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lead grey, Downpipe, with white window frames

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and silvered wood weatherboarding in the locale,

I wanted to do something a bit different.”

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The kitchen tap is also brass, the worktop

marble-effect quartz – and this combination

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This page: The second bedroom, with two built-in bunk beds,

is painted a deep green. Guests often leave messages in an old

printer’s tray, into which Amy has put some letter cubes

warmer colours is a theme throughout the building.

The warm touches in here come from the bare brick, which

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perhaps the kind of thing it takes one interiors feature writer

to install and another to notice. It was a YES from me.

Also warming up the industrial chic coolness in

here, are all the charming vintage pieces which Amy

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bang up to the minute, but none of the furniture

or accessories in it are new. Not a single thing.

“We spent the money on the building, the bathroom

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More of Amy’s ingenious bargain style-solutions can

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is a lovely second-hand bookshop, and found old books

with beautiful coloured plates inside. I sliced them

out and had them framed. I did feel bad cutting the

books up, but at least the pictures get seen now.”

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of shelves on the internal wall – on which the books

are gloriously arranged by colour – were also frugally

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as a group on a theme of domestic still lifes.

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telly and to the left of it is another black steel multiplepaned

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Also on the wall in this space is an old printer’s tray,

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I felt like that about the next room along on its

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with a splendid brass tap and a round brass mirror above. “I

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The team at Collins Bespoke: “We call this beautifully

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later, with plans being updated and amended to perfection –

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through to our workshop for creation. From first contact,

to agreed design and installation, we worked within a 12-14

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Protect & Perfect

Hunting for natural floor

coverings? Vedat Demiralp

from Coban Rugs explains

to Surrey Homes just

what makes his handwoven

rugs and runners stand

out from the crowd...

Can you tell us a little about Coban

Rugs and your range of rugs and

runners? The basic concept is about

combining traditional weaving skills

with contemporary designs using goats’

wool, which was once widely used in

Turkey but is less well known here.

Goats’ wool has the benefit of being

low maintenance and hard-wearing. It

also feels really good under bare feet.

The natural colours are soft and muted

so you have this beautiful aesthetic

in a durable product. The woven

runners are used for hallways and stairs.

Larger rugs can be produced to any

size by joining lengths together with a

variety of stitching techniques, either

seamless or with a seam as a feature.

Where are the rugs made and

how? They’re produced in Turkey,

hand woven on traditional

looms using hand-spun yarn.

What inspires the designs? The key is

simplicity and working with a natural

material. The undyed wool is in shades

of black, white, brown and white.

Sometimes there are subtle shifts in

shade which add to the aesthetic. The

rugs are woven on flat weave looms, so

most of the designs are a combination

of stripes, panels and borders in

contrasting shades and colours. The

effect is striking yet harmonious.

Plain rugs have an aesthetic of their

own which derives from the texture

and colour of a natural product. Also

I use plain rugs as the background

for my stitched artwork on rugs,

implementing any shapes, though

my favourite is geometric patterns.

Can rugs and runners be made to

order? Yes. Runners are generally

available from stock or supplied with

a short lead time. Rugs are more

often made to the required size and

may also include bespoke designs.

Are you working on any special

projects at the moment? Yes, several.

I am working with interior designers

to provide rugs and runners for some

really unusual and beautiful residences.

What’s been your proudest

achievement so far for Coban

Rugs? The genuine enthusiasm

that there is for the rugs wherever

they are shown and the fact that

they are now in some of the most

beautiful and exclusive private homes

as well as in the more challenging

environment of busy family homes.

Where can people see Coban Rugs?

I will be at Selvedge Fairs in Bath in

March and London in December, The

Wealden Times Fairs in June and

November, Spirit of Summer Festival

in London at the end of June and the

interior designers trade show Decorex

in London in October and various

other shows in East and West Sussex.

Vedat has a studio in St Leonards

which can be visited by appointment.

Call 07769 800321 or email info@

cobanrugs.com for more information.

See Coban Rugs at this June’s

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A good patio can do wonders

to open up your home and

bridge the indoors and

outdoors. But where to begin?

Shaun Williams explains

Whether you’re looking to

add entertaining space,

give your garden a more

interesting design or simply cut down

on the maintainance that comes with

a big lawn space, a patio can be an

excellent way to enhance your home.

To get you on your way to a fabulous

outdoor space of your own, we talk to

stonework expert Shaun Williams to get

some invaluable guidance on where to

start when considering building a patio.

Who?

Depending on the size of your plot you

may wish to employ a designer to help

you get the most out of your space.

If you have a small garden

your options may be relatively

straightforward but if you have a larger

plot, thinking about how the patio fits

within the whole design is essential to

create one cohesive space.

When choosing a contractor ask to

see examples of previous projects and

they should always be happy to provide

sample panels of suggested materials.

Lay samples out in the area which is

to become the patio to get a feel for

how they change in different light and

weather conditions.

How?

The land needs to be checked for

services before creating a good subbase

to lay your chosen material. It is

essential to make sure the patio falls

away from the house to ensure it drains

and carries excess water away from

where your property is.

Lay samples out in the

area which is to become

the patio to get a feel

for how they change in

different light

Where?

The land itself may well dictate where

a patio should be situated — is there

a flatter area which lends itself to

this use or is there an existing feature

or view you would like to be able to

see from the patio. Think about how

you wish to use the space, the size of

furniture it needs to accommodate,

would you like to incorporate a

cooking area or a fire pit? If you

decide on creating a patio away from

the house, make sure it becomes a

really desirable destination and be sure

to plan and create an easy route to get

there.

What?

When choosing materials draw

inspiration from those already used in

your home so the whole scheme flows.

We encourage the use of local stone

as this always fits well within the

landscape. Larger pavers will go down

more quickly and could be broken

up with smaller details, planting

pockets can be left within the plan and

exciting features can be added by using

contrasting materials to give some

extra design highlights.

Choosing materials with longevity,

such as natural stone, means laying

your patio is a job you do once and

will give you an amazing space to

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Make the most of the warmer weather and head

into the garden to eat with family and friends.

Here, in an extract from her new book, A Perfect

Day for a Picnic, Tori Finch creates deliciously

simple canapés, made to be enjoyed outside.

Photographs: Georgia Glynn-Smith

Crostini Two Ways

The toasted crostini can be made a few days before and kept

in an airtight container. When it comes to serving, pile a

crostini high with the beans or the salsa verde and feta, or,

for a great flavour combustion, combine the two toppings.

Serves 6

• 1 baguette, sliced on the bias into

½ cm / ¼ inch thick slices

• 60ml / ¼ cup olive oil

• 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

• 4 sprigs of fresh thyme

To make the crostini, preheat the oven to

1220°C (425°F) Gas 7. Brush both sides of

each baguette slice with plenty of olive oil.

Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet, scatter

2 the garlic slices and thyme sprigs over the tops

and bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes,

until the bread is golden and the edges are crisp.

Allow to cool on a wire rack before serving

with one or both of the toppings below.

3

Flageolet Beans with Chilli & Lemon

• 1 x 410g / 14oz can flageolet beans

• 3 tbsp virgin olive oil

• freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons

• 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

• 1 garlic clove, crushed

• sea salt and ground black pepper

1Tip the beans into a sieve/strainer and rinse thoroughly

under cold, running water. Allow to drain and

dry a little before transferring to a mixing bowl.

Add the olive oil, lemon juice, chilli and

2 garlic, season well with salt and pepper and

toss the beans in the dressing to coat.

To serve, spoon onto the crostini slices

and enjoy.

3

Salsa Verde with Feta

• 1 garlic clove

• 4 anchovy fillets

• 1 shallot, finely chopped

• freshly squeezed juice and grated zest of 1 lemon

• 2 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained, chopped if large

• 1 bunch of fresh parsley, roughly chopped

• 1 bunch of fresh oregano, roughly chopped

• ½ bunch of fresh mint, roughly chopped

• olive oil, to taste

• 200g / 7oz feta cheese

• sea salt and ground black pepper

In a mortar and with a pestle (or in a food processor, blending

1 only briefly so that the mixture is still chunky) crush the garlic,

then add the anchovy fillets and crush again to make a rough paste.

Add the shallot and lemon zest, give it a good

2 bash with the pestle and mix well. You should get

lovely wafts of the flavours combining together.

Stir in the capers, herbs and lemon juice, bruising the herbs a

3 little with the pestle but certainly not pounding to a purée.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and add enough olive oil to

4 get the consistency you want – I usually find 1-2 tbsp is enough.

Crumble in the feta and mix before

serving with the crostini slices.

5

A Perfect Day for a Picnic by Tori Finch is published by Ryland Peters & Small at £9.99.

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Luscious Lips (Lip FiLLer)

With age, the lips naturally become thinner

and lose their definition, and the v-shaped

area of the upper lip, known as Cupid’s

bow, is where you’re most likely to see this

happen.

Many people try to disguise the effects

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it can bleed down the vertical wrinkles

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They can be the centrepiece of a makeover

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cream about an hour before the procedure

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define the Cupid’s bow, and immediately

afterwards you may experience small

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There is often some mild redness of the

skin, but this settles by the next day and

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like other non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments, they are not perma

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Pure &

Simple

Josephine Fairley explains how

to ditch those environmentally

damaging face wipes and why

your skin will love you for it

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On the very rare occasions now when I get a wipe

out of my handbag – usually on a train from

Hastings to London Charing Cross on which the

water isn’t working on the loo (please take note anyone from

Southeastern who happens to be reading this), I feel like I have

to make a public announcement. “It’s biodegradeable, you

know,” I whisper to myself while swabbing off train grime with

a gorgeously fragrant L’Occitane Verbena Refreshing Towelette.

With a great record of eco-consciousness, L’Occitane were

among the first to introduce biodegradeable wipes. But the

point about a wipe, even in a germy hand emergency on a

train, is that it’s always going to be a single-use

product – even if it’s compostable. But the

fact is, most still aren’t – featuring polyester

or plastic that can take years, decades or even

centuries to break down in the environment.

Many of us are moving away from

‘throwaway’ products of all kinds. But

happily, there are now many alternatives

to wipes and non eco-friendly cleansing options – starting

with the good old muslin cloth. It was Eve Lom who

originally pioneered these for use with her first-of-its-kind

balm cleanser – a concept embraced some years later by

Liz Earle with good old Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, £17

for 100ml (with two muslins). Since then, that creamy,

eucalyptus-scented cleanser has definitely been elevated to

the Beauty Hall of Fame and you can walk into countless

bathrooms nowadays and spot one or more of these

“the point about

a wipe is that it’s

always going to be a

single-use product”

distinctive squares of cloth drying on the towel rail.

If you’ve never tried a muslin cloth for removing your

make-up, you’re missing a trick – because not only are these

great for accessing every nook and cranny to remove make-up

(the fold of the chin, the area around the nose), but the very

slightly rough texture of the cloth also exfoliates skin perfectly.

Not too aggressive, not too wimpy – just enough to buff away

dead skin cells on a daily (or more likely nightly) basis, so that

skin is optimally glowing. These cloths can be washed and

reused time and time again – up to 1000 times, in some cases

– and therefore hugely cut down on waste. I like the original

Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloths, £4.50 for two

(bought separately from the cleanser), and

also the Temple Spa Take It Off Muslin Soft

Cotton Cleansing Cloths, £8.75 for two.

Personally, I now use a muslin-style cloth

with pretty much any kind of cleanser –

certainly, creams and face washes, as well as

balms. But recently, I happened upon the

really beautiful Cocorosa Egyptian Neroli Cleansing Oil, £18 for

30ml cocorosa.co.uk, which is best removed using Cocorosa’s The

Double Cleanse Cloth, £5 – on one side a nicely skin-buffing

muslin, but on the other side, a gorgeously velvety texture

that’s as soothingly soft as a comfort blanket. I happen to love

facial cleansing oils – they’re brilliant for melting away makeup

and I find them especially useful after a day in ‘the smoke’

(which literally is ‘the smoke’, in terms of the pollutants

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to massage into skin, brilliant for loosening make-up.

Designer’s Guild is another more surprising source of great

facial cleansing cloths – although technically, I think they

may be flannels! Their Moselle face cloths are perfect, with

their chunky waffle weave – super-soft, yet very effective for

removing make-up, and they’ve duly become favourites of

mine. If you’re looking for something that matches the colour

scheme of your bathroom (rather than the plain white or

cream of a muslin cloth), you definitely need to check these

out: they come in a range of shades from hot pink to sky blue.

I also need to tell you about a recent discovery, Face

Halo Pro Makeup Remover Pads, £7 each at boots.com. I

was completely cynical about these before I tried them.

They’re circular pads with a surface a bit like a soft flannel,

but they’re made of a material similar to ‘e-cloths’ and

when wetted and squeezed, then massaged into the skin,

gently yet magically remove every last molecule of makeup

– even eye make-up and mascara – without having to

use any cleansing product whatsoever. Don’t ask me how

they work – they just do. (And each pad, while pricier

than a muslin cloth, can be used up to 500 times).

Just one warning here: the key with all cloths (and Halo

pads) is to ensure for your skin’s sake that they’re washed

in a machine regularly – ideally daily, which means you

might need a stack of these. You can just about get away

with drying a facial cleansing cloth on the aforementioned

towel rail overnight – but don’t use a cloth for more than

two days in a row before putting it in a hot wash. Damp

cloths are breeding grounds for germs that you really

don’t want swishing over your precious complexion.

But do you know about konjac sponges…? These are

also fairly extraordinary. Made from a plant used in Asia for

over 1,500 years, a key part of modern by Korean beauty

rituals (‘K-beauty’ is now a huge influence on beauty in

the West), there are many different konjac sponge options,

which are soft to the touch, naturally antibacterial and

very, very effective for removing make-up – whether or

not you use an actual cleansing product with them.

Market leaders are The Konjac Sponge Co.

konjacspongecompany.com, who offer a wide range of these;

sensitive skins could try the Chamomile & Pink Clay

Konjac Sponge, £9.99 – or if you live and/or work in an

urban area, check out the Tourmaline Sponge, also £9.99,

which is infused with tourmaline gemstone powder to help

cleanse and purify. Meanwhile, tapping into the charcoal

trend (more of which next month), there’s a Konjac Facial

Puff Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal, £8.99, suitable for

all skin types. Commendably, The Korean Konjac Sponge

Company’s packaging itself is now biodegradable and

plastic-free, while the products themselves are made from

100% natural vegetable fibre. So when they’re at the very

end of their (long) life, just toss them in the compost.

One last eco note: if you use cotton wool – and for eye

make-up removal, I would never recommend anything else

(even a Halo, except in an emergency) – then be sure to

choose organic. (I use Simply Organic cotton pads; they also do

balls and rectangular pads.) Huge amounts of pesticides and

herbicides are used on cotton, and if it doesn’t say it’s organic,

your cotton wool is almost certainly genetically modified, too.

And there’s nothing ‘clean’ about that…

Jo Fairley is editor of beautybible.com, where you’ll

find the results of the 2019 Beauty Bible Awards,

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Wellbeing

A Year of Wellness

In the last of her columns for Surrey Homes, Eminé Rushton

comes full circle – moving from what’s within to considering

the confidence-boosting importance of what is also without

– and shares the contents of her all-natural make-up bag

May: Skin deep

This is the last in my year-long

series of holistic columns for

Surrey Homes and it feels

fitting, as we move into the bright

possibility of spring and early summer,

to consider not only those things that

feed us up from within, but to also

reflect on those things we reach for to

boost our confidence from without too.

As a mother of daughters, it has been

important for me to be very comfortable

in my own naked skin – to model the

sort of body-positive behaviour that I

hope my children will naturally inhabit,

too. My mother was the same – ‘diet’

was a word I never heard, and I grew

up in a house where we all delighted in

good food and were taught to embrace

all that we were, irrespective of our

physical appearance. Yet my mother

was, and still is, someone who takes

great pride in her hair and make-up,

and though I’m far more laissez-faire

in my own routine, I do understand

the feel-good factor involved in a

little natural boost, here and there.

I made the switch to all natural

make-up around ten years ago; prior

to that, my make-up bag was an even

mix of ‘department store’ cosmetics

and health-store finds. The natural

make-up industry, however, has

experienced a real revolution in both

formulation and efficacy within the

15 years that I have been a health

and wellbeing editor – and there is

Ilia Multi-Sticks

no longer any compromise involved

in choosing all-natural alternatives

to commercial, synthetic staples. I

have spent years testing products and

there is a great deal of trial and error

involved, certainly. But the following

favourites are ones that have never let

me down and which have duly won

quite a few industry plaudits as a result.

First Base

I’ve never met a woman who wanted

to wear foundation that erased all hint

of her own natural skin. My favourite

bases really bring light and evenness to

the complexion, without that dreaded,

flat, mask-like finish. Nude by Nature

“As a mother of

daughters, it has been

important for me to

model the sort of bodypositive

behaviour that

I hope my children will

naturally inhabit”

Radiant Loose Powder Foundation,

£25, is fantastic – glowy, supremely

fine and hard to be heavy-handed

with. A great buffing, blending brush

is a must for application, and I like

the natural brushes by EcoTools.

Liquid foundation is trickier. I like

the soft, soothing quality of Ere Perez

Oat Milk Foundation, £29 – coverage

is very light and dewy. For a bit

more coverage, without heaviness, I

adore Absolution La Creme du Teint,

£34 – this is my daily staple, and

it’s beautifully hydrating too, but

I do wish they would

introduce more shades

(it’s currently only available

in light and medium). Find it at

Content Beauty and Naturismo.

Colour Ways

The older I get, the more I seem to

be simplifying my routine. What used

to take me 20 minutes now takes five,

and I seem to feel more confident in

my skin as I age – accepting and at

peace, rather than trying to continually

enhance or conceal. Multi-tasking

colour is my go-to – I tend to use the

same shade on lips and cheeks to save

time, and love the Ilia Multi-Sticks,

£32, and Jane Iredale’s Cream Blush,

£24 (which I also dab on lips), and

Jane Iredale’s brilliant Just Kissed Lip &

Cheek Stains, £23, which I’ve abandoned

almost all of my other lip colours for.

Eye High

Because I am forever gesticulating and

touching my face, I rarely wear any

eye make-up. My all-natural makeup

artist friend, however, swears by

the Inika Organic Long Lash Vegan

Mascara, £23, and Ilia’s eye defining

pencils. When my eyes need a lift (if the

children haven’t been sleeping well, for

instance), I reach for Lily Lolo PeepO,

£9 – a pale yellow shade that brings

light and evenness to the area.

Ere Perez

Oat Milk

Foundation

Lily Lolo PeepO

Eminé Rushton is Wellbeing Director-at-Large at Psychologies magazine, and

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Wellbeing

Natural wisdom

Co-founder of Botanica Health in Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, Naomi

Murray grew up immersed in natural health – her father is Scotland’s

most experienced herbalist, Brian Lamb. Her natural health shop with

treatment rooms is a haven for locals who seek holistic advice, natural

products and alternative therapies. botanicahealth.co.uk

What one piece of seasonal wisdom

helps you in May? I see spring as a time

for renewal and refreshment. The cleansing

herbs like cleavers (sticky willow), nettle and

dandelion are in full flourish nudging us in

to using these herbs to cleanse the system.

Juicing cleavers with apple and fennel,

making nettle tea and adding a few bitter

dandelion leaves to a salad are a great way

to add these detoxifying herbs to our daily

diet, cleansing the liver and gallbladder.

What one self-care ritual do you never

skimp on? I love going to bed early with

a relaxing tea and a good book. Sleep is so

important for mental health and wellbeing

as the body heals during the night. The

body works incredibly hard during the wee

small hours, and staying up late just doesn’t

allow it to do its job properly. Remarkably

brain cells shrink by 60 per cent when we

sleep allowing for efficient toxin removal.

There is an insomnia epidemic and I always

tell people to be as religious about their

sleep as they are about exercise, nutrition

and personal beauty regimes! Good sleep

has been proven to make people look much

more attractive too!

What’s cooking in your kitchen this

month? I am always buying cookery books!

I love food and am constantly inspired.

I will be making use of the wild garlic,

making fresh pesto and risotto. Medicinal

mushrooms have been on my radar for

a while now and I am using these more

and more in cooking. They are fascinating

and connect all the plants around them

with a kind of underground internet. I

will make lots of salads. I love watercress

(which is good for the lungs) with thinly

sliced fennel, cucumber, red onion and a

salad dressing of olive oil, cider vinegar, raw

honey and fennel seeds.

Share one book that taught you

something amazing about life – and

made you better at living it? Gosh. I have

a book addiction and am never without

a book. It always has to be factual, I very

rarely read fiction. There is too much to

learn! The most influential book I have

read is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends

and Influence People. I have always been

interested in people, their stories and

experiences so it is innate to me but he

said the best way to make friends is to be

interested in others. It can be rare today to

meet people who are interested in you, but

it’s so important to listen.

What always brings a smile to your face?

Plants and my dog Bonnie. I absolutely love

plants and can become immersed in their

beauty. I know that they are amazing in

their own right, wonderful to look

Stay in touch with Eminé

If you’d like to follow Eminé and continue to learn more about holistic

wellbeing & conscious living, visit her new online journal or subscribe to her

podcast, This Conscious Life; for more information visit thisconsciouslife.com;

you can also follow her on social media at @thisconsciousbeing

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Walking in the local woods, watching

Bonnie just loving life, and looking out

for herbs and plants along the way, is a

very simple way to relax and be happy.

The Japanese coined the phrase: ‘forest

bathing’, which simply means walking

in nature. Not running or counting

steps but becoming at one with your

surroundings and taking it all in.

What is the best treatment you’ve had

locally? I love an aromatherapy massage

and we have a lovely lady in the clinic

called Janet who treats me. She tailors

the treatment to suit with beautiful

oils depending on your current mood

and situation. It’s funny when you are

young you think how old-fashioned

aromatherapy is and of course it’s not

and, now I am in my late forties, I

appreciate how scents combined with

touch are so therapeutic to body and

soul. I always leave relaxed but renewed,

wishing I could just stay a bit longer.

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Hot off the veg patch

Jo Arnell salutes the best of seasonal, locally-sourced produce with

effortlessly simple recipes that pack a fresh flavour punch

Words: Jo Arnell Photographs: David Merewether


Food

Out on the plot, this month marks the

end of what was once known as the

hungry gap – the period after the last of

the winter vegetables and before the new season’s

crops. The first of the home-grown harvests start

to arrive in the form of shoots, stems and leaves;

delicious tender asparagus spears and pink-hued

rhubarb (made less stringy by ‘forcing’ under a

cloche) and an assortment of fast growing leafiness

– spinach, rocket, land cress, young brassicas and

loose-leaved lettuces. Before mass food production

and the availability of year round unseasonal

food we would have been especially grateful to

see fresh new shoots. Today it makes ecological

(and possibly biological) sense to eat locally grown

food. Whether you grow your own or not, these

welcome first pickings are worth being hungry for.

Rocket and

walnut pesto

Serves 4 Prep time: 20 minutes.

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes.

This is a variation on traditional pesto, substituting

walnuts and rocket for basil and pine nuts and adding

in a little cream cheese for a smooth, creamy taste.

• 100g rocket

• 50g walnuts

(lightly toasted)

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 100g cream cheese

• 50g grated parmesan

cheese (plus 20g

more to serve)

• 1-2 crushed garlic

cloves (to taste)

• 200g pasta (shapes

such as penne,

rigatoni and spirelli

work well)

1Combine rocket

and walnuts and

either use a food

processor, pestle and

mortar, or finely

chop them until

roughly blended.

2Mix in the other

ingredients and

combine thoroughly.

Bring a large pan of

salted water to the

boil, add the pasta

and cook for 12-13

minutes (or according

to pack instructions).

then mix

3Drain, in pesto – add in

a little of the cooking

water if you prefer a

looser sauce, sprinkle

with parmesan and

serve immediately.


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Asparagus tart

Food

Crab arancini

Serves 3-4 as a starter, or 2 as a light main. Prep time: 20

minutes. Cooking time: 35 minutes, plus 1-2 hours in the fridge

Crab comes into season in the spring and has a delicate

texture, but a flavour strong enough to mix well with

pasta, pastry and rice. These creamy, risotto-style

crab cakes make a great starter or light lunch.

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 120g Arborio risotto rice

• 50ml dry white wine

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• 1 tbsp grated lemon zest

• 200ml water or light

vegetable stock

• 150g crab meat (white

or a mixture of white

and brown meat)

• 2 tsp finely chopped

tarragon

• Salt and pepper to taste

For the coating:

• 100g plain flour (approx)

• 1 beaten egg

• 100g ready made

fine breadcrumbs (or

Panko) (approx)

• 50ml vegetable

oil for frying

1Heat olive oil in a saucepan

or deep frying pan/

small wok and add the rice.

After a minute add wine,

lemon juice, zest and stock.

Bring to a simmer and cook

gently for 15-20 mins.

2Once the rice has absorbed

most of the liquid (you

may have to add a little

more water until the right

consistency is achieved) stir in

the crab meat, tarragon and

seasoning. Leave the mixture

to cool in the fridge for an

hour or two (or up to a day).

3Place flour, egg and

breadcrumbs into 3 separate

bowls. Now comes the sticky

bit. There’s not really a way

around this (you can try

dusting your hands with flour);

grit your teeth, push up your

sleeves and roll the rice mixture

into balls (I make them just

bigger than bite-size so that

they have to be eaten with a

fork), dip each ball into first

flour, then egg and finally roll

them around in breadcrumbs.

4Fry the balls carefully,

moving them around

in the oil until each one is

evenly golden brown. Serve

while warm with lemon

wedges and a watercress

garnish, or a green salad.

Serves 4-6 Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 20-25 minutes.

If you grow your own, it is very useful to keep a pack of

pastry in the fridge. So many home-grown harvests can

be made into tarts or quiches of various kinds. Asparagus

tart is one of the simplest and most delicious of all.

• 1 sheet ready rolled

puff pastry (or home

made - but if you’ve

grown and harvested

your own asparagus, you

are definitely excused

from making pastry)

• 2 medium onions,

finely sliced

• 20g butter

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 200g asparagus tips,

steamed (for 2-3

minutes only)

• 100g soft goats’ cheese,

cut into 1-2cm chunks

• 1 tbsp oregano

• 50g parmesan cheese

1Pre-heat oven to 180ºc

(gas 4). Sauté the onions

in butter for 5 mins until

soft. Leave to cool.

2Roll/unfurl pastry onto

a baking sheet and fold

over the edges to make a lip

around the edges of the pastry.

3Top with onion and then

pour over beaten egg.

Arrange asparagus on top, then

top with goat’s cheese, oregano

and sprinkle with parmesan.

4Bake in the oven for

20-25 mins. Serve warm

or cold with a mixed salad.


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Rhubarb and Ginger cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes (muffin sized) Prep time: 15 minutes.

Cooking time: 15 minutes, plus cooling.

Rhubarb and ginger are both quite zingy flavours, but they go

together very well in cakes, balancing out the sweet umami taste

of sugar and vanilla. This can be made as a large cake too - if

you want to make a sandwich cake just double up the rhubarb

and frosting to make a filling.

• 150g softened butter (or

50/50 oil and softened

butter)

• 150g caster sugar

• 2 large eggs

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

• 150g fine self raising flour

• 2-3 stalks rhubarb

chopped (save a few pieces

for decorating)

• 75g roughly chopped

ginger (stem or

crystallised, also save a few

for topping)

For the frosting / topping

(optional – for a plainer cake

leave out the topping)

• 100g cream cheese

• 50g butter

• 100g icing sugar

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

• Rhubarb and ginger to

decorate (see above)

1Pre-heat the oven to 180°C

(gas 4). Stew rhubarb –

either over the hob with some

sugar (approx. 1 tbsp, or to

taste), or braise in a covered

dish in the oven for 20 mins in

a little water. Beat the eggs and

sugar together, until light and

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• 2 tbsp butter

• 3 cloves garlic, finely

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• 1 tsp salt

• 1 tsp black pepper

1Preheat oven 190°C/170°C

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Combine the rosemary with

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2Make around 20 small

incisions in the skin of

the lamb and rub over the

rosemary and garlic mixture.

Place the lamb into the

roasting tin herb-side up with

the whole garlic bulb alongside.

3Roast for 1 hour 40 mins

to 2 hours, basting

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Time will depend on the

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Transfer the lamb onto

4 a warmed dish, cover

with foil and rest for 25-30

mins before carving.

5To make the gravy: Skim

and discard any unwanted

fat from the cooking juices.

Remove the roasted garlic

and squeeze the pulp from

the skin into a saucepan.

Combine the skimmed

cooking juices with the plain

flour and mix to a paste.

Whisk in the hot stock with

the mint sauce and bring to a

simmer, stirring continuously,

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Adjust the seasoning to taste.

6To serve: Slice the rested

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Border Basics

Jo Arnell strips back the foliage to put in the

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When we look at a beautiful garden border, packed

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it’s hard to imagine that they haven’t always

been there and even harder to imagine that we could create

such a thing in our own gardens. Few things (let’s make an

exception for Mary Poppins and Father Christmas), appear

fully formed and we all have to start somewhere. The soil is

the best place to start, as this will dictate the basic growing

conditions, but there are other considerations too and it

pays to think about these before you start planting. It is

daunting if you’re looking at a bare patch of earth right now,

or worse; an inherited space filled with brambles and wayward

bushes, but time and tide – and all those weeds – wait for

no man, so grab your fork and spade and let’s get started.

Situation and aspect

Which way will the border face – will your plants look into

the bright morning sun and then be in shade in the afternoon

– or the direct opposite? Morning sun is east facing, afternoon

is west. If the border is drenched in sunshine all day then

it is south facing and if it plunged into shade for much of

the day it faces north. Watch how the sun moves across the

garden through the day, whether there are buildings, walls or

trees that cast shade. If next door has a huge Leylandii hedge

on their boundary it will be sucking moisture, goodness

and light from your side too. Perhaps you are exposed to

the elements, or in a frost pocket. The surrounding micro

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Midsummer

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climate will have a huge impact on the

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plants you’ll be able to happily grow.

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Improve the soil in which the plants will put down

their roots and they will reward you with healthy

growth and plenty of flowers. Easy to say, sometimes hard to

accomplish. Soil is a complex mixture of particles and living

organisms that has formed over many millions of years, so it is

almost impossible to change its fundamental nature, but you

can improve what is there by adding organic matter. Most of

the soil’s qualities will be dictated by the ground rock that lies

beneath, including the pH (how acid or alkali it is), and the

size of the rock particles. Large particles, like sand, will allow

water (and nutrients) to drain quickly through them, whereas

small particles like clay tend to stick together and hold onto

water, becoming a mud bath in winter, but as hard as concrete

in a long, dry summer. The best soil is somewhere in the

middle. This is known as loam, or the gardeners’ Holy Grail.

You don’t need a soil testing kit necessarily, although this

will give you a good idea of the soil’s pH. Go into the garden

and pick up a handful of soil. Squeeze it firmly, then open

out your hand again. If the soil stays in a ball, or feels sticky

to the touch, it is clay. If, on the other hand, the handful

feels gritty (you can easily see the particles) and it won’t stay

in a ball, even when wet, then it is sandy. Loam (and lucky

you if you have it), will almost form a ball when squeezed

and then crumble nicely into a heap again. These are the

three main types of soil, but yours could also be silty (silky,

almost soapy to the touch) or peaty (spongy and fibrous).

Preparing for planting

All plants need soil that contains air, water and nutrients in

order to grow. The structure of the soil needs to be hospitable

to the plants’ roots – waterlogged soil will kill the fine roots

and may cause disease. Soils that dry out too quickly in the

summer will equally stress the plant, especially in its first

two years, while root systems are establishing. Incorporating

organic matter will help the soil structure, opening up a

compacted soil and helping a poor, sandy soil to hold onto

moisture and goodness. Applying a mulch after planting will

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Weed seeds are lying in wait under the soil – some may

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they are brought near the surface by digging or cultivating.

Perennial weeds need to be completely removed (including

the roots), but annuals can just be hoed off. Do this with

a sharp hoe and you’ll avoid disturbing the soil.


Top: A joyful jumble of cottage garden plants Right: Adding a

mulch in spring will help the soil structure, conserve moisture

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The plants

Planting up the border can feel like the most daunting part

of the process; there are so many plants and they all grow

slightly differently – and take up varying amounts of space

in the border. Spacing is important when you are planting

trees and shrubs, because they are going to be in position

for a long time and are difficult (but not impossible) to

move once established. Do not worry too much about

the positioning of perennials; these will positively enjoy

being lifted, divided and repositioned every few years.

Border design takes time to master, but understanding a little

about the conditions that your plants need in order to thrive

will help you to position them in the right place. The style of

border is entirely down to personal taste and it is a broad canvas,

but suiting the plants to their environment needs to come above

just ‘wanting’ the plant. I have wasted a lot of time and money

trying to get plants to grow in the wrong places just because I

like their colour or habit, or just, well having to have them.

I tend to start with the framework plants and then work

around them. I try – and this is not easy – to choose plants

for their shape and how they will play their part in the border

as a whole through the seasons. It might help to think of it

like a production. There are the stars – you only need one

or two of these (too much drama otherwise dahling) – then

the other actors, the chorus and the dancing girls. Don’t

forget the props, costumes and backdrops departments;

these often go unsung, but the whole show would fall apart

if you left it to the stars and the dancing girls. Think about

the overall impact, rather than the individual plants and how

it will change over the year, as the flowers come and go.

You can rush out and plant the whole border up at once, or

you can take your time and add in plants every now and then,

depending on the budget and the time available. Planning and

planting a border is very rewarding, sometimes frustrating,

but I like to think it’s completely achievable and comfort

myself with the thought that even the Hanging Gardens

of Babylon might have started off as a hanging basket.

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Clockwise: A lovely combination of spring flowering

plants beneath a canopy of trees and shrubs; Annual

Cosmos ‘Purity’ is a great border filler

Plants for places

Dry shade

Heleborus argutifolius – a tough evergreen

with leathery, architectural leaves and pale limeygreen

flowers from February to April.

Buxus (box) – puts up with shade and

inhospitable soil, but may succumb to box

blight if grown in damp, enclosed spaces.

Mahonia ‘Charity’- another candidate with

spiky leathery leaves with scented yellow

flowers in the depths of winter.

Euonymus fortunii ‘Emerald Gaiety’ – a tough little

stalwart, this variety has pretty variegated leaves.

Choisya ternata (Mexican orange) – glossy, dark

green leaves and scented blossom in May.

Damp soil

Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’– great big lush

looking leaves. Hostas are slug-prone, but

apparently this one is slightly resistant…

Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ – amazing winter

bark in fiery shades on the mound stems.

Rheum palmatum – ornamental

rhubarb with giant leaves.

Astilbe – dainty frothy plumes of flower in summer,

likes damp soil, but not too much shade.

Iris pseudoacorus – an iris that likes to get its feet wet.

Hot, dry conditons

Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ has succulenttype

leaves, loved by butterflies and bees, this plant

will patiently put up with most conditions.

Phlomis russelliana – grey sage type leaves with whorls of

pale yellow flowers that fade into architectural seed heads.

Iris (bearded) – good strappy leaves,

likes to bake in the sun.

Stachys – soft felty leaves like ‘lamb’s ears’

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Cistus (Rock Rose) – an evergreen flowering in

June/July, it will put up with poor, dry soil.

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uphorbia

Euphoria

Sue Whigham shares her love for this

zingy and diverse garden favourite

The other day we made a welcome pit stop at Dulwich

Park after crawling slowly up the South Circular and

through the dreaded Catford traffic on the way to

Brixton. Luckily we chose Dulwich, which, if you don’t know

it, is really a fabulous park with its boating lake, mature trees

and gardens and perfect for our ‘country’ dog to have a sniff

around. It was like home for him but with more dogs to say

hello to so he was more than happy. So was I, as up by the

café was a large intense planting of Euphorbia amygdalloides

var. robbiae growing in full sun. I know that it’s a plant

recommended for dry, shady areas but this proved that it

flourishes absolutely anywhere – and often where you haven’t

intended it to be. Well, in our garden at least. It’s all the same

to this particular euphorbia whether it finds itself

under a yew hedge or tucked in under a mature

tree. Do you think it would flourish under the

dreaded Leylandii? I suspect it would. Anyway,

it has dark, showy evergreen rosettes of leaves

and lime green inflorescences early in the year.

The other fabulous plant alongside the

euphorbia which in my garden was a battered specimen until a

week or so but is now cut back to the ground, was a spectacular

Melianthus major. Proof of London’s micro climate if ever

there was one. This is an exotic South African plant which

has deeply serrated glaucous grey-green leaves and smells of

peanuts. This one was about to burst into flower and I was

quite expecting a humming bird to appear to drink its nectar

à la Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. Do grow it if you

have somewhere sunny and sheltered for it to flourish.

Back to euphorbia. First a few facts. The vernacular

name of euphorbia is spurge. Euphorbia are to be found

on every continent, bar Antarctica, and come in thousands

of different forms. The RHS Plant Finder lists over 150

Europe has 105

species of which

25 are native to

the UK

species, varieties and cultivars but really this is the tip of

the iceberg in that at least 2,000 species exist throughout

the world. A lot are native to the European Mediterranean

region – Turkey alone is home to 95 species and Europe

has 105 species of which 25 are native to the UK.

Many euphorbia are succulents and are often confused with

cacti. In tropical East Africa they reach tree like proportions.

The way to tell whether they are cacti or euphorbia is that

if the spines are in pairs then it is euphorbia. Oh, and

a sticky white sap also means it is euphorbia (the sap is

somewhat toxic and to be avoided). That of a cactus is a

clear liquid. E. lathyris or molewort was always thought to

be grown to put off moles using your garden as a tunnelling

venue but in fact its sap was used to burn

moles or warts off the skin. The burrowing

type of mole aren’t bothered by it at all.

Euphorbia flowers are quite unique and

have neither petals or sepals and instead have a

colourful structure close to the flowers which

is known as a leaf or a bract. At the top of the

flower head you’ll see a pair of leaves with a cup like structure

inside it which is known as a cyanthium. The glands round its

rim secrete nectar and are a beacon for pollinators. Ants are

particularly possessive; protecting ‘their’ nectar from all comers!

The strongly honey scented amber flowers of the honey

bush, Euphorbia mellifera, are particularly glorious and the

seed capsules are notoriously ‘noisy’ as they explode on a

sunny day. I’ve always been told that they need a sunny

sheltered position to be their best and in countries like

Madeira and the Canary Islands, where they are native,

and down in the West Country, where the soil rarely dries

out and there is plenty of high humidity, that is certainly

true as they grow to great heights (2 metres). But I have


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Previous page: Euphorbia mellifera

Above: E. characias subsp. wulfenii

to say that the numerous plants we have here facing east

and all self-seeded into gravel, aren’t too bad either. It is

sometimes difficult to get out of the door in the summer.

Many of the spurges are evergreen and give good winter

structure. Not only that there is such a selection of colours

of stems, leaves and flowers. I just love the frothy bracts of

the big Mediterranean Euphorbia characias forms. They start

flowering in March and go on through to May and beyond.

In their native countries they grow out of crevices in rocks and

on poor soil and they make a good foil for hard landscaping.

Bear in mind too that they are drought tolerant and battle

on quite happily in hot summers – the perfect conditions

for them – whilst around them other plants are flagging.

We were spoilt for choice at Great Dixter’s Spring Fair in

early April. Dixter’s nursery had Euphorbia donii ‘Amjillasa’

for sale. It grows to 1.5 metres with lime green flowers,

an exciting prospect in the border and flowering from

midsummer through to the autumn. A stunning foliage

plant. Bob Brown’s Cotswold Garden Plants were there and

his list of euphorbia is absolutely extraordinary. His catalogue

should be compulsory reading for all plantaholics. Each

plant gets marks out of ten for its attributes! We succumbed

and came home with Euphorbia x arendsii which is a cross

between E. wallichii and E. griffithi and has ‘bronze foliage

and flower tints’. This and Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’, another

chance cross found at Fromefield Nursery, near Frome, came

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margin, fading to the edges as the season goes on and

as its jade flowers begin to make themselves known.

A few favourite euphorbias to look out for would include:

• Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii ‘John Tomlinson’

which has very large yellow/green flowers tapering towards

the base rather the shape of a light bulb. You get a good

long flowering period from this cultivar with flowering

starting in February and flowering on for five months.

• Euphorbia x martinii was found growing wild in

France in the 19th Century. It looks good as a winter

foliage plant, remaining compact (stems to 2 feet) but

when it starts to flower … wow! Lime green bracts each

have a tomato red eye. I like Val Bourne’s description

of this euphorbia having ‘poise’ – with each rosette

having a flower head ‘perfectly placed on top’.

• Euphorbia palustris prefers moist conditions in sun

or shade and is also known as the marsh spurge. It’s

not only a spectacular sight all summer but has good

autumn foliage too with its leaves turning yellow.

• Euphorbia sikkimensis, the Sikkim spurge, is useful as

it flowers from July onwards and has sharp lime green

flowers which is unusual in the border so late. In the spring

the stems produce red leaves and as the season progresses

the plant becomes more willowy and gentle. Finally, blue

green seed pods are set off by the bright green bracts.

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Education

Reduce Reuse Recycle

How are the South East’s schools developing their pupils’ environmental awareness?

Reigate St Mary’s, Reigate

How do you teach pupils to be more aware of the impact they

have on the environment? Reigate St Mary’s is one of

the leading junior schools in the country in developing

education for social responsibility (ESR). Headmaster,

Marcus Culverwell, has worked with resource provider Plan

Bee to create a whole scheme of work which is now being

embraced nationally, in all IAPS (Independent Association

of Prep Schools) schools. This scheme of work predominantly

focuses on environmental education but also on individual

and community wellbeing, so that all young people can be

socially responsible, giving back to society more than they

take from it.

Can classes put any of their ideas into practice within the

school? Putting theory into practice is essential as part of

children’s environmental education. We are proud of our

eco-schools green flag status, the highest award you can get,

and to achieve this we have to prove that we consider our

energy consumption, recycle extensively and monitor our

water usage.

What environmentally friendly practices does the school use

on a daily basis? The school has a system called eco-driver

which shows our energy consumption in all the different

buildings (on a screen in the playground), and our

eco-committee periodically set challenges to reduce energy

consumption. We also make sure that we concentrate on

recycling, including paying extra to ensure that all of our

food waste is put to good use and does not go into landfill.

We also consider procurement, where our food is sourced

from and where our paper is sourced from, to ensure that

we are being as environmentally responsible as we possibly

can be. We have our annual Golden Boot competition to

encourage ‘greener’ ways for pupils and staff to travel

to and from school.

Do pupils learn how different communities around the

world care for their environment? As part of the children’s

studies they look at countries from sub-Saharan Africa

and the challenges of climate change they face through to

the environmental impacts of the rapidly developing cities

of China through to coastal towns where rising seas and

declining fisheries are real concerns. Learning that we have

to live within limits is an important aspect of environmental

education, as you cannot have infinite growth on a finite

planet. Understanding our part in dealing with climate

change is absolutely vital too and this understanding has

to be embedded in the psyche of our future leaders and

policymakers

reigatestmarys.org

Hazelwood School, Oxted

How do you teach pupils to be more aware of the impact they

have on the environment? The school’s Eco Committee is the

driving force behind pupils’ environmental awareness. This

year, each year group was given a different environmental

concern. They have researched it and prepared a poster on

how to address it. These were displayed in school and featured

in the weekly newsletter. Environmental issues are also

addressed through class and subject based curriculum projects.

Can classes put any of their ideas into practice within

the classroom/school grounds? Absolutely! Last year, Y3

undertook a project on reducing our plastic consumption.

They signed a petition asking for reduced use of plastic

within our dining and hospitality. The school’s Catering

Manifesto now calls for us to work with producers who are

making an effort to reduce the amount of plastics in their

supply chain. Y8 pupils put pen to paper and boycotted their

favourite dessert when they were offered ice-cream made from

palm oil. Such ice-cream will never be

served again!

What environmentally friendly practices

does the school use on a daily basis? We

encourage recycling but importantly

look to reduce the amount of printed

material we generate through

Papercut. Since its installation, we

have reduced our monthly print by

15 per cent and our CO2 emission

by 20 per cent, saving (on average)

one tree each month! Lights in

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our main teaching building switch themselves off after five

minutes of inactivity to benefit the environment.

Do pupils learn how different communities around the

world care for their environment? One of the statements in

our School Promise is to enhance pupils’ understanding of

local and global communities. Most recently through our

partnership with the four community schools of the Songwe

District in Tanzania, we have been able to gain first-hand

insight from teacher visits on the issues facing families in

Africa. Through the half-termly curriculum projects, children

study communities as diverse as India and Antarctica. We

recently linked up via satellite with Geraint Tarling, an

eco-scientist in Antarctica, to hear about his w ork to protect

the polar environment.

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Claremont School, Bodiam

& St. Leonards on Sea

How do you teach pupils to be

more aware of the impact they

have on the environment?

Our Eco Committee is made

up of pupils of all ages. It

meets regularly to discuss environmental issues as well

as present their findings, fundraising ideas and eco initiatives

to their friends in whole school assemblies. This keeps

environmental issues high on the agenda for both pupils

and teachers alike and influences lesson content across many

subjects. More recently, in Geography children have been

learning about Fairtrade, in Science lessons, the impact of

plastic pollution and the importance of water conservation...

in French!

Can classes put any of their ideas into practice within

the school? At Claremont, we are blessed with 125 acres of

beautiful grounds, incorporating a variety of both managed

and wild habitats including woodland, grassland and

freshwater habitats. We make full use of our outside resources

to teach environmental education which recently has included

an investigation into what happens to different types of litter

and how long it takes to degrade. To do our bit to address

the decline in insect populations, we will soon be planting

a wildflower meadow and lavender border to attract a greater

variety of pollinating insects. This will inspire further cross

curricular work in Maths and Science lessons.

What environmentally friendly practices does the school

use on a daily basis? We have a very ‘hands on’ approach to

recycling at Claremont, with children carrying out weekly

collections of the recycling bins. They have recently taken

part in ‘switch off week’, encouraging teachers and parents

at home to reduce energy use by switching off lights and

appliances when not needed. We also took part in litter picks

for the Big Spring Clean, encouraging their friends to be

cleaner and tidier, particularly in the dining hall at lunchtime.

Do pupils learn how different communities around the

world care for their environment? Through studying

Fairtrade in Geography, pupils have been learning about the

importance of trade justice and how they can support their

global neighbours by purchasing products where producers

receive a fair price for their hard work. Children learn that

Fairtrade producers endeavour to use sustainable farming

methods that do not compromise future environments.

Our efforts to protect our environment and raise awareness of

eco issues have recently earned us a Bronze Eco Schools Award.

We are now working towards Silver.

claremontschool.co.uk

Hilden Oaks, Tonbridge

Education

How do you teach Pupils to be more aware of the impact

they have on the environment? Celebrating our centenary

this year has led the Hilden Oaks community to ask the

question ‘How sustainable is our school?’ This has prompted

us to adopt the ‘One Planet’ initiative, to help the children

become aware of their impact on the environment with

three main goals in mind: Zero Waste, Use of Products and

Materials and developing Sustainable Water.

Can classes put their ideas into practice within the school?

Within the classroom the children are encouraged to use

resources wisely and to recycle paper and other materials

wherever possible. Our gardening club grow fresh produce

using our home-made compost and this term will be planting

a ‘nectar bar’ to support bio-diversity for bees.

What environmentally friendly practises does the school

use on a daily basis? Our delicious lunches are made from

locally sourced fresh produce as well as ensuring other

ingredients do not contain palm oil. We have had great success

reducing waste from snack packaging and many classes are

now ‘waste-free’. Children bring in reusable water bottles and

we provide refill water stations which are also available for our

whole school community. Water Rangers check that all taps are

switched off after use. In addition, the Eco Club have made

notebooks reusing single sided paper. The Young Enterprise

initiative not only raises money for good causes but also uses

recycled/upcycled materials and we will soon be collecting

plastic bottle tops and used ink cartridges for recycling.

Our pupils demonstrate excellent confidence and resilience

as learners. Their positive attitudes and determination to

perform their best in all that they do never wayne.

Do pupils learn how different communities around the

world care for their environment? Within Geography lessons

the children learn about the physical

and urban water cycle, drought and

the management of water, rivers and

pollution around the world. Hilden

Oaks have raised money for Water Aid

in the past and last Christmas donated

reusable water bottles (filled with

stationery and first aid supplies) for

Gambia to enable children there to

have clean water throughout their day.

hildenoaks.co.uk

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Education

Brain Waves

Hilary Wilce discovers that, in certain situations, we should be working

with our mobile phones, not necessarily against them

Mobile phones are a really big headache for schools.

Now that nine out of ten teenagers own a smartphone,

schools have to have clear and coherent policies on

what students do with them during the hours they’re in school.

Obviously, a phone vibrating away with texts and alerts

is going to distract anyone from learning. And at break

times, they draw children away from real-life conversations

and activities, and potentially into cyber bullying and other

dubious online occupations. One head described his “light

bulb” mobile phone moment when he went outside at

lunchtime and saw no one playing football, laughing, chatting,

or practising their dance moves. Only groups of students

clumped together silently staring at shared screens. There are

an awful lot of downsides to having phones in schools.

On the other hand, phones are now intimately woven into

daily life and can be brilliant classroom aids. Why should

a student spent precious time copying out instructions or

homework assignments, when they can whip out their phones

and take a quick picture? Phones are great for checking something

fast, or for looking up an unknown word, or taking some quick

notes. Pupils can access brilliant physics diagrams, famous

Renaissance paintings, or stunning photographs of geographical

features at the press of a button. We don’t make students write

on parchment with quill pens any more, so why keep them held

back in the pre-digital world of pen, paper and textbooks?

So schools have to steer whatever course they can through

this push-pull minefield of mobile phone use. Some ban phones

from schools altogether. Others demand that they be locked-up

during the school day. Still others allow them in school just as

long as they are kept in bags, and neither seen or heard, while

more lenient schools allow them to be used at breaks or playtimes.

In fact there are quite a few schools which have developed

escalator policies – allowing students increased access as they

grow older and move on into the higher years of school. This,

these schools hope, will encourage a sensible, self-moderated

phone habit – although given how terrible all we adults are at

unhooking ourselves from the magic screen, this seems unlikely.

However, out of this patchwork of policies, a new consensus is

slowly emerging, which is that phones can be good servants but

they are truly terrible masters. Evidence is mounting that they

are seriously detrimental to learning, and that even a switched-off

phone in a bag or a pocket can cause a fall-off in concentration.

Meanwhile, a London School of Economics research

project that looked at schools in four English cities found

that after banning phones there was a six per cent rise

in test scores across the board. Last summer, the then

culture secretary Matt Hancock called on schools to ban

them, and a group of Conservative MPs said they would

like all phones to be confiscated at the school gates.

Outright bans on phones in school time are now definitely

on the increase, not only in the classroom but also at playtimes

and lunch hours, as it becomes clearer and clearer that children

minus their phones are brighter, more active and more alert.

Against that, though, schools have to recognise some

realities. Phones are how parents and children keep in touch,

so young people need them before and after school. And there

are times when phones can be truly helpful and supportive of

classroom learning. If a school feels completely confident that

its teachers can handle contained phone use, it may decide

that students can keep them in school for occasional use.

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Fri 17 – Tue 25 May 10am-5pm

Red Dog Gallery, Heather

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An exhibition of botanical art

featuring paintings, prints,

photography, sculpture, glass,

fresh flowers, ceramics, jewellery,

textiles and garden accessories by

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Sun 18 – Mon 19 May 2019

10am-5pm

Landmark Arts Fair, Ferry Road,

Teddington TW11 9NN

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The perfect time to celebrate

the return of warmth and light

through art! Meet the artists in

person and find new artworks to

fall in love with. No need to book

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Entry: £4, concessions £3, Under

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Sat 25 May – Sun 16 Jun

Guildford House Gallery, 155

High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ

Wild Surrey

Surrey Wildlife Trust celebrates

its 60th anniversary by exhibiting

entries from the Wild Surrey Art

and Photography Competition.

Inspired by our county’s diverse

wildlife, this competition

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artwork and photography from

the residents of Surrey, both

amateur and professional.

Entry: Free

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Children & Families

Sun 26 May

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon,

Guildford GU4 7RT

Big tree climbing

An exciting outdoor adventure

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glory, and get a bird’s eye view

of the parkland floor as you look

down through the leafy canopy.

Entry: £20

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Wed 29 May

Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, South

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Family natural

inks workshop &

woodland lunch

An exciting collaboration with

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Festivals & Shows

27 & 28 May

Nonsuch Park, London

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The Nonsuch Town

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The Festival of Dogs

Where to begin? Rural crafts,

food and drink markets, a

reenactment village, foraging

walks, music and entertainment

and a festival of dogs. It’s

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Sat 11 May 10am-5pm

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Fri 17 May

Various Squires Garden Centres

Summer Basket

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Create a beautiful and summery

hanging basket, beggining with

lining the basket with moss,

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upright and trailing plants and

a centre piece plant such as a

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tea or coffee, a slice of cake

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Sat 1 – Sun 9 Jun 11am-5pm

Ochre Print Studio, Lockwood

Centre, Westfield Road,

Guildford GU1 1RR

Ochre Print Studio

Annual Summer

Exhibition

The opening party for this

summery exhibition is on Saturday

1 June from 2pm to 4pm and will

have live music and refreshments,

plus you can meet artists, buy

original prints and try a free dropin

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Sat 8 Jun 9am-5pm

Farnham Maltings, Bridge

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Thread welcomes a whole host

of Surrey’s leading independent

textile companies, artists and

makers to celebrate textiles. At

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filled with sixty independent

textile businesses, but there will

also be a programme of expert

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Sat 22 Jun 10am-4pm

The Heart Shopping Centre,

New Zealand Ave, Waltonon-Thames

KT12 1GH

Family Fun Day

The Heart Shopping Centre is

jumping on board the national

fundraising initiative One Great

Day with an action-packed Family

Fun Day. The event will have

everything from face painting

and glitter tattoos to a dance

competition, balloon modelling

and tombola. All events will be

open to both adults and children

in return for small donations

towards Great Ormond Street

Hospital and local charity

Princess Alice Hospice which is

located in Esher. For full details

on the event please follow The

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Instagram @HeartShopping

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

It’s a riot of sound this month at Coopers Farm

Oh how I love the Dawn Chorus. The joy of being

drowsy, warm and still tucked up in bed listening

to nature’s great symphony is one of life’s real

pleasures. My dear old Dad – sadly no longer around – was

able to identify most common birds by their song, a skill

that has sadly not been passed down. But I do know it’s

the robins who get the show rolling just before daybreak

while the blackbirds, lazy stop-in-beds, don’t join in till

the sun is well up. Apparently the chorus is about territory

and love interest but still, it does seem strange to spend

so much effort advertising one’s presence when there are

often dangerous predators also making an early start.

The chickens do that, too. Our cockerel, Phil, gets

going around 4am some mornings – I’m convinced

these especially early starts have more to do with flights

coming over the farm on their way to Gatwick than any

chicken ancestory stuff. You might think that the time

at which cockerels start up is influenced by the changing

hours of night time and day time, but you’d be wrong.

In an experiment where cockerels were kept in constant

daylight for a month, at the end of that month the cockerels

still crowed at what they thought would

be dawn – and they were only ever a few

minutes out. This experiment also found

that when kept in groups, the highest

ranked cockerel had priority in breaking

the dawn, with the other guys letting

him have his own ten minutes of glory

before they too got going. Phil is our only

cockerel, he doesn’t have competition from

other roosters

but maybe

he sees the

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than just an aeroplane and

needs to get in first.

The hens are also

unnecessarily vocal. Having

laid an egg they then squawk

and screech making what

is generously referred to as

an ‘egg song’. And if he’s

around, Phil will add his

hap’orth to the choral

ensemble – it’s awful.

But while the chickens

When a cow has

delivered a calf she

will talk almost

constantly to it for

the first few hours of

its life with a very

low gentle moo

are tuneless and noisy other sounds around the farm are far

more pleasing. When we’re calving I go down to see if there

are any new arrivals and you can often tell what’s going on

long before you get there by the sounds coming from the

shed. When a cow has delivered a calf she

will talk almost constantly to it for the

first few hours of its life with a very low

gentle moo. The calf uses this sound and

her smell to recognise Mum, but as the

days pass and the youngsters get more

confident and go walkabout the sweet

melodious rumble gets replaced by a loud

bossy moo demanding they return from

wherever they’re not supposed to be.

But of course of all the noises around

the farm the one we most look forward

to every year is the singing of the

nightingales and at Coopers Farm we are lucky enough

to attract a good number of these tiny brown birds. The

hazel, ash and sweet chestnut woodlands of the Weald were

coppiced for hundred of years by a rural workforce needing

firewood. The practice created lots of low thick undergrowth

much favoured by the nightingales. Sadly the decline in

woodland management has been matched by a huge decline

in nightingales, but if you haven’t ever enjoyed another of

nature’s musical miracles, pop down to Stonegate Station

late one evening in May, park up, listen and be amazed.

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