Local Life - West Lancashire - July 2019


West Lancashire's FREE local lifestyle magazine.


West Lancashire Edition July 2019

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4 Local Life

Changes Ahead

The times, they are a changing here at Local Life HQ

as we prepare for a forthcoming transformation of

our West Lancashire magazine.

For some time now, we have struggled with

restrictions on the size of the magazine. Because

the magazine is currently delivered via Royal Mail,

we are restricted to a certain weight on the service

we use and, as more and more advertisers come on

board, the amount of editorial we can carry is almost

shoe-horned in as a result.

Gillian Bould

ba ltcl ctabrsm

67 Moss Lane

Hesketh Bank

Preston, PR4 6AA

T: 01772 813 503

M: 07966 244 774

This isn’t good, no-one wants to spend time reading

a publication that is overwhelmingly advertising.

Our other magazines in Wigan, Chorley and St

Helens aren’t restricted in this way, and as a result

are much bigger in size and are able to carry more

editorial content.

This exciting move will allow us to break free of

those restrictions and produce the magazine that

we want to produce, a stylish and informative

publication that we hope you’ll want to read every

month without fail.

However, from the September issue, you’ll need

to pick it up from Sainsburys, Morrisons, Tesco

supermarkets, Warbreck Garden Centre and other

outlets in the local area – or you can sign up to

receive a link to the online magazine at www.


Our exciting new look is still in the planning stage

at the moment, and whilst it will retain existing

favourites, I can tell you that it will be a very different

animal. We can’t wait to introduce you to the new

look Local Life!

Until then, have a great summer.

Chris Pearce, Publisher


www.locallife247.co.uk 5

In this issue


Berry Sponge



An Organic



34 Puzzle page

44 Events2Go


6 Local News

38 Health

54 Motoring

50 Jack’s Tracks

56 Gardening

59 Home Services


Fun In The Sun


Win Tickets

To Southport

Flower Show


I’d Miss My

Home Comforts

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Sales: Lisa

Next issue - August 2019

Advertising deadline - Friday, 21 June

Published - Monday, 15 July


Content: Jess

Design: Peter

Distribution: Sally

Accounts: Christina







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6 News & Features

Magic at Mere Brow

Mere Brow Methodist Church invites you to its open

gardens event this month.

On Sunday, July 14 from 12pm-5pm, enjoy 12 local

gardens open to the public around the village. You’ll

be transported around the venues via a vintage

bus, with plenty more classic vehicles, artefacts

and photographs on display in the William Hunter


A local exhibition heads to the church on the day,

along with light refreshments – if you’re looking for

lunch, head to Highgrove on Higher Lane.

Admission to all of the venues costs £5 per person,

proceeds from which go to the upkeep of Mere

Brow Methodist Church and to an elected charity.

Parking is available at Mere Brow Village Hall, which

also offers toilets with disabled facilities.

For more information, call Natalie on 07469 925462

or email n.travis@btconnect.com

Open 7 days

Firefighting Families

Ormskirk Fire Station is hosting a family fun day in


The open day gives you the chance to get up

close and personal with your local firefighters,

with practical demonstrations throughout the

day! There’ll also be food vans offering a variety of

goodies, a goalie shoot-out, and stalls to browse.

Go along to Ormskirk Fire Station on Aughton

Street on Saturday, July 6 from 10am-4pm.

Railway Volunteers

West Lancashire Light Railway hosts a volunteer

open day this month.

Volunteers cover everything from gardening

and building repair to helping out in the shop

and catering department - there’s something for

everyone! Act as a guard or part of the footplate

crew, or get involved as an engineer.

If you’re interested in volunteering, go along to

the Railway on Station Road, Hesketh Bank, on

Saturday, July 6 from 1pm-4pm for some fun havea-go

sessions, lots of demonstrations and displays,

and the chance to meet other volunteers.

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Ormskirk Motorfest

West Lancashire’s biggest motoring festival returns

this August, bringing with it a whole menagerie of

vehicles old and new.

See fast Fords, vintage British race cars, emergency

service vehicles and the latest advances in motoring

technology at Ormskirk Motorfest. Catch Concours

D’Elegance, a static display of over 300 cars ahead

of the town parade in the afternoon, when the

roads will be closed off for the occasion. There are

plenty of food and drink stalls too, and a special

surprise for any keen petrolhead.

Ormskirk Motorfest takes place around Ormskirk

town centre on Sunday, August 26 from 11am, with

the parade held at 2:30pm.


Artist Callout

Painters, sketchers, sculptors and photographers

are invited to submit work to the Lancashire Open

Exhibition 2019.

Hosted at Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk, amateur

and professional artists alike are invited to exhibit

and have their work perused by the public. A cash

prize of £800 is awarded for the first place entry,

then £400 for second and £200 for third place.

Commendations and the prestigious Peoples’ Prize

- as voted by visitors to the gallery - are also up for


Applicants must be 18 or over, and can submit

two pieces of original artwork for viewing by the

selection panel. The deadline for online entries

is Monday, July 1 at 9am; alternatively, you can

drop off entry forms in person on Friday, July 5 or

Saturday, July 6 at the gallery.

For more information, call 01695 571328, visit

www.chapelgallery.org.uk/open-2019/ or pop into

Chapel Gallery on St. Helens Road.

Tell Us Your Story!

Local Life is always

on the look out

for news stories

from the local

communities we

serve. Are you

raising money for

charity? Are you

a member of a

community group

with something

to shout about?

Maybe you’ve got

an unusual talent, or have a claim to fame? If so, let

us know and you could be appearing in the next


Simply contact us on westlancsnews@locallife247.

co.uk or call us on 01695 627999.


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Marshside Merriment

Two exciting events are coming to Hesketh Out

Marsh near Hesketh Bank, allowing you to get the

most out of the natural beauty spots around you.

Catch an ‘alternative airshow’ in August and

September - forget planes, the performers here are

huge flocks of birds! You’ll be able to spot predators

doing what they do best, and experience the aweinspiring

sights and sounds of birds - including little

egret, lapwing and peregrine falcons.

Entrance to the event costs £8 for RSPB members or

£10 for non-members, and under-18s go half price.

Alternative airshows take place on Saturday, August

31 and Saturday, September 28.

Later in the year you’ll be able to wade into the

water searching for wildlife in the Hesketh Out

Marsh Big Tide Walks, which take place in October

and December.

For more information about the reserve, visit www.

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Plans Withdrawn

Controversial plans for 38 new houses off Red Cat

Lane in Burscough have been withdrawn.

Dozens of Burscough residents protested the plans,

which they claim would have caused extensive

traffic problems and harm to local wildlife, as well

as adding strain to local services.

The housing developer has now withdrawn the

proposal completely after putting them before the

council’s planning committee.

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Parbulele Returns

Parbold’s one and only ukulele festival returns for

August 2019, bringing the village alive with upbeat

acoustics once again.

Spanning three days over the first weekend in

August, Parbulele is a family-oriented festival

offering something for everyone. Enjoy evening

concerts at Parbold Village Hall on the Friday and

Saturday evenings, along with an inaugural Battle

of the Bands on Friday, August 2nd. Watch ukulele

players from far and wide fight it out for the top

spot, with amazing bands and solo artists taking to

the stage across the weekend.

Headliners include Ukulele Tuesday, a Dublin-born

band producing viral covers of songs including

Psycho Killer by Talking Heads and Britney Spears’

Hit Me Baby One More Time. They released their

first original single back in 2018, and they’re sure

to be a huge hit at the festival! They’ll be joined

by Merseyside septet The Secret Ukulele Band,

who promise to entertain the audience with Soul

and Motown classics – along with a few up-tempo

country hits. Last but by no means least, Manitoba

Hal – the blues man – travels from his one-hundred

year old cottage in Nova Scotia to Parbold, where

he’ll express himself the only way he knows how:

through music.

That’s not all. Local ukulele bands will be set up in

pub beer gardens across the village, while jamming

sessions take place inside.

Keen uke players can get involved in professionally

run workshops – everyone from complete

beginners to experienced ukulele players looking

to hone their skills are welcome to attend the

sessions, which cover everything from singing and

songwriting to harmonica lessons. Adult workshops

cost £10 each.

The Parbold Music Village will once again set up

beside the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, along with

a pirate barge, hippy boat and bouncy castles

for the kids. There’ll be plenty of stalls to browse,

along with a tent selling locally brewed beers and

Ukulele Tuesday


refreshments available.

Local school pupils have

contributed to this year’s

Parbulele programme,

and gathered to enter a

competition for the honour

of designing the front cover.

Parbulele runs from Friday,

August 2 until Sunday,

August 4 - programmes

are priced at £2 each,

including a raffle ticket to

win a ukulele worth over

£150. Tickets for the Friday

concert cost £5, then £15

for the Saturday – to book

or for more information,

contact Gary on 07495

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The roaming empire

One of the great things about

technology is that it can help you

when you’re far from civilisation.

It can track your hike, provide

the tools you need when you’re

far from home or just give your

phone a boost so you can listen to

music while you explore the great


Smartwatches aren’t just for

runners and cyclists: there are

hiking-specific ones too. Look for

features such as a barometer (for

pressure, to help predict weather

changes), altimeter (for altitude)

and compass (for directions). Some

even have thermometers you can

use to help plan what you’re going

to wear.

As with all technology, hikingready

smartwatches differ wildly

in price and can be expensive:

Garmin’s Fenix 5 is packed with

features but it’ll also set you back

£449.99. If you’re a serious hiker

that’s a worthwhile investment,

but if you’re more of a weekend

stroller a more modest, more

affordable watch that uses your

phone for GPS might be a better

idea. TomTom’s useful Spark 3,

which can track your vitals and

record your travels, is currently


For extreme outdoor enthusiasts

who think nothing of clambering

up the odd terrifying tower,

an action camera is a must: it’ll

record what you do for those allimportant

YouTube or Facebook

shares later.

The GoPro Hero range is the

favourite here, but the cameras

can be pricey; for example the

Hero7 Waterproof model is

currently £329. If you’d rather start

with something a lot more basic,

you can pick up a no-name action

camera for as little as £25. Of course

you get what you pay for, so you

won’t get the features, add-ons or

ruggedness of a more expensive

device, but they’re a cheap and

cheerful way to get surprisingly

good video when you’re out and


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scissors, saw and bottle opener

as well as knife blades it’s a

perfect multi-tool for all kinds

of travel. If you need even more

bits, Leatherman’s range of multitools

has you covered: the £149

Surge may seem expensive but

it manages to cram an entire tool

chest – screwdrivers, pliers and

multiple blades – into an incredibly

small space. Simpler and cheaper

models are available too.

If you’re using electronic gadgets,

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Countryside Celebration

West Lancashire’s biggest free countryside festival

returns on the 20th and 21st of July.

The Green Fayre celebrates countryside living and

is firmly rooted in the working woodlands. With

displays throughout showcasing a wide range

of woodworking crafts, deftly demonstrated

by local craftspeople, along with ‘living history’

performances, there’s something to delight the

entire family at this year’s Green Fayre.

Regia Anglorum will be heading to this year’s fayre,

highlighting Skelmersdale’s Viking heritage and

delving into how the local landscape was shaped

by the skills of its people. There’ll be Viking battle

re-enactments in the arena, along with birds of prey

and dog display shows throughout the weekend.

Children can also get up close with the mobile farm


The Green Fayre also offers the opportunity to get

involved in a range of activities, including bushcraft,

axe throwing, archery and shooting.

Keep the little ones entertained on the funfair

and bouncy castles, or on a donkey ride; or head

over to the live music marquee for some great

entertainment. And, as usual, there are over 50

great stalls to browse and plenty of delicious

refreshments available.

Entrance to the event, which takes place at Beacon

Country Park on Beacon Lane, is free. The Green

Fayre runs from 11am-5pm each day.

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Defib Donations

A fundraising campaign for

a community defibrillator in

Rufford looks set to help save


After Angela Bruce-Konuah

lost her mum to Sudden

Cardiac Arrest, she realised

there was a desperate need

for defibrillators in rural areas

- including Rufford.

For every minute it takes

for a defibrillator to reach

someone, their survival

odds reduce by 10%.

Approximately 60,000 out of

hospital cardiac arrests occur

every year in the UK alone, according to AEDdonate,

and approximately 20% of these in public places.

‘There has been a significant number of cardiac

incidents in the area recently, and I realised that we

needed defibrillators in Rufford and Burscough to

save more lives in the rural parts of West Lancashire,’

Angela says.

Now she plans to refurbish the old phone box on

Highsands Avenue - a two minute walk from the

cricket club and farms at the back of Rufford - to

fit an external AED package. For the refurb and the

defibrillator, she’ll need to raise £2,999 - over £1,500

of which has already been donated.

‘I really just wanted to give something back to

the community,’ Angela explains. ‘The defibrillator

project is to honour my mum but also to hopefully

inspire other people to take action in their own

communities - whether that’s raising money for a

defibrillator or something as simple as litter picking.’

‘We should be at the forefront of efforts to unite

our communities instead of standing back,’ she


‘If this project helps to save even one life, it will have

been worth it.’

Angela is also looking for volunteers to get involved

with the refurbishment of the phone box - any

phone box enthusiasts are welcome, along with

anyone talented in carpentry, painting or glazing,

to help restore the booth, which was procured

through BT’s Adopt a Kiosk scheme.

‘The telephone boxes are a really important aspect

of our heritage, and I’d like to help preserve that if

I can. Unfortunately ours is in bad shape, so it will

need extensive refurbishment before it can be

repurporsed,’ she says.

If you’d like to donate towards the defibrillator,

visit www.aeddonate.org.uk and search Rufford

Telephone Box. A collection box has also been set

up at the Hesketh Arms pub for anyone who would

prefer to donate in person.




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Smothered with warm berry compote, these delicious lemony sponge

puddings will go down a treat after a Sunday roast. Serve with a dollop of

crème fraiche or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Makes 4 ~ Ready in 1 hour 30 mins


115g unsalted butter,

softened, plus extra for


225g caster sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

2 medium eggs, beaten

125g self-raising flour,


1 tbsp milk

300g mixed

summer berries

such as redcurrants,


raspberries and


2 tsp arrowroot

blended with 1 tbsp

cold water


1 Thoroughly grease four 175ml pudding basins with butter. Preheat the oven

to 190C/fan 170C/gas mark 5.

2 Place the butter and 115g of the sugar in a bowl and beat together until pale

and creamy. Beat in the lemon zest then gradually beat in the eggs, adding 1

tbsp of the flour if the mixture starts to curdle. Fold in the rest of the flour with

the milk to give a soft dropping consistency.

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of pleated buttered foil, scrunching it tightly around the sides of each basin.

Transfer to a large roasting tin and pour in enough boiling water to come

halfway up the sides of the basins. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until risen and

firm to the touch.

4 Meanwhile, place the berries in a pan with the remaining sugar and 2tbsp

water. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to

the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes until the fruit has

softened. Stir in the blended arrowroot and simmer, stirring all the time, for

another 4-5 minutes until thickened.

5 Turn the hot puddings out onto serving plates and spoon over the warm fruit

compote. Serve immediately.

TIP: You can replace the fresh berries with the same amount of frozen mixed berries, if liked.



A new West Lancashire

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World War I.

Remembering Lathom’s War Horses

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Many of the soldiers who came to the depot were

taught how to handle a horse for the very first time

before they headed off to theatres of war.

Lathom Park’s gateposts opposite Cranes Lane –

where the horses would have been driven from

Ormskirk Station – was the obvious location for the

granite monument. Now, after its unveiling, Richard

Houghton and Michael Dawson want to raise more

awareness of Lathom’s war horse heritage through

a dedicated Facebook page, which will give much

earned credit to all of the animals who received a

purple poppy for their war efforts, including horses,

donkeys, dogs and pigeons.

The new group can be found by searching The

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Burscough Bake-Off

Burscough’s Scarecrow Festival returns in July, and

with it the Burscough Bake-Off!

Are you a keen baker of scrumptious cakes? Why

not enter the competition to see if you can be

crowned Burscough’s star baker? All handmade

cakes are eligible for entry.

Simply hand your application form in at Burscough

Cricket Club by Sunday, June 30 - entry costs £5 per


Cakes will be sold off afterwards to fundraise for

local community projects. Judging will take place

during the Scarecrow Festival on Sunday, July 7.

To download an application form, visit the

Burscough Scarecrow Festival Facebook page.


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Green is the New Black

‘Neo mint’ is set to take

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and interiors in 2020, say

trend forecasters, aligning

the world of nature and

technology at the dawn of a

new decade. Check out our

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by ancient pottery, rugs and tapestries.

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• Pale shades of green work beautifully with soft

pink or dove grey - a great combination for a

restful bedroom, for example. If, on the other

hand, you prefer more drama, add a jolt of colour

in the form of fuchsia, orange or acidic yellow.

A durable, luxurious and silky fibre, alpaca wool is

known for its warmth and hypoallergenic qualities.

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• Keep things calm and fresh by using mint as a

backdrop on walls or floors, whether painted or

papered. On wooden floors, why not add a feelgood,

fresh green rug or two?

• Include some natural textures for a delightful

contrast. Pale wood goes beautifully, as do stone,

marble and rattan.

• This green works particularly nicely on glossy

wall tiles. Bear it in mind when renovating a

bathroom or kitchen.

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and is extremely hard-wearing.

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Made from 100%

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An Organic


Burscough Community Farm is set to become

completely organically certified this month.

The 18-acre farm, which became a not-for-profit

Community Interest Company back in 2016, began

its life as a plot of land inherited by Jane Hickson.

Jane and her husband Neil decided to open up the

land to friends so they could begin to grow their

own crops; little did they know it would become an

enterprise the whole of Burscough would soon get

involved in.

‘Originally we posted a notice in the paper about a

meeting at the farm to see who would be interested,’

Neil explains. ‘About forty people turned up, and

Burscough Community Farm started there!’

The farm began offering veg boxes, scaling up to

sell them wholesale at Manchester Markets, as

well as to the local community of Burscough. As a

CIC, it also began offering chances to get involved

with various training courses and placements

for students at Edge Hill University, along with

regularly hosting homeschooling groups. Now the

farm is home to 40 chickens used to produce eggs,

along with several beehives managed by the Tree

Bee Society. 5000 trees are dotted about the site –

Neil and Jane have even started growing their own

flowers for wholesale.

‘What’s important on a farm like this is having areas

dedicated to nature. That way you have a natural

habitat for pest predators – we have ponds for frogs

and toads, hedges and most importantly trees so

birds can thrive,’ Neil says.

Neil since found that song thrushes have been

picking off snails that would otherwise get at the

crops and eating them before they had chance.

‘Something else that’s been really important is

our link with mental health,’ he continues. ‘People

suffering from mental health problems get referred

to us and we help them reconnect with the land and

improve their wellbeing. There are loads of studies

that show getting outdoors and getting your hands


in the soil can boost your mood and improve your

overall mental health. We mainly use hand tools at

the farm - along with a large rotavator - so you really

get to learn the traditional method of doing things

without mechanical intervention.’

Indeed there are: Mind the mental health charity

indicates that getting out and about in nature can

help with things like confidence, self-esteem and

making new connections. The idea of nurturing

something else – like flowers or crops – has

also helped people learn to take better care of

themselves. At Burscough Community Farm,

opportunities to increase socialisation and meet

new people are in abundance - the farm is run by

a dedicated group of volunteers, including local

Green Party candidate Gaynor Pickering, farm


‘We met loads of new people ourselves through

building the farm,’ Neil adds. ‘We were a bit

surprised at first to find that everyone from other

organic farms across the country who we asked for

advice were very enthusiastic about providing it!

My philosophy is that if people care about where

their food comes from and about being sustainable,

they care about other things too – and that includes


Farming doesn’t just offer psychological benefits:

there are plenty of physical ones too. Since starting

the farm back in 2013 – and following a bet

between Neil and his daughter - the Hickson family

have transitioned smoothly into vegetarianism. ‘I’d

say we’re about 75% vegan,’ Neil tells me. ‘For me it’s

about sustainability and health – after about three

weeks of vegetarianism, it hit me that my body was

just feeling so much better.’

‘The farm’s eventual aim is to become completely

self-sustaining,’ Neil continues. ‘In the past we’ve

received funding from the parish council and the

Tesco Bags of Help scheme, but we’d like to get to

the point of being a co-operative and employing a

couple of people at the farm.’

Burscough Community Farm is set to

be awarded its fully organic status in

July, which confirms all aspects of food

production doesn’t involve harmful

additives, pesticides or danger to wildlife

welfare by the Soil Association.

New volunteers are always welcome

at Burscough Community Farm, and

they’re always on the lookout for

more enthusiasts to join their Friends

scheme. For an annual fee of £30 per

household, you’ll get discounts on

farm produce and help to support the

valuable work the project does. For more

information about the farm, visit www.


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Holiday reads

Books to while away the summer evenings with.

The Library of Lost and Found

– Phaedra Patrick :: Librarian

Martha Storm finds a book

containing a dedication from

her grandmother. But the

dedication is dated several

years after her grandmother

supposedly died. The book

sets Martha out on a quest

that will rock her safe, predictable life and remind

her of who she really is. A hugely enjoyable, warm

hug of a book.

Internment – Samira Ahmed

:: Set ‘15 minutes into the

future’, Internment tells the

story of 17-year-old Layla, who

is sent to a Muslim-American

internment camp in the middle

of the Californian desert.

Similar to the real Japanese-

American internment camps of

World War II, this camp is a dangerous place to stand

out. Layla’s parents want her to keep her head down

and not attract the attention of the vicious camp

director. But Layla is prepared to risk her life for her

freedom. A powerful page-turner about the price of

turning a blind eye to bigotry.

A Boy and his Dog at the End

of the World – C. A. Fletcher

:: Griz is growing up in a postapocalyptic

world where

mass-infertility has decimated

the human population. His

community is tiny and life

is difficult. When a stranger

steals the family’s dog, Griz

sets out to get her back, on a journey that will take

him from his tiny island on the Outer Hebrides across

Scotland and Northern England. Perfect for fans of

The Road and Station’s Eleven.

Stone Mothers – Erin Kelly

:: Marianne is back in her

home village, and desperate

to keep a secret hidden that

could destroy the life she’s

built over the last 30 years.

A secret that ties her to her

childhood sweetheart, Jesse,

as well as the MP responsible

for shutting down the local asylum. This chilling

psychological tale is a slow-burner but well worth

sticking with.

The Dollmaker – Nina Allan

:: Andrew and Bramber

start writing to each other

because of their shared

interest in dolls. As their

friendship grows, Andrew

decides to visit Bramber at

the institution she calls home.

Andrew and Bramber’s story is

interspersed with tales written by another doll-lover,

Ewa Chaplin, which Andrew reads on his journey. A

beautiful, strange, multi-layered book you’ll want to

keep reading long after the sun has gone down.

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

:: If your idea of the perfect

holiday is spending several

days on a sun lounger with

a good book, then the

Outlander series could be just

what you’re looking for. On a

trip to the Scottish Highlands,

Claire Randall steps through

a circle of stones and finds

herself transported from 1946 to 1743, where she’s

taken prisoner by Scottish outlaws. The hit TV show

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Fun in the Sun

The last thing you want when you’re enjoying a

week or two of relaxation or adventure is to suffer

bad sunburn or heatstroke. Here are tips for a safe,

healthy holiday in the sun!

Watch out for heatstroke.

Heatstroke starts with heat exhaustion - the

symptoms of which include headache, dizziness,

nausea, confusion, appetite loss, excessive

sweating, pale clammy skin, cramps in the arms, legs

and stomach, fast breathing or pulse, a temperature

of 37°C or above and intense thirst.

If you think someone is suffering from heatstroke,

lay them down in the shade and raise their feet.

Remove unnecessary clothing and give them cold

drinks. If they’re no better after 30 minutes or

they feel hot and dry, have a temperature of 40°C

or above, are breathless or breathing rapidly, are

confused, lose consciousness or have a seizure, call

the emergency services.

Beware sunburn and prolonged sun exposure

By now, we should all be aware of their link to skin

cancer, even years later. If children are repeatedly

exposed, they could develop skin cancer in later life.

- Cover your skin (remember fabrics allow UV light

through to varying extents).

- Choose sunscreen with a UVA rating of at least 4

stars and a UVB rating (indicated by the SPF or Sun

Protection Factor) of at least 30 (50+ for children).

- Apply sunscreen liberally and frequently. Apply

at least two teaspoons of sunscreen to cover your

head, arms and neck and two tablespoons to

cover your entire body while wearing a swimming

costume, 30 minutes before going out and just

before going out. ”More is better,” says the British

Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

- Water can make you feel artificially cool, and the

BAD warns that water and sand can increase the


sun’s radiation. Apply sunscreen straight after you

leave the water, even if it’s ‘water-resistant’. It can be

compromised by sweating or towel drying.

- Keep children under 6 months out of strong

sunlight completely.

- Take extra care if you have pale skin, freckles,

red or fair hair, many moles (look out for new

moles, growths or lumps, and size, shape or colour

changes to existing moles, freckles or skin patches),

skin problems relating to a medical condition, a

family history of skin cancer or a tendency to burn

rather than tan.

Sunburnt? Apply plenty of cold water as soon as

possible, then a soothing product like aftersun or

calamine lotion. An antiseptic cream that contains

local anaesthetic, plus painkillers such as ibuprofen,

can help. if you feel unwell or your skin swells badly

or blisters, seek medical help. Avoid the sun until all

redness has gone.


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In the UK, 40,000 deaths a year

are attributed to outdoor air

pollution, and the illnesses it

causes costs around £20 billion

every year. There are also more

deaths and costs attributed to

indoor pollutants like badlyventilated

open fires and

stoves, radon and second-hand

cigarette smoke.



In adults, air pollution causes

coughs and increased phlegm, increasing your risk

of getting lung cancer - it’s estimated that pollution

contributes to around 1 in 13 cases. It also reduces

lung function, which in turn increases risk for COPD

(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Researchers found that people living in areas

experiencing levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution

in the top 20% were 40% more likely to have

been diagnosed with dementia than those in

areas with levels in the lowest 20%. They seem to

be at increased risk of ‘silent stroke’ – small areas

of damage caused by lack of oxygen to the brain

tissue, but not severe enough to cause obvious

symptoms. These silent strokes may be a sign of

blood vessel disease, linked to increased risk of

vascular dementia.

Pollution increases the risk of bladder cancer and

Type 2 diabetes.

For children, the effects are more serious because

their organs and immune system are still

developing. This, and their smaller mass, makes

them particularly vulnerable.

Air pollution can damage your baby in the womb,

affecting their lung function and development.

High air pollution is linked to low birth weight and

premature births.

Exposure to air pollution can cause more coughs

and bronchitis, and also increases your child’s risk of

getting bacterial pneumonia.

Pollution may play a part in causing asthma in

some children and evidence shows it can worsen

asthma symptoms. Long-term effects, severity and

mortality rates increase with the length of exposure

and higher pollution levels.

Using quieter back-streets and footpaths as much

as you can while out and about is a good way

to reduce your daily exposure to air pollution.

Remember to turn your car engine off when

stationary - e.g. while waiting at a rail crossing - and

turn on the air conditioning while stuck in traffic to

reduce pollution exposure. Use it sparingly though,

as the resulting carbon dioxide build-up can cause


Keep car tyres inflated and have your vehicle

serviced regularly to reduce harmful emissions, or

choose a hybrid or electric car to help others avoid


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Suicide Prevention

A new website has launched for people in

Lancashire affected by suicide.

Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria launched the

site earlier this year in order to help anyone recently

bereaved by suicide, anyone contemplating suicide,

or anyone who is worried about someone else.

It offers links to crisis lines, advice on how to talk

about suicide and mental health, and a practical

guide to making a ‘safety plan’ if you’re suffering

from suicidal thoughts.

Simply search for your local area to find the best

resources available to you.

The site is dedicated to offering a safe, nonjudgemental

space to help prevent suicide and

provide up-to-date statistics and information about

mental health from trusted sources and charities,

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At its heart, Chiropractic simply removes interference from your

nervous system (brain, spine and spinal cord) by taking care of your

spine. This helps you use your own ability to heal and have health,

throughout your mind and body.

MEET OUR INSPIRATIONAL PATIENT, JOHN... he came to us with neck problems

which were interfering with his nerves so much he couldn’t lift or grip things with

either arm or hand. Rheumatism was mentioned. Within a few weeks of joining

us and over the months he’s shown us all that the (his) human body is remarkably

powerful at healing - chiropractic just helps you do it, which is why Dr Mike (our

Chiropractor) in the pic doesn’t claim any credit at all.

Have you already tried everything and are still struggling with pain?

Some people come to us as a last resort, after years of pain, suffering and very little quality of life that is

being lived. Some come straight to us. People join us because they want a natural, effective approach to

getting out of pain and back to a better life. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been told `to learn to live with it, or

its your age` (both are false ideas), Chiropractic care can still help you.


campers! I came in here like a cripple on a cross, now I feel like a new woman. I’m

dancing”. She’s looking forwards to going to Turkey in May and doing that dancing!

Please note that Christine’s results are down to her body doing such a good job of

healing, chiropractic care simply helped her use her own ability to heal without

drugs or surgery... she’s the star!

There is no real limit to your potential to heal.

When our patients get better, we always tell them that Chiropractic didn’t treat or cure them at all, it

simply helped them use their own ability to heal.

Whenever you are ready to take care of your health issues, we are here for you.

We have made Chiropractic care at our hospital so affordable, we have entire

families coming to us. Mum, Dad, Baby, Toddler, Teen and Grandparents all

benefiting from affordable, excellent, Chiropractic care.

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Stroke Support

The West Lancashire Stroke Group meet on the

last Tuesday of every month, offering support and

advice for anyone who has suffered a stroke.

July’s meeting takes place on Tuesday, July 30 at the

community lounge at Chapel Court, Ormskirk (L39

4XB), from 10am-12pm.

Breast Screenings

Women in the Ormskirk area aged 50-70 are invited

to attend a free NHS breast screening.

Screenings should take place every three years –

the earlier breast cancer is found, the better the

chances of beating it. A mammogram is a simple

procedure during which an X-ray is taken of each

breast by a female health practitioner. Despite this,

3 in 10 women in Lancashire do not attend their

free breast screening appointment.

Breast screenings will take place in a mobile unit

on Ormskirk Hospital car park. If you’d like more

information or to attend, call 01942 774713 or talk

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Mawdesley Open Gardens

Sunday, June 30, 12pm-5pm

Browse beautiful gardens as they open to the public

for one day only. Programmes available for £5 from

Mawdesley SPAR or from the gardens involved.

Plant sales, crafts and refreshments available.

Mawdesley Millennium Green, Hurst Green,

Mawdesley, L40 2QS

Stress Free Talk

Wednesday, July 3, 10am-11am

Bestselling author Dean Fraser presents a talk on

reducing everyday stress, plus an informal Q&A

session and book signing. Free entry.

Burscough Library, Mill Lane, Burscough, L40 5TJ

Romeo & Juliet

Friday, July 5, 7pm-9:30pm

Enjoy a spectacular outdoor performance of

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Rufford Old Hall.

Bring a chair and a picnic. Tickets £15 for adults or

£12.50 for children, bookable on 03442 491895.

Rufford Old Hall, Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG

Fancy Dress Ball

Friday, July 5, 7:30pm-1am

Dress up as something beginning with A, with

prizes for the best costumes! Tickets £10 from Carol

on 07717 484180 or the WLSJ School office.

School Lane Playing Field, School Lane, Westhead,

L40 6HL

Fire Station Open Day

Saturday, July 6, 10am-4pm

Meet the crew at Ormskirk Fire Station, see the fire

engines and see some firefighting demonstrations.

Ormskirk Fire Station, County Road, Ormskirk,

L39 3LU

Family Fun Day

Saturday, July 6, 12pm-3pm

Raise awareness for diabetes with a family fun day.

There’s plenty to do including a reptile show, face

painting, games, a tombola and a picnic!

St. Anne’s Community Church Hall, Prescot Road,

Ormskirk, L39 4TG

Westhead Carnival

Saturday, July 6, 12pm-5pm

Enjoy games, stalls and loads of entertainment

at this year’s carnival, themed after ‘something

beginning with A’! You won’t want to miss the RAF

flypast either.

Westhead Lathom St. James School, School Lane,

Westhead, L40 6HL

Summer Carnival

Saturday, July 6, 1pm-4pm

Pinfold Primary School present their summer

carnival, with live entertainment, a bouncy castle,

fun and games plus a raffle and BBQ.

Scarisbrick Village Hall, Smithy Lane, Scarisbrick,

L40 8HH


National Meadows Day

Saturday, July 6, 2pm-4pm

Chapel Meadow invite you to visit Parbold’s

biological heritage site, with plenty of guided walks

and refreshments. For details, call 01257 463849.

Bramble Way Car Park, Parbold, WN8 7HZ

DJ - Photo Booth - Live Acts

Scarecrow Fun Day

Sunday, July 7, 11am onwards

Join a fun day with plenty of stalls, games, food and

live entertainment. Enter the Great Burscough Bake-

Off and the Scruffs Best Dog in Burscough. Or get

involved in the Little Duck Race at Burscough Bridge.

Burscough Cricket Club, School Ln, Burscough, L40 4AE

Dragonfly Walk

Saturday, July 13, 1pm-3pm

Learn all about the dragonflies and damselflies of

Mere Sands Wood with Dr. Phil Smith, and enjoy a

stroll around the reserve. Entry £7 for adults, £3.50

for children or £6 for Friends of Mere Sands Wood.

Mere Sands Wood, Holmeswood Rd, Rufford, L40 1TG

Archery Taster Session

Saturday, July 13, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Burscough Archers host a taster session – an

intensive hour of archery. Adults and children aged

10 and above are very welcome for £10 per head –

to register, visit www.burscougharchers.org.uk

Asmall House, Asmall Lane, Ormskirk, L40 8JL

Transport Trust Open Day

Sunday, July 14, 10:30am-4pm

The Merseyside Transport Trust invite you to view

classic vehicle displays, enjoy free bus rides around

the countryside and browse stalls at their open day.

Refreshments available.

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Gingerbread Festival

Sunday, July 14, 11am-4pm

Ormskirk’s very own Gingerbread Festival returns,

with non-stop entertainment throughout the day,

heritage stalls showing Ormskirk’s history, raffles,

classic car displays and – of course – plenty of

delicious gingerbread.

Ormskirk Town Centre

Mere Magic Gardens

Sunday, July 14, 12pm-5pm

Gardens in Mere Brow open to the public, with a

vintage bus travelling between venues. Follow the

Mere Magic Garden Trail, see the local exhibition in

Mere Brow Chapel, and enjoy light refreshments.

Tickets £5 – call 07469 925462 for info.

Mere Brow Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Mere

Brow, PR9 8EY

Merseyside Transport Trust, off Tollgate Road,

Burscough, L40 8TG


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Southport Flower Show

Southport Flower Show celebrates its 90th

anniversary this summer with one of Britain’s

biggest garden parties - and Local Life readers have

a chance to join in the fun free of charge.

We have THREE pairs of tickets to give away for the

2019 show in our exclusive reader competition.

The lucky winners will enjoy an event that’s now

a permanent fixture in the north west’s social


Southport attracts tens of thousands of visitors

every year to the prize blooms in the Grand Floral

Marquee and star turns by top celebrity gardeners.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli will

open the show on Thursday 15th August, launching

a packed programme of entertainment.

Kids go free to the show and children’s TV star Justin

Fletcher is bringing his stage act to amuse the

show’s younger visitors.

And Gardener’s Question Time star Christine

Walkden is among the experts from TV and radio

who are on hand to share advice with visitors.

Meanwhile, some of the nation’s top growers will

compete for the prestigious prizes while leading

designers demonstrate their creative talents with

their stunning show gardens.

Organisers aim to turn the show into a giant garden


party spread across the 34-acres of Victoria Park

close to the centre of Southport.

Southport Flower Show general manager Ray

Roukin said: “We look forward to welcoming Local

Life readers to celebrate our anniversary year with

us this summer.

“The show has something for everyone and is a

perfect family day out”.

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Show, visit www.southportflowershow.co.uk


The Tempest

Sunday, July 14, 3pm-6pm

Illyria present an outdoor performance of

Shakespeare’s The Tempest: a magician is marooned

on an island with his daughter, and conjures a

storm to shipwreck his enemies. Feel free to bring a

low-backed chair or rug to sit on. Tickets £15 or £13

for concessions, bookable on 01695 584480.

Arts Centre EHU, Edge Hill University, St. Helens

Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP

Strawberries & Prosecco

Friday, July 19, 7:30pm

Dance the night away to a live jazz band and enjoy

delicious strawberries and prosecco! Tickets £8.

Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Bickerstaffe,

L39 0EH

Bat & Barn Owl Night

Friday, July 19, 8:30pm-11pm

A unique chance to visit Martin Mere at dusk – set

a moth trap, search for barn owls at dusk and bats

once darkness falls! You’ll learn all about tracking,

recording and identifying bats. Tickets £16,

available from www.wwt.org.uk

Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Fish Lane,

Burscough, L40 0TA

Green Fayre

Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21, 11am-5pm

An annual celebration of the countryside, discover

traditional woodcraft techniques through the

Working Woodland, experience children’s rides

and activities, and browse a variety of traders

and exhibitors. There’ll also be folk music in the


Beacon Country Park, Beacon Lane, Up Holland,


Sense & Sensibility

Wednesday, July 24, 7pm-9:30pm

Who can say no to a bit of Jane Austen in the

sunshine? This outdoor performance of the classic

novel set in the beautiful gardens of Rufford Old Hall

is perfect for summer – please bring a comfortable

blanket. Tickets £15 per adult or £12.50 per child,

bookable on 03442 491895.

Rufford Old Hall, Liverpool Road, Rufford, L40 1SG


Friday, August 2, 6pm-11pm, Saturday, August 3

& Sunday, August 4 11am onwards

Keep the ukulele alive with performances from The

Secret Ukulele Band, Ukulele Tuesday and Manitoba

Hal, plus workshops to get involved in. There’ll be

plenty of music throughout the weekend, plus stalls

and refreshments.

Parbold Village

Bickerstock Festival

Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4, 12pm


Enjoy a weekend of glorious live music across 2

stages from local bands and artists. Enjoy delicious

food, great stalls and creative workshops if you feel

like getting crafty! Proceeds to charity.

Bickerstaffe Parish Field, Hall Lane, Bickerstaffe,

L39 0EH

Outdoor Cinema

Sunday, August 4, 7pm

Enjoy an outdoor singalong to The Greatest

Showman at Aintree Racecourse! There’ll be music

and snacks to kick the night off. Bring a blanket or

camping chair for a night of cinema under the stars

- tickets £14.50 on Eventbrite.

Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, L9



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Friday, August 23 - Sunday, September 1, 10am


The indoor funfair returns to Liverpool this summer,

with plenty of rides and attractions for the whole

family! Ride as much as you can in 3 hours for £10.-

tickets available at www.indoorfunfair.org

Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock,

Liverpool, L3 4FP

Ormskirk Motorfest

Sunday, August 25, 10am-5pm

Check out a great selection of cars old and new

including fast Fords, British classics and emergency

service vehicles. The Concours D’Elegance – a static

display of over 300 cars – will be in attendance, plus

food, drinks and displays throughout.

Ormskirk Town Centre

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Salt Trail

by Chris Pearce

This month’s Jack’s Tracks visits Northwich, a place

that today fits nicely into the pigeon-hole of genteel

and leafy Cheshire, but it wasn’t always this way.

Back in 1670, the Smith-Barry family of Marbury Hall

were searching their land for evidence of coal which

they could extract for commercial gain, but instead

discovered huge resources of rock salt, a remnant

from the Triassic period when seawater moved inland,

creating shallow salt marshes.

By the 1830’s, the salt mining industry in Northwich

had ceased and the industry moved to nearby

Winsford, leaving behind a mass of industrial

wasteland and collapsed pits. This easy four-mile walk

demonstrates the amazing ability of Mother Nature to

renew even the most scarred of landscapes.

Follow the brown signs to the Anderton Boat Lift

(CW9 6FW) and park up in the pay and display car

park. Take the path leading off from the centre of

the car park, directly across from the pay machine.

Go through the pretty butterfly barriers and then

bear immediate left. At the next fork bear right

and, just after the stone artwork a little further on,

bear right once more and go past the wooden gate,

heading downhill through a wooden area.

At the next fork, bear left towards Hyden Pool, and

once you get past the next information board, you

can take either fork to end up at a wooden bridge.

Cross the bridge and carry on in the same direction

until you arrive at another bridge by reed beds,

cross here and, once again, go in the same direction.




Country Park


Trent & Mersey Canal

Marbury Lane




Dairy House


Marbury Brook

Marbury Road








Ollershaw Lane



Boat Lift


Witton Brook

Anderton Nature Park

River Weaver


Carey Park


River Weaver

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial

contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.


Once you go through the steel gate at the end of

the path, take the path on the left. Follow this path

for approximately 200 yards, take the foot bridge on

the right and you’ll eventually end up on the road,

where you’ll arrive, 300 yards later, at the Salt Lion

Works. You can walk through the Salt Lion Works to

get to the Trent and Mersey Canal and then turn left

down the towpath.

Follow the towpath for almost two miles, past

tranquil Cheshire countryside and an attractive

marina, passing the coffee boat and the fudge boat

en-route, until you reach the Anderton Boat Lift and

its car park from where you started the walk.




After 750 yards on this path, which runs parallel to

Witton Brook, you’ll arrive at the eastern entrance to

Anderton Nature Park; turn right towards Marbury

Park and a few yards later when you arrive on a

single track road (Marbury Road), turn right and

follow the road for almost 700 yards until you arrive

at a collection of steel and wooden gates on your


Aim for the path that represents a 90 degree left

turn from the road, so go through the gates and

pick up this path. Follow this path for a further 700

yards, but whilst you’re on this path do take the

chance to check out the bird hide.

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54 Motoring

I’d Miss My Home


Summer’s here, meaning more caravans and

camper vans are on our roads.

To give the manufacturers their due, I have noticed

that each season’s new models get more luxurious,

some probably better appointed than their owner’s

home. Air conditioning is common, entertainment

systems rival the best in home-cinema, Wi-Fi and all

mod-con kitchens are included. Given an arm twist

I could, possibly, ‘rough it’ in a modern caravan. Well,

for a night at most.

But the VW T2 Combi-van sub-culture leaves me

baffled. This love of a minimalist vintage motor-

’home’, last made in Europe in 1979, with its pushup

roof, twee curtains and no loo, just leaves me

completely cold (probably literally if I had the

misfortune to spend a night in one).

It’s the vehicular equivalent of a 1960s seaside B & B.

You know the type? Run by a dragon of a landlady.

“Boiler goes off at eight. The bathroom’s down the

corridor. The front door is locked at ten and no

overnight guests either.”

Admittedly, they do have certain cool, hipster

charm. Some are beautifully restored, I grant you,

and to a higher standard and specification than

when it came off the production line. But surely that

appeal has to evaporate when you are caught short

and trudging to the campsite facilities on a rainy

British summer’s night?

I guess the cool-hipster campers will say I am

missing something.

I know, I am: air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a modcon

kitchen, a loo…

By Iain Betson


Fine & Points:

Five Motoring Misdeeds

There are some driving misdeeds that can take an

unwitting toll on your wallet – here are five…

Eating at the wheel

It’s a situation many will be familiar with. You’re

halfway through a long journey and when you stop

at the services for some food you’re asked if you want

to eat in or take away. You’re in a hurry, so you take

it with you and start eating it as you pull back on to

the motorway.

While this will save you a few minutes, it also means

you’re driving without due care and attention – and

that can land you with up to nine points as well as

severe financial penalties.

Splashing pedestrians by driving through a puddle

Section 3 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act states that

driving “without reasonable consideration for other

persons using the road” is an offence. The act rightly

considers pedestrians to be road users, and driving

through a puddle without looking to see if there’s

anyone on foot and in the firing line can result in a

fixed penalty posted through your door.

Driving too slowly

Being a cautious road user is – in most cases – quite a

good thing. However, it’s possible to drive too slowly

in the eyes of the law.

If you’re driving slowly enough to be a potential

hazard to motorists, you can receive an unlimited

fine and up to nine points on your licence.

Beeping your horn

In general, you are only supposed to use your horn to

make other drivers aware of your vehicle’s presence.

However, regardless of the circumstances, using

your horn between 11.30pm and 7am in a built-up

area can leave you liable to be fined up to £1,000.

Driving with an overly dirty number plate

Your number plate needs to be clean, or at the very

least legible. Even if sections of it are obscured you’ll

be liable for a £1,000 fine – and your car could even

fail its MOT if it has an illegible number plate.

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56 Gardening

Prolific Pests

Bugs and beasties thrive

in warmer weather,

so how should these

common problems be

dealt with?


Aphids such as greenfly

and blackfly suck sap from

plants and can transmit

viruses, sometimes with

disastrous consequences.

You can use a strong jet of

water to blast aphids off

plants, but be thorough

or they will soon be back!

Alternatively, spray with a

suitable insecticide – I prefer a more environmentally

friendly soap-based insecticide. Biological controls

such as native two-spot ladybirds and their larvae

can also be introduced – see www.pippagreenwood.

com/products/protect-your-crops for more


Aphids breed rapidly, so regular control is necessary.


Caterpillars can do a lot of damage to plants and

vegetable hearts.

One of the best methods is to pick the pests off and

either squash them or place them on the bird table.

Caterpillars are easier to spot at dusk or very early in

the morning.

You can buy a mixture of nematodes to spray onto

your plants and kill the caterpillars without harming

humans or pets.

Some caterpillars produce quantities of fine webbing

to bind leaves or other plant parts together to create

shelters. It is hard to get a pesticide or nematodes

mix to reach them, so hand-picking or squashing is

often best.

For susceptible vegetables such as calabrese,

broccoli and other brassicas, stop the adults laying

their eggs with horticultural fleece, netting or very

fine Micromesh, either as pull-out tunnels or sheets

of material cut to shape and pegged down. These

keep a wide range of pests, including caterpillars,

away from the plants.


Woodlice are rarely responsible for causing damage

and are rather like vultures, moving in to clear up

debris created by other pests. I say leave them be.


Earwigs cause damage to petals or leaves,

particularly on the flowers of plants such as clematis

and dahlias. They can be controlled with contact

insecticides but many prefer to trap the earwigs.

One of the best ways to do this is with an inverted

flowerpot – stuffed loosely with hay, straw or similar


material – on top of a bamboo cane, and positioned

amongst susceptible plants. The earwigs climb in

and the pots can be emptied regularly.


Powdery mildew coats plant leaves, stems, buds

and petals with a white flowery deposit, and can

prevent fruits from swelling normally or cause leaves

to distort or fall early. Prompt action is essential and

suitable fungicides are available.

Keep the damage to a minimum in the first instance

by ensuring that the plants are kept well-watered

– plants which are dry around the roots seem

particularly prone to mildew attack. In addition,

try to ensure a good flow of air around the plants,

as stagnant, moist air seems to have a similar effect

and can make matters worse very quickly. Careful

pruning or weeding often solves the problem.

By Pippa Greenwood.

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you’ll find some great gardening items: Nemaslug,

ladybirds and other great natural pest controls, stylish

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garden buildings can be more glamorous and equally

useful? From pavilions to pods, summerhouses to

shepherd’s huts, all sorts of structures are possible

provided you have the outdoor space. They take

many forms and will enhance the overall look of your

garden, too.

Start by assessing your outside space and

considering the available area – it is important to

leave a reasonable amount of garden to enjoy. What

do you need the structure for? If it is simply a cosy

nook in which to relax, a small, circular gazebo with

a diameter of two or three metres may suffice, while

a craft room, for example, would need to be more

spacious, and a home office perhaps larger still.

Most garden buildings are considered ‘permitted

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as to whether you’ll need planning permission. If

the structure is going to be larger than 15 square

metres, or used for sleeping in, then it will have to

pass building regulations, too. Without planning

permission you can’t put an outbuilding in your front

garden, nor can it be higher than 2.5m if it’s within

two metres of a boundary.

Finally, function: do you want heating, lighting, plug

sockets and maybe a kitchenette or bathroom? If so,

consider how you will connect utilities. Insulation

is vital (think walls, floors and roof if the space is

going to be used beyond the summer months),

and so is good security. Some may prefer rustic

simplicity, perhaps a yurt with solar lighting and a

sheepskin rug, or a thatched rotunda with a deck

chair and weather vane, but others may opt for fullon

opulence, which may take the form of underfloor

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a green roof or a hot tub.

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