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Contents

February 2020

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FRONT IT UP

Maggie Alderson’s run down of

February’s most desirable homes

NOTEBOOK

Get clued up on Asia, book

in some half term activities

and learn to play the piano

A HOUSE TO TRULY LOVE

Take a look inside Olya Lammas’

stunning Victorian villa

GET THE LOOK

Recreate Olya’s

effortlessly chic look

PICTURE PERFECT

Find your ideal wedding

venue match

HILLSIDE HAVEN

Explore an architectdesigned

eco self-build

GET THE LOOK

Harness design-led style

with our furniture picks

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PET CLINIC

Top vet tips to keep

your animal friends in

prime condition

THE POWER OF LOVE

Kate Liz Watts styles

unique jewels, perfect

for Valentine’s Day

GRAB A BARGAIN

Josephine Fairley’s pursefriendly

beauty essentials

KIND ON THE INSIDE

Henrietta Norton’s monthly

nutritional insight

STRONG ON THE SLOPES

Avoid injury with Sarah

Maxwell’s strengthening tips

EAT WELL

Melissa Hemsley’s sustainable

nutrient-packed recipes

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PLANT HUNTERS

Sue Whigham uncovers

centuries of plant seekers

NAKED ATTRACTION

Jo Arnell’s colourful winter

garden wonders

A DIETARY ALTERNATIVE?

Hilary Wilce looks into unbalanced

nutrient supplies and ADHD

WHAT’S ON

A guide to February’s events

COMPETITION

Win a two-night stay for two

people at Laindons Guest House

FABLES FROM THE FARM

Jane restocks her collection of rare

breed chickens

INTERIORS

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TENTERDEN ORO £875,000

Grade II Listed five bedroom house with two detached self-contained annexe

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features, garage, parking, pretty courtyard and a good size garden.

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An impressive detached country house set along a rural lane on the edge of

the village. The property has been refurbished providing stylish 6 bedroom

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House

Month

of the

£3,950,000

Front It Up

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite double

fronted homes on the market

Langton House

The dream: An impressive Grade

II listed Regency house with great

character and 8,000 sq ft of space.

There is also a self-contained annexe

with sitting room, double bedroom

and bathroom, and also a coach house

which could also be converted. The

ground floor rambles deliciously,

with very elegant hallways that have

wide floorboards, and a staircase

with a delicate wooden handrail.

There are two sitting rooms, two

kitchens, two offices, a dining room,

a drawing room, a family room and

a big kitchen/breakfast room. The

exterior has lovely shutters and a

colonial wrought-iron verandah.

Where: Langton Green, on the

western fringe of Tunbridge Wells.

Setting: Within its own lovely gardens

backing onto the village green.

Beds: 8 Baths: 5

Special features: The garden has its

own cricket ground with a pavilion.

Pleasing details: The lovely colonial

style wrought-iron verandah.

Outside: 12 acres of formal gardens,

with magnificent specimen trees

and rolling lawns, stable block,

tennis court and bluebell wood.

Time to town: An hour from

Tunbridge Wells station,

10 minutes drive.

Agent: Knight Frank, Tunbridge

Wells, Tunbridge Wells,

01892 888621 knightfrank.co.uk

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Dovecote House

£2,200,000

The dream: An impressive partly

tile-hung country house built to

a high spec in 2013 – although

it looks like it has been there for

years – incorporating the lofty oak

beam tradition of the Wealden

vernacular, with modern lifestyle

in a 41ft kitchen/dining/family

room, with a vaulted ceiling and

sliding doors to a covered terrace.

There is also a lovely big hall.

Where: Under a mile from the very

sought-after village of Goudhurst.

Setting: Wealden countryside

Beds: 5 Baths: 4

Special features: The social

kitchen is as good as it gets.

Pleasing details: A large

cinema room.

Outside: Beautifully landscaped

gardens, with mature shrubs and trees.

Time to town: Just over an hour to

Cannon Street or Charing Cross,

from Marden, 10 minutes’ drive away.

Agent: Savills, Cranbrook

01580 720161 savills.com

Quarry House

£1,400,000

The dream: A really substantial detached

Georgian villa right in the heart of the

ever more fashionable area of Burtons’

St Leonards. It has big reception rooms

with splendid sea views and a very generous

kitchen giving onto the dining room, perfect

for family life and entertaining.

Where: In a quiet corner on the edge of

St Leonards Gardens, just five minutes walk

from the seafront, very close to the trendy

shops and cafés in Norman and Kings Roads.

Setting: Urban leafy

Beds: 5 Baths: 3

Special features: On the east side of the

house there is a round section over two floors

creating very appealing space in the rooms.

Pleasing details: The original

stone walls in the kitchen.

Outside: In lovely gardens of its own,

right next to St Leonards Gardens

Time to town: From 90 minutes

from St Leonards Warrior Square,

which is under 15 minutes walk.

Agent: Phillips & Stubbs, Rye 01797 227338

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Monday 2nd March, 11am-3pm, at the

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• Learn about the ‘inspired way of life’

• Speak to our friendly sales advisers

• Reserve a new home and benefit

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What to do and see near you this month

Bon Voyage

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Tunbridge Wells, Wendy will be talking about building

her award-winning business from scratch and all the

highs and lows that she has traversed along the way in

order to make it the UK’s leading Asia specialist. You will

also get to hear about all the amazing places across Asia

that the tour company visits, plus their latest destinations

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Penshurst Place re-opens its doors this month.

The 14th century Manor House and its Gardens,

will be open on weekends from Saturday 15

February, throughout half term week, and

daily from Tuesday 28 March. There is a great

programme of events and activities already

lined up across the year including Easter

storytelling, The Weald of Kent

Country Craft Show in May and a

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wedding showcase. Explore Britain’s oldest naval building, the

beautiful Commissioner’s House Gardens and even step aboard

the magnificent and romantic Victorian ship, HMS Gannet.

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We’re one month into a brand new decade and I’m

feeling an increasing urgency to bite the bullet

and finish off all those decorating tasks that

remain irritatingly incomplete since we started renovating

our little Victorian terrace over eight years ago! So, I’ve

been watching Rebecca Cuffe compile this issue’s Interiors

Supplement with great interest as she sifts through some of

the loveliest looks that 2020 promises to deliver. From timeless

velvets to nature-inspired wallpapers, she’s edited down a

selection of the most ‘wearable’ interior trends to transition

your home from the twenty-tens to the twenty-twenties.

Sticking with interiors, explore two beautifully different homes

– which both feature copious amounts of space as a common

denominator – with comprehensive tours of Olya Lammas’

Victorian villa and Steve Ackhurst and Bronwen Malcolm’s

impressive new build. Maggie Alderson and Antonia Methuen find

out how they’ve tailored their homes to their exact requirements.

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hunting and Jo Arnell gets to grip with winter colour outside.

Be sure to take Melissa Hemsley’s nourishing recipes for a

spin and see how Kate Liz Watts has styled beautiful jewels

that would make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

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A House to

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After documenting the transformation of her

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Previous pages: In the living room, Olya has inserted pops of blue

in the form of velvet stools and a hydrangea plant that really lifts

the design This page: One of the most impressive spaces within

the house is the double height entrance hall

“I

wasn’t planning on buying a home like this!” says

interior designer Olya Lammas. We are standing in

the double height hallway of her detached Victorian

villa tucked away on one of Tunbridge Wells’s most charming

streets, Hungershall Park. Olya admits she didn’t know the road

existed until the estate agent took her and her husband to see

the property. “We had moved from London in 2014 and lived

in a converted stables, however I needed somewhere with more

space,” she says. “This house had everything we wanted and

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This page: The focus in Olya’s husband’s study is a piece

by the artist Louis Midavaine, a copy of one of Toulouse

Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge paintings from the 19th century.

A rug from The Rug Company and a bright green Conran

velvet sofa compliment the painting’s palette

also some things that I never knew that I wanted.” Olya

points out of the window. “When I was in London

I never dreamt I would wake up and see cows!”

As the animals quietly graze in the green fields

across the road, it is easy to see how Olya and her

family immediately fell in love with the house, even

though she needed to completely re-decorate the whole

building from top-to-toe. “I changed pretty much

everything: the lighting, the heating, the flooring and

the fireplaces.” Indeed, it has been the transformation

of her house that has simultaneously heralded in a new

career for Olya and her company, A House To Love.

“I bought the house and at the same time closed

my fashion boutique. I worked in fashion for years

in London but when I began working on the house

suddenly people began to ask me about my style

and my decorating tips. It’s as though the house

has helped me to completely change career!”

It’s a change that Olya has embraced with open

arms. “In some ways interior design is very like

fashion, you need to use your imagination, you need

focal points and a sense of balance, you need to

create a mood and yet for me, interior design feels

so natural, I just love it and wish I had done it

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This page: The downstairs loo has been decorated in a stylish contemporary geometric printed wallpaper. A bookcase is packed with

Penguin classics, which Olya sourced from eBay. The marble sink is flanked by two wheatsheaf lighting sconces that sit either side of

an antique mirror

years ago, I understand myself so much better now.”

Olya’s enthusiasm is infectious. You can understand why

her client list is growing fast as she shows me how she created

each room from scratch, using artwork, pieces of furniture

or an accessory as her inspiration, a springboard of mood or

colour from which to create her overall design. Having trained

in technical drawing at Chelsea College of Art, Olya said she

didn’t want to become too constrained and decided not to

carry on studying as she felt that the best interior designers are

untrained and she wanted to rely on her eye and intuition.

“I love the work of the interior designer Kit Kemp, her

style has been a big inspiration for me, her use of pattern

and her ability to mix styles and periods with maximum

impact,” says Olya.

Although influenced by Kit, it is very obvious that

Olya’s home very much reflects her own hand-writing

and style. She pulls out a book on Kaitag textiles from

Dagestan (think Suzani but with even more chic) and

explains how these antique pieces are starting points. Olya,

who is a bit of a textile obsessive, has even been known to

source fabrics from Argentina where she discovered they

are still making raw textiles created on manual machines,

which Olya uses for wall coverings and natural raffias.

It is the pursuit of unique and very special fabrics and

the attention to detail and a love of pattern and texture

that is apparent throughout the interior of the house.

“I start with a concept,” says Olya. We are looking at two

pieces of art depicting surrealist-inspired Japanese warriors

that mirror each other on opposing walls in her living room.

“I discovered these at a dealer in Antwerp, where I source

a lot of my antiques and art. I saw them and before I had

any idea how much they were, I decided to take them as

I knew they would be the starting point for this room.”

From the soft colour of the walls to the bespoke Wendy

Morrison silk rug, the round mother-of-pearl coffee table

from Anthropologie USA to the Jonathan Adler light fitting

and William Yeoward lamps, these two paintings gave Olya

the road map for her design. However, it is Olya’s unique skill

with colour, inserting pops of blue within the scheme in the

blue velvet stools and blue hydrangea plant that really lifts the

design. Just like her design guru Kit Kemp, Olya has deftly

mixed styles and periods, adding an antique French mirror

alongside the rustic-style objets, ikat and velvet cushions.

One of the most impressive spaces is the double height

entrance hall. Flooded with light from the room’s huge

windows as well as from the gallery above, you can see

why Olya sees the space almost like a gallery for her everchanging

collection of antique furniture. As well as

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Although Olya has not yet done any major work on the family kitchen and dining room

she has already worked her stylist magic on the space. Tom Dixon ‘Etched’ lampshades sit

above the island to which Olya has added a Carrera marble top


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Above & top left: Olya has kept the walls in the entrance hall neutral and the floors stained dark, which has allowed the geometric

patterns of the Sahara Tuareg reed and leather rug, as well as the pieces of antique furniture and paintings, to shine

Above right: In the dining area, Olya has combined a Balinese bench, an antique oak dining table and a Moooi spherical pendant

designing interiors for her clients, Olya also sources and

deals in furniture and art. Having kept the walls neutral

and the floors stained dark, she has allowed the geometric

patterns of the Sahara Tuareg reed and leather rug, as well

as the pieces of furniture and paintings, to have space to

sing. Consoles, benches, cabinets and chests are a mixture

of eras, some pieces sourced from vintage markets in

Paris, other items from more conventional routes such

as retailers Harvey Nichols and Sweetpea & Willow.

The magnificent wooden staircase, which is also carpeted

in a natural jute, plays host to a series of antique African

textiles on its flanking wall. Olya is rightly proud of these

very authentic and very personal pieces, woven by and for

women. “They were like their ID documents,” she says.

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to research the sale price your home may

realistically expect to achieve.

Local estate agents should know how

much your property is likely to fetch,

and it is a good idea to speak to several.

Ask them about comparable properties

they have sold in your area and the prices

they achieved. There are also online tools

which can give you an indicative value for

your home.

Once you have worked out how much

your home is worth, you will need to

agree an asking price. Discuss your

strategy with your agent. Most buyers

expect to negotiate on price, so keep that

in mind when setting the figure. The price

may also reflect how keen you are to sell

your property. A lower price is more likely

to attract speculative offers. Price too

high and you may struggle to generate

interest.

Appearances count

Research suggests that for over three

quarters of buyers first impressions are

crucial when viewing a property. It is

important, therefore, to maximise your

home’s appeal. Deep clean, fix anything

that needs repairing, and make sure your

property looks its best. Experts suggest

de-cluttering and de-personalising so that

would-be buyers can visualise themselves

living in your home more easily.

Remember too, that a lot of people decide

whether to view a property based on how

it looks online. So make sure the photos

of your home really do it justice.

Be informed

You no longer need to provide a Home

Information Pack, or HIP, before putting

your home on the market. However, you

will still need an Energy Performance

Certificate which will give your home a

rating depending on its energy efficiency.

The idea behind the HIP was to make

house buying more transparent by

providing a lot of the information a

buyer needs up front. Your conveyancing

solicitor will deal with the matters

previously covered by the HIP once you

have accepted an offer. It is a good idea

to discuss your plans with your solicitor

early on, ideally before you put your home

on the market. This way you can ensure

that all the information a buyer may

require is readily available. For example,

if your home is leasehold, would-be

buyers may ask about the service charge.

Having this information to hand will

enable you to answer their questions and

help to build confidence.

Resolve any title issues early on

Discussing your plans with your

conveyancer early on will also enable any

problems with the title to be resolved

so they do not jeopardise the progress

of your sale. For example, if there is a

restriction on your property’s title which

prevents building without a third party’s

consent, your solicitor will need to

show that there is the relevant consent,

or if not, that its absence is unlikely to

cause problems. This may be possible by

showing a history of non-enforcement

and providing an appropriate title

indemnity insurance policy.

Remember, any title issue is better

actively addressed by your own solicitor

rather than coming as a nasty surprise to

your buyer.

Pay attention to marketing

It is important your estate agent is

enthusiastic about selling your property.

Before choosing an agent, think about

how good they will be at showing your

home to would-be buyers.

Ask them how they will market your

home. A good agent can suggest different

strategies to generate interest and help to

speed your sale up. Open house events,

where prospective buyers may view a

property in a short window of one or

two hours, can be an effective way of

generating interest in some properties.

Others may better suit a more targeted

approach.

Remember too that the process of selling

your home does not end when you accept

an offer. Find out from your agent how

they will check progress and help to keep

your sale on track.

Choose the right solicitor

In a flat property market, buyers may feel

more jittery particularly if they are buying

a home for the first time. It is important,

therefore, to choose a solicitor who will

manage your sale proactively and who is a

good communicator.

Title issues, unexpected delays, or a

protracted silence, can make buyers

nervous or encourage them to look

elsewhere. An experienced conveyancer,

who you can have confidence in and who

will give your sale their close personal

attention, will help you get to completion

even in the most challenging market.

For further information about selling

your home, or buying or selling a property

in general, please contact Jane Bohill on

01732 747900or email j.bohill@warners.

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The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this

article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice.


Above left: Beyond Joinery in London created with Xylocleaf panels and polished brass edges in Olya’s dressing room

Above right: The magnificent wooden staircase has been carpeted in a natural jute

textiles,” she says, “they are quite beautiful pieces reflecting

an individual woman’s life. I hope I have done them justice.”

Throughout the house, window treatments have been

kept minimal. In the living room, Olya opted to keep the

existing wooden pelmets, one of the very few elements

that remained from the house’s former life. In the hallway

she has employed a very soft Zimmer + Rohde animal

print on blinds that allow in as much of the surrounding

light as possible, flooding the house all day long. In

the bedrooms too, she has kept the blinds minimal.

Olya is keen to show me her husband’s study. “I am not

into one style of design,” she says as we enter a room with

a very different mood from the living room and hallway.

Undeniably masculine in its intent and varied in its style, the

focus of the room is a piece by the artist Louis Midavaine, a

copy of one of Toulouse Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge paintings

from the 19th century. This bold piece of artwork has

been married with a green The Rug Company rug and

a bright green Conran velvet sofa. Dark blue cabinetry

along one wall sits happily with the soft pinky browns of a

leather Mid-mod chair and two dusty pink velvet cushions.

“It’s a room of straight lines,” says Olya, “something

that would appeal to my husband, a room for him.”

The downstairs loo of any large property can be a forlorn

and forgotten space but not with Olya. Her lavatory is a

room whose generous proportions have been decorated in

a stylish contemporary geometric printed wallpaper. There

is a pop of instantly recognisable orange from a bookcase,

packed with Penguin classics, which Olya painstakingly

sourced from eBay, next to which sits a rather fine antique

mirror. The generous marble sink is flanked by two

wheatsheaf lighting sconces that sit either side of the mirror.

Although Olya has not yet done any major work on

the family kitchen and dining room she has already

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Above: The dominant palette in one of the guest bedrooms is blue, with chinoiserie influences

worked her stylist magic on the space. Tom Dixon

‘Etched’ lampshades sit above the island to which Olya

has added a Carrera marble top. Metal bar stools from

Out There Interiors give the space an instant feeling of

cosmopolitan chic. In the dining area, like the rest of the

house, Olya has combined looks: a Balinese bench, an

antique oak dining table and a Moooi spherical pendant.

As the house is also home to four boys, it is with a sense

of relief that, as we move upstairs, I find Olya has carved a

feminine recluse within her dressing room. “It’s ironic I have

this wonderful space, as I gave most of my clothes to charity

from when I worked in fashion. My wardrobe is different

now but I am glad I have this room in which to escape.”

The room is an essay in chic tones. A soft silk Nourison rug

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which Olya designed with a team from Beyond Joinery in

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edges. The Buster + Punch etched brass handles and the Rima

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The house, which is still a work in progress, has several

bedrooms leading off the generous upper landing. Olya

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next few months. “Although each of the bedrooms has its

own look,” she explains, “I wanted them to relate to one

another as you glimpse them from across the landing.”

The dominant palette is blue, however whilst the larger

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to the chinoiserie influence of the antique Chinese screen

and porcelain pots, the smaller bedroom is a children’s

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Button & Sprung over-sized headboard. As with the rest

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As with her client work for her company A House To

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elements to talk to each other. Creating a comfortable

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new business all come together in perfect harmony.


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Olya has completed two of the guest rooms so far and is planning the re-design

of her own master bedroom in the next few months. “Although each of the

bedrooms has its own look,” she explains, “I wanted them to relate to

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Say “I do”

IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND

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Your wedding is a unique occasion and we would be delighted to help

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Picture Perfect

We chat to the wedding teams at some of the most

beautifully romantic venues in the Weald

The stunning neo-Elizabethan

Manor House provides a picture

perfect backdrop for any wedding

The Venue:

Eastwell Manor, Ashford

Eastwell Manor is a stunning

and elegant manor house in an

exceptional setting. Surrounded by 3,000

acres of beautifully landscaped gardens,

this idyllic spot is unrivalled, and the

11th century country house is the perfect

backdrop for you to say, “I do”. The

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it one of the leading wedding venues in

Kent. Originally built over 450 years

ago, not only will the striking house look

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to impress guests on your special day.

Can you actually get married here?

“Yes, in our Bishop of Bayeux ceremony

room with stunning wood panelling

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How many guests can be seated?

“Wedding breakfast from 50-84 (inside)

or 200 in a marquee (however, intimate

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can be anything from 2-49 people

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Is there accommodation? “Yes, we have

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Manor house or stylish Mews.”

Is the venue exclusive for one wedding

party? “Yes, we only allow one wedding

per day, however if there is a wedding

the day prior or following, the wedding

party may still be in the hotel along

with other residential guests. The

venue is also available for exclusive

use should the wedding party wish

to have the full venue to themselves

for the duration of the wedding.”

Are there great photo opportunities?

“Yes! The stunning neo-Elizabethan

Manor House provides a picture perfect

backdrop for any wedding, with our

walled garden, beautifully manicured

grounds and stylish interiors there are

a variety of traditional features making

it the ideal wedding destination.”

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Get married

in Portugal

This beautiful country house

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VALENTINE’S

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STARTERS

Seared scallops, salsify,

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cauliflower soup, finished with

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Beef Wellington, parsley root

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with dressed endive salad

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To share

White chocolate parfait,

chocolate fondant, cherry

sorbet, Turkish delight, popping

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£69 per

couple

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The Venue: The Bell

The Bell in Ticehurst pulls out all

the stops for a wedding day to

remember. Whether you are looking for

rustic charm or Alice in Wonderland

whimsy, their team is there to help

make your dreams come true. The

Bell is the perfect setting for a quirky

wedding that will delight you and your

guests. Recent awards include Regional

Winner of The Wedding Industry

Awards Best Events Team 2019 and

Winner of Guides for Brides Customer

Service Award 2019.

Can you actually get

married here? Yes.

How many guests can

be seated? Maximum 90,

minimum 20 on a weekday.

Is there accommodation? Yes.

Is the venue exclusive for

one wedding party? Yes.

Are there great photo

opportunities? Absolutely, yes!

Contact Tessa to book a viewing of The

Bell’s fabulous newly-designed wedding

rooms. weddings@thebellinticehurst.com

or 01580 200300.

The Bell is the perfect setting for a quirky wedding

that will delight you and your guests.

Image: Chris Blackledge Photography

The Venue: Salomons Estate

Would you like to celebrate your

special day in a stunning setting

that retains all the magic and romance of

a bygone era? With its elegant Victorian

mansion and 36 acres of beautiful

grounds just outside Tunbridge Wells,

there can be few settings to match that of

the stunning Salomons Estate. With the

opportunity to have both your wedding

ceremony and reception at the Manor

House, the Salomons team offer a truly

bespoke service, guaranteeing you will be

the only wedding party at the Estate with

up to 220 guests. The newlyweds can

stay in the chocolate box cottage, which

makes Salomons Estate the perfect venue.

Can you actually

get married here? Yes.

How many guests can be

seated? Up to 220.

Is there accommodation? Yes.

Is the venue exclusive for

one wedding party? Yes.

Are there great photo opportunities?

The stunning Estate offers plenty

of locations, both inside and out,

for beautiful photographs.

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Kent’s Most Romantic Venue

Inclusive Weddings starting at £1900 for 2020

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The Venue:

Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is a captivating

and elegant country wedding venue.

Set against the peaceful backdrop of

rural Kent, on the beautiful Mersham

Le Hatch Estate near Ashford, the Secret

Garden is a truly magical place to say

‘I do’. With a selection of absolutely

stunning inside and outside ceremony

locations to choose from, this really

does offer something for everyone.

Roaring evening receptions feature

live music and a fully stocked bar!

Reception areas include the Victorian

Coach House with its wonderful beamed

ceiling, French doors that open on to

a south facing undercover terrace and

views over the gardens. For smaller

vintage-styled wedding parties, the

uniquely beautiful Glass House provides

a relaxed and stylish backdrop to the day.

The Secret Garden is renowned for

beautiful gardens, award-winning locally

sourced and freshly made food as well as

first class service. The team will go above

and beyond to make your day totally

unique and our dedicated

wedding and events

team will be on hand

to assist you with every

step of your planning.

Can you actually get

married here? “Yes,

we have three beautiful

ceremony spaces here that

are all fully licensed for

legal wedding ceremonies.”

How many guests can be seated? “From

as little as just two (bride and groom) all

the way up to wedding ceremonies and

meals for 100 guests. In the evening we

can comfortably accommodate up to 150

wedding guests here on site.”

Is there accommodation? “We don’t

have accommodation here on site but we

have an amazing list of recommended

suppliers with whom we work closely,

including accommodation in the local

area to suit all tastes and budgets.”

Is the venue exclusive for one wedding

party? “We never ever host more than

one wedding at a time. We can also offer

the exclusive hire of the venue meaning

wedding parties can have the gardens and

the use of the buildings all to themselves

to add a real sense of magic to the day.”

Are there great photo opportunities?

“The Secret Garden has some of

the most beautiful surroundings of

any wedding venue in the UK. We

have an absolutely stunning garden

(hence the name) as well as some

beautifully restored buildings and

inside spaces that are second-tonone

for wedding photography.”

The Secret Garden Wedding Open Day

is on Sunday 9 February. Pre-register

now for a free wedding goodie bag

on arrival. secretgardenkent.co.uk

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Celebrate life, love and happiness

See for yourself our fabulous newly-designed

suite of rooms for your special day.

Call or email Tessa for a show round.

weddings@thebellinticehurst.com

01580 200300

www.thebellinticehurst.com

*Find out more at our

Wedding Showcase:

8th February

10am - 3pm

Visit

weddings.penshurstplace.com

to RSVP and discover

how we can bring your

dream day to life

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Elegance and rural charm within Kent

he stunning Oak Barn is nestled in a peaceful valley below

the village of Benenden within Kent’s Area of Outstanding

TNatural Beauty. The Grade II listed farm provides a magical

setting for exclusive weddings. Grouped around a traditional

farmyard, The Oak Barn, The Byre and Weaver’s Cottages

are surrounded by 25 idyllic acres of sheep grazing

with tranquil views.

Photo opportunities abound in the beautiful gardens around the

farm buildings. Natural in style, they feature waving grasses and

year-round colour. A picturesque and peaceful lily pond and

waterfall offers the perfect place to capture memories of

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This page and previous: The walls and towering ceilings are made from

sustainable cross-laminated timber, the look softened with Osmo oil

M

aking my way along the impressive

tree-lined drive to this house, I feel like

Kevin McCloud when he goes back

to revisit the owners of a project after they’ve

lived there for a while.

For this is the rainbow unicorn Narnia

of house aspirations – the architectdesigned

self-build. Buying a plot of land

and commissioning a design exactly to your

specs. The whole Grand Designs fantasy.

I am deeply impressed even before I make it

through the front door by the spectacular setting,

on a hillside to the rural north of Hastings,

looking out over a panoramic expanse of Wealden

countryside. Nothing to jar the retina in sight.

It was a miracle to find such a plot, so it

wasn’t a surprise to hear that it took Steve

Ackhurst, a producer, now screenwriter, and

Bronwen Malcolm, an artist, 18 months of

hard searching. Then based in Clapham, they

first started looking in West Sussex to be near

family and gradually worked their way east.

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lot of time and energy into another site, before

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“We wanted a

versatile house

combining the best of

British 1930s houses

with the lateral space

of the Hollywood

Hills style.”

Above left: The clever kitchen joinery is by Matthew Smith Above right: Gorgeous views surround the 10-seater dining table

they found this one, but even beyond drainage issues, that

plot had a bad vibe around it, with tricky vendors in historic

conflict with neighbours, and eventually they walked away.

“We were on holiday when we heard about this one,”

says Steve, “and we came straight from the airport to see it,

walked across the land and put an offer in right there.”

There was good karma around this one – the land,

which had housed two holiday homes since the 1930s,

had been bequeathed to St Michael’s Hospice, which

was selling it to raise funds, so the deal was done.

The inspiration to build their own home came from

Steve’s architect father who had always wanted to build

his own house. They discussed their ideas with him,

before making a list comprising 60 names, gradually

narrowing it down in stages before meeting the final

three designers. So not a lightly-made decision.

Then there was the stage of conveying their vision, as

Bronwen explains. “There was a written brief and a mood

board of what we wanted to achieve. Practical details like

the number of bedrooms, wanting a pool, making the

most of the view, but also more generally how we live…”

Steve chips in, “We wanted a versatile house combining

the best of British 1930s houses with the lateral space of the

Hollywood Hills style.”

They moved in four years ago, after a two-and-a-half

year build, with all the usual angst and complications.

But it was definitely worth it. Standing at the top of the

stairs, just before turning into the kitchen – the living

spaces are all on the first floor, the bedrooms downstairs

– I pause to look out of the large window and it really

does have that LA vista, just without all the buildings

and cars. Instead, glorious peace and tranquillity.

It’s really quite an effort to drag yourself away from that

gorgeous view, but worth it, to then sit in the vaulted

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Left: The view from the window

at the top of the stairs across

tranquil countryside

Below: The dramatic stairway

leads up to the kitchen, living

space and master bedroom suite

ceiling space of the kitchen, at the 10-seater dining table,

next to a wall of windows with views to the east. There’s

another large window looking out to the main northerly

view and then another on the opposite wall, looking onto the

upward slope of the hillside through the pergola that runs

along the back of the house. And the pergola is not there just

to look pretty in the summer.

“It has nine vines planted on it,” says Steve. “In summer

the leaves shield the kitchen from the beating sun through

the windows and in the winter there are no leaves, so the heat

from the sun can get in.”

Not that heating the place is an issue, even with the

amazing vaulted 5.3 metre ceilings. It’s all supplied

from a ground-source heat pump and with triple-glazed

windows, a little goes a long way. “The large array of

solar PVs generates more than we can use,” says Steve.

“Selling the excess pays all our bills,” adds Bronwen.

Sitting with them at the table gives me the chance to really

take in the scale and detail of the house – and there is a lot

to process, because when you are in an unique house that has

been built from scratch, from the imagination of two owners

and a designer, it makes you realise that, lovely though they

are, all the houses you visit really fit into just a few categories.

Even old beamy Wealden farmhouses, Georgian

cottages, or Victorian mansions, with all their lovely

quirky historical details, are all of their types. But

I’ve never been in a house like this before – because

it’s the only one – and there is a lot to take in.

On this upper floor, the walls and towering ceilings

are all made from CLT – cross-laminated timber,


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Above and left: The pool was Steve’s dream, a keen swimmer since

the age of six. It has a steam room and showers to the side

which Steve describes as “big boys’ plywood”. It’s very

strong and highly sustainable – a very important factor for

them – with a natural pattern a bit like knotty pine, but

beautiful. The effect has been softened, Steve explains, by

misting all the surfaces with one coat of Osmo oil.

Having absorbed all that information, I turn my

attention to the windows treatments – or more to what

wasn’t there: no bi-folds, no big sliding glass panels.

Steve explains: “Bi-folds have lots of black vertical lines

when they are closed, which obscure rather than frame a view,

and sliding doors have to have a wall to slide behind.”

Instead, they have large picture windows which don’t open,

interspersed with stable doors that do – either fully, or just the

top – which is a nice reference to the agricultural buildings

which are scattered throughout the surrounding landscape.

With all that absorbed, I can start to take in some of the

decorating details, like the collection of animal ‘skulls’ in various

materials, which they already had from their previous house. “The

first was a plywood stag,” says Bronwen. Which seems appropriate,

because they see a lot of deer in the surrounding landscape.

Another veteran from their last three houses is

a cantilevered Alvar Aalto chair that fits perfectly

in the space in front of the picture window.

“The things we already had fitted in,” says Steve, “we didn’t

have to buy much new furniture for the house.” What they

did buy, such as the plywood bar stools on the ‘social’ side of

the central island, came from London furniture makers Unto

This Last, who make everything from plywood in their Brick

Lane workshop, creating another uniting theme in the house.

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loo, basin and shower sit either side of a central pod

kitchen, which Bronwen explains “...is great for dinner

parties, because you can leave the messy stuff in there.”

There are two open doorways into the second kitchen,

which I later discover on our tour, is one of the themes of

the layout. It allows the cook direct access from the main

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island can pop in for a glass, or something. It also invests

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then coming out through the second entrance, because

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This repetition of shapes gives a sense of order, which is

further increased when Bronwen shows me the wonderfully

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spices – she’s a keen cook. The joinery, with no handles, was

all by Matthew Smith, a friend and extremely talented joiner.

With a cup of tea inside me and feeling less overwhelmed

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“Bronwen found the Etcetera 1972 lounge chair by Jan

Ekselius,” says Steve. “She’s a furniture detective.”

and Bronwen lead the way back downstairs for

the full house tour, starting another floor down

with the subterranean 20-metre swimming pool,

which has my lower jaw hanging open again.

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within and an oversized Acctim clock, with showers

and a steam room alongside, the concrete space

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to 30 minutes every day, swimming 40 to 60 lengths.

“We originally wanted a pool with a view, but

to get that we would have had to move the whole

house site and as it’s primarily an exercise pool,

we decided a subterranean setting was OK.”

And so did the advertising agency which recently shot a

commercial there, one of 20 campaigns shot at the house, via

location agencies. But from his own experience in the industry,

Steve puts his foot down at full-scale film shoots. “You’d

have 50 plus people in the house… I know what it’s like.”

Heading back up to ground level I notice the lovely polished

effect on the concrete floors and ask how they achieved it.

“They were ‘power floated’,” says Steve, which is a process

with a hand-operated machine to produce a smooth, dense

and level surface, “and then they become shiny with wear.”

In a pleasing contrast, the poured concrete walls are

more rugged looking, setting off artworks, such as the

eye-catching print in the hallway – ‘Inferno’ by Tobias

Till, a brilliantly detailed Sodom and Gomorrah vision

of London. Keen art collectors, they found this one

at the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

“We go round exhibitions separately,” says Bronwen,

“because we like to look at things differently. When we meet up

we both have something we want to show the other one – and

it was this print, we’d both known the other would love it.”

Proceeding towards the bedrooms, we pass something

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This page: Bronwen’s studio, with fitted

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loo, basin and shower on either sides of a central pod (with

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most bathrooms, where all the fittings are round the edges,

with space in the middle. It’s very effective. When you

walk round the pod, you find a tub bath on the other side,

perfectly positioned looking up to the hill.

Back in the sitting room, the full scale of the house, with

that magnificent ceiling height is apparent again, with

a huge woodcut of Brooklyn Bridge by Simon Packard

doing it justice. The furniture in here is mid-century

classics with a B&B sofa, two Charles Eames leather

chairs with footstools and the less well-known and very

striking Etcetera 1972 lounge chair by Jan Ekselius.

This one is black and there’s a cream one in

the master bedroom. “Bronwen found them,”

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I try it out for size and, settling onto its welcoming

organic shape, look around me and wonder how long I can

reasonably stay there. The rest of the day would be good…

This house is an extraordinary achievement. Not

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Pet Clinic

What steps should you be taking to keep your pets happy, healthy

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Milbourn Equine Vets:

Veterinary Surgeon Danielle Johnson shares her tips

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1. Weight management

Obesity is really common and contributes to a number

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every single horse as all breeds and types have different

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Checking your horse’s feet regularly is important to maintain

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Heronden Vets: Dr Victoria Vidal, Veterinary

Surgeon and Director of Heronden Vets, explains the

importance of being clued up on ticks and worms

It really is important to treat for ticks and worms!

Heavy infestations of worms can result in vomiting and severe

diarrhoea and cause a loss of blood, weight and condition.

Worms weaken the immune system, and by moving through

major organs can cause other illnesses such as pneumonia.

Whilst pets with less severe infestations may show no external

signs, they are still a possible source of infection to others

including humans! The greatest threat to human health is the

eggs from the roundworm Toxocara. They may be picked up

from the environment by chewing dirty fingernails, failing to

wash your hands after handling your pet or allowing your pet to

lick you. Although serious consequences are rare, these worms

can cause blindness, heart problems and epilepsy. Also, the

tapeworm Echinococcus can be fatal to humans if ingested.

Lungworm is real!

The larvae of the lungworm parasite (Angiostrongylus Vasorum)

are carried by slugs and snails and problems arise when dogs

accidentally or purposefully eat these pests when rummaging

in the garden, eat grass or drink from puddles or outdoors

water bowls. Foxes can also become infected and are increasing

spread throughout the countryside. Frogs are also known to

carry the lungworm larvae and add an additional risk to dogs.

Infection with lungworm in dogs can be fatal. Dogs

infected with lungworm spread the parasite into the

environment as the larvae are excreted in the dog’s poo.

Lungworm is preventable and in most cases, when diagnosed

early enough, is treatable. There is only one veterinary drug

licensed for prevention and treatment of lungworm so please

contact the surgery to discuss with one of our staff members.

“My dog doesn’t get ticks!”

Ticks lie in vegetation and attach to dogs or cats as

they brush past. Only the females engorge. The males

and juveniles are the size of a grain of pepper but still

transmit diseases! You simply don’t see them.

The most important disease associated with ticks in

the UK and Ireland is Lyme disease, which is becoming

more prevalent. We now offer a Lyme Vaccine for

dogs so please contact us for more information.

The UK saw its first case of Bebesia – a parasite

transmitted by ticks – in a dog that had never been abroad,

last year so we anticipate more cases will follow.

It is important to realise YOU can get these diseases too! Please

use a monthly treatment on your pets. Here at Heronden we

supply a combined treatment that does worms, fleas and ticks!

Visit herondenvets.co.uk for more information

on preventative healthcare.

Pennard Vets: Veterinary Surgeon Sarla Balse gives her advice

for ensuring your rabbit’s nutritional and health needs are met

Caring for pet rabbits means taking time to meet their needs.

Diet

80% of a rabbit’s diet should be good quality hay or grass

as the high fibre content keeps their guts and teeth healthy;

15% should be a variety of plants and vegetables, such as

broccoli, kale, basil, parsley, and dandelions; the remaining

5% should be pellets, which are preferable to muesli.

Everybunny needs somebunny

Rabbits should always be kept in groups of two or more as

they need social interaction with their own species. The best

combination is a male and female who have been neutered.

Once rabbits have been successfully bonded, they should

always be kept together as it is very stressful to separate them.

A hutch is not enough

Exercise is crucial for rabbits’ welfare. Having enough

space to hop, stand up on their hind legs, play and

explore will keep rabbits entertained and physically fit.

A conventional rabbit hutch won’t accommodate

rabbits’ needs and should only be a small, safe

place for your pets to sleep and nest.

Vaccinations

Both outdoor and house rabbits are at risk of infection

with myxomatosis and the viral haemorrhagic diseases

RVHD1 and RHHD2. Annual vaccinations provide

good and safe immunity against these fatal diseases.

Find a rabbit friendly vet

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF)

is keen to put rabbit owners in touch with veterinary

practices that show a greater knowledge of rabbit

care via their ‘Rabbit Friendly Vet’ scheme.

More details can be found here:

https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-care-advice/

rabbit-friendly-vets/rabbit-friendly-vet-list/

Find out more about the Pennard Vets

practices at pennardvets.com.

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SONA: “Taking inspiration from the Victorian era and the romantic

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At this time of year, post-Christmas, post-tax bill (if you’re

self-employed), we often feel the pinch a little bit. But

ironically, isn’t that the very time we really deserve a bit

of a treat…? Nothing does that, for me, like a great beauty ‘find’.

Something to perk up a tired complexion, or revive a winterlacklustre

face, or work its aromatherapeutic magic on our spirits.

Over my years as a beauty editor, I’ve realised: you truly don’t

need to spend a fortune to find great products, but you do need

to know where to look. So for February, I thought I’d put together

a list of my 10 Best Beauty Bargains – face, body, hair and

make-up – which I return to, time and again. (Just one sadness

on that front, though: one of my go-to ‘beauty steal’ make-up

brands, Bourjois, late last year announced they were pulling out

of the UK market. I may just have to host a memorial service.)

TRUE Skincare Facial Oils, from £13.50 for 30ml. Fact:

most facial oils cost an arm and a leg (often four times or

more as much as this one). But from a female-founded

British skincare start-up, TRUE oils are organic, natural and

ethical, yet accessible in terms of price and availability (find

them at Holland & Barrett and Ocado, as well as TRUE’s

own website). The quality’s seriously fab; I especially like the

Nourishing Avocado & Evening Primrose Facial Oil, with its

deeply grounding scent of patchouli, palmarosa and vetiver.

Maybelline The Eraser Eye Perfect & Cover Concealer, £8.99. I first

discovered this when I set out to walk from Soho to the City

in an Arctic blast and had to nip into Superdrug for make-up

supplies after the biting cold make me weep most of my eye makeup

down my cheek. This brilliantly affordable concealer blends

beautifully via the sponge tip – it repaired my under-eye zone and

banished shadows with a dab or two. Can’t live without it, now.

SenSpa Hair & Scalp Mask, £7 for 300ml. You can find the

SenSpa range on the shelves of Waitrose, though its roots

are in award-winning Careys Manor spa in Hampshire.

Wonderfully aromatherapeutic, the line-up offers haircare,

bodycare and some fab bath treats, but my favourite is this

luxe-textured restorative hair mask. Lie back in the tub and let

the 97% natural mix of Abyssinian oil, lava clay and coconut

oil nourish winter-thirsty locks, while you breathe in the

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Beauty

Tisserand Paradise

Mood Mist,

£9 for 50ml

Simple Skin Quench Sleeping Cream, £6.99

tisserand.com

for 50ml. ‘Sleeping creams’ are night creams

by another name, but have become a buzz

in the skincare universe. (I do slightly wonder if

it’s because they sound somehow sexier – we all spend so

much time dreaming of sleep, one way or another.) This is

a super-affordable version, from Simple’s hear-your-skinslurp-it-up

Water Boost range: you’ll feel your complexion’s

comfort level rising, but it’s not heavy at all, packing a

moisturising punch inside a formula that’s satiny and airy.

Sanctuary

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Daily Glow Mask,

£14 for 75ml

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Heathcote & Ivory Neroli & Lime Leaves Hand Cream Trio,

£5 for 3 x 30ml. Love Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin…?

You’ll also adore the scent of this, from Heathcote & Ivory

(who make the best hand creams at ANY price, in my book

– and a huge selection to choose from). The fragrance is as

cheery and sunshine-y as a smell gets – truly a breath of spring.

And these particular hand creams are delightfully pocket- or

handbag-sized, so there’s no excuse to leave home without one.

(Larger sizes and some fab other products also available in the

Neroli & Lime Leaves collection, at heathcote-ivory.com.)

Revlon Nail Enamel, £6.49. You really can’t find a more

durable nail polish than Revlon’s at any price, frankly.

The design of the bottle hasn’t changed in decades and

the formula is both chip-resistant and anti-fade, leaving

nails ultra-glossy, smooth-finished and glam. There are

now a staggering 47 shades to choose from, ranging from

sheer to opaque, metallic, chrome and shimmer. (NB:

different retailers stock different selections of colours.)

Tisserand Paradise Mood Mist, £9 for 50ml. This springs from

a collaboration between National Geographic and one of the

most established names in aromatherapy, featuring ingredients

which Tisserand promise are ‘sustainably-sourced’. There are

many different offerings within the Paradise collection for bath,

body and – here – for spritzing your home. What blew me

away when I first opened this up was that the first mandarinpowered

hit reminded me of a much-loved fragrance from

my youth, Goya Aqua Manda. (And I know a lot of you feel

equally nostalgic about that scent…) It also features jasmine

and grapefruit, ‘to inspire positivity, provide a dose of calm and

impart a warm inner glow’ – something

we could all use right now, for sure.

Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Daily Glow Mask,

£14 for 75ml. Not perhaps quite as cheap as

most of the other products here, but still a great

buy. You know those mornings when you wake up, look in

the mirror and – sort of quote Peanuts’ Charlie Brown – just

want to go ‘bleeaurgh’? This is for those mornings. Just slather

the thickish, jelly-like, ever-so-slightly rough mask onto tiredlooking

skin, leave for 60 seconds and then remove (I like to

use a soft flannel). The granules buff, while a skin-brightening

cocktail of vitamin C extracts puts back the glow, ultra-fast.

Better You Magnesium Bath Flakes, £9.95 for 1k. Magnesium

is another ‘buzz’ in beauty circles: a mineral that’s readily

absorbed through the skin, restoring magnesium chloride

levels (which in turn aids with sleeplessness and stress).

About once or twice a week I soak in a bath infused with

these on their own (they’re unscented) – but I also add

generously to just about any other bath oil whenever I

want a darned good night’s sleep. The flakes are therapeutic

for psoriasis, eczema and other skin challenges, but they

really do soothe the mind as well as a weary body.

Beauty Bible Lip Balm, £6. Last, but by no means least,

this could look like a shameless plug, but I’d buy it

whatever brand it had on the packaging. Indeed, it’s the

only product my Beauty Bible co-author Sarah Stacey

and I have ever felt worthy of putting our website/books’

name to: a chubby, amazingly nourishing lip balm that

lasts all winter long, has no taste or scent, and is perfectly

protective. (It’s stocked exclusively at victoriahealth.com.)

SenSpa Hair

& Scalp Mask, £7

for 300ml

senspa.co.uk

All in all, there is no reason why beauty finds shouldn’t

delight you – AND your bank manager…

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Heathcote &

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Lime Leaves Hand

Cream Trio,

£5 for 3 x 30ml

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For more recommendations and the results of

The Beauty Bible Awards 2020, which will be

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Kind on the Inside

Is depression a gut reaction? Henrietta Norton explores

the importance of supporting your digestive system

Currently 3.5 million people in

the UK are being prescribed

anti-depressants. But is it

as simple as a psychological issue?

Research would suggest not and

in the last few years, Nutritional

Medicine has made substantial

developments to explore the link

between mental and physical health.

GUT AS THE ‘SECOND BRAIN’

Functional gastro-intestinal (GI)

problems, such as irritable bowel

syndrome (IBS), are commonly linked

to anxiety and mood changes. The GI

tract has over 100 million neurons and

has the largest collection of neural tissue

in the body (after the brain) called

the enteric nervous system (ENS).

The level of good bacteria in the gut

greatly contributes to the health of the

ENS and it is argued by some experts

that one reason for the increase in

depressive disorders may be due to an

imbalance in this bacteria, sometimes

due to our exposure to antibiotics or

dietary deficiencies from an early age.

An inflammatory subject

The gut and colon are the principle sites

for the production of body chemicals

that increase the level of inflammation in

the body (known as pro-inflammatory

cytokines). These cytokines also have

the ability to affect the health of the

brain and an association has been made

between the level of inflammation in

the body and depressive and anxiety

disorders. It may also explain why a bout

of illness can affect our

mental wellbeing too.

Prevention starts from conception

Growing evidence shows that our

sensitivity to stress, anxiety and

depression as adults is already

programmed in infancy. Essentially,

the level of stress encountered in early

life sensitizes us to a certain level of

adversity. High levels of stress can

result in hypersensitivity to stress as

well as adult depression later, due to

changes in our stress response network.

Of great clinical interest is that this

group of inflammation-sensitive

depressives tend not to respond well

to anti-depressive medication.

SUPPORTING YOUR

NERVOUS SYSTEM

B vitamins – The B vitamins are

essential for energy production, for

the normal functioning of the nervous

system, and vitamin B5 in particular

for production of the glucocorticoid

hormones in the adrenals, such as

cortisol. Good sources include whole

grains, eggs, beans and lentils, a wide

range of vegetables, fish and lean

meats. Taking a B Vitamin Complex

can be very supportive. The Wild

Nutrition B Complex Plus also

includes vitamin C, magnesium and

the herb Ashwagandha shown to

support healthy cortisol regulation.

Magnesium – Magnesium is essential

for energy production and the

production of neurotransmitters,

including dopamine and serotonin.

It is quickly used up when we are

stressed. The best examples are

nuts and seeds, buckwheat, greens,

such as spinach and kale, and fish

and seafood. If sleep is an issue

then taking an additional 80mg

of Food-Grown Magnesium at

night can be a great support.

Good bacteria – Essential Fatty

Acids are also required to help these

‘friendly’ bacteria stick to the gut wall,

reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines

and improve brain function.

Food sensitivities – More recently a

large body of research has highlighted

the link between ‘gluten sensitivity’, gut

health, inflammation and depression.

Gluten sensitivity can not only reduce

absorption of nutrients from the diet

but increase the inflammatory process.

FOODS TO KEEP YOUR

GUT AND MIND HAPPY

Eggs – Use steamed asparagus

to dip into boiled eggs as a

morning mood booster.

Avocado – For an extra boost of

healthy fats, slice chunks of avocado

into your salad or onto your morning

toast, drizzle over virgin olive oil

and add flakes of wild salmon.

Wild Salmon – Mix with horseradish

and plain yogurt to make a

salmon pâté for a quick

mood-supporting snack.

Quinoa – Use as an alternative

to rice or wheat pasta for

managing anxiety and stress.

Visit wildnutrition.com for Food-Grown®

supplements and information on Nutritional

Therapists at clinics in Lewes and London

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Earn your après ski and dodge injuries with

Sarah Maxwell’s exercise tips for getting ski-fit

Flights and accommodation

booked, lift passes sorted,

snazzy new ski jacket ready

to burst out of its wrapping. Did

you remember everything?

After the last few weeks of buzzing

around getting organised for

Christmas and putting yourself last in

order to make everyone’s Christmas

merry, are you even fit to ski?

Skiing is an intensely physical

activity and one that

you are likely to be

doing for several hours

a day and at altitude.

Here are my tips to

help you get ski-fit by

improving your fitness

now so you can make the

most of your precious

time on the slopes,

minimise injury and

maximise your enjoyment!

Get Cardio Active: Increasing

your general cardiovascular fitness

by cycling, running, circuit

training, or even walking, can

make a big difference as long as

you get your heart pumping.

Strong on

the Slopes

Strength Training: Look out for the

many ski fit classes in the area this

season. Cross-fit, kettle bells and

strength-based circuits are really

“Being flexible

will help your

skiing in general

as well as helping

you recover

much more easily

when you do

take a tumble”

effective. The key areas to focus on are

the legs, back and core. Working on

your core allows your legs to work as

shock absorbers in all kinds of terrain.

Squats and lunges in abundance will

make a huge difference to your leg

strength. Not a member of a gym? I

have recently found a great app called

SkiFit which shows you ski specific

exercises that you can do at home.

Flexibility and Balance:

being flexible will help

your skiing in general

as well as helping you

recover much more

easily when you do

take a tumble. Balance

work and yoga classes

will make a real

difference and might

even help you fall

over less. I have found

that regular standing

yoga poses have really made a

difference to how often I fall over!

Warming Up: When you’re there –

don’t forget to warm up! A lot of time

is spent in chairlifts and gondolas and

by the time you get to the top your

body will have cooled down. Use

those few moments waiting for others

to warm up, loosen and prepare

your body for the fun to come.

Exercise of

the month:

THE PLANK

The plank strengthens your

spine, shoulders, engages your

abdominals, glutes and hamstrings;

if you do nothing else prior to

hitting the slopes, do this!

To perform a plank, bend your

elbows and rest your weight on

your forearms, ensuring the rest

of your body is fully laid out

behind you on the floor. Engage

your stomach muscles, raise your

pelvic floor and squeeze your

bottom. Bring your feet beneath

yourself so you are balanced on

your forearms and toes. Hold your

body in a straight position for

10-60 seconds depending upon

your fitness level. Slowly release

back into the starting position.

Repeat 3 times.


If you find this position too

difficult at first, lower your

knees to the floor and build

up your strength gradually.


Now go and have a ball!


Sarah Maxwell is a multiple awardwinning

Fitness and Lifestyle coach

and mum of two who juggles a lot

of balls. Find out more about Sarah

and her work at sarahmaxwell.com

Sarah shares her Fitness and

Lifestyle tips on Instagram

@sarahmaxwelllifestyle

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Eat Well

Feel good this February with the help of Melissa Hemsley who shares three recipes from her

brand new cookbook, Eat Green, which focus on a more sustainable way of eating for everyone

Recipes: Melissa Hemsley Photographs: Philippa Langley

Parsnip Dahl topped

with Roasted

Parsnips & Pink

Pickled Onions

Serves 6

Preparation time: 40 mins

Cooking time: 55-65 mins

This is ideal to make at the end

of the weekend with any leftover

root veg that didn’t make it into

the Sunday roast. It will set you up

nicely for Monday’s dinner – just

reheat and top with the onions and

yogurt and either freeze the rest or

enjoy later in the week with fresh

leaves and a crispy fried egg on top.

• 4 tbsp ghee or oil

• 5 large parsnips (about 900g)

• 1 tbsp maple syrup

• 2 large onions, thinly sliced

• 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

• 1 thumb of ginger, finely grated

• 400g split red lentils, rinsed

• 2 large handfuls of fresh

coriander, leaves and stems

finely chopped separately

• 3 tbsp tomato purée

• 1 × 400ml tin of fullfat

coconut milk

• 200g leafy greens, like chard,

leaves and stems finely chopped

• Yogurt, to serve (optional)

For the spice mix:

• 1½ tsp ground turmeric

• 2 tbsp ground cumin or 1½ tbsp

cumin seeds, roughly ground

• 2 tbsp ground coriander or

1½ tbsp coriander seeds

• 2 tbsp black mustard

seeds, roughly ground

• Pinch of chilli flakes

or chilli powder

• Big pinch of sea salt

and black pepper

For the pink pickled onions:

• 2 large red onions, thinly sliced

• Juice of 2 limes or 4 tbsp vinegar

• Big pinch of sea salt

• 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)

1Preheat the oven to fan

220°C/Gas mark 9. Melt 2

tablespoons of the ghee or oil on

a large baking tray in the oven.

2Meanwhile, mix the spice mix

in a small bowl and slice up

three of the parsnips into about

18 wedges, say 5cm × 1.5cm,

then toss the parsnip wedges

in the oil on the tray with half

of the spice mix. Pop in the

oven for about 30-35 minutes,

tossing halfway through with

the maple syrup, until golden

and going crispy at the edges.

3In a large pan, fry the

onions in the remaining

2 tablespoons of ghee over a

medium heat for 10 minutes,

stirring occasionally, while you

get on with everything else.

4Add the remaining half of the

spice mix, plus the garlic and

ginger and fry for 3 minutes.

5Add the diced parsnips and

lentils, the chopped coriander

stems and the tomato purée and

let fry. After a minute, add the

coconut milk, then fill up the

tin four times with hot water

(1.6 litres) and pour in, stirring

well. Pop the lid on, bring to

the boil and immediately turn

down to a medium heat and let

simmer for 20 minutes. Stir a

few times throughout to make

sure the lentils don’t stick to the

pan. Add more liquid if you

think it needs it or if you like

your dahl soupier, like I do.

6Meanwhile, scrunch and

massage the red onion in

a bowl with the lime juice,

salt and maple syrup, if using,

for 30 seconds, then leave to

bathe in the salty lime juice.

7Once the lentils and parsnips

in the pan are cooked,

add the chopped greens, pop

the lid on so they steam for

3-5 minutes until just tender,

then taste for seasoning.

8Serve up each bowl, topped

with the roasted parsnips,

coriander leaves, pink pickled

onions and their juices and a

dollop of yogurt, if you like.

Tip: If you have vegetable

stock, use it instead of hot

water for extra flavour.

Waste not: Swap the parsnips for

carrots, sweet potato, squash or

cauliflower and you can use kale

or spinach in place of the chard.


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Rescue Noodle Soup

with Leftover Chicken

Serves: 4

Prep & cooking time: 30 mins

There’s nothing quite like a warming

bowl of homemade soup to make you

feel a thousand times better. If I’ve

had a Sunday roast chicken, I make

this on a Monday to get a great boost

of vegetables in. It’s based on store

cupboard and freezer ingredients like

frozen peas, onion, garlic and carrots,

though you could swap in anything

that needs using up. You can up the

amount of vegetables or noodles

here, so adjust to your liking. Post-

Christmas and other celebrations, this

is a fantastic way to use up leftover

turkey or any other leftover meats.

• 1 tbsp ghee or butter

• 1 large leek or onion, diced

• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

• 1.2 litres vegetable stock or bone broth

• 1 big handful of a mix of fresh

herbs, like parsley and dill,

leaves and stems chopped

• 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or

1 tsp dried

• 1 bay leaf, dried or fresh

• 2 celery sticks, diced

• 2 carrots, thinly sliced

• 2 handfuls of 2cm chunks of root veg,

like sweet potato, squash, pumpkin,

potato or (in the summer) courgette

• 400g noodles or spaghetti, any type

• 1 tsp olive oil

• 300g mix of cabbage, rainbow

chard and/or chard, stems finely

chopped and leaves shredded

• 300g leftover shredded chicken

• Juice of ¼ lemon or 1 tsp

apple cider vinegar

• 2 big handfuls of frozen

peas or sweetcorn

• Sea salt and black pepper

1In a large wide saucepan, heat the

ghee or butter and fry the leek or

onion over a medium heat for 8 minutes

while you prep everything else. Add

the garlic and fry for another minute.

2Add stock or broth, chopped parsley

and dill stems, thyme, bay leaf,

celery, carrot, root veg and some salt and

pepper, pop the lid on and cook for 15

minutes until the carrot is almost tender.

3Meanwhile, cook noodles or

spaghetti in a separate pan until

almost tender (check the label for

suggested timings), then drain and

rinse under cold water to stop them

cooking further. Toss with the olive oil

to stop them clumping and set aside.

to your soup pan: add

4Back the chopped cabbage and

chard stems, shredded chicken,

lemon juice or vinegar and cook

for a few more minutes.

5Add the chard leaves, frozen peas

or sweetcorn and cooked noodles

or spaghetti for a final 2 minutes so

that the chard wilts, the peas cook and

the noodles/spaghetti heat through.

6Season to taste and serve up

straight away, topped with

the fresh herb leaves.


Waste Not:

You don’t have to use noodles here,

you can add any pasta shapes you

like so just use whatever odds and

ends of pasta packets you have.

You could even add the pasta

straight into the soup to cook

and save on using a second pan.

Flexi Swap:

For a vegetarian version, swap the

chicken for 500g roughly chopped

mushrooms and a pinch of dried

seaweed or seaweed salt. Sometimes

I add even more garlic and a thumb

of grated ginger, plus 1tsp ground

turmeric for an extra boost. Try

adding a tablespoon of miso or

tamari just before serving or swap

the herbs for coriander and mint.

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Tahini Choc Chip Cookies

Makes: 16 cookies,

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

The vegan version of these are just as

delicious, none of us can decide which we

love the most. Store these cakey cookies

in an airtight container for 5 days. You

could warm them briefly in the oven to

give them a little crispening boost. The

dough freezes well so double up and save

half for a rainy day. Just defrost, then slice

into portions before putting in the oven.

• 2 eggs

• 2 tsp baking powder

• 4 tbsp maple syrup

• 2 tsp vanilla extract

• 150g light tahini

• 110g smooth nut butter

• 100g good-quality dark chocolate,

broken up into squares, or chips

• 30g black and/or white sesame seeds

• Pinch of sea salt

1Preheat the oven to fan 170°C/

Gas mark 5. Line a large baking

tray with reusable baking paper.

2In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs then

mix in the baking powder, maple syrup and

vanilla extract. Add the tahini and nut butter

and mix together until very well combined.

3Roughly chop the chocolate (if not

using chips) and fold through the

batter along with the sesame seeds.

4Measure out 16 balls of the cookie batter,

roughly 1 tablespoon each, and bake

for 10-15 minutes on the lined baking tray

(making sure to leave a little room between

each one) until the cookies are just set.

5Remove from the oven, sprinkle

with a little sea salt and allow to

cool on a wire rack before serving.

Flexi Swap:

For vegans, replace the 2 eggs with 1 large

mashed ripe banana. You can also swap the

nut butter for the same amount of a seed

butter or tahini for a nut-free alternative.

These recipes are from

Eat Green by Melissa

Hemsley (Ebury

Press, £22, hardback)

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Plant Hunters

Sue Whigham explores the origins of many popular plant species and how they were discovered

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Garden

“The RHS, founded in 1804 ‘for

the improvement of horticulture’,

sponsored a number of important

collectors who braved incredible

hardship to feed the ongoing demand

for anything new and exotic”

Above: In 1495 BC Egyptian pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut,

commissioned an expedition to Somalia in search of incense

trees, Commiphora myrrha

I

must say that when my son and daughter-in-law

announced that they were going to take a sabbatical

in the summer of 2019 and, with their daughters

aged six and four, travel to Colombia, I initially had

alarming visions of dangerous jungle trails, groups of

heavily armed FARC rebels and threat of kidnap.

I suppose what I was thinking of is what happened to

Tom Hart Dyke from Lullingstone Castle and his travelling

companion, Paul Winder, back in 2000. They found

themselves in the inhospitable jungle of the Darién Gap

between Panama and Colombia with Tom following his wild

enthusiasm for orchids and Paul in his pursuit of adventure.

They were kidnapped by a rebel group and spent nine

months in their company. Since then, Tom, a modern day

plant hunter, has undertaken many other plant hunting trips,

including one to Central Peru in 2009 where he came upon

an entire clump of Puya raimondii (Queen of the Andes)

flourishing at over 14,000 feet where virtually nothing else

grows. This particular bromeliad is on the endangered list in

the wild. To see the plant flower must be extraordinary. Some

of the flower spikes are over 44ft tall with each producing over

10,000 creamy white flowers. And to cap it all, the flowers

are pollinated by hummingbirds. Can you just imagine it?

And then, in a chance conversation at a recent meeting of

the local Hardy Plant Society, I got talking to a friend who

said she was related, she knew not how, to Reginald Farrer

who made his name with his book, My Rock-Garden, in

1907. This book kindled a huge interest in alpine plants and

rockeries amongst British horticulturalists of the time. She

also grows and loves alpine plants so it must be in the genes.

Reginald was born in 1880 in Clapham, North Yorkshire, and

was heir to the estate of Ingleborough Hall where some of his

plant introductions are still to be seen. He was seen as an eccentric

and somewhat difficult man but his scope of exploration and

search for, in particular, alpine plants which started in

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Garden

Left: In 2000, modern-day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke

was captured, along with his friend Paul Winder, by a rebel

group in The Darién Gap while on an expedition to discover

orchids. They wrote about their ordeal in their best-selling

book, The Cloud Garden

the European Alps led to expeditions further east taking

in, amongst others, countries such as Japan and Korea,

Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as well as two forays into China.

I spotted one of his introductions from China, Viburnum

farreri (fragrans) in full fragrant flower at the weekend.

I like the story of him wanting to replicate a plant covered

rock face that he’d spotted in Ceylon. He rowed out onto a

lake near his home, loaded his shotgun with seeds collected

on one of his expeditions and fired it into the nearest rock

face. Many of them took and this piece of Yorkshire became

the only true natural rock garden in the country at the time.

According to some records, active plant hunting

dates from 1495 BC when a female Egyptian pharaoh,

Queen Hatshepsut, commissioned an expedition to go to

Somalia in search of incense trees, Commiphora myrrha,

the tree from which the resin, myrrh, is derived.

And subsequently the Romans, as they expanded their

Empire, whilst not actively plant hunting, introduced

non-native plants to our shores as foodstuffs. Think of the

ubiquitous ground elder and the rather glamorous umbellifers,

‘Alexanders’ that grow along the coast in Kent and Sussex.

After that, medieval monks would have exchanged

medicinal plants through their monasteries here and

Europe. Up until the mid sixteenth century, most new

plants would have come from Europe until the Middle

East became a source of horticultural treasure as the plant

hunters of the time spread their nets further afield.

And in the 17th century came two hugely influential

generations of the Tradescant family. John Tradescant the

elder, (1570-1638) was gardener to Charles I and his son,

John the younger (1608-1662), was gardener to Charles II’s

wife, Catherine of Braganza. They both travelled extensively

in North America returning with hitherto unknown

plants, amongst them the tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera,

the swamp cypress, Taxodium distichum, plane trees and

pineapples. They are both buried in the churchyard of St

Mary at Lambeth, which stands close to the gatehouse of

Lambeth Palace. The church was de-consecrated in the 1970s

and in 1977 became the Museum of Garden History.

If you have a chance to go to Lambeth Palace Gardens,

and it is open to the public on certain days, you can see

a particularly fine specimen of Liliodendron tulipifera

there – look out for the pineapples on the columns

of nearby Lambeth Bridge which commemorate the

Tradescant’s introduction of such an exotic fruit.

Subsequently, The Royal Horticultural Society,

founded in 1804 ‘for the improvement of horticulture’,

sponsored a number of important collectors who braved

incredible hardship in far flung countries of the world to

feed the ongoing demand for anything new and exotic.

They included famous names such as Robert Fortune,

George Forrest, David Douglas and Frank Kingdon-

Ward, all of whose exploits are, quite frankly, hairraising.

Both the RHS and the Royal Botanic Gardens

at Kew continue now to work with people on plant and

seed collecting forays, including Tom Hart Dyke.

Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm Plants in

North Wales were originally farmers but combined their love

of plants and travelling more than 20 years ago to travel the

globe seeking out specimens that grow in an equitable climate

and which will therefore survive our weather conditions. They

travel together or sometimes with friends and fellow botanists.

Their usual modus operandi is to leave their nursery in the

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Above: Queen of the Andes, Puya raimondii, flourishing in its natural habitat. The flower spikes can reach as much as 44ft tall

autumn for two or three months, having chosen a country

and read up on the flora growing there and those plants they

think might be hardy enough for our climate in England.

They make contact with local universities and work

with local botanists sharing information and knowledge.

They also follow strict quarantine rules, a must these days

to guarantee biosecurity. Usually Bleddyn sends any seeds

he has collected by runner to Sue at ‘base camp’ where she

sets to cleaning, drying and packaging them up. The whole

procedure is a lengthy one as often the quantity of seed

is small and germination can, in some cases, take years.

The walled garden at their nursery is full of exotic looking

plants and unfamiliar genera. Their Chelsea garden in the

Royal Pavilion last year showed an interesting selection of

plants for dry shade and included plants such as unusual

aspidistera – just what we need with ever increasing

parched summers in the South East – from Vietnam and

South China as far as I can remember. The oreopanax

they grow is very exotic and rather fabulous. As is the

hardy Schefflera taiwaniana with huge and jungly leaves.

They have an interesting website, to say the least.

So plant hunting continues with entrepreneurial private

nurseries collecting plants and seeds from countries which

weren’t always open for exploration. And like the plant

hunters of old, they are highly motivated as they were

and perhaps a little bit obsessed. They have found hardier

forms; have discovered plants with ‘garden potential’

and plants which will form the basis of hybridising

more and more interesting and beautiful varieties.

I remember visiting ‘backstage’ in the wondrous

Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town really quite a few

years ago and then they had people scouring other

parts of South Africa for plants that might prove to

be garden worthy in Europe. It all took time and each

plant would be grown on and observed long before

they were launched on to the horticultural public.

Imagine how dull our gardens might have been but for

the plant hunters and how lucky we are to have a climate

that can accommodate such a huge range of plants. There

is even a Puya raimondii growing at the World Garden at

Lullingstone. I wonder if Tom Hart Dyke grew it from

seed. I know that the plant, being monocarpic, needs to

and does produce literally thousands of seeds before dying.

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of interesting garden plants.

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Garden

Naked Attraction

Jo Arnell strips the garden back to beautiful winter basics

Winter can stretch on into spring sometimes,

remaining colourless and drab for longer than

necessary, dragging its grey heels even as the

days lengthen and the green shoots start peeking through.

Bare branches and tree tracery stand out against the winter

landscape and although the buds are swelling on woody

plants, they won’t unfurl into leaves for months yet.

Look closely at the twiggy skeletons; as you get familiar

with them you start to see that each species, when grown

unimpeded, has a unique and beautiful silhouette. Let’s

celebrate the pared back beauty of those that look good

naked and maybe even plant some in the garden.

BARE-BARKED BEAUTIES

Our native silver birch is graceful and elegant enough, its

white bark fissured with black, thin besom broom branches

wafting in the wind, but if you want to grow a really

showy white birch, try a Himalayan one: Betula utilis var.

Jacquemontii ‘Grayswood Ghost’ has stark, bone-white

trunks. Some gardeners even wash their trees to remove

algae and keep the bark looking perfectly white. They do

look stunning, freshly cleaned and gleaming in the winter

light. It takes a certain kind of determination to wash trees.

Prunus serrula (Tibetan cherry), has polished, mahoganyred

bark that gently peels away in gleaming curls – try

walking past without reaching out your hand. This is a

good all-year-round ornamental tree, with interest from

blossom in spring and lovely autumn foliage too.

I also love the bark on Eucalyptus, but it is fast

growing and will very quickly escape your clutches to

grow into a 50ft monster. There are other trees with

irresistibly tactile bark more suited to smaller gardens.

Some Acers, known more usually for their foliage, have

ornamental bark as well as brilliant autumn colour. The Snake

Bark Maple, Acer davidii, has green and silver bark in snake

pattern stripes. Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’, has gleaming

coral-coloured bark, pale

lime green emerging foliage

and golden autumn tints.

Acer griseum has shaggy

cinnamon-coloured bark

that glows when backlit

by the winter light. A.

griseum is a slow growing

tree, eventually reaching

a mere 10ft, so it’s a

perfect choice for a

Top: Willows, Dogwoods

and Rubus Right: Gleaming

bark of Prunus serrula

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Garden

can sometimes be made into multi-stems, or ‘treelets’,

depending on the elegance of their stems. If you have an

old shrub that is about to be radically chopped (or removed

altogether), look at it carefully and see whether it could

be transformed into a multi-stem. This could be a much

kinder and less expensive way of improving the view.

“Acer griseum has shaggy cinnamoncoloured

bark that glows when

backlit by the winter light”

small space. It grows on chalk and on alkaline soil too –

something many acers don’t like. Most acers are hardy, but

prefer a sheltered site, out of the wind and scorching sun.

Magic wands

Cornus (Dogwood) stems will provide brilliant winter colour,

especially if you have a large garden and can plant them en

masse. Try groups of Cornus by a pond, or damp part of

the garden. Dogwoods will grow in most soil conditions,

and they actually quite like damp or heavy soils. They

don’t mind shady conditions, but their stem colour shows

up best in full sun. Dogwoods will send out suckers, so

plant them where they have room to spread. The stems also

look good cut and poked into winter containers, bringing

height and structure – they may even take root…

For the best stem colour, dogwoods should be cut

back hard in mid-spring to encourage the growth of new

young stems which have the strongest colour. Some will

cope with hard pruning better than others – generally the

more vigorous the growth, the harder you can cut back.

After pruning, mulch around the roots with compost or

other well-rotted organic material, but not right up to the

stems, as this could cause them to rot. Mulching will feed

and condition the soil – and also help retain moisture.

Dogwoods won’t get too tall, because they are regularly

pruned to the base. Some of the best for stem colour are:

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, which has bright red new growth, while

the aptly named C. sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ has young

stems that literally look as if they’re on fire – in shades of

Showing some leg

Carefully pruned, some trees can be crown lifted by

pruning out the lowest branches to make the main trunk

more visible. Or they can be pruned to have more than

one trunk, which turns them into elegant multi-stemmed

versions. This works well with birch, cherries and is especially

effective with Amelanchier lamarkii. The result is elegant

and sculptural and still allows for underplanting. Many

show gardens at flower shows use multi-stemmed trees

as focal points in planting schemes. Overgrown shrubs

Top: Acer griseum – the cinnamon bark Maple Bottom left: Coppiced willow Bottom right: Dogwood stems bring height to containers

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Garden

‘Deben’ is a deciduous shrub with small pink buds

opening to become highly fragrant white flowers.

These plants are well suited to a path-side position,

where you can catch their exquisite fragrance, but

they need to be able to bow out and retreat into

the background once they come into leaf as they

are fairly dull for most of the rest of the year.

yellow/orange tinged with red.

Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’

has yellow-green stems;

Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’

has young growth of a

deep purple colour.

Willows can (literally)

run about in the

garden, so should be carefully positioned,

as they can be invasive and hard to remove. They are fast

growing and some have brightly coloured stems to rival

the dogwoods. Salix ‘Britzensis’ is one of the best for

stem colour, but will need regular pollarding or coppicing

in early spring for fresh new stems. Just like Cornus,

Willows are best grown near water or in boggy places.

Rubus is an amazing ornamental blackberry with

powdery white stems that clump up to form thickets of

living barbed wire. It will need a fair amount of space

and looks striking next to dogwoods, a look that could be

perfected with an underplanting of cyclamen, snowdrops

and the black grass Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’.

STARK STEMS & SEEDHEADS

Plants like Teasels, Phlomis and Sedum have long lasting

seedheads that stand stoutly through the winter weather,

glistening in the frost and providing architectural interest at

lower levels. They are also useful for wildlife – birds will eat

the seeds and insects will use hollow stems for refuge until

the spring. Tempting as it is to tidy everything up in the

autumn, if herbaceous plants die gracefully, they can add a

layer of ephemeral, ghostly beauty in the winter landscape.

BARELY BLOSSOMING

Late winter and early spring flowering shrubs, if they are

deciduous, tend to blossom on bare stems. They are usually

pale coloured and can be highly scented, often growing in

semi-shade at the edge of woodland where early emerging

insects, moths and beetles will be lured in by their perfume.

Grow a winter-scented plant somewhere near to the house

– by the front or back door, near a path or gate, where you

will be able to walk past regularly, inhaling as you go.

Chimonanthes praecox and Lonicera ‘Winter Beauty’,

a winter flowering honeysuckle have powerful perfume.

Plant them where they can fade into the background

once the flowers are over. If you have the space for a

specimen, try a Witch Hazel – Hamamelis x intermedia

‘Pallida’ has scented flowers that climb its bare branches

like little yellow spiders. Viburnum x bodnantense

UNDERGARMENTS

Bare stems and branches are companionably set off with

contrasting carpets of late winter and early spring flowers

beneath them – try Cyclamen coum, Anemone blanda, or bulbs

like Snowdrops, Winter Aconite and Crocus. These are all

little treasures and best seen in massed throngs beneath the

trees, where they make the most of the light before the dense

canopy of leaves closes in on them. There’s the wonderful and

aptly named ‘February Gold’ narcissus for an uplifting throng

of golden daffodil without too much floppy leaf later on.

Hellebores are good and hardy, often flowering where

not much else will and are a great asset in the garden

at this time of the year. Helleborus niger (the Christmas

Rose) flowers around now and then a little later comes the

showier Helleborus orientalis cultivars, which have flowers

in shades from darkest burgundy through to purest white.

Low-growing evergreens look good next to bare

stems – try the scented Christmas box Sarcococca

confusa, slow growing dwarf conifers, or hardy ferns

such as polystichums for all year foliage interest.

Structure is vital in the garden, perhaps even more

so in winter when we can’t distract with flowers and

foliage. Architecture, focal points and framework

plants come in different forms and those with elegant

skeletons, or striking bark – that might be overlooked

during the rest of the year, shine out beautifully. Now

please excuse me while I go out and wash some trees.

Jo’s 2020 gardening courses are now booking, call

01233 861149 or see hornbrookmanor.co.uk for details.

Top: Long-lasting seedheads are also useful for wildlife – birds

will eat the seeds and insects will use hollow stems for refuge

until the spring Top inset: Whorls of Phlomis seedheads

Above: Dogwood stems in a winter container

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Education

A Dietary

Alternative?

Hilary Wilce shares new research into

ADHD from King’s College

Anyone who has to cope with an impulsive and

hyperactive child – and that’s hundreds and thousands

of parents and almost all teachers – will know how

challenging it is to try to deal with this restless energy.

But two new pieces of research offer chinks of hope

that dietary supplements could lessen both the symptoms

and prevalence of so-called ADHD (attention deficit/

hyperactivity disorder). Research carried out at King’s

College London shows that omega-3 fish oil supplements

can improve the attention span of some children and

adolescents with ADHD. In fact, the researchers say

their findings could pave the way for some children to

be given a dietary alternative to the stimulant medicine

now routinely prescribed to hyperactive children.

Meanwhile, another study recently published by the

Barcelona Institute for Global Health, suggests that a

mother’s diet in pregnancy may be able to reduce the

chance of her baby developing ADHD. This, too, centres

on the best balance between two essential fatty acids,

omega-3 and omega-6. It’s already known

that children with ADHD tend to have a

higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. But now

it seems that mothers-to-be with that same

higher ratio may be at greater risk of having an

ADHD child, and the higher the imbalance,

the more a child is likely to show ADHD

symptoms at the age of seven. These researchers

point out that the brain takes a particularly long time

to develop in a foetus, so could be more vulnerable to

an unbalanced nutrient supply than other organs.

Research is constantly adding tiny glimmers to

our understanding of the way that diet affects our

brains, and when you add them all together it seems

increasingly clear that what we eat does (not surprisingly)

have an impact on our mood and behaviour.

It now seems certain, for example, that a good diet,

along with enough sleep and regular exercise, can help

conditions such as anxiety and depression. And common

sense tells us that consuming only fizzy drinks, fried

“The benefits

of a good diet

need to build

up over time”

chicken and chocolate bars is not going to keep anyone

healthy, strong and emotionally well-balanced.

However, the picture for ADHD is very complex and no

one is yet suggesting a diet-based treatment for all hyperactive

children – especially when there are so many different ways

the condition shows itself and so many possible causes.

The King’s College study, for example, shows that giving

children omega-3 supplements seems to benefit those

with very low levels of it in their blood, while children

with balanced blood don’t show the same results, or may

show negative symptoms. And the effect

is only known to work on attention span,

not other ADHD traits like impulsivity.

Even so, paediatric nutritionists suggest that

children with ADHD could benefit from a diet

of fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, wholegrain

bread and pasta, and oily fish like salmon

or mackerel. They point out that ADHD

children are often low in magnesium, iron, zinc and fibre, so

foods that include these could be beneficial. And they also

suggest limiting red meat, any dairy, salty snacks and sugar.

This isn’t easy, especially when so many hyperactive children

are picky eaters who don’t sit quietly for regular meals – and

when the urge to calm a child down with biscuits and sweets

might be especially strong! But it seems important to persist

as the benefits of a good diet need to build up over time.

And while nutritious food might not ‘cure’ a

child’s ADHD there will always be tangible benefits

to health and wellbeing from a good diet – as there

will be for all children, hyperactive or not.

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ART & EXHIBITIONS

Thu 20 Feb

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and humour. The bygone glamour

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photographs by Sussex photographer

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newly inspired range of hats by

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in St Leonards. Caroline Morris

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Saturdays 11am to 4pm and at

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01424 444410

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dinner, see the ancient Sandstone

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Entry: Kids £1, Adults £10

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Mount Ephraim Gardens,

Staplestreet Road, Hernhill,

Faversham, Kent, ME13 9TX

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An alfresco morning workshop

from Wild Classroom which

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Mon 10 – Wed 12 Feb

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill

Hoath Road, Chiddingstone,

Edenbridge TN8 7AD

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As part of Chiddingstone Castle’s

Year of Japan, they are hosting

after-school clubs for children

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Each day will involve either an

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Japanese characters in a traditional

calligraphy lesson. Spaces are

limited to 15 children per class,

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Sat 15, Sun 16, Thu 20,

Sat 22 & Sun 23 Feb

Spa Valley Railway,

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Sun 9 Feb 11am-3pm

Hole Park, Rolvenden,

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SNOWDROP & PLANT

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A glorious plant-filled day at this

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the garden, and helping to diagnose

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Sat 29 Feb 9.30am-2.30pm

Godinton House & Gardens,

Godinton Lane, Ashford,

Kent TN23 3BP

ALL ABOUT ROSES

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MUSIC & THEATRE

Sun 16 Feb 2.30pm

Groves Hall, Sutton Valence

School, North Street, Sutton

Valence, Maidstone ME17 3HL

SUTTON VALENCE MUSIC

SOCIETY PRESENTS THE

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The trio have performed extensively

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They now come to Sutton Valence

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Entry: £12.50 including

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Fri 28 Feb 6.15pm

EM Forster Theatre, High

Street, Tonbridge TN9 1JP

GREASE SINGALONG FOR

HOSPICES OF HOPE

Belt out classics from the iconic ‘70s

film with Danny, Sandy and the rest

of the Rydell High gang. Dressing

up is actively encouraged so dig out

your poodle skirts and leather jackets

for this one. It will be an amazing

evening and proceeds will support

hospice care in south east Europe.

Entry: £10, concessions £8

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Walks & Tours

Sat 15 – Sun 23 February

10.30am until dusk

Penshurst Place, Penshurst,

Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG

AMAZING INVENTIONS!

Learn about the origins of some

of the items we use every day in

Penshurst Place’s half-term amazing

inventions trail! Step along the

glorious gardens and help find

hidden items as you discover the

history behind each of these amazing

creations and the modern technology

that exists because of them!

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Workshops

Selected dates fromFri 7 Feb

Finchcocks, Goudhurst,

Kent, TN17 1HH

FINCHCOCKS 20 PIANO

COURSES FOR 2020

Not only a new year but a new

decade, so why not resolve to get

back into piano or take up the

instrument? Finchcocks has released

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ranging from complete beginner

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Looking to hone specific skills?

The ‘Managing Performance

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STRING FEVER

ABBA CHIQUE

26th March 2020 @7.30pm

Tickets: Adults £22

Students £14

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

Missing her feathered friends, Jane

restocks her flock with rare breeds

With the evenings beginning

to draw out and the first

crocuses poking through

it’s just about possible to imagine

that spring is round the corner. And

at Coopers Farm that means only

one thing: the arrival of abundant

and assorted new life. And after all

these years that still fills me with

excitement and anticipation.

Malcolm the sheep scan man will be

here any day. The rams went in with the

ewes in late October and now it’s time to

find out how successful those romantic

liaisons were. To scan them, the sheep

pass along a corridor similar to a Heath

Robinson contraption that looks a bit

like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With

Malcolm at the controls, perched on

an old Toyota car seat, the ewes file

alongside him and are scanned to see if

they’re carrying one, two or three lambs.

As each is recorded we spray them

with marker paint on the shoulder

for singles, on their tail for twins

Phil the cockerel and

his very rare Brown

Sussex hens

and across the rump for triplets. And

then finally – ta-da! – Malcolm gives

us the total score for the number of

lambs we can expect. Hopefully about

150 with not too many ‘empties’.

And at last the hens have decided

to get in on the act, too. I’ve had hens

ever since we came to the farm and

love to see them wandering around the

farmyard. Sadly, however, a few months

ago they wandered just a bit too far

from said farmyard and the inevitable

happened. I swore I wouldn’t get any

more, but then after a few egg-free

months I succumbed.

Not for me cheap

brown hybrid hens that

happily lay an egg every

day – hell no – I have a

real weakness for the rare

and the beautiful when it

comes to feathers. So, back

in the summer, I acquired

a cockerel and five young

pullets (the term used

for hens before they produce an egg)

of the old-fashioned Sussex breed.

These come in many shades, all with

black neck and tail feathers and most

commonly available in Light (think

white), Buff (heavenly caramel) or

Speckled (dark brown with what looks

like a smattering of snow) variations,

but we’ve gone really off-piste and opted

for the extremely rare Brown Sussex.

But here’s an interesting aside, there

is apparently an even rarer, possibly

even extinct, one. The Coronation

Sussex chicken (I’m not making this

up) was created for the coronation of

Edward VIII – an event which as we

know thanks to Mrs Simpson never

took place. It had the same white body

“These posh hens

found the late

autumn and early

winter of 2019

far too wet and

cold to lay eggs”

as the Light, but with lavender instead

of black neck and tail feathers and a

red comb it was supposed to resemble

the Union Jack. They haven’t been

seen for many years now but wouldn’t

it be wonderful to discover there

still were some scratching around.

Anyway, back to my quite but not

completely rare Brown ones. Purchased

at about 10 weeks old, they were not

expected to ‘come into lay’ until about

20 weeks which would have taken us to

November. Trouble is, these posh hens,

unlike the far more obliging brown

hybrid ones, found the

late autumn and early

winter of 2019 far too

wet and cold to lay

eggs – which might go

some way to explaining

their rarity. But bang on

the button, as soon as

we got past the winter

solstice in late December

and the evenings began

to draw out – bingo we had an egg!

Like buses they’re now coming fast

and furious and will continue to do

so until – unlike those reliable hybrids

who’ve have it bred out of them – they

go broody and stop laying. But then

again a few chicks around the place

at Easter is always a welcome sight.

Jane will be teaching a half-day

course on an introduction to bee

keeping at the wonderful Curious

House in Stonegate on Thursday

7 February, curioushouse.net.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on

Instagram @coopersfarm

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