Surrey Homes | SH66 | April 2020 | Gardens supplement

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Contents

April 2020

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HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Maggie Alderson’s pick of

the property market

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MADE IN THE UK

Rebecca Cuffe hunts the

best of British Easter eggs

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FEASTS FOR FAMILIES

An Easter spread with options for

vegetarians and pescatarians

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NOTEBOOK

Our guide to staying

home in style

DRESSED TO IMPRESS

We tour a unique and

impressive former pub

GET THE LOOK

Dress your own home to impress

SHELF LOVE

Rebecca Cuffe styles shelf fillers

HOUSE OF BEULAH

A contemporary

Tunbridge Wells villa

GET THE LOOK

Be inspired by that

‘House of Beulah’ style

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TOP HATS

Kate Watts shops

stunning headpieces

RESPONSIBLE BEAUTY

Josephine Fairley explains

how to keep your beauty

routine eco-friendly

HOLIDAY SKIN

Henrietta Norton’s 6-step

guide to post-holiday skin

LAZY BOTTOM

Sarah Maxwell explains the real

cause of your lower back pain

FINAL GOODBYES

We talk to experts

about the different

funeral options available

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NOTICEBOARD

Updates from South East schools

READING PLEASURE

The benefits of reading for children

WHAT’S ON

How to keep yourself amused with

online tours, courses and activities

COMPETITION

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FABLES FROM THE FARM

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Many properties are sold by executors, trustees, power

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authorities and government bodies as well as private sellers.

Examples of Lots offered in March

Inviting Entries

A period cottage in good

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Freehold land with

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Upstairs you’ll find a lovely 27ft dual aspect

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House

Month

of the

£3,959,000

Grand Living

Maggie Alderson picks her favourite homes on the market

Eyhurst Farm House

The dream: An absolute gem of

a substantial 14th century manor

house, with additions over the

years, on a wonderfully rambling

plan. There are magnificent

rooms with deep bay windows

on two floors, either side of the

front door, creating the loveliest

bedrooms and drawing room.

There is glorious oak panelling

and very impressive beamage.

Where: Close to the village of

Kingswood, four miles from Reigate

and five from Sutton.

Locale: Gorgeous,

wooded countryside.

Beds: 7 Baths: 6

Special features: This house has the

most perfect floor plan for parties,

with lots of French windows, a big

family room and a games room.

Pleasing details: A large gym

and an underground pool, with

delightful Greek island frescos

and a daylight lantern.

Outside: On a five-acre plot with

lawns, gardens, water features, a

gazebo and a top-notch tennis court.

Time to town: From Kingswood

station, under an hour to

London Bridge, or Victoria.

Agent: Fine and Country,

Kingswood 01737 361014

fineandcountry.com

surrey-homes.co.uk

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Enton Mill

£2,000,000

The dream: A former mill, dating back

to the 17th century, Grade II listed,

converted and extended to create a

family home in about 1903, overlooking

two lakes in a setting of rare tranquility.

The older rooms are panelled and cosy,

while the Edwardian additions are

lovely and big, drenched in light.

Where: A mile from Witley village, four

from Godalming and seven from Haslemere.

Setting: Sitting between two lakes,

surrounded by beautiful trees.

Beds: 5 Baths: 4

Special features: The back façade of

the house is particularly striking.

Pleasing details: The wooden

column of the old mill runs through

the house up to the first floor.

Outside: A loggia and terrace, leading

onto lovely lawns, and down to the lake.

Tennis court. There are three acres, with

a bluebell and rhododendron walk.

Time to town: Under an hour to

Waterloo from nearby Milford station.

Agent: Knight Frank, Guildford

01483 378769 knightfrank.co.uk

Old Parks

£3,950,000

The dream: A classic Victorian family

home, extensively refurbished and

extended to make it ideal for modern

living, with all original features,

such as cornices and carpentry

restored to their glory. There is

a very large and luxurious social

kitchen with three French windows

onto the garden. There is a selfcontained

one-bedroom staff flat.

Where: Two miles from Cobham

Setting: Rural, screened by trees.

Beds: 8 Baths: 5

Special features: A baronial staircase.

Pleasing details: Very high ceilings.

Outside: Impressive grounds of 6.5

acres with a large swimming pool,

with a pool house and a disused

tennis court, ready for revival. The

property has River Mole frontage.

Time to town: From just 35 minutes

to Waterloo, leaving from nearby

Cobham & Stoke D’Abernon.

Agent: Grosvenor Billinghurst

01932 588288 grosvenorb.co.uk

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★ Take in the lovely scenery through the

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★ Stay at the original Railtrail hotel, the

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Notebook

What to do and see near you this month

STAY

We’re here

... in spirit and online!

priceless-magazines.com is

our own little treasure trove

of amusements where you’ll

find delicious recipes, beautiful

interiors, home workouts, gardening

advice, and all of our past issues.

at home

in style

life interesting while

you’re spending time

INKeep

at home this month.

Order up

Now is a great time to support smaller businesses with your food deliveries.

Lots of local farm shops, butchers and greengrocers are creating new local

delivery services so they are worth checking. Hello Fresh (hellofresh.co.uk)

is also great for exciting recipe boxes, and Albury vineyard have teamed up

with Mandira’s Kitchen to deliver Wine & Dine in boxes with Indian food

for two and a bottle of wine. (alburyvineyard.com / mandiraskitchen.com)

Of course!

Good Karma

Because so many people

are struggling mentally

and physically, our wellbeing

guru, Sarah Maxwell, is

setting up a free weekly wellness

programme for all fitness levels.

Check out her Facebook page (@

sarahmaxwelllifestyle) on Thursdays

at 6pm for 20 minutes of

gentle exercise to help with

the immune system, stress

management and anxiety.

Plus, take a look at

the Bookfit app

for live classes or

Sarah’s website

(sarahmaxwell.com) for

online courses. Surrey

Homes readers can get

60% off the courses

with discount code

C19, which you can

then keep and use

when you choose.

Use discount

code C19 for

60% off online

wellbeing courses at

sarahmaxwell.com

The NHS are looking for Volunteer Responders (goodsamapp.org) and NHS

Charities Together has launched a appeal to support NHS staff and

volunteers (nhscharitiestogether.co.uk). The National Emergencies Trust

has its own fundraising appeal to aid local charities and grassroots

organisations (nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk). Hospices of Hope

has opened an emergency appeal after being inundated

with pleas from patients that were discharged from

Romanian hospitals (hospicesofhope.co.uk).

There are frankly so many charities out there that

need help that we can’t list them all. Please

give what you can for those who are most

in need, and you will feel better for

having done your bit to help.

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Get Creative

While you’ve got time indoors

you might as well make it it a

nice space to be in, and a project

like painting or wallpaper will

give you a creative outlet too.

Wallsauce has a brilliant series of

motivational wall murals (right)

to give your home office a boost of

positive energy (wallsauce.com).

You could get some outdoorsy

atmosphere with Little Greene’s National

Trust wallpapers and some good ‘how to’ tips

for painting from their blog (littlegreene.com).

And Annie Sloan can still deliver beautiful

chalk paint if you fancy painting furniture

rather than walls, with a whole host of

how-to videos online (anniesloan.com).

Coronanxiety

It is important to take care of ourselves mentally just as much as

we do physically at this difficult time. If you are dealing with

any anxiety, Anxiety UK has a number of online resources

including webinars, online support groups and useful links

with inormation to help put you at ease. (anxietyuk.org.uk).

The NHS website also has a lot of tips, advice and real facts

about what is happening at nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters.

The Grand Tour

If you’re looking for educational family activities, then be sure to check in on what museums, zoos and

galleries are up to. The British Museum is covered by Google Streetview (above), plus they have a virtual

reality project on African Rock Art that will transport you to South Africa, and a page on sketchfab.com

that will let you view famous artifacts like the rosetta stone in 3D (britishmuseum.org). Elsewhere

on the internet, the National Gallery has a Google Virtual Tour that will let you zoom

in on masterpieces as they hang in the gallery’s rooms (nationalgallery.org.uk),

artsandculture.google.com has tours of museums and galleries from around the

world, and Edinburgh zoo has live feeds of some of its animals, including

penguins, tigers, koalas and pandas (edinburghzoo.org.uk).

Teaching Moment

Daisy First Aid have online classes to teach parents and carers

critical lifesaving skills as ambulance waiting times are getting

long and the NHS is stretched to the limit. This service provides

financial support for Daisy First Aid trainers, all of whom

are self-employed and unable to run face to face

courses. Parents and carers can learn how to help

a baby or child who is injured or ill until

professional medical support is available

through video, audio and visual aids,

plus there are fun educational live

zoom sessions for parents and children

at home. These options cost £20 and

are available by contacting your local

Daisy trainer at daisyfirstaid.com

Dog days

If your pups are in need of a

treat, try Butternut Box. Their

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Previous pages: The dining room table used to be Rob’s

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artwork on the wall behind the dining table and the suit

hanging from the ceiling in the corner were created by Rob.

This page: The bottles displayed in a cosy side snug room

were from Rob’s father who was an old-school pharmacist

Describing a house as ‘tardis-like’ is a typical estate

agent’s euphemism – suggesting that a house has

more to offer than is perhaps evident from the

outside. In the case of Rob and Jane’s house – a former pub

on the edge of the Weald in Kent – the size of the building

comes as little surprise. It’s obviously a substantial pad.

There are, however, a few clues on the outside to suggest

that this might be a rather special home. The words:

‘Saloon’, ‘Public Bar’ and ‘Dining Room’ etched into the

front windows is not something you see every day…

“It’s quite funny how people react,” says Jane, of the

Grade II listed former pub. “People say, ‘Oh, isn’t it a shame

you had to keep those windows!’ They’re pretty rare these

days.” It’s clear that Rob and Jane wouldn’t have it any

other way. It’s also evident that if any homeowners can rock

this original feature, it’s them. Rob, a creative director in

the music industry and Jane, whose career was in fashion

retail, have worked their creative magic on this building

over 20 years. Throw in the input of talented friends and

designers and you’ve got something pretty unique – and not

what you would expect to find in your average village.

“When we first moved here we lived upstairs in what

is now Rob’s studio while we ripped out the downstairs

and opened it all up,” says Jane. Originally, the ground

floor was dark and dingy, with lots of small rooms, linked

by a central corridor – plus lots of fire doors. The floors

were rotten, from years of spilt beer, and faux historic

decor hid the genuine old structure underneath.

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Above: A piece by the artist Wreckage, a member of an art

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Left: The stairs were covered in thick black paint and were

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hairdryers, bits and bobs,” says Jane

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in an antique shop in Lewes

the window, ‘I’m sure that’s a Paolozzi print’. So we phoned the

shop the next day and spoke to a guy called Tommy Roberts,

a barrow-boy made good in the fashion industry, who started

a company called Practical Styling. I think he just needed

some cash at the time, so he sold it to us quite reasonably.”

Across the main room, I have to see what the snug is all about…

“There’s a bit of a churchy theme going on in here,” says Jane,

“though neither of us is terribly religious”. A marble carving is

set in the wall, featuring the symbols Alpha & Omega – from

the cradle to the grave. “We like mixing religious themes with

pub décor,” says Rob. A prayer board, written in Arabic and

found in Marrakesh, hangs on the wall, next to a salvaged chapel

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is an equally bright painting by Nathan Pendlebury

we had to find somewhere for it to fit!” says Jane.

Next to the impressive door is an old dresser, stacked with

quirky glassware and curios. “The bottles came from my

father, who was an old-school pharmacist,” says Rob. “He

had a lot of old bottles. Now, if I see a bottle, and I like

the label, I buy it.” It’s the perfect alternative to a cabinet

of curiosities, with added authenticity given the family

connection. “We like it being a bit dusty too… It adds to

it. I’m allowed to dust it once or twice a year,” says Jane.

Next to the snug are the stairs. Wide, solid and with

rustic, turned bannisters, they are a suitably grand heart

to this substantial home. At the top of the first flight is

a pretty leaded window, looking out over the terraced

rear garden. A wide windowsill is home to an historiclooking

typewriter and wide enough to sit on: “This

area used to be a toilet,” says Jane. “There was a sweet


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This page: The attic bedrooms have a darker, more historic feel

little loo, or water closet, which I am sure was for the bar

staff. Nick suggested we put a nice, recessed window in

instead. Rob campaigned very hard to keep the toilet…

I don’t know why, as there were loos everywhere!”

Upstairs we get to see the generous number of bath and

washrooms, starting first with what has been nicknamed ‘the

dog’s bathroom’. Harvey, a seven-year-old caramel-coloured

cockerpoo, is an extremely lucky boy, though I am not sure

he fully appreciates the artworks on the wall, or Jane’s use

of Farrow & Ball’s ‘Stony Ground’ on the walls. That said,

neither does Rob: “I’m a bit more of a colourful person”.

That said, there seems to be little creative tension between

the couple, who agree that they work well together: “We’ve

got similar tastes – we discuss colours – but I tend to paint,”

says Jane. “And I tend to sketch out ideas,” adds Rob.

Back to the dog’s bathroom (the nickname is very much

tongue-in-cheek): “Much of the woodwork is by our friend

Michael, who’s a retired woodwork teacher. He’s done a

lot of these surfaces and details. The artwork is by Michele

Rossi, one of our designers at Stylorouge. The people in the

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splashed across the surface with fluorescent, lava-like paint.

Ever modest, the house is full of amazing work by

Rob and his team at Stylorouge – the company he

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with marble-topped bath and decent-sized walk-in shower.

“The shower is in an old stairwell that we uncovered

when doing building work,” says Rob. The couple’s

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in Lewes, while the brightly coloured patchwork day bed

was created, bespoke, for Jane by Squint in Shoreditch.

On the wall, and perfectly paired, is an equally

bright painting. The artwork is by Rob’s friend, Nathan

Pendlebury, who gave it to him as a thank you for being

commissioned by Stylorouge. “We just put it there and

thought how well it went with the day bed,” says Jane. “I

am always moving stuff around from one room to another

– nothing’s fixed.” “I call it merchandising,” laughs Rob.

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This page: The courtyard back garden consisits of terraced borders and a raised central

lawn. The original stables and hayloft now serve as ample storage for garden tools

workroom-cum-dressing room. It’s a neat example of Jane’s style and approach

to the house. “The shelving is from an old haberdasher’s in Birchington, where

my mum used to live,” she says. “He was closing down, so I put a note through

the door, saying, ‘If you’re going to get rid of the shelving, please can I buy it?’

It houses all my junk really; hairdryers, bits and bobs.” Next to the shelving is

an original Biba poster from the 1970s, the pendant lamp is handmade by Jane

from a bowler hat while on top of the shelving sit a variety of vintage hat boxes.

Everything about this house is personal to Rob and Jane, rather than being

a showy, designer home. It’s also undeniably homely and welcoming with no

sense of ‘take your shoes off at the door’. “We inhabit our house like a body,”

says Rob. It’s clearly a symbiotic relationship that benefits both the house and

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House of

Beulah

Using her own professional skills,

Zoe Joannou has transformed a classic villa

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Photographs: David Merewether Styling: Holly Levett

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and glass light over the dining table is by Lindsey Adelman

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about her own house – but I was soon asking questions

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have on the new curtains in my bedroom… there are

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family room leading out to the garden through Crittallstyle

doors. Or to put it another way: the current ideal.

“We raised the ceiling height 30cms. It is the

basement, but I didn’t want it to feel like a basement.

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but it’s OK in there, to gain it down here.”

Sitting on one of the two facing teal velvet sofas,


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Four matching large rectangular

mirrors, from West Elm, hung

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light, with three huge dangling

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This page: Lighting has been a important consideration for Zoe in every area of the house. With high ceilings throughout the house,

she’s had plenty of opportunity to experiment

next to the rear wall of steel-framed windows and looking

back and forth between the garden and the kitchen/

dining area, I can confirm it was all worth it.

And I’m not surprised to hear that several of Zoe’s neighbours

have already made enquiries to ask if she could do something

similar to their houses and at least one is already in progress.

“I have got a lot of projects for my interior design company,

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Which has made all the extra investments that make

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– such as really good quality contemporary furniture,

including the Robert Langford brass and antique mirror

coffee table between the sofas – more than worth it.

The house is also in the ideal part of Tunbridge Wells to

attract such business, in a street of lovely substantial early

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designer and realised that was what I should be doing.”

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This page: On her husband’s request, Zoe created a master

bedroom with a true hotel feel with beaded panelling, a velvet bed

– from Sweetpea & Willow – and luxurious bedside tables from

Robert Langford, lined in velvet. The lights are by Astro Lighting

experience she has found invaluable. “It is so great to

understand the intricacies of kitchen design – fitting to

make the most of the space, incorporating the electrics and

plumbing – not just choosing fabrics and colours. My designs

always start with the kitchen; it’s the wow factor now.”

This particular kitchen has that and more, with bold charcoal

grey cupboard doors, with a mottled satin finish, designed to

look like polished concrete, set off by light-coloured worktops

– which was where she spent a large chunk of the budget.

“The kitchen is from Leicht, a German brand, in Tunbridge

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I would love to have a solid-wood Neptune kitchen, but this

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be restrained, but it is still a wonderful kitchen. It has German

functionality, with glass-sided drawers and drawers within drawers.

“I spent a bit more on the worktops to have Silestone quartz

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on the appliances. We’ve got a Neff hide-and-slide oven, a

Quooker for boiling water, a Fisher Paykel fridge…”

I note that this splendid fridge is not integrated behind

cupboard doors as they so often are in social kitchens, to

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Above: The heading on the curtains – the same colour as the walls – creates the calm, continuous atmosphere Zoe likes

blend in more. “It’s a beautiful fridge and I like exposing

big appliances. It works in a modern kitchen.”

But while she’s happy to have the fridge on

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I also notice another detail I have deliberately used

in my own kitchen: while the fridge, oven and mixer

tap are all chrome, the door and drawer handles

(from Dowsing & Reynolds) and electric sockets

are brass. Was it deliberate? Yes. “Mixing metals

doesn’t bother me.” Hurrah! I feel vindicated.

And before we move on from the kitchen, two more

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This page: The nursery wallpaper features subtle

polka dots on a soft grey background. Zoe had the

chair reupholstered in African animal fabric

social hub, but slightly removed,” and, “I chose bar stools with

backs for comfort. They work, because when friends come over

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Looking towards the garden, Zoe tells me that the

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I find myself taking a particular interest (see above) in how

the curtains are hung here, using a wave system, recessed into

the ceiling. “It means there is no bulkhead above the window.”

Looking out, I comment on the fabulous giant palm

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“There is a whole lighting system in the garden – I am

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and strings of white festoon lights hung around.”

Heading back inside, Zoe’s lighting obsession can be


Above left: The master bedroom en suite features a Carrara marble bowl basin on top of a walnut wood floating cabinet, with small

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Heading up to the ground floor – on the Unnatural Flooring

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the basement are Little Greene ‘Slaked Lime’ and ‘Slaked Lime

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That feeling is also very much created in me by

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What particularly attracts my attention, of course,

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Left: A guest bedroom is a tranquil space with a

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by Artisans of Devizes in the utility room

a large shower stall and all the fittings – including

the wall lights – are brass. “I always put in a wide

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6 SOW A MEADOW

Explore flower-filled meadows

11 WILD AT HEART

Insight into two garden

designers’ wildflower gardens

12 SHAPE IT UP

Interestingly shaped plants

15 A TASTE OF THE EXOTIC

Examining orchids

17 ROOM OUTSIDE

The best of sheds

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19 WHERE THE WILD

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Nurturing garden wildlife

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20 THE BEST OF

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Plants that can live both

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23 THE GREENHOUSE

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Sow a meadow

With many options to choose from,

Jo Arnell talks us through the basics

A

dreamy meadow full of poppies, cornflowers and

ox-eye daisies is a lovely thing to behold, but

perhaps more fantasy than reality in the countryside

these days – and to bring us down to earth still further, a

patch of cornfield annuals is only one type of wildflower

meadow. Natural meadows can be a complicated tapestry

of wildflowers and to mix it up even more, since meadow

gardening became a thing about 30 years ago, a diversity

of relaxed, romantic and pictorial, or faux meadows have

appeared to inspire and confuse us. If you have a patch of

spare ground, would like to encourage wildlife, or just want

to relax your mowing regime and fancy growing some flowers

among the grass, there will be a meadow scheme to suit you.

Annual cornfield meadows

Meadows were once just a part of the rural landscape, a

taken for granted backdrop symbolic of summer in the

countryside. Traditional regimes in hay meadows and

crop fields allowed for poppies, cornflowers, and other

annual flowers to flourish, as removing the hay/corn

each year kept the soil less fertile and stopped the grasses

becoming too dominant. Sheep or cattle were allowed on

to graze after the fields were cut, trampling seeds down

into the soil as they did so, and the cycle continued.

The intensification of agricultural practices has lead

to the disappearance of cornfield meadows. Aside from

the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides,

it is also common for follow-on crops to be sown in the

autumn-winter wheat, oilseed rape, or green manures like

clover and vetches. This means the traditional rhythms

that the flowers fell into line with hundreds of years ago

have been disrupted and as a consequence most have

disappeared, or have been relegated to the field margins.

In recent years field edges have been extended, wildlife

corridors have been instated and many farmers are doing

their bit for biodiversity. While this is fine for perennial

plants and some meadows, it won’t help the cornfield

annuals. This also explains why many of us can’t grow

annual wildflower meadows successfully; we aren’t making

hay and we don’t have enough sheep roaming our gardens.

You’ll be relieved to hear that there are ways to replicate

an annual meadow without resorting to ancient farmland

practices and renting livestock, but, even so, establishing

a mini meadow containing cornfield annuals is not always

an easy task. Wildflowers have adapted to thrive in difficult

conditions and in poor soils. Our garden soil is often too

rich for them and our lawn grasses too dominant. You

can strip off the lawn and re-sow with a meadow mix,

which will contain more delicate grass species and a mix of

wildflowers (some of which will be happy in your space,

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depending on your soil type and aspect). You may well get

a good rate of germination in the first year, but if you want

to make sure that annual wildflowers will grow again, they

must be allowed to set seed in the autumn, so be patient

and wait until the end of July or beginning of August

before cutting. Leave the cut top growth on the ground

for a few days to encourage seeds to disperse, then rake it

up and remove to ensure that the soil fertility stays low.

Perennial wildflower meadows

A perennial is a plant that has a lifespan of more than a year

or two. It will keep reappearing (in theory) each spring.

Many of our native perennial wildflowers have gradually

turned into cottage garden favourites such as Geraniums

(cranesbill), Foxgloves, Achillea (yarrow) and Aquilegia

(columbine). These plants will manage in meadow situations,

but again the grass will out-compete them if it’s not carefully

managed. Perennials don’t germinate as readily from seed

as annuals, so a good way to start a perennial meadow is

by planting young plug-plants grown in modules. These

will establish more reliably and should flower in their first

or second season (depending on initial size and vigour).

Perennial meadow plants flower around midsummer and

so the meadow can be mown in early spring, then in late

summer and early autumn once the flowers have faded.

Yellow Rattle

There is a way of preventing the grass from out-competing

meadow flowers by growing a plant called Yellow Rattle

Main image; Pictorial meadow in Jo’s garden Left: butterfly on

Verbena bonariensis Below: Cornfield annuals

(Rhinanthus minor). This little plant is partially parasitic

on grass and will weaken it, allowing wildflowers a

foothold. Most meadow mixes now contain Yellow

Rattle seed, but it’s worth seeking out locally produced

seed that will be regionally adapted. It is an annual, best

sown in the autumn, or planted as plugs in spring.

Pictorial Meadows

A pictorial, or faux meadow, like those seen in the Olympic

park in 2012, uses non-native annuals and short lived

perennials to create a relaxed and wafting meadowy look. The

principals are broadly the same – you need to make sure that

any grasses are sparse and won’t swamp the delicate annuals,

or just use flowers and don’t include any grass at all. April is

a great time to sow a pictorial meadow, as seeds of plants like

Cosmos should germinate directly once the weather is warm

enough. To be on the safe side it is worth sowing a few of

the less hardy varieties as plugs to plant out once the danger

of frost is past, but this will make the process more labour

intensive. A wide range of annuals can be used to make a

pretend meadow; when we grew one a few years ago at one

of my courses, I bought a few packs of cornfield annuals

and mixed in seeds of other commonly available annuals. I

put them all in a bucket with some sand prior to sowing –

they need to be sown sparingly and the sand helps to spread

them out when you’re broadcast sowing by the handful.

You’ll need to prepare the ground; remove all weeds and

make the soil ready by raking it to a fine tilth (it should look

like crumble topping). Scatter seeds over the surface of the

soil and then rake over lightly. It won’t matter if you tread

on it a bit – just as the sheep in the stubble fields press

the seeds into the ground, it’s important that the


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seed is in contact with the soil. Within a few weeks it

will be looking green with new growth and should burst

into meadowy splendour by early July. Cut the meadow

once the flowers have faded and set their seed, remove

the top growth once the seed has dispersed and is frost

tolerant, hardy seeds will germinate again next year.

You may want to top up with more of the more delicate

plants and weed out the thugs after the first year.

The New Perennial Garden Style

A wild ‘prairie’ style can be achieved by growing ornamental

grasses such as Miscanthus, Stipa and Calamagrostis instead

of meadow grass and mixing in late flowering perennials.

Daisy flowers – Asters, Heleniums and Rudbeckias – work

well, nectar rich Sedums and tenacious plants that would be

thugs in a more polite border, such as Persicaria, Crocosmia

and Phlomis, will spread to create great drifts or waves of

colour. The advantage of using ornamental grasses is that

they look good all through the winter, especially when back

lit by the low sun, with the seed heads of the perennials

silhouetted against them. This style of gardening works best

on a large scale and is becoming popular in parks and larger

spaces, as it is relatively low maintenance – the plants all

get a severe haircut in the spring and off they go again.

Weeds

We tend to forget that many of our wildflowers fall into

this category. Weeds are troublesome in our gardens because

they’ve developed to survive in very difficult conditions out in

the wild, competing with each other for survival. When they

gatecrash into our gardens, they can’t believe their luck and

so romp about in the rich soil, bullying our dainty garden

centre plants and taking over. Eradicating them calls for

vigilance, but this is harder in a semi-wild meadow situation,

so it pays to remember that they are a wonderful resource

for wildlife and that a few weeds in your meadow will add

a bit of authenticity – a useful thing to say to visitors…

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Annuals suited to

meadow situations

They will like sunny, free-draining positions

and most are summer flowering

Annual poppies – grow either the field poppy,

Papaver rhoeas, or the opium (P. somniferous). If

they like your conditions they will spread around.

Often pops up when ground is cultivated.

Cornflowers – available in a range of pastel colours

and one really dark maroon cultivar, but the blue

form is the most beautiful. Will self-seed.

Marigolds – cheerful orange daisy flowers, really

easy to grow and another happy self-seeder.

Amni majus – a tame Cow parsley-type

flower; tall, with large white lacy flowers

Orlaya grandiflora – another umbellifer,

delicate umbels of white, shorter than

Amni majus and not as invasive.

Larkspur – the annual Delphinium available in

several shades of blue, mauve pink and white.

Nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist) –

prolifically self-seeding, with ferny foliage and

attractive seed heads, as well as flowers.

Cosmos bipinnatus – an easy half-hardy

annual (not frost tolerant). Tall daisy flowers

in white and shades of pink. It has good,

ferny foliage and lasts well as a cut flower.

Cleome spinosa – an unusual tall half-hardy

annual, sometimes called the spider flower,

as the flower is somewhat spidery.

Top: Cornflower ‘Black Boy’ Above: Hampton Court Flower

show - meadow in a mirrored box by Alex Rainford-Roberts

Sunflowers – available in colours other than yellow –

this well known hardy annual makes a tall and cheerful

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Wild at heart

How have designers been encouraging wildlife back

into the garden with wildflower planting?

WILDFLOWER MEADOWS

“Creating a wildflower meadow in your garden is

a lovely way to ‘soften’ the space and to encourage

wildlife diversity, such as bees, butterflies and birds,

and is a positive way to help the natural environment.

Since the second world war over 95% of wildflower

meadows have disappeared. Lost ancient meadows

can’t be replaced, but we can try to redress the balance.

Few people knew more about Meadow

gardening than Christopher Lloyd. He said

‘To see a meadow in bloom is a great delight.

It is alive and teeming with life, mysterious,

dynamic and seemingly out of control’.

Troy Scott Smith softened the look at Sissinghurst

recently too with meadow flowers sown in the spaces

around the perimeter and even in the car park.

King John’s Nursery at Etchingham have created

floriferous wild flowers in their Rose Garden.

As a garden designer, I have also included

areas of meadow, even in some smaller

projects. Knowledge of soil and aspect is

crucial to the choice of suitable plants.”

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Wildflower gardens

“As we know, our birds, bees and wildlife are in decline. A lot of garden

flowers are bred for low-maintenance and therefore not always good

for our insects and wildlife. Introducing wildflowers into your garden

encourages more species of insects and birds. Wildflower gardens

are low-maintenance and look wonderful. Sow wild seeds in lawns,

borders, window boxes or containers in autumn or spring. The poorer

the soil the better. I recommend the following seeds and plant plugs:

Foxgloves, Red Campion, Ox Eye Daisies, Lesser known Knapweed,

Field Scabious, Native red Clover. Corn Cockle, Common

Vetch, Wild marjoram, Honesty, Cornflowers and Poppies

Not only do wildflowers look great in your garden, you are

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Shape

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colours and shapes

Well, the usual deluge hasn’t

happened today. Perhaps

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its way. Actually, I think it is and

so do the bumblebees. I saw a huge

one collecting pollen from the

flowers of that wonderful ground

cover plant, Trachystemon orientalis

(Abraham-Isaac-Jacob) just now.

Things have been bursting into

life despite torrential downpours.

For example, treasures such as

hellebores (and just who is snipping

off their heads and discarding them?);

primroses are in full swing and

the cowslips are not far behind.

Some crocus are still going strong,

despite taking a battering, and spring

treats like pulmonaria and that

gorgeous arum, Arum italicum subsp.

italicum ‘Marmoratum’ with its long,

marbled, heart-shaped leaves are

showing themselves. There’s a patch

of them in the front garden growing

with a silver leaved cyclamen which

to my certain knowledge has never

flowered. The leaves are so gorgeous

that it really doesn’t matter at all.

And now the only problem is that

as it has been so wet, the borders

are still pretty weedy and the list

of catch-up jobs is daunting.

There are so many thousands of

unusual colours and shapes in nature

that I thought the only thing to do is to

put together a wish list of a few which

are particularly gorgeous and special.

I think for year round interest I would

definitely put down the silver leaved

Cyclamen hederifolium. They spread

very nicely over the years and their

wonderfully marked leaves are such a

lovely contrast to spring flowerers.

Then, as spring progresses, one of the

most lovely umbellifers appears if you

are lucky: Smyrnium perfoliatum. This

is a flower arranger’s absolute dream;

a biennial, smyrnium tends to have a

mind of its own and it either goes mad

in its ideal spot – it prefers some shade

and grows happily in the olive groves

of Greece, although it is described as

an unusual native plant in the UK.

I have seen it in the local woods

and make an annual pilgrimage to

specifically seek it out, but there’s

been absolutely no sign of it in some

years. And in a local garden where it

is so happy, it has to be thinned out

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occasionally – however, not until the

seed has been collected and redistributed

as it prefers to be grown in situ.

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young plants, but once they get going,

they give you a fabulous display with

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leaves shaped like ‘pointed shields’

up the stems, decreasing in size as

they ascend. The plant reminds you

of limey yellow euphorbias and has

the airy habit of cow parsley.

Another wonderful plant for unusual

shape and form would be the giant

fennel, Ferula communis. These are

related to the common culinary fennel

but belong to a different genus. Ferula

communis are in the carrot family but

decidedly more spectacular. Their native

habitat is in the Mediterranean region

and interestingly in the shrublands of

East Africa. From a huge clump of finely

dissected foliage a 3m-high inflorescence

unfurls, eventually producing wonderful

yellow umbels. It is such a stunning

plant and insect friendly too.

There’s a subspecies called ‘Glauca’

which gets to the same height, the

difference being glaucous, bluey leaves.

And Beth Chatto named the Tangier

fennel, Ferula communis tingitana

‘Cedric Morris’ after her friend,

Cedric Morris, the plantsman who

originally collected the seed. This one

is slightly shorter – but still comes

in at 1½m – the difference being the

shiny leaves and green umbels. They

all flower in June but are exciting at all

times of the year; in winter spectacular

silhouettes tower over the borders.

If you could only grow one tree, Tilia

henryana would surely be a candidate.

I’ve probably written about this absolute

favourite more than once. Henry’s Lime

originates from China and was first

discovered by the Irish plant hunter,

Augustine Henry. However, it wasn’t

introduced to the West until 1901 when

Ernest Wilson brought it in. It deserves

to be more widely planted and there

are suppliers now who have them in

stock, although it still seems to be a rare

tree. It has huge, bristled ovate leaves

which start the season tinged with red.

By the autumn the ‘sea-green’ leaves

start to turn golden yellow. Added to

this, the creamy white flowers arrive

late in the season providing an absolute

feast for all manner of insects. Last

year, I had some girls in for bed and

breakfast over a really hot weekend.

They decided to sunbathe near the tree

and woke to a really loud humming

and buzzing only to see that the flowers

were absolutely smothered with insects

having a high old time. Including a

few hornets if truth be known, but

they, along with all the others, were

so busy feasting that we didn’t disturb

them and they didn’t disturb us.

And of all the huge number of ilex,

or hollies, that there are in the world

with their myriad shapes, forms and

habits, one of the most lovely and

unusual is one which was discovered

as a sport of I. ‘Golden King’ in the

garden of Dargle Cottage, County

Wicklow, home of Lord and Lady

Goulding. From 12 cuttings taken in

1976 there were enough plants to start

selling them by 1988. In Ireland this

plant is often called Ilex x altaclerensis

‘Lady Valerie’ but in England it is more

widely known as ‘Ripley Gold’. Do

look out for it as it is so brilliant as a

winter evergreen shrub. Its distinctively

twisted leaves are glossy and have

mottled splashes of a primrose yellow.

I love the way that the Irish Garden

Plant Society described it: ‘the variable

beauty of these is like a soft, sweet song

to all who have an eye for leaf form

and colour in the wintry landscape’.

And finally, Tibouchina urvilleana,

the Glory Bush native to Brazil,

a perennial on the tender side in

this country, which is fabulous as

long as you can give it over-winter

protection. This winter has been so

mild that it has survived an unheated

greenhouse but in a ‘normal’ winter

it would need some winter warmth.

It makes a great pot grown specimen

unless you live somewhere like Penzance

in Cornwall where it can grow to up

to 10ft in a sheltered spot outdoors.

I think it would be marvellous in a

sheltered, sensory garden as everything

about it is soft to the touch. The

stems are red and hairy and the large

leaves, too, are hairy and textured.

Late in the summer, it produces satiny

reddish purple flowers which look blue

until you get closer to them. There’s

a variegated form with leaves edged

with pinky red which I think needs to

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native to Great Britain. My love affair

with these amazing plants started aged

seven when my influential gardening

granny bought me a ‘Slipper Orchid’.

Local native orchids also helped

fuel my passion: I vividly remember

sneaking up in the lunch break at

primary school to an ‘out of bounds’

patch of chalk downland to observe

fabulous Bee and Wasp orchids. The

mimicry of many orchids is wondrous.

Since school I’ve travelled with botanical

funding to observe orchids in the

tropical remote Indonesian Mentawain

Islands and the magnetic lure of the

spell binding Orchid family led me in

the year 2000 to the Darien Gap in

Central America, resulting in a ninemonth

hostage ordeal. It was worth

it though, as I saw lots of orchids in

captivity and survived to tell the tale!

TOM’S TOP TIPS:

The mass production of

tropical orchids has made the

Phalaenopsis (‘Moth Orchid’) the

most popular pot plant in the world.

Basic essential tips for your indoor orchid

include using rainwater if possible, water

once a week to soak the free draining

compost, letting excess water completely

drain through over the sinkhole before

placing back in a well lit position, but

not right against windows in case of leaf

burn. Feed once a month with something

like Tomorite – one-fifth recommended

strength. Place your orchid in a saucer

covered in a layer of gravel and use a

water sprayer to mist twice a day to

increase beneficial humidity. Never

let your orchid stand in water.

Be adventurous and consider

experimenting by growing our native

orchid varieties. In my experience

the easiest are the “Early Purple

Orchid”, “Common Spotted Orchid”

and various species and hybrids of

Dactylorhiza (“Marsh Orchids”). My

favourite – Dactylorhiza x grandis – is

a “Hybrid Spotted Marsh Orchid” my

granny gave me when I was 10 years

old and I still have it growing in the

United Kingdom region of The World

Garden. Full sun, good drainage and

a soil that never entirely dries out

are preferred. Pot culture is possible

too, although it’s best to place the

container in part shade during

the hottest hours of the day.

Top Tip for the ‘Moth Orchid’:

When flowering is finished please don’t

completely cut down the spent flower

spike – even if the label instructs you

to! Cut back to just above the nearest

node (notch in stem) or where the

brown dead stem meets green. Then you

should prolong flowering with additional

blooms appearing from the node.

Why not go orchid hunting in the

South East! Wild orchids are fantastic.

Visit richly diverse locations such as

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where in late May you can find the

very rare ‘Monkey Orchid’ and the

delightful ‘Butterfly Orchid’ or mid-

June at Sandwich Bay where you can

be astounded by the endangered ‘Lizard

Orchid’, one of the best locations

in the UK to view this species.

Immerse yourself in the world of

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of Great Britain, or visit local orchid

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knowledge about these incredible

plants. Don’t miss a trip to The World

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Try these tips to encourage wildlife to flourish in your garden

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birds. Safe hideaways also attract hedgehogs, toads and solitary bees, and can be made

by combining recycled tiles and pipes with hollow plants stems, dry grass and leaves.

For more information on where and when to put up nestboxes, visit nestboxweek.com”

Imogen Stephens, General Manager at Merriments Gardens

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“As well as adding a nestbox or hedgehog home to your garden, remember their

residents also need plenty of food. The best starting point is to fill your garden with

plants. Fruit trees are amazing for nature: plenty of pollen, blossom, branches and,

if you can spare it, fruit! They can be very easy to plant, and grow quickly.”

Anna Feeney, spokesperson for RSPB

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“Entice butterflies and moths with Primrose, Blackthorn, and April flowering

native Common Dog-Violet, which all provide an early source of nectar and

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Knapweed, Field Scabious and Wild Marjoram on bare ground in April will

also give you a boost in summer flowers that will encourage more butterflies to

use the garden later in the year. Catering for hungry caterpillars is easy too; just

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The best of

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Jo Arnell strikes a happy balance with

her indoor/outdoor plant picks

If you’re looking for plants that will

manage to do well both indoors

and out, whatever the weather, or

in a shady space, there are a few star

performers that will fit the bill. Top

of my list is small leaved ivy, either

dark green or variegated. Ivy is a great

plant in low light levels and is very

easy to train and prune into shape.

Many houseplants will benefit from

a summer holiday outside in the

garden, but they will need to be

put somewhere that’s sheltered

and in the shade – light levels in

even the brightest of homes are

much lower than outside and

leaves will scorch if the plant is

placed in direct bright sunlight.

Succulents, such as Echivera, Crassula

and Aeoniums, will enjoy being

placed on a sunny patio throughout

the warmer months, but really don’t

like our winters very much – they are

adapted to dry climates, so it is the

wet that gets to them (I’m beginning

to know how they feel after this

winter). Bring them into a cool porch

in the autumn.

There are some plants that can

manage to live inside and in the

garden – maybe not all of the time,

but it is possible to enjoy a few of

them outside of their normal season.

Summer Geraniums – the tender

Pelargoniums, as opposed to those

in the borders, can be brought

inside in the autumn and kept

somewhere cool and bright until

warmer weather returns. You can do

the same with Fuchsias, Abutilon,

Jasmine and Hibiscus. Once it

warms up in the spring, pot them

into fresh compost, water well and

re-introduce them to the outside

once the danger of frost is past.

You can keep herbs going over winter

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Josephine Fairley tracks down products with five-star eco credentials

Not so long ago, the biggest beauty concern for most

of us was the impact that a product might have on

our face, body or hair. But times change – and fast:

now, many of us are equally concerned about the impact

it might have on the planet. Fact: although most women

understand well that beauty products aren’t

frivolous or fluffy try looking at it this way:

the time we spend on our beauty routines is

often the ONLY thing we do just for ourselves

in the space of a day – it somehow still seems

terribly guilt-inducing to send a jar or a serum

bottle or a hand wash pump to landfill.

Having banged the drum about this

for pretty much a couple of decades (Sarah Stacey and

I wrote The Green Beauty Bible back in 2003), I know

better than most that it’s taken the beauty world a while

to catch up. But I am still hugely heartened that during

the past 18 months, many different companies have got

in on the ‘eco-packaging’ act. Maybe they feel they need

to be seen to be doing it, but does it really matter? At the

“The Olay

initiative is

perhaps the most

ground-breaking”

end of the day, the result is the same: packaging that’s less

wasteful and more widely available – and as it’s rolled out,

also creates a positive spiral of greater eco-awareness.

So this month, I thought I’d focus on some great initiatives

– and bust some packaging myths. Because while it’s fine for

companies to say ‘recycled’ on the packaging,

we still have to separate and sort our empties

(more of which anon). In addition, there are

several different types of plastic – all technically

recyclable but in reality, not always recycled

by every council. As I know well, councils

can be coy about sharing info on which they

actually process and which still go to landfill

after we’ve duly sorted them – so I encourage you all to

contact the council which takes away your recycling and find

out which numbers they actually process. (I do have to give

an honourable mention to Colgate, whose Smile for Good

Toothpaste also comes in the industry’s first recyclable tube.)

What we really want to see is companies moving

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recycled materials because that’s already squared the circle,

sustainability-wise. Neal’s Yard Remedies’ familiar blue plastic

bottles are now 100% recycled (the glass bottles and jars,

of course, are recyclable). Cult naturals brand Tata Harper

uses recycled glass, while Aveda – famously committed to

the environment from the word go – now package 85%

of skincare and haircare in 100% recycled materials.

Taking advantage of refills, where we can, is something else

we can do, although as with many issues, it’s not as simple as

it looks. Because of the need for packaging to be spotlessly

clean, for health and safety reasons, what’s mostly happening

is that companies such as L’Occitane, Scandi make-up name

Kjaer Weis, Soap Co., Charlotte Tilbury, M.A.C. and even

Olay are offering minimally-packaged options with which

to ‘recharge’ your current packaging or compact. Fulfilled

(wearefullfilled.co) use beautiful aluminium bottles that

not only last for longer than most, but are also refillable.

The Olay initiative is perhaps most ground-breaking because

this is such a big brand; just like L’Occitane Divine Harmony

(of which I’m a massive fan), you slip the refill inside your

existing jar. Even Dior is making an effort: no refills, yet, but

they are eliminating the cellophane, excess cardboard and even

the paper leaflet previously included with its luxury products.

Faith in Nature is one of the few brands offering a proper

refill service for a wide range of their washes, shampoos

and conditioners, at many different locations around the

country (look for a list of Refill Stations on faithinnature.

co.uk). Beauty Kitchen, meanwhile, just announced the

future rollout of a nationwide refill scheme – but for now,

either return empty aluminium bottles bearing the ‘Return •

Refill • Repeat’ logo using a free shipping logo downloadable

from their website, or drop off at a Holland & Barrett store

(you’ll also receive points on your H&B loyalty card). Even

perfume houses are getting in on the refill act; interestingly,

this was pioneered some years ago by Mugler with their

‘Source’ refill stations (for fragrances like Alien, Angel, etc.);

more recently, Le Labo and the rising star perfume brand

Floral Street will also now refill your current scent bottle

with the same fragrance, in the latter case at their fab Covent

Garden flagship store; they get further green ‘Brownie points’

because their bottles are 100% compostable (like an egg

box), while they spurn tissue paper, cellophane and plastic.

But at the end of the day, we all have to take responsibility

for not casually throwing our beauty empties in the bin.

Most of us are pretty good at recycling baked bean cans,

wine bottles and cornflakes boxes – but that box that came

with your moisturiser…? The lid of that moisturiser…?

The pot it came in…? Doesn’t happen nearly so often.

It might seem like a teeny jar or a lid, but

imagine the mountains that simply end up in

landfill, every year… A salutary thought, eh?

Here’s the lowdown on what can be recycled…

• Glass face cream pots (Don’t forget the cardboard

packaging it came in – and the little leaflet inside.)

• Perfume and aftershave bottles

• Plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles

• Plastic moisturiser bottles Think: hand cream and

body lotion. (Though as I’ve said, do take your

council to task on exactly which numbers they can

process; these teeny numbers feature on the underside

of packaging, inside a recycling symbol, but you do

sometimes need a magnifying glass to read them!)

• Aerosol deodorant cans Worried about product

‘residues’ or unsure about whether some bits

should be binned? Follow these simple rules…

1Rinse first Before putting plastic bottles in the recycling

bin, if it’s easy/possible to do so, wash them using a

bottle brush and very hot water/detergent, before rinsing.

Love your lids Plastic caps – for instance,

2 from deodorant cans and moisturiser bottles

– can go in with the recycling, too.

Remove your tops! Pump dispenser tops – for

3 instance, on liquid soap bottles – should be removed

and disposed of with your ordinary waste, as currently

they can’t be recycled. (And this also means that if a

perfume bottle has a spray attachment, this should

be removed before recycling. If you can’t separate the

two, alas you’ll have to put the bottle in the bin.

Bag it up! If you tend to forget about putting beauty items

4 for recycling in the recycling bin downstairs or wherever,

try hanging a pretty reusable bag on your bathroom door.

Avoid single use products If you’re using these products,

5 for instance, single-use wipes, they can fill up the bin

pretty quickly – which is one reason I’m so keen on muslin

cloths for cleansing. (The other? They will lightly exfoliate

skin each time you use one, leaving your skin noticeably

brighter.) Some wipes are now compostable, but you’ve got

to remember to compost them. As for single-use masks? Give

‘em up, not just for Lent but forever because for now there’s

nothing you can do to give that foil pack a new life.

So keep watching this space because the

beauty world is getting greener – and I’d say,

a little rosier, too – all the time.

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Dr Kim Prescott discusses treatments that can help you achieve

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Foundation used on the skin to

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for many people, it can lead to

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For younger skin, a course of chemical

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as hydrating and plumping the skin.

These so-called Fusion Facials are

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Results after a course of 5 LipoFirm FaceLifts.

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WHEN YOUR LAUGH LINES APPEAR

EVEN IN YOUR SERIOUS SELFIES

The body’s own collagen production starts

to decline in our mid-20s, so as you head

towards your late 30s and 40s, you may

be looking to add skin tightening to your

skin care programme. The current trend

for more advanced skin rejuvenation is to

enhance results with combined treatment

modalities, working on multiple pathways

in the skin. Lasers, IPL, ultrasound,

microneedling and radiofrequency (RF)

are all popular technologies that are used

in combination rejuvenation protocols.

A treatment that often trends on

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the Pyramid FaceLift. This non-surgical

treatment involves: skin tightening

and muscle toning (LipoFirm FaceLift),

microneedling (VoluDerm) and skin

resurfacing (TriFractional). Its popularity

lies in the fact that it works on all

layers of the skin, and is proven to help

improve skin texture, tone and volume

– very good news for those who prefer

to avoid injectable dermal fillers.

Additional components may be added

to treatments as part of a bespoke

programme for particular skin concerns.

The Pyramid MD Programme could

include the addition of LED phototherapy,

mesotherapy, growth factors, or plateletrich

plasma (PRP).

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WHEN YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT

SCARRING OR PIGMENTATION

TriFractional skin resurfacing is used

to help manage uneven skin tone and

fine lines, and has also been shown to

help with acne or chicken-pox scarring.

Microneedling is another well-established

treatment for improvement of scarring and

re-surfacing the skin, and is often used

as part of a treatment course to manage

pigmentation. Some skins may be suitable

for IPL photofacials or laser treatments

for more persistent pigmentation. It

is important to ensure that your skin

practitioner assesses the nature and

cause of your pigmentation accurately

as there are treatments that can make

certain kinds of pigmentation worse.

Noticeable skin improvements

take time, and a course of treatments

conducted over a few months is more

likely to lead to ongoing improvements.

Don’t forget that sun exposure should be

avoided after many of the energy based

treatments, so try and complete these

sooner rather than later. Whatever skin

programme you decide to embark on, it’s

a good idea to start the process now.

Dr Kim Prescott is a highly trained doctor in

aesthetic medicine and consults from the

PSMD Clinic in Cobham and Esher Groves.

You are welcome to email her on

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you might have. Dr Prescott will endeavor

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Wellbeing

Holiday skin

Henrietta Norton’s six steps to sensational post-holiday skin

Nourishing our skin

is always important,

never more so than

when we return from a sunny

holiday, to prevent dry skin

and premature ageing and to

prolong your sun-kissed glow.

Here are my six top tips to care

for your post-holiday skin…

HERBS FOR YOUR SKIN

Gotu kola and ashwagandha are wonderful

anti-ageing herbs. Gotu kola improves blood

circulation and supports the production

of collagen while ashwagandha helps to

reduce inflammation, protects the skin from

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ALLOW YOURSELF TIME

We often need time to recover from

our travels, especially after long haul

flights. Sleep is the best medicine

for your skin and you will notice

the difference in your appearance

after a deep restful night. Try not to

go headlong back into your normal

routine, instead allow yourself time

to ease back into your busy life.

BALANCE YOUR BACTERIA

Travelling can be tiring and expose us to foods we’re

not used to or foods we don’t usually take in excess,

such as sugar or alcohol. This has an impact on the

balance of our bacteria in the gut, which in turn has

been clinically proven to affect the quality of our

skin. Eat plenty of meals that include fermented

foods, such as sauerkraut (easily found in health

stores) and kimchi (Asian fermented cabbage and

spices) and try drinking coconut water kefir or taking

a Multiple Strain probiotic (without FOS) to feed

the growth of good bugs in your digestive system.

You may also want to try supplementing your diet with

herbs, such as oregano, garlic, grapefruit seed extract

and olive leaf, as these ingredients contain natural

antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds

to combat bad bacteria.

“Beauty is the

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CHECK THE INGREDIENTS

IN YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Always choose products with clean

ingredients for your beauty regime and sun

protection. Some of the more toxic products

containing synthetic colours and fragrances,

phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS),

to name a few, are best avoided. If you

are unsure, a great book is The Nature of

Beauty by Imelda Burke which provides

excellent information about ingredients and

how to make your own simple products.

A HEALTHY DIET WILL

NOURISH YOUR SKIN

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

A healthy diet will show on the

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Eating seasonal food rich in vitamin

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essential fatty acids nurtures our skin

cells, provides antioxidant protection

and promotes skin healing after it

has been exposed to the elements.

SUPPORT YOUR LEVELS

OF HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a gel-like

substance found abundantly in the

skin. HA has a unique ability to retain

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also increases when the skin is healing

and helps to reduce inflammation

on the skin’s surface. It is therefore

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Do you suffer from lower back pain?

You just might have a lazy butt!

Most people are unaware

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gluteal muscles or glutes) are to their

overall core stability and overall

muscular skeletal health. Many more

– even those who work out regularly

– don’t realise that their glutes are not

doing the job they are supposed to.

Some years ago, I suffered a prolapsed

disc in my lower back which was

excruciatingly painful. I couldn’t

work, let alone work out, as any sort

of movement put me in complete

agony. I needed urgent help.

Through contacts, I was lucky

enough to be put in touch with physio

Jonathan Hockey who, after working for

the NHS in London and with private

clients, including Tottenham Hotspur

and the Surrey County Cricket team,

set up his own practice

in Horsmonden.

He discovered that

my glutes were

underactive. This

came as a complete

surprise to me, as glute

activation had always

been a particular

interest of mine. I was

fully aware of how

important they are and

had enabled clients

to develop these muscles to overcome

lower back and knee problems, improve

their core and run marathons.

I treated my personal experience as

an opportunity to further develop my

knowledge. Working together with

Jonathan, I was able to fully recover

and get back to work within six weeks.

Once back at work, I brought my

heightened knowledge to the group

of sprinters I was training. You would

assume by looking at the big definition

of an international sprinter that their

glutes would be firing on all cylinders.

But a good few had over-developed

their quads – the muscles at the front of

“In 80% of cases

where patients

present with lower

back issues, they

have lower backs

that are too strong

due to under active

and weak glutes”

thighs – because their glutes were not

working at full capacity. This meant

they were prone to injury and were

not working efficiently. By focusing

on better activating their glutes,

sprint times increased dramatically,

and their injuries decreased.

I caught up recently with Jonathan

for this column and asked him to

explain what the glutes do, why they

are important and what his favourite

exercises to activate them are.

Jonathan explains: “The glutes are

very important, especially during

walking and lifting, because they are

the main muscles that control these

movements. The glutes work together

with the psoas (the muscles that connect

our spine and hips) in order to propel

us forwards. Without these two working

together, it is impossible to walk. If

someone has weak or

underactive glutes,

the body has to use

compensatory methods

to move forwards and

often uses the lower

back and hamstrings

– the muscles at the

back of the upper

leg. When these two

combine to replace

the glutes, you get a

compression to the

spine and hip joints and this is what

leads to injuries.” He goes on to add,

“We have found that in 80% of cases

where patients present with lower back

issues, they have lower backs that are

too strong due to under active and

weak glutes. In these cases, we spend a

lot of time rehabilitating their muscles

and improve the issues with lower back

pain by strengthening their glutes. This

takes away a lot of the compression

in the lower back and prevents nerve

impingement which reflects down the

leg as sciatic pain and also prevents knee

injury, helping sports people improve

acceleration, strength and performance.”

Exercise of

the month:

STEP UPS

March up the stairs two at a time

(on the way down go careful

and take one stair at a time).


Try driving up with the glutes as

if you going to drive up through

the roof or a jump-like action.


Start with a couple of times

up and down the stairs and

build up gradually.


Do this a few times a week for

6-8 weeks and your bottom

should be firing beautifully.


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

Contact Jonathan Hockey at

Horsmonden Physiotherapy Clinic

01892 724377

horsmondenphysio.com

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Lodge Brothers funeral directors tell us about the

options available and why talking is important

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bereavement, when we feel least able to

manage. With 240 years’ experience,

Lodge Brothers understand this very

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guide people through these difficult

times with care and compassion.

Is there help available for those

wanting to discuss wishes?

Many of us are uncomfortable

broaching the subject of death and our

funeral wishes but it is important to

be open and to share this information

with our loved ones in order to take

the burden away from them at what is

already a traumatic and daunting time.

We offer a complimentary

funeral wishes service, where you

can complete questions around the

type of service you’d like; music

choices, flowers, vehicles, ministers,

reception venue, etc... You can add

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refer to at their time of need.

Have you seen changes in

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We cover a whole variety of

funerals but many more cremations

than burials. Quite often now,

the full service will be held

at the crematorium, whereas

previously there would usually

be a church service followed by a

committal at the crematorium.

Funerals have definitely

become much more bespoke and

personalised, ‘celebrations of life’

that reflect on a person’s life, rather

than simply memorial services.

With this in mind, many more

people are having Remembrance

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than a church service beforehand.

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popular with a view to becoming

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offering services to all religious

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Food

Feasts for Families

True to the fuss-free, one-pot family-friendly

meals she shares through her blog and Instagram

account @annasfamilykitchen, Anna Stanford

chooses three perfectly crowd-pleasing recipes that

everyone should try over the Easter break

Photographs: David Merewether

Teriyaki Salmon, Noodle & Vegetable Traybake

Serves 4 Prep time: 5 mins Cooking time: 15 mins

We all know that eating oily fish is good for you – it’s brain boosting food! Whether it’s

the smell, the flavour, the skin – or is it the bones that can sneak in no matter how careful

you are – many children (mine included) are resistant to eating fish. Trying children with

mild flavoured fish like cod is a good start (breadcrumb it into a goujon if necessary!) but

this was my salmon breakthrough recipe. Cooked in Teriyaki Sauce and using a beautiful

fillet with no skin and no bones, served with noodles, it went down a treat.

For the Teriyaki Sauce:

• 2 tbsp soy

• 2 tbsp mirin

• 1 tsp honey

• 1 tsp chopped chilli

• 1 garlic clove crushed

• 1 tsp chopped ginger

• 1 tsp sesame oil

• 800g side of salmon or

4 individual fillets,

approx 175g each

• 200g fresh rice noodles

• 2 tsp sesame seeds

• 200g Tenderstem Broccoli

• 100g sugar snap peas

• 4 pak choi

• 5 spring onions (these can

be either chopped or

shredded)

• 1 chilli, chopped

1Lay the salmon on a baking

sheet or in an ovenproof dish.

2Mix together the Teriyaki sauce

ingredients and pour it over

the salmon. Marinate if you have

time. If you don’t, fear not!

3Add the noodles to the tray and

sit the salmon on top. Sprinkle

over the sesame seeds and roast in a

hot oven (220°C, 200°C, gas 7) for 12

mins, 7 mins if using individual fillets.

4Cook the green vegetables

according to your liking. I

simmer the broccoli spears for 2

mins, add the sugar snaps for 1 min

and then the pack choi for 1 min.

5Drain the vegetables and toss with

the noodles around the salmon.

6Top with the shredded or chopped

spring onions and some of the

chopped chilli if you like extra heat.


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Spring Risotto

Serves 4 Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 45 mins

Simple and full of fresh spring flavours, I often make asparagus

risotto but decided to bulk this one out with everything green

I could lay my hands on

• 500g fresh asparagus

• 2 onions, finely chopped

• 4 garlic cloves, crushed

• 300g Arborio risotto rice

• 150ml white wine

• 1.4l hot stock

• 100g frozen peas

• 200g frozen edamame beans

• 45g/2tbsp grated Parmesan

or Pecorino, plus extra for grating

• Knob of butter

• Fresh basil and mint leaves,

roughly chopped

1Snap off the woody ends from

the asparagus and discard them.

2Chop the bases of the asparagus

spears into ½cm slices, keeping

the asparagus tips. Set the tips aside.

3Colour the onion in a pan

with some oil for 10 mins

before adding the garlic and the

chopped asparagus stems. Stir for

1 min, then add the Arborio rice.

4After 1 min add the wine

and let it bubble.

5Add the stock one ladleful

at a time until the rice is

cooked (about 25-30 mins).

The texture should be creamy.

6Stir through the asparagus

spears, peas, cooked edamame

beans and cheese. Add a knob of

butter and put a lid on the pan for

5 mins.

7Season and serve with extra

grated cheese and a drizzle of

oil, plus the fresh mint and basil.


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Food

Roast Loin of Lamb with Jersey Royals & Chimichurri

Serves 4 Prep time:10 mins Cooking time: 30 mins

Like many herby sauces, chimichurri transforms plain fish, meat and veggies into

show stopping meals. Treat lamb loins like fillet steak – season them generously, sear

them and don’t overcook. They are very lean and so require less cooking than you

think, and benefit from resting. I’ve presented the dish here as a platter but it would

work equally well individually plated with the chimichurri sauce served on the side.

• 500g Jersey Royals

• 600g lamb loin fillets

(2-3 fillets)

• 600g green vegetables of your

choice – I used broccoli,

broad beans, green beans

and peas

For the chimichurri sauce:

• 3 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 red chilli, finely chopped

• 30g fresh coriander, parsley,

oregano and mint, chopped

• 2 tbsp white wine vinegar (I used

@belazu_co white condimento)

• 80ml extra virgin olive oil

• Juice of 2 limes

1Blitz together all the ingredients

for the chimichurri sauce.

2Cook the Jersey Royals in

salted boiling water for 15

mins. Drain and set aside.

3Season the lamb loin fillets and sear

them in a hot, lightly oiled pan for

2-3 mins. Lower the heat and continue

cooking, turning each fillet every minute

for 6 mins. Set them aside to rest for

about 5-8 mins.

4Cook the green vegetables and

drain. They can be put into a

bowl of iced cold water so they keep

their colour and don’t overcook.

5Slice the lamb. Serve with the

potatoes and green vegetables.

Serve with the chimichurri sauce.

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The latest school and event news from the South East

Education

Open days

FREWEN COLLEGE

Thursday 30th April

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HuRSTPIERPOINT

SCHOOL

Saturday 2nd May

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Centenary Celebrations

One hundred years ago, Manor House

School, now in Little Bookham, Surrey,

began as two small classrooms in

Sidmouth, Devon. The private day school

for girls relocated to Little Bookham

in 1937 and has been based there ever

since. It now houses one of the best

co-educational Nursery Schools in the

area, rated 10/10 by parent testimonials,

as well as a nurturing Prep School and

thriving Senior School for girls.

This September will see Manor

House School celebrate their milestone

anniversary and the centenary will

be marked with a calendar of events

throughout the academic year, starting

with a ‘Centenary Heritage Picnic’ on

Saturday 12 September. The event will

be open to the public and will include

tours of the school and grounds, live

music, stalls themed to different decades,

games on the lawn, cream teas and an

extensive display of photo archives.

manorhouseschool.org

REIGATE ST MARyS

Monday 4th May – playgroup

Saturday 16th May – early years

reigatestmarys.org

BEECHWOOD

SACRED HEART

Tuesday 5th May

beechwood.org.uk

MANOR HOuSE SCHOOL

Wednesday 6th May

manorhouseschool.org

BOx HILL SCHOOL

Wednesday 6th May

boxhillschool.com

DuLWICH PREP

CRANBROOK

Thursday 7th May

dulwichprepcranbrook.org

For the Record

Frewen College is delighted to have

a record number of Sixth Form

students applying to UCAS this year

for university places. In fact, 71% of

Sixth Form students leaving Frewen

in 2020 have applied to study at

university with a range of courses

from History & Politics to Film

Making and Sports Therapy, which

is way above the national average.

Hazel Lawrence, Head of Sixth

Form, said: “This is testament

to the hard work of the students

and the aspirational nature of our

Sixth Form; dyslexia is certainly

not holding back our students!”

frewencollege.co.uk

An Inspector Calls

King’s Rochester is celebrating excellent

inspection results. When the Independent

Schools Inspectorate (ISI) team carried

out their rigorous routine inspection of

standards at King’s Rochester at the end of

January, their conclusions were summed

up in one word: EXCELLENT!

Nursery and Pre-Prep, Prep and

Senior School were scrutinised for

the quality of their work with

pupils, academic achievement

and personal development and

wellbeing – and findings in

every section were first-class.

kings-rochester.co.uk

PARKSIDE SCHOOL

Friday 15th May

parkside-school.co.uk

MARLBOROuGH HOuSE

Friday 15th May

marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

SuTTON vALENCE

SENIOR SCHOOL

Saturday 16th May

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CLAREMONT SCHOOL

Saturday 16th May

claremontschool.co.uk

Heads Up

Mr Eddy Newton has been appointed

as the new Headmaster of Marlborough

House. Previously Head of Felsted

School and Chafyn Grove School, Mr

Newton will start at Marlborough

House in September 2020.

Approaching its 150th Anniversary,

the school continues to look ahead

with an ethos based on Enjoying

Today, Educating for Tomorrow

and introducing the Pre-

Senior Baccalaureate.

marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk


Education

Reading

Pleasure

Hilary Wilce emphasises how settling down

with a good book can considerably boost

your child’s progress at school

Last month we celebrated World Book Day, the

annual international event that champions reading,

especially among children. Students were given

£1 book tokens, and many schools got in the swing by

organising book-based events and having pupils to come

to class dressed as their favourite book character.

There’s lots of fun and dressing up, but it’s all for a

serious purpose. As the World Book Day charity points

out it’s been known for a long time that regular daily

reading leads to improved school performance.

Now a new study from University College London’s

Institute of Education has shown that what children read

makes all the difference to their academic performance.

Researchers looked at the books that 43,000 pre-teens

and early teens were reading, and found that reading highquality

books on a daily basis added up to the equivalent

of 10% extra school progress between the

years of 11 and 14 (often a make-or-break

time in education). The same effect was not

found for comics, newspapers or magazines.

This is interesting because while

it’s clear why all children need to

learn to read and write, it’s less

obvious why they need to read

books, especially fiction. Surely,

these days, it’s enough to

know how to send and

receive information?

Why should anyone

plough through

Harry Potter

or The Hunger

Games if they don’t want to?

On one level the answer is

purely mechanical. Reading

good books widens your general

knowledge and gives you a better

vocabulary. It thickens the brain

cortexes, which are the

bits of the brain

“Researchers found

that reading highquality

books

on a daily basis

added up to the

equivalent of

10% extra school

progress between

the years of 11

and 14”

that handle higher order thinking, and it

improves concentration, confidence and understanding.

But there are other more elusive, and arguably more

important benefits as well. Reading fiction develops

the imagination and encourages children to understand

situations that are different from their own, and to develop

empathy for people in those situations. It also encourages

what the child psychologist Margaret Donaldson called

“disembedded thinking”, or thinking about things that

are not related to direct experience. Through reading,

she says, children begin to see language as a structure

that is separate from everyday events and that in turn

allows them to develop self-awareness and self-reflection,

and to think better about the world around them.

For parents who want to help their children develop

a love of reading, there are plenty of tips on offer, from

daily reading, to getting a library card, and

suggesting books budding readers might

enjoy. A very quick search online will

throw up masses of good suggestions.

But many children just don’t want to

know. The lure of the screen is strong, and

fewer and fewer children are reading outside

school for pleasure. This decline has been

going on for years, until now only just over

half of all children ever read for pleasure, and

less than a quarter do it on a daily basis.

Even worse, children get mocked for reading.

When a 13-year-old boy in South Shields

recently set up an Instagram account to share

reviews of books he had enjoyed, his classmates

set up a group chat to taunt him, adding

him in so he could see them calling him a “sad weirdo”.

However, when his sister called them out on Twitter,

the boy got 85,000 people showing support, as well as

messages from his favourite authors and the offer of a free

book from a local bookshop. So who won in the end?

And it isn’t hard to know who of those involved in

this nasty spat will go on to do well at school and in

life – and get lots of reading pleasure along the way.

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SING!

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Musical Theatre Summer Workshops

Performers who join us for our 5-day summer workshops are totally wrapped

up in a wonderful world of musical theatre fun, learning songs and scenes

from different musicals with the aim of putting together a demonstration

performance for friends and families on the final day. The workshops are

suitable for ages 6-18 and is a perfect way to spend a week of the summer

holidays! Performers are given the opportunity to learn new techniques, build

confidence, meet like-minded people, and work as part of a team in a fun,

creative, safe and professional environment.

Please note that places are limited.

LCA OXTED

Oxted School, Eden Hall

Monday 10th - Friday 14th August 2020

10-4pm Each Day

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What’s On in April

What’s on in April? The truth is

not a lot! With public places being

closed, events cancelled, and staying

home now being the best advice

we can give, we are switching up

our What’s On pages. We would

like to focus on what you CAN do

(with a little help from your friendly

neighbourhood internet). Please stay

safe indoors, and we look forward

to being able to bring you more

events and outdoor activities soon.

FAMILIES & CHILDREN

Audible

For as long as schools are closed,

audible has opened its doors wide

with a completely free online

library of stories, as read by a host

of wonderful narrators and famous

actors. The books available are in

six languages and with options

for all ages and literary tastes. You

could join Rachel McAdams to

read Anne of Green Gables, let

Thandie Newton introduce you

to Jane Eyre, or tour Wonderland

with Scarlett Johansson.

Entry: Free

stories.audible.com

The Maths Factor with

Carol vorderman

One for parents who did not sign

up to be maths teachers. Carol

Vorderman’s website is usually £2 a

week, but to support learning from

home it is now free! It’s matched

to the National Curriculum for

children aged four to twelve and

has daily lessons from Carol herself,

a games centre and some great

rewards systems to get kids enjoying

and taking pride in maths.

Entry: Free

themathsfactor.com

National Geographic

for Kids

Facts, quizzes, games and

competitions galore. This website

will keep young minds busy for

hours while teaching them too.

Plus they have a page of primary

resources with downloadable

supplies that are aligned with

the National Curriculum.

Entry: Free

natgeokids.com

Mondays & Thursdays 10am

Ruth’s Little Kitchen

Learn to cook and bake via

livestream to Surrey’s own, Little

Kitchen HQ. Ruth is an awardwinning

baker and cooking

instructor who will be teaching

basic skills for all ages with

something new each week. Follow

Ruth on Instagram

(@RuthsLittleKitchen) and turn

on your notifications so that

you don’t miss out on her virtual

workshops, every Monday and

Thursday at 10am.

Entry: Free

ruthslittlekitchen.co.uk

Health & Wellbeing

Thursdays 6pm

Sarah Maxwell’s Online

Classes & Courses

Because so many people are

struggling mentally and physically,

our wellbeing guru, Sarah

Maxwell, is offering up her time

for free. Visit her Facebook page

(@sarahmaxwelllifestyle) where

she has a free weekly wellness

programme, for all levels. These

sessions aim to give you 20

minutes of gentle exercise that

can be done at home, to help

with the immune system, stress

management and anxiety. Plus,

take a look at the Bookfit app

for live classes which have been

cut in price or Sarah’s website

for online courses. Surrey

Homes readers can get 60% off

the courses with discount code

C19, which you can then keep

and use when you choose.

sarahmaxwell.com

Anxiety UK

It is important to take care

of ourselves mentally just as

much as we do physically in

these difficult times. If you are

dealing with any anxiety right

now, Anxiety UK has a number

of online resources including

webinars, online support groups

and useful links with information

to help you feel more at ease.

Entry: Free

anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxietysupport-resources/

MUSEUMS &

GALLERIES

The Hannah Peschar Sculpture

Garden, Black & White Cottage,

Standon Lane, Ockley RH5 5QU

The Hannah Peschar

Sculpture Garden

The Hannah Peschar Sculpture

Garden has started posting videos

of the wonderful pieces that

they are currently exhibiting, on

Instagram. The Sculpture Garden

is a stunning forest filled with

beautiful and innovative pieces

that are framed and enhanced by

nature. We can hopefully look

forward to the garden re-opening

at the end of April (subject to

further government guidance), but

in the meantime you can watch

these videos or explore the website

and look forward to experiencing

it in person at a later date.

instagram @hannahpescharsculpt /

@vikki.leedham.art /

hannahpescharsculpture.com

The Mummy at

Maidstone Museum

Maidstone Museum’s website is

filled with interesting information

about its many artefacts but a real

stand out is the star of Maidstone

Museum’s Egyptian collection:

the only adult human mummy

in Kent, The Lady of the House,

Ta-Kush. Watch a video of what

happened when she got a scan at

the KIMS hospital, learn about

mummification, and see how

Liverpool John Moores University

made a facial reconstruction to

see what she really looked like!

Entry: Free

museum.maidstone.gov.uk/

explore/collections/ancientegyptians/ta-kush-lady-house/

The National Gallery

An amazing opportunity to take

an online wander round the

National Gallery with Google

Street Maps. Immerse yourself in

Renaissance masterpieces from

Northern Italy, the Netherlands,

and Germany, including works by

Titian, Veronese, and Holbein.

Entry: Free

nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/

virtual-tours/google-virtual-tour

British Museum

Online Tour

London’s iconic museum’s

wonderful online tour. Enjoy

hundreds of artifacts free from

the crowds. Easy to navigate by

continent and historical era.

Entry: Free

britishmuseum.withgoogle.com /

britishmuseum.org

Music & Theatre

Fri 3, Fri 10, Fri 17

April, all 7pm

The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House will be

streaming free online broadcasts

of both ballet and opera, as well

as musical masterclasses and

sneak-peaks behind the scenes.

Productions including Acis and

Galatea (Friday 3), Cosi fan tutte

(Friday 10)and The Metamorphosis

(Friday 17), will all be offered

on demand for free via their

Facebook and YouTube channels.

Entry: Free

roh.org.uk

Thursdays from 2 Apr 7pm

National Theatre

at Home

Starting with the online premiere

of One Man Two Guvnors

featuring James Cordon, National

Theatre’s youtube channel is

streaming much-loved National

Theatre Live productions every

Thursday, which will then be

free to stream for seven days.

Entry: Free

nationaltheatre.org.uk /

youtube.com/ntdiscovertheatre

Broadway HD

So many Broadway shows have

been cancelled, but if you missed

out on a show (or are just looking

for something to do), BroadwayHD

is currently offering a week long

free trial. The streaming service is

ad-free and has all sorts of brilliant

productions available to stream to

TVs, phones, tablets and computers.

You can see Al Pacino in Salomé,

Orlando Bloom as Romeo, Cathy

Rigby’s Peter Pan, to name a few.

Entry: Free for 7 days

broadwayhd.com

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This April we'll be very busy with our children's 3-day cookery clubs as well as

our Easter Treats half day workshops with our resident patissier, Lucie Bennett.

Bread Masterclass

We are also very excited to be hosting 2 days of Bread Masterclasses with

former Head Chef of River Cottage, Andy Tyrell. Andy will be covering how

to make a classic Country Loaf, an 80% Rye Sourdough and a European bread

(e.g. Ciabatta, Foccacia or Baguette), all of which will be made using a form of

Sourdough.

Small Plates and Tapas Masterclass

At the end of the month, our Head Chef, Ollie Thompson will be back to host a

very special Small Plates and Tapas Masterclass to teach you the art of small

sharing plates and Tapas-style dishes, as well as a number of delicious sauces,

flavoured butters and dressings to make your dishes stand out and your

tastebuds sing!

Maximum of 8 students per class. Call or email for more info or go to our

website for details.

www.thelimpsfieldcookeryschool.co.uk.

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Online Learning

Duolingo

Think of the current situation is an

opportunity to learn a new language.

There are lots of online resourses

available to do this, but Duolingo

is one of the best free options. It

keeps things light and enjoyable

with game-like achievements and

tasks that you can dip into everyday.

The app is also free and there is a

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START WRITING FICTION

Discover the rituals and

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character creation and increase

your observational awareness,

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this course if recommended for

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acting with Natalie Portman?

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What’s On in April

Open Learn

The Open University’s Open

Learn website has hundreds of

free online courses, to boost your

employability and earn one of

their statements of participation,

give you resourses for a course

you are already studying or just

help you learn something new.

Entry: Free

open.edu/openlearn

Volunteer

NHS VOLUNTEER

RESPONDERS

If you have extra time there are

many ways you can help the

NHS in their time of need. The

NHS has set up NHS Volunteer

Responders, forming an ‘army’

of volunteers who can support

the 1.5m people in England

who are at most risk. You can

deliver supplies to those who

are self-isolating, transport

patients who are medically fit

for discharge, help pharmacies

get their medication deliveries

or chat on the phone with those

who are at risk of loneliness as a

consequence of self-isolation.

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Readers are advised to check with

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Congratulations to Hayley Pisano

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Jane Howard’s

Fables from

the Farm

It’s April, Easter is upon us, and that of

course means we’ll be busy lambing

The rams went in with the

ewes on Bonfire Night and

five months later, April Fool’s

Day, the lambs start arriving. And

every year we look forward to it,

completely forgetting the sleepless

nights, tricky births, inevitable

losses and endless amounts of

washing – it’s a messy business!

When the rams went to work in

the autumn they wore a harness

known as a raddle which holds a wax

crayon on their chest. This means

that when they serve a ewe they leave

a large coloured mark on her rump.

By changing the colour of the crayon

every 10 days or so – from orange

to blue to black – we can tell the

order in which the ewes will lamb.

We also had them scanned after

Christmas to know whether they

were carrying singles, twins or triplets

and marked them accordingly. Not

only is this useful information at 3am

when you have to investigate a tricky

birth, which could involve four, eight

or, heaven forbid, 12 legs, but it also

means we can stand by to sort out

the adoptions that will be necessary

every time we have a ewe give birth to

triplets. And in 2020 we’re expecting

more triplets than ever. Busy times.

As she only has two teats and not

enough milk for three, it’s unfair to

leave Mum with triplets as she will be

constantly bothered by

ever hungry lambs and

the weakest of the three

won’t get enough and

won’t thrive. So when

we get a triplet delivery

the Coopers 24 hour

adoption service (that’s

me) swings into action.

Soon after the birth,

and you probably only

have a window of about 24 hours, a

different ewe expecting a single will

hopefully start to lamb. Strangely

enough you always need to keep

a closer eye on these, as singletons

can grow much bigger in the womb

than the twins and triplets and

are often the trickiest to birth.

Anyway, back to the adoption. Once

the singleton birth becomes very close,

you go to the pen with the triplets and

select the strongest one. You then need

to tie its front legs together and then

its back legs together so it struggles to

stand – just like a newborn – and then

you deliver the singleton into a bucket

to collect all the gloop, cover the by now

“It’s unfair to

leave Mum with

triplets as she

will be constantly

bothered by ever

hungry lambs”

rather confused triplet in it and hey

presto show the new mum her fantastic

pair of freshly born wet twins. As long

as the adopted lamb doesn’t kick off

its shackles and walk off in disgust,

the mum is usually fooled and it’s

one of those happy ever after stories.

All the lambed ewes remain in the

shed for a couple of days to allow

everyone to get to know each other,

a process known as “mothering up”.

Then we spray the same number on

the sides of all the

new family so if any

lambs get accidentally

parted, you just pick

them up and wander

round the field with

the lost no. 53 lamb

seeking the matching

53 ewe. Sheepshaped

Pelmanism.

We only have 80

ewes and are always in awe when we

pass a field of ewes with three-figure

numbers on their sides. Impressive

stuff. So how we chuckled when a

London friend suggested we start ours

off at 101, so they too had three digit

monikers. Interestingly, the Victorians,

who had smaller flocks and no spray

paint made up their sticky dye with red

ochre and animal fat and used letters

A to Z to identify the ewes as this

required less of the precious dye than

numbering them 1 to 27. How clever.

Follow Jane Howard – and the farm – on

Instagram @coopersfarm

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