from the EDITOR
A Culinary Journey through
bake from expert Richard Bertinet
“There is something so special
in the early leaves drifting
from the trees–as if we are all
to be allowed a chance to peel,
to refresh, to start again.”
– Ruth Ahmed
There is something so special about
this time of year - it has a grounding
effect which forces us to consider
the passage of time and the tangible
changes around us. As the hues
of the trees shape our landscape,
we settle down into the embrace
of those cooler, darker evenings
- a sense of quietude before the
inevitable Christmas rush begins.
We hope this edition makes a good
companion to a cosy evening or
a peaceful morning with a cuppa.
We’ve filled it with interviews with
some titans of their fields - firstly, west
country expert baker (via France!)
Richard Bertinet and Chelsea seventime
gold medal winning garden
designer Adam Frost.
Our interview with
Editor Katie Thomson
Planning for a
Publisher Sally Thomson
Pre-Press Manager Kate Norris
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Music, Visual Arts, Talks & Film
Mondays 27 Sept, 4 Oct,
11 Oct, 18 Oct at 1.10pm
All Saints Church
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Come & Sing
Saturday 25 September
The Beaconsfield School,
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an Illustrated talk
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Monday 27 September at 7.30pm
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violin with piano
Friday 8 October at 8pm
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Bourne End Community Centre,
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Film Night The Farewell
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National Film & TV School, Station
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The Heath Quartet
Friday 15 October at 8pm
St Paul's Parish Church,
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Christian Garrick - violin David Gordon - piano
Alec Dankworth - bass Tom Hooper - drums
Saturday 23 October at 8pm
The Curzon Centre, Maxwell Road, Beaconsfield HP9 1 RG
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WEEDS The beauty and use of 50 vagabond plants - by Gareth Richards
Weeds are nature’s first responders, healing the wounds that man
inflicts upon the earth. They valiantly bring life back into even the
most polluted land, pushing green shoots of raw ecological power
through tarmac and concrete on abandoned sites.
The cheerful daisy in the pavement crack - or even, dare it be said,
the buddleia that turns derelict buildings into butterfly havens.
Countless plants that we dismiss as weeds have amazing powers.
Every weed has some redeeming qualities.
When the chips are down, weeds come to the rescue. You cut
yourself miles from home on a country walk, there are several
weeds you can reach for to help stop the bleeding - and they even
have antibacterial properties too. We might have lost much of our
countryside but a select band of plants paint the grey concrete
green again. They are a defiant echo of the wild.
In an age of extinctions, weeds offer hope: their very existence is
continual proof of nature’s resilience. Yet we are so often blind to
their beauty. “The notion that a plant is a weed is the most effective
barrier for stopping us looking at it closely” wrote acclaimed
naturalist Richard Mabey first published almost 50 years ago.
Does being native matter? Our perceptions are very much a
question of time: many of our most-loved wildflowers such as
field poppies and cornflowers are technically just as ‘non-native’
as Japanese knotweed, yet because they’ve been here for many
hundreds of years we’ve grown to appreciate and even love them.
Pinning down the native ranges of weeds is a tricky business. Often
they’ve been around mankind for so long that their precise origins
are unknown. Furthermore, the ever-accelerating rate of climate
change means that in Britain our definition of native and nonnative
(one that seeks to freeze our flora into what it was like many
thousands of years ago) is looking more irrelevant by the day.
Only humans make
weeds. Nature abhors
a vacuum. Bare soil
exists rarely in nature,
yet we strive to create
it by ploughing,
digging our gardens
buildings and roads.
If we hadn’t created
there wouldn’t be
nearly so many
weeds. They are
simply trying to
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An enriching life like no other
Which school should my child attend?
Choosing the right educational
environment for your child is one of
the most important decisions you’ll
ever have to make as a parent. But if
you’re looking for a boarding school
for your child, how do you choose
the right one? Robin Fletcher, CEO
of the Boarding Schools’ Association
‘How do I choose the right boarding school
for my child?’ That’s a question we’re asked
more often than any other at BSA. And
when you consider the UK boarding market
is one of the largest in the world, with more
than 450 schools of all sizes and types, in
all sorts of different locations, there isn’t a
But having such a wide range of choice can
really work to your advantage. If you know
exactly what to look for in a prospective
boarding school, your child will enjoy a
first-class education and gain invaluable life
skills, boost their confidence, become more
independent, and have the best possible
preparation for adult life.
The first key piece of advice I would always
offer when choosing a school is that it must
be a joint decision between you and your
child: they have to be happy with the final
As I’ve mentioned, one thing there isn’t a
shortage of in the UK boarding sector is
choice. You need to think about the best
location for your child: will they be best
suited to a large school attended by several
hundred students, or a smaller school
with fewer pupils? Would a school in the
middle of a city be better for them, or would
they prefer somewhere more rural? Would
they be best suited to a single sex or coeducational
school? Also, will full boarding
be the best option for them? Schools can
offer full, weekly or flexi-boarding, so you’ll
need to decide which works best for you
and your child. And is an academic school
right for them, or one that focuses perhaps
more on sport, music or more vocational
Once you’ve considered all those factors
and you’ve got a shortlist of schools you’re
interested in, I’d always strongly encourage
you to visit those schools in person. This
is the best way to tell if it’s right for your
child or not, as it will be clear very quickly
whether they are comfortable there.
Making that final choice of the right
boarding school for your child can be a
lengthy process, but taking the time to get
your decision absolutely right is crucial.
Boarding will not suit every child or family
- but for the right child, in the right school,
it can offer an enriching life experience like
For further information about the Boarding
Schools’ Association, or to search for a
boarding school, please visit www.boarding.
org.uk. In 2020, BSA also teamed up with
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Moulsford is a thriving independent
day and boarding Prep School for boys
aged 4-13 years set on the banks of the
River Thames in South Oxfordshire...
Moulsford offers boys superb opportunities for learning whilst
having fun, with a restructured curriculum designed not only to
prepare boys for senior schools, but also to ensure they have
the skills for life beyond. The curriculum promotes intellectual
agility, encourages them to think and analyse critically, makes
connections across the subjects and gives plenty of opportunity
for creativity and collaboration. The boys are encouraged to
build resilience by having a go, taking a well-thought-out risk,
and, on occasion, failing. Moulsford boys learn much more than
simply how to score highly in summative tests, and regurgitate
Through Moulsford’s Activities programme, the school aims
to offer opportunities to develop new skills and talents, whilst
becoming a conscientious citizen. Working towards the
Moulsford Award, boys can try magic tricks, bike maintenance,
cookery, bushcraft, photography, climbing, drama, sailing,
chess, pantomime, parkour, stand-up comedy, geocaching
and many more activities covering the five key elements of
performance and arts, community, self-development, adventure
and healthy living.
Moulsford’s reputation for sport remains extremely strong with
all boys in teams A to F regularly playing competitive matches.
Major sports are football, rugby, hockey, cricket and athletics.
Minor sports have also seen significant successes in golf, skiing,
fencing and judo. Music and drama remain popular with roughly
three quarters of the boys from Years 3-8 playing an instrument.
Boys progress to the UK’s leading independent day and
boarding schools at 13+ including Abingdon, Eton, Harrow,
Magdalen College School, Marlborough, Radley, St Edward’s
Oxford, and Wellington.
The riverside setting provides a different dimension to prep
school life with kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards and
sailing dinghies all put to use. At Forest School there are
opportunities for fire building, whittling and making bows and
At Moulsford there’s something for everyone with the aim of
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KIND HEARTS FIERCE MINDS STRONG SPIRITS
Queen Anne’s is an independent day & boarding school for
girls aged 11 to 18
Saturday 11 September
Local transport network,
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Full and flexi boarding
Thursday 30 September
London Paddington to
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Abingdon, Abingdon Oxfordshire
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Next whole school Open Day
Saturday 9 October
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Attending an open day is an
important part of choosing
your child’s school. It is your
chance to get a feel for the
school, inspect the facilities
and chat with pupils and
staff. It’s useful to visit more
than one school, even if you
think you have your heart
set on one in particular,
so you can compare and
contrast. Make sure you
book your spot today! Here
we list what’s going on this
HERRIES PREP SCHOOL
Every parent wants their child
to succeed and be happy.
Achieving this is a team effort
between teachers, parents
and the children. At Herries,
we work hard to help our
pupils find an area of strength
and arm them with the skills
they will need to work towards
this. Our lessons reflect the
Herries Values: Happiness,
Excellence and Sincerity.
OPEN DAY DATES
Due to the current situation, If
you would like a private tour
of Herries Preparatory School
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Moulsford is an independent
Prep School of 370 boys aged
4 - 13 years, set in idyllic
grounds on the banks of the
Thames near Wallingford. We
want our boys to receive the
broadest possible education,
while remembering that they
will learn best when happy
and settled. Our familyfocussed
the fact that boys of this age
should be having fun at the
same time as learning.
OPEN DAY DATES
September 24 th , 10am-12pm
September 25th, 9am-12pm
Dolphin is a modern and
coeducational school for
3-13 year olds in Hurst. At
the heart of our educational
practice is our Freedom to
Learn philosophy – the belief
that children learn best when
they are happy, confident
and inspired. At Dolphin,
individuality is celebrated,
relationships between teacher
and child are cherished,
curiosity about the world
abounds and children are
encouraged to discuss,
question and explore.
OPEN DAY DATES
Contact Kate Spooner
or email admissions@
arrange a tour, and meet with
Headmaster, Adam Hurst.
New Art studio & Library coming soon!
LEIGHTON PARK SCHOOL
QUEEN ANNE’S SCHOOL
MANOR PREP SCHOOL
Davenies is a day preparatory
school for boys aged
4-13 situated in affluent
Beaconsfield, just 30miles from
London. Our own language of
learning cultivates a lifelong
eagerness for learning, whether
academic, creative, artistic or
sporting, and enterprises like
our unique Davenies Award
Scheme and the permeation
of technology in our teaching
and learning ensure a truly
OPEN DAY DATES
Year 7 Open Evening:
October 4 th
Whole School Open Morning:
October 16 th
Leighton Park is a day and
boarding school for girls and
boys aged 11-18 and winner
of the Best Co-ed School
2021, South East England.
The UK Government’s latest
Sixth Form league tables
reveal Leighton Park to be
the best performing School
in Berkshire. We exist to
form young people of real
character and confidence,
with a determined desire to
change the world, reflecting
the school’s Quaker values.
OPEN DAY DATES
Annual Open Morning:
September 25 th 9am - 11am
Open Mornings: October 12 th
& November 9 th , 9.15am
In the heart of Caversham,
you’ll find Queen Anne’s
School, a day and boarding
school for girls aged 11-18.
The 35-acre site boasts stateof-the-art
facilities, including a
recording studio, sports centre
and award-winning Sixth
Form Centre. Queen Anne’s
is a Microsoft Showcase
School, this prestigious award
acknowledges the school’s
digital innovations in teaching
OPEN DAY DATES
Open Morning: September 11 th
Sixth Form Open Evening:
September 30 th
Open Morning: November 19 th
Situated in Abingdon, the
Manor Preparatory School
is an independent co-ed
day school that welcomes
children aged 2-11. The school
has a wonderfully happy,
creative atmosphere where
every individual is valued
and nurtured to reach their
potential. The Manor’s most
recent ISI Inspection saw the
school receive the highest
possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in
all areas. Inspectors remarked
that “Pupils approach every
day with an overwhelming
passion to learn and develop.”
OPEN DAY DATES
October 9 th
November 10 th
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A COUNTRYSIDE ESCAPE
Overlooking the River Thames from a beautiful
Buckinghamshire hilltop, Danesfield House Hotel
& Spa offers the perfect chance to take a break
from everything that’s happened over the last year
or so. Ben Hollis samples its delights...
Reputed to have been the site of
communities for up to 4000 years, it
wasn’t until 1750 that the site became
known as Danesfield, when the property
was bought by John Morton, son of Mrs
Morton who had previously rented the
house, with the name inspired by the
Danish adventurers who were believed
to have made an encampment there. In
1901, the original Georgian building was
re-designed, demolished and rebuilt in
the Italian Renaissance style you see
Having seen it’s far share of action,
the site was requisitioned in 1941
and became a base to develop the
intelligence section of the Royal Air
Force. Danesfield House Hotel then
opened on 1st July 1991, on a site
already steeped in history.
Upon our arrival, our first welcome was
by the hotel cats, Mike & Matthew,
who peacefully roam the gardens and
who clearly weren’t put off by the
unfortunately timed rain which had
broken up the incredibly sunny day.
Despite the weather, the unloading of any
luggage is made much easier by the swift
access from the car park to the hotel,
following a fantastically colourful, flowerfilled
Once shown to our room, the level of
luxury was clear. A far cry from our two
bedroom terraced house in which we’ve
spent most the last 18 months, the
spacious and contemporary apartment
feel was very much overshadowed by
the excitement at being able to watch
television in the bath - an array of
luxury bath products were a welcome
compliment to a soak, whilst watching
Our Stable Courtyard room offered
separate bedroom and sitting room areas
and a bathroom with bath, shower and
twin sinks, ensuring enough room for
everyone, as well an array of lighting
options for the room.
Determined to make the most of what
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stop. The Spa Illuminata boasts a pool,
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sanctuary and a gym, allowing for all
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letting off some steam at one of their 30
weekly fitness classes.
After drying off, we headed for dinner
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Richard Bertinet is well-loved and well-known for being the
UK’s baking ‘godfather’. His books about baking and his breadmaking
courses alike have delighted audiences for many years.
Sally Thomson talks to Richard to discuss books, baking and
BBC Maestro, where you can catch him offering the ultimate
online bread-making course...
HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS
Making croissants with this weather! It’s
a bit hot in the kitchen but it’s nice to be
open again so all is good.
YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY
WELL AT THE MOMENT APART
FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL
BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER
INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO
BE GOOD WITH YOU.
We opened in April and we have just tried
to push everything we could this year and
last year. It’s very busy.
SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO
YOUR CLASS NOW?
Yes, we reopened in April.
SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?
No, we are Covid compliant and can still
have the same number of people.
In Bath 40% of the customers come
from the rest of the World so Japan, The
States and Australia. Obviously, they
cannot come to Bath at the moment so
we have a massive backlog of people
wanting to come when they can
YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT
THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU
AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!
That’s true but there is only one of me
WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH
IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR
CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?
I knew the concept we had was good and
if it worked out, we would have success.
When I first moved to Bath a lot of local
businesses gave us 6 months to survive
but that made me more determined to
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On his baking classes
for children: “It’s good
fun and nice to see
them smile when they
try something that they
haven’t done before. I
think it’s a shame that
so many schools don’t
use cooking and baking
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR
COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY
THE SOUNDS OF IT?
Well, the school has been going since
2005 and since then we have won a lot
of awards, we then sold the bakery and a
lot of things have happened in 15 years.
The school is so busy it’s a worldwide
attraction which means we bring a lot of
people to Bath. We won the South West
Tourism Award two years ago due to the
number of people that we attract to Bath.
We have a few guest chefs coming in as
well, but the core classes are with me
learning about bread making, as well as
what I write about in my books.
YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES
AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU
HAVE BEEN DOING.
We pride ourselves on the services we
give our customers and also the way I
teach is quite unique - I’m very hands on.
Our school is quite small so it means that
I can spend time with everybody.
I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR
CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?
Teaching children was always very
important to us and we also work with a
lot of local schools in the area and teach
some classes plus talk to the children.
It’s good fun and nice to see them smile
when they try something that they haven’t
done before. I think it’s a shame that so
many schools don’t use cooking and
I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH
Yes, Ping does classes for me. She
teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff
from my book.
YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO
FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN
THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE
I’ve got a couple of ideas but it’s getting
the time to do it and I like to write a book
for the right purpose not just for the sake
of it so I need to get the time and wait
until things get back to normal.
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE
GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?
Until we get all our backlog of people
who couldn’t attend last year’s classes
hopefully then we will be back on an
even keel but not yet I’m afraid. We are
open and running and there are some
businesses that can’t do that so in a way
we are one of the lucky ones.
I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING
INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.
Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just
finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s
a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s
recipe lead and different from how I teach
in my classes, but it was well done. The
team were amazing.
YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER
COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND
THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?
Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and
on James Martin’s show so it’s a different
buzz being filmed live and you have to be
mindful of what you do and say.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE
It’s specifically about bread and things I
like to do at home. It goes from making
brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that
kind of stuff and things to give people
the confidence to bake at home and feel
that they learn something. It’s going to be
good. The production team was amazing,
and I can’t wait for it to launch.
YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE
YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK
We went to France last year, Provence.
We have a house down there and
managed to visit just before lockdown.
*At the time of the interview there was
uncertainty regarding travel to the city
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& PISTACHIO LOAF
150g good quality dark chocolate chips
75g roughly chopped pistachios
Zest of 2 oranges
50g mixed peel
1 tablespoon Cointreau (optional)
125g unsalted butter straight from the
125g full fat milk
3 medium eggs
500g strong white bread flour (plus extra
15g fresh yeast
45g caster sugar
10g fine sea salt
FOR THE GLAZE
Pinch fine sea salt
Mix the chocolate chips, nuts zest
and mixed peel in a bowl and stir in
the Cointreau if you are using it. Place
the cold butter between 2 sheets of
greaseproof and bash it with a rolling pin
to soften it and break it up into smaller
pieces (without warming it up).
Put the milk and eggs into the bowl of a
food mixer and then add the flour. Break
up the yeast and add to one side of the
bowl. Add the sugar and salt on the
other side of the bowl.
Mix on a slow speed for 4 minutes.
Increase the speed to medium for another
2 minutes then add the butter piece by
piece until it is all incorporated. Continue
mixing on medium speed for 10-12
minutes until the dough comes away from
the sides of the bowl.
Stop the mixer. Add the chocolate and
pistachio mixture to the bowl and mix
for no longer than 30-40 seconds on
the slowest speed – you don’t want the
chocolate and nuts to become mushy.
Lightly flour your worksurface and turn
the dough out onto the work surface.
Form the dough into a ball and then place
into a lightly floured bowl. Cover and
rest for about 45 minutes until just under
double in size.
Lightly flour the surface again, turn out
the dough and divide into 10 equal pieces
of about 110g each. Form each piece
into a ball and then press gently into
cake or loaf tins until they are full. In the
picture I have used tiny tins that only take
one ball but if you use a larger one you
will have a finished loaf or two that will be
perfect to tear and share. Whether you
have one or two will depend on the size
of your tins. Cover and leave to prove
for about 1 hour until just under double
While the dough is proving, pre-heat the
oven to 190°C and beat the eggs and
pinch of salt for the glaze. Brush the top
of each loaf with the egg glaze and use a
pair of scissors to snip into the dough for
Place the tins on a baking tray and
put into the pre-heated oven. Turn the
temperature down to 180°C and bake for
15-20 minutes until golden.
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Get Ready to Burn
When the nights draw in, there’s nothing like
cosying up in front of a woodburner but knowing
what fuel to burn is key to creating this ambience
as well as ensuring the fire burns safely and
efficiently without smoking, reducing the risk of
releasing harmful pollutants into the atmosphere...
New government legislation means that when we’re ready to
light our fires this year, we need to use wood that’s certified and
labelled as Ready to Burn. Ready to Burn woodfuel gives a better
burn because it’s proven to have a lower moisture content of up
to 20%, so it burns with less smoke than wetter wood, which in
turn also helps reduce pollution from burning.
Alternatively, if you use Manufactured Solid Fuel (MSF) - a fuel
manufactured from coal, wood, plant-derived materials, waxes or
petroleum products with other ingredients – these must also be
certified and labelled as Ready to Burn, proving that they meet
specified limits for smoke emissions and sulphur content.
The Ready to Burn certified fuel scheme is backed by Defra
which appointed the non-profit industry organisation HETAS
to certify Manufactured Solid Fuels (MSF) and its subsidiary
business, Woodsure, to certify woodfuel.
Helen Bentley Fox, Director at Woodsure, said: “Using fuel that’s
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quality, these fuels will also burn more efficiently and are better
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1. If you’re buying fuel for immediate use, look for the
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3. If you buy woodfuel from a small volume supplier (those
selling less than 600m3 in a year) they have until 30 April
2022 to comply with the new rules, so you’ll need to make
sure the wood is properly seasoned before you use it.
Advice on how to dry wet wood and measure moisture
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Adam Frost is an
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Sally Thomson caught up
with him to discuss all
TELL ME HOW THE GARDENER’S
WORLD EVENT WENT AT BEAULIEU?
I had a lovely weekend! I’d be lying if I
didn’t say I was a bit nervous. I had just
had my 2nd injection It was the first time
I had done anything in a public arena for
about 18 months! You realise that all the
shows are now your general catch up.
WITH THE PANDEMIC DID YOU FIND
IT STRANGE NOT BEING OUT &
ABOUT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC?
Definitely, We run a school as well so
we had to close that. I did some stuff on
zoom like most people but that’s a very
strange experience. I’ve never spent
so much time at home or in the garden
through the summer months with my wife
and kids which was a mixed blessing and
gave me time to stop which I don’t think
I’ve done since I was 16.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT BUILDING A
GARDEN FOR CHELSEA?
It can be 12 months to 2 years planning
but at one point I was doing them back to
back finishing one then moving straight
onto the next one. But it’s fascinating, it’s
how I built my career.
HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR
FIRST CHELSEA GOLD?
If I’m honest, I think I was slightly
oblivious to what they actually meant.
My dad was a landscaper and he built
early John Brooks gardens in the 70s. I
recently met Professor David Stevens,
garden designer, who also worked for
John Brooks. We were talking about
Chelsea and he said that my dad would
have been a few gardens along from
where we were. David also taught me a
lot about design in that sense.
WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT
FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU
PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?
It depends on whether its for a client.
I think ultimately gardens are about 4
things people, space, plants and place.
It’s normally one of those that I tap into
first and it might be a bit of landscape, it
might be an individual picture I’ve seen,
it might be the shape of something,
whatever it is that gives me an insight
into a person or if it’s a show garden what
particular design will drive it.
DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A
REGULAR EVENT NOW?
I think so, I walked in and thought
what a glorious piece of landscape
and the moment I walked in the gate it
had a good feel. People really enjoyed
themselves and as a setting it had quite a
lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages
had an open canopy, and everybody was
sensible and had plenty of space. The
standard of the displays was really good
and Hilliers had gone there and built
a garden, so it was great that you had
something there of Hilliers quality.
I think a positive out of the last 15 months
is that people have slowed down have
connected or reconnected with what’s
outside their back door or in the area.
I’ve seen a report saying we now have
3 million new gardeners. Everybody
you talk to in the industry says that the
hunger from last year is still there which is
great. I just hope in a way that stays.
I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC AND
GOOD FOR THE SOUL
It’s interesting that we are seeing
statistics people moving out of cities
and into the countryside and are wanting
bigger gardens it wasn’t that long-ago
people were downsizing and didn’t want
a big outdoor space and this time has
now changed that.
I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AN
RHS AMBASSADOR? WHAT DOES
Yes, I’ve done that for quite a few years
now. Basically, I help them with stuff
looking at helping youngsters to engage
more through events and I did a lot
of work a while back with Homebase
creating apprenticeships so that’s how it
started. I also do a lot of community stuff
with RHS and I’m just about to start a
new project which I can’t say too much
about which will be good. I have travelled
all over to schools, events for them. I
was brought up just outside London and
wasn’t the best behaved, I’m dyslexic
and obviously I’ve done OK and I think
that’s why they wanted me to help.
YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE
SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?
I normally go from stage to stage and
talk all things gardening and there’s
different themes on different stages from
talking about ‘Grow your Own’, ‘Unusual
edibles’, ‘soil and compost’ so all sorts
really. What I love about that show is you
have the gardens and displays but it also
interlinks with food and because its at the
NEC if we do have poor weather people
can get inside. Because it’s such a large
venue everything will feel alright.
SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE
YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES
You have a 2 minute conversation the day
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to do some presenting as they think I’m
half decent”. He said “Are you sure that’s
what you want to do?”. And I said “I don’t
know but I’ll give it a go!”. And here we
before to explain if anything has changed
or there have been any adjustments
to the design. They then arrive at your
garden anytime between 7:30 and
9:30am on the day and you must be away
from your garden. Then you have another
24 hours until you find out the result.
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT
YOU HAD AN APTITUDE FOR
I don’t think I did really, I love what I do I
think it just happened. I was talking to a
Robert Hillier at Chelsea and I said “Can
you remember the conversation we had
in 2015 where you said the BBC want me
WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR
READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS
Don’t disengage with the garden, I think
we get to September the kids go back to
school and people pack up their gardens.
I think our environment has changed
so much that you cant month to month
garden anymore you have to react to the
month you are in. September, October
and even going into November we can
still have some cracking days and only
have our first frosts going into December
so I would say to anybody there is so
much glorious flower colour foliage
colour stem colour to be had and the light
is different so the atmosphere is different
you can still wrap up and enjoy it just
don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection
just enjoy the moments.
Adam Frost, along with other gardening
celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC
in Birmingham from Thursday August 26
to Sunday August 29.
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Thinking about Lasting Powers
B P Collins clears up the most common areas for confusion
when appointing someone...
It can be daunting to think about your
future, but it is prudent to plan ahead
and think about who could look after
your affairs if you lose the capacity to
do so. One way of doing this is through
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA), which
are important documents that can confer
considerable powers to your attorneys.
LPAs for health and welfare can cover
decisions, after you have lost mental
capacity, ranging from where you might
live and your daily routine through to life
sustaining treatment decisions. LPAs for
property and finances can cover a wide
range of financial decisions, such as
managing your bank accounts or selling
Although it is possible to draft LPAs
yourself, given the significance of the
documents, it is important to get them
right. A lawyer can help guide you
through the process and make sure
that the finished document does what
you intended. B P Collins’ private
client team can assist with the making
and registration of LPAs, including the
following common areas for confusion:
1) HOW TO APPOINT ATTORNEYS
An LPA can appoint both primary and
replacement attorneys. Where the LPA
appoints more than one attorney to act
at the same time, a decision needs to be
made about how they are to act: either
jointly or jointly and severally.
A lawyer should discuss the options and
explain the implications for each type
of appointment to make sure that your
wishes translate into the document.
2) PREFERENCE AND INSTRUCTIONS
LPAs can include preferences, which are
non-binding wishes, and instructions,
which are binding on attorneys. A lawyer
can advise on any specific instructions
that need to be included for your
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to be careful when drafting preferences
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or poorly drafted preferences and
instructions can make the LPA difficult
LPAs must be registered before they
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around 15 weeks. However, LPAs have
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error would then need to be corrected,
which may cause significant delay to the
registration process. This could have a
serious impact if the person making the
LPA is losing their mental capacity. A
lawyer can ensure that the document is
correctly signed before submission to
the Office of the Public Guardian to make
the registration process as smooth as
4) CERTIFICATE PROVIDER
A certificate provider is required to
sign the LPA to confirm that the person
making it understands what they are
doing and that no one is forcing them
to do it. While you do not have to use a
professional as a certificate provider, B P
Collins has the knowledge of the correct
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can help to demonstrate that the LPA
has been correctly completed. We can
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professional would be best placed to act.
5) BUSINESS LPAS
It is possible to make more than one
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team to make sure that your business
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Katie Thomson shares tips
for getting your financial
ducks in a row for a happy
Retirement planning is a multi-faceted
process which evolves over time - to
have a comfortable and secure future,
you have to have the means to fund
it. Fewer people have access to the
guaranteed income that comes with a
final salary pension, and with longer to
wait until eligibility for the state pension,
it’s pertinent to start planning as early as
possible for the retirement you want. The
better prepared you are now, the better
your retirement will be.
There are many strands to retirement
planning, and much of it depends on
your stage of life. It’s important to seek
advice from a registered financial planner
who can help you make the most of your
There are some handy way points to help
you get a grasp on where you are and
what you will need - here’s a checklist of
things to consider:
Understand what your retirement
income is likely to be:
You will be adding to your pension fund
during your working life, but it’s important
you get a handle on your various pension
pots to forecast the actual figure you will
have access to.
Check your state pension:
The rising state pension age can have a
real knock-on effect to your retirement
planning - a state pension forecast will
help you to gauge how much you’re on
course to get from the government.
Get an understanding of your
Having an idea of your expenditure will
help you plan longer-term. Your living
costs are likely to be a lot lower than
in other phases of life - you might be
mortgage-free and you don’t have the
same costs for commuting, recreation or
childcare for example.
You may wish to improve your home
or go on some amazing trips, so it’s
important you know you have the
financial reserves to do this.
When should you start drawing a
You don’t have to stop working to draw
down your pension - as long as you
are over the age of 55 - but be aware,
the sooner you start dipping into it, the
sooner the pot will deplete.
How much will retirement cost?
This is the golden question, and really
depends on the level of comfort or luxury
you are looking for in your autumn years.
A recent Which? study found that the
average retired household (those living
alone or as couples) spent an around
£2,170 per month - this is covering all
the basic areas of expenditure and some
luxuries like European holidays. Those
looking for a more luxurious lifestyle
including longer-haul trips and new cars
every five years would need to allow
for approximately £3,400 per month, or
£41,000 per year.
Once you have a framework for the
amount you’ll need, and what you are
on track for saving, you also need to
consider how you will access your
pension pots - these might be state
pension, a final salary pension and a
money purchase/defined contribution
With your defined contribution pot,
such as the one you might get in the
government employee scheme, you can
draw the entire pension pot in one go,
but this will mean it’s entirely down to
you to make the money last and you’ll
invariably pay a substantial tax bill. Most
people with these pensions will opt for
income drawdown or an annuity, or a
combination of both when it comes
taking money out of their pension.
With careful planning and accurate
forecasting, your retirement can be
something to really look forward to, but
it is essential to make an assessment of
your position as early as possible and
use the advice of experts to make your
money work harder for you.
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You know your loved one best and we recognise that selecting
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