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APRIL <strong>2024</strong><br />

GARDEN SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes


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Contents<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

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21<br />

29<br />

30<br />

47<br />

30<br />


Dream homes on the market<br />


Upcoming events for your diary<br />


Keep up-to-date with the latest<br />

must-see and must-have goodies<br />


See how a pair of<br />

agricultural barns have been<br />

seamlessly tied together<br />


Emulate stylish barn living<br />

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103<br />

104<br />

106<br />

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TAKE ME TO... A<br />


There’s so much to explore<br />


Dream of your summer<br />

wardrobe with a touch of silk<br />


Rebecca Cuffe channels<br />

soft country vibes in this<br />

month’s fashion edit<br />


Lara Green’s flavourful<br />

take on eating according<br />

to the calendar<br />

121<br />

123<br />

124<br />

128<br />

130<br />

48<br />


Charlotte Lau whizzes up her<br />

take on wild garlic pesto<br />


Mike Piercy explains why music<br />

matters when it comes to education<br />


Catch up on all the latest school news<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

From events to talks, find out...<br />


Jane Howard’s latest instalment<br />

from Coopers Farm<br />

48<br />


Explore a grown-up<br />

family house remodel<br />

115<br />


Josephine Fairley picks products<br />

with the wow factor<br />

63<br />


Express a contemporary aesthetic<br />

119<br />


Sarah Maxwell explains how<br />

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£3,000 in <strong>2024</strong>/25. This can’t be carried forward into the next tax<br />

year, so making full use of it each year could reduce the risk of<br />

incurring a significant CGT liability in the future.<br />

2. Transfer assets to your spouse or<br />

civil partner<br />

Transfers between spouses and civil partners are exempt from<br />

CGT, so assets can be transferred from one partner to the other<br />

to use each person’s annual CGT exemption. The transfer must<br />

be a genuine, outright gift.<br />

3. Invest in an ISA / bed and ISA<br />

Gains (and losses) made on investments held in an ISA are<br />

exempt from CGT. In the 2023/24 tax year, you can invest up to<br />

£20,000 in an ISA.<br />

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certain circumstances, you may be able to defer a capital gain<br />

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Making a pension contribution from relevant earnings could<br />

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limit of your income tax band. If, for example, you made a gross<br />

pension contribution of £10,000, the point at which higher-rate<br />

tax becomes payable would rise from £50,270 to £60,270<br />

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

No matter the season, a gardener’s work is never<br />

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supplement. Are you new to the horticultural hobby<br />

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garden? Or do your interests lie in creating impressive<br />

statement landscapes worthy of a stately home? There’s<br />

definitely something for every kind of gardener in here.<br />

If you’re a keen forager, you’ll love this month’s<br />

recipes. Make the most of wild garlic with a delicious<br />

pesto whizzed up by recipe developer Lara Green<br />

before discovering its health benefits with Charlotte<br />

Lau’s own take on this leafy freebie. Lara’s pesto<br />

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entrance gates to provide total<br />

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18th century features of the<br />

home with its later additions.<br />

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15 minutes of Ashford.<br />

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Beds: 6 Baths: 5<br />

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was originally the head<br />

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garden of the Surrenden<br />

Dering Estate, the ancestral<br />

home of the Dering family<br />

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and parkland of about 4<br />

acres include a good range<br />

of outbuildings. The house<br />

is approached by its own<br />

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Ashford International, 4<br />

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Pancras in just 37 minutes.<br />

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Tatlingbury Farm<br />

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The dream: This once bustling farmstead,<br />

dating back to the 1400s, has been transformed<br />

into six new homes with all the historic<br />

buildings sensitively restored and remodelled.<br />

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and Tudeley. Just 3 miles from Tonbridge.<br />

Setting: Surrounded by countryside<br />

in a very rural setting, yet still within<br />

walking distance of the local village.<br />

Beds: From 3-4 Baths: 2<br />

Special features: The courtyard layout<br />

reflects its farming heritage and is typical<br />

of a traditional <strong>Wealden</strong> farmstead.<br />

Pleasing details: The properties feature<br />

luxury kitchens with quartz worktops and<br />

spa-inspired bathrooms, whilst externally<br />

they are brimming with character thanks to<br />

the mellow bricks, crisp weatherboarding,<br />

warm Kent peg and smart slate tiles.<br />

Outside: Private landscaped gardens include<br />

hornbeam hedging and fruit trees. There’s offstreet<br />

parking and a shared bike store, too.<br />

Time to town: From Tonbridge station to<br />

London Cannon Street in just 43 minutes.<br />

Agent: Canham Homes<br />

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£875,000<br />

Tenterden<br />

The dream: A stylish New England type home<br />

set in half an acre of grounds with spacious<br />

and light accommodation throughout. All<br />

within half an acre of mature gardens with<br />

secluded seating and several terraces.<br />

Where: The beautiful tree-lined town of<br />

Tenterden, full of charming <strong>Wealden</strong> houses<br />

and delightful cottages. Pavement cafés and an<br />

excellent range of shops add to its charm.<br />

Setting: Within half a mile of Tenterden High Street.<br />

Beds: 3/4 Baths: 2<br />

Special features: The well appointed modern<br />

kitchen for cooking and entertaining, with<br />

French doors leading to decked seating area.<br />

Pleasing details: One of the double<br />

bedrooms comes with a Juliette balcony<br />

and potential home office.<br />

Outside: The mature gardens surround the<br />

house with secluded seating areas and terraces<br />

perfect for al fresco dining or entertaining.<br />

There is also a private driveway and garage.<br />

Time to town: Ashford International station is<br />

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Agent: Jago & Jago<br />

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Take note! We’ve rounded up the best<br />

of what to see and do near you<br />

<strong>Garden</strong><br />

Party<br />

Silence<br />

is Golden<br />

The Silent Pool Distillery is the home of Silent Pool Gin in the Surrey<br />

Hills. Its beautiful rural location inspires every aspect of the award<br />

winning gin from the botanicals used during distillation, to the teal<br />

blue colour of the bottle. You can explore by taking a deep dive into the<br />

world of Silent Pool Gin on a distillery tour. Discover the unique four<br />

stage distillation process, and the botanicals that make this gin so special.<br />

We’re tempted by the distillery G&Tea Party with its delightful gin-themed<br />

twist on a classic afternoon tea – you can book various dates, mainly<br />

on Sundays, via their website. The fabulous Bee Keeping Experience<br />

focuses on the local bees that make the honey for Silent Pool Gin (bee<br />

keeper suits are provided!) and takes place once a month on a Friday.<br />

There’s also an Aroma Experience plus an Artisan Tasting<br />

Day which is a collaboration with Silent Pool neighbours<br />

Albury Organic Vineyard and Mandira’s Kitchen. When<br />

you visit don’t miss the delightful Pool Bar with<br />

terrace overlooking the pool, open <strong>April</strong>-<br />

September, weekend daytimes.<br />

silentpooldistillers.com<br />

Green-fingered readers will be thrilled<br />

to hear that The <strong>Garden</strong> Show is<br />

returning to the lovely Firle Place<br />

near Lewes from 19-21 <strong>April</strong>. There<br />

will be all sorts on offer including<br />

expert advice and free talks, over 200<br />

stalls of plants and gardenware. While<br />

you pick up blooms to perk up your<br />

garden your family will have plenty to<br />

keep them entertained including face<br />

painting, juggling, a toddler funfair,<br />

treasure hunts and the Huxley birds<br />

of prey. The event is in support of<br />

the fantastic Hands of Hope charity<br />

(hohcharity.co.uk) – enabling people<br />

and communities to lead healthier<br />

and happier lives by connecting them<br />

to nature and each other. The show<br />

opens from 10am until 5pm each day.<br />

For tickets see thegardenshows.com<br />

SUMMER<br />

SHOW<br />

South East Open Studios<br />

returns in <strong>2024</strong> for the whole<br />

of June. Stretching through the Kent<br />

and East Sussex countryside, the event<br />

not only helps to build artists’ profiles in<br />

the wider arts arena but also puts the<br />

South East on the map as a hub of<br />

creativity. Artists will open their<br />

studio doors, hold collaborative<br />

shows and showcase their work to<br />

local art lovers and visitors. Visit<br />

seos-art.org to find out more.<br />

Painting pictured by<br />

Philippa Futrell<br />

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CORE... LOOK<br />

AT THAT!<br />

Discover the wonders<br />

of the National Fruit collection<br />

at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham,<br />

showcasing over 3,000 varieties of fruit trees.<br />

The Brogdale Collections Charity are hosting lots<br />

of family-friendly festivals and events including the<br />

tempting Japanese Hanami Blossom Day on Saturday<br />

13 <strong>April</strong> and a bee safari on Tuesday 28 May. There are<br />

also cherry picking tours and PYO, Outdoor Cooking<br />

and Juicing Workshops plus a Cider Festival later in the<br />

year. Take a look at their website for details. You can gain<br />

exclusive access to the orchards year-round with an<br />

Orchard Pass and join their knowledgeable tour guides<br />

to learn the history and heritage and taste the fruit,<br />

you’ll witness the changes throughout the seasons<br />

from blossom in <strong>April</strong>, through to cherries,<br />

plums, apples and pears.<br />

brogdalecollections.org<br />

Craft<br />

Work<br />

If you’re looking for a bank holiday outing head to<br />

Weald of Kent Country Craft Show at Penshurst Place<br />

on 4 to 6 May for artisan shopping, speciality street<br />

food, entertainment, craft demos, live music and more.<br />

Explore over 150 craft stalls and make the most of the<br />

delicious eats and treats from the renowned food and<br />

drink hall. There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained<br />

with falconry displays, traditional children’s rids and<br />

laser clay pigeon too. Kids go free and there’s free<br />

parking and an early bird discount. The show opens<br />

daily between 10am and 5pm.<br />

thecraftshows.co.uk<br />

All Aboard<br />

We’re delighted to hear<br />

that Maidstone’s Kentish Lady River<br />

Boat is open for the season again, as of 29<br />

March. Choose from a 1 hour trip along the lovely<br />

Medway, 3 hour lunch or supper cruises or a river trip<br />

to the magnificent Allington Castle (pictured right).<br />

Private hire of this 70 seater boat is also available and<br />

it is wheelchair accessible. Take a look at the<br />

timetable and find out more details at<br />

kentishlady.co.uk<br />

istockphoto.com/ denphumi / Suthin Saenontad<br />

Based on the muchloved<br />

animated TV series, the<br />

brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Fun<br />

Day Out! is making a splash at Richmond<br />

Theatre on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 <strong>April</strong>,<br />

and promises fun, games and lots of laughs.<br />

Join Peppa and her family and friends as they go<br />

to the zoo and the beach for a special party. Packed<br />

full of songs, dance and muddy puddles Peppa Pig’s<br />

Fun Day Out! guarantees giggles and snorts for all<br />

Peppa fans – the perfect introduction to theatre.<br />

This latest new adventure includes interactive<br />

fun, songs and games for preschoolers.<br />

It’s the ideal family treat.<br />

Tickets start from £13 at<br />

atgtickets.com/richmond<br />


Two for One<br />

Maidstone Museum is well worth a visit<br />

for its fascinating collections and up until 1<br />

June you’ll also find a great display of works<br />

by young artists from across the South East as<br />

part of Maidstone Young Artist Award <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

plus a large exhibition of works by Graham<br />

Clarke entitled A Retrospective – 65 Years of<br />

Printmaking. Alongside his often humorous<br />

limited-edition works – depicting his beloved<br />

Kent countryside, boats and the sea, Cornwall<br />

and more – you’ll also find the artist’s<br />

sketchbooks and other creations including the<br />

boat pictured above. museum.maidstone.gov.uk<br />

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Take a peaceful cruise<br />

along the medway<br />




• 1 hour trips to Allington Lock<br />

• 3 Hour cruises, with lunch, to Teston<br />

• Fully licenced bar<br />

• Private hire for all occasions<br />

• DJ and catering service available<br />

• Unique excursion to visit<br />

Allington Castle<br />

Take in the sights and splendour of the<br />

River Medway and Maidstone from<br />

the comfort of your own seat aboard<br />

the Kentish Lady River Boat. Also a<br />

perfect venue for a wedding reception<br />

or private party.<br />

www.kentishlady.co.uk<br />

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The perfect family day out, with over 150 stalls to discover<br />

Bank Holiday Weekend<br />

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<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />

Midsummer<br />

Fa i r<br />

<strong>Garden</strong> exhibitors<br />

With over 250 exhibitors there’s<br />

something for everyone. Here is a<br />

selection of our garden exhibitors.<br />

NEW<br />

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XL Pools<br />

xlpools.com<br />

NEW<br />

Enjoy a great day out shopping<br />

with friends and family at this<br />

year’s Midsummer Fair<br />

With Spring in the air we’re starting to think about all things outdoors<br />

and there’s no better way to get ready for Summer than to book your<br />

tickets and plan a visit to the Midsummer Fair.<br />

Frys Furnishings<br />

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on sale now<br />

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Herbert Baker Furniture<br />

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Low Wood Nursery<br />

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Sponsored by<br />

<strong>Garden</strong> exhibitors<br />

continued...<br />

<strong>Garden</strong> inspiration<br />

Your ticket includes entry to Hole Park’s<br />

stunning formal gardens, where visitors<br />

can enjoy the summer blooms around<br />

the 16 acre gardens and also marvel at a<br />

tree carving of a family of bears climbing<br />

an oak tree to reach a honey pot!<br />

Families will also love the wooden rope<br />

swing – a hit with kids and a perfect<br />

picture spot.<br />

ceshomeandgarden<br />

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Potting Up<br />

pottingup.com<br />

NEW<br />

Light Innovation<br />

lightinnovation.com<br />

Join us on 6th-8th JUNE <strong>2024</strong><br />

9.00am - 5.00pm<br />

at Hole Park, Rolvenden TN17 4JB<br />

Adults £17, Children £8, Under 5s free<br />

Find out more information at wealdentimes-fair.co.uk<br />





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Including original works by<br />

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other key artists.<br />

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Lighter on sugar, free<br />

of artificial nasties, and<br />

big on fresh and fruity<br />

flavours – Belvoir<br />

Farm has the alcoholfree<br />

drinks we want for<br />

sunny-day sping-time<br />

sipping. The UK farm’s<br />

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for their Delicious &<br />

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From must-sees to must-buys and<br />

must-dos, don’t miss this month’s<br />

round up of what to buy, see, do,<br />

and generally get excited about!<br />

<strong>April</strong> is Bowel Cancer awareness<br />

month (bowelcanceruk.org.uk),<br />

which is why a star purchase<br />

right now is this inspirational<br />

mug from Emma Bridgewater<br />

(emmabridgewater.co.uk) which<br />

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to Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer<br />

Research UK bowelbabe.org<br />

If you’re looking to add<br />

some coastal beachy vibes<br />

to your interior, check<br />

out Deborah Wren’s<br />

porcelain ceramic coastal<br />

art collection. Based<br />

just outside Rye, she<br />

handcrafts each gorgeous<br />

shell to make beautiful<br />

artworks inspired by<br />

the ever-changing<br />

colours of the sea.<br />

deborahwrenceramics.co.uk<br />

Some may celebrate a birthday this<br />

month with a gorgeous diamond<br />

birthstone, but why let them have<br />

all the fun? To treat yourself to<br />

a diamond-studded something<br />

that supports buying second hand<br />

(and the associated price drop)<br />

try Shop Prestige. Their website<br />

holds an ever-changing catalogue<br />

of designer items from a £12,995<br />

Birkin to a Dior ring for £495. But<br />

our diamond pick is this stunning<br />

Bvlgari Serpenti Viper Bracelet.<br />

This is a beautiful investment<br />

piece with its historical and<br />

iconic snake design (an emblem<br />

of wisdom, rebirth and vitality),<br />

created with 4.95 CT of<br />

diamonds set in 18 CT rose gold.<br />

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Pet month is all about raising<br />

awareness of responsible pet<br />

ownership (nationalpetmonth.<br />

org.uk). Which is why we’d like to<br />

introduce Splash Paws, a local haven<br />

for all, looking to improve mobility<br />

and quality of life for our dear doggos.<br />

Splash Paws is a Canine Hydrotherapy<br />

& Physiotherapy Centre set up at Brattle<br />

Farm in Staplehurst, Kent. They are<br />

members of the Canine Hydrotherapy<br />

Association and IRVAP, and their team<br />

of qualified therapists are super caring<br />

and professional, ready to treat your dog<br />

with all the dedicated care they could<br />

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The 23rd is the day we<br />

celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and<br />

what better way to celebrate than<br />

by booking tickets to a multi-venue,<br />

promenade production of Romeo &<br />

Juliet on the streets of Guildford? This<br />

summer the award-winning Guildford<br />

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their own 18th birthday with this oneof-a-kind<br />

production from June 21 st to<br />

July 13 th , which will lead its audience<br />

around iconic landmarks including the<br />

Guildhall balcony, the historic High<br />

Street and Guildford Castle <strong>Garden</strong>s<br />

as you following the fateful tale.<br />

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Building Connections<br />

Words: Jo Arnell Photographs: David Merewether<br />

After nearly a decade of planning, Dominic and<br />

Eve were finally given permission to convert a pair<br />

of derelict barns, linking them together to create<br />

one very beautiful dwelling<br />

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The story arc of an adventure tale involves a journey<br />

into the unknown, meetings with strangers, potential<br />

disasters, a point at which everything goes wrong and<br />

then, just when the hero is about to give up, a miraculous<br />

twist, event or awakening occurs and there’s happily ever<br />

after. Epic building projects often have such trajectories,<br />

but not usually before the building work even starts.<br />

When Dominic and Eve bought two derelict barns to convert,<br />

they embarked on what turned out to be an eight year quest<br />

to get permission to transform them into a single home. This<br />

involved several stages in changes of use from commercial<br />

occupancy back to agricultural and then to residential – not to<br />

mention the re-homing of an owl and some bats – and dealing<br />

with the council’s description of one of the buildings (at the<br />

time on the verge of imminent collapse) as a heritage asset<br />

that must be preserved at all costs. Once all these hurdles had<br />

been overcome, the project itself was relatively straightforward<br />

– I say relatively, as it’s nigh on impossible not to have a few<br />

hiccups along the way with such a project, but in the scheme<br />

of things, from the time that permission was finally granted,<br />

the build has only taken eighteen months to complete.<br />

The couple’s architect has done a great job at marrying two very<br />

different buildings together so that they look like one complete<br />

dwelling. The view of the outside as you approach is fabulous<br />

(very Grand Designs) and has a real wow factor, but on the <strong>inside</strong>,<br />

combining the ultra modern of one part with a traditional feel and<br />

look of a rustic vernacular building on the other, was a challenge.<br />

They sought the help of Victoria Allen, an interior designer<br />

specialising primarily in kitchens and bathrooms, but increasingly<br />

in the design of general living spaces – especially now that so<br />

many of us combine our living, dining and kitchen areas into <br />

Previous pages & this page: The whole design<br />

process started in the kitchen and flowed out from<br />

there to unite the spacious open plan living area<br />

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This page: The main wall colour throughout is Farrow & Ball’s Great White with F&B’s<br />

Peignoir used on some feature walls – both feature soft pinky undertones. The sculptural<br />

floating staircase has lighting in the treads and steel cords instead of bannisters<br />

one big room. Working closely with<br />

the project’s builder, Jeremy, and his<br />

site manager son, Joshua, she has<br />

helped to guide Dominic and Eve<br />

through the interior’s construction.<br />

“It can be difficult to visualise<br />

things with a two-dimensional plan<br />

view,” says Eve, “to see the spaces<br />

and imagine living in them.” Victoria<br />

explains how she uses a combination<br />

of CAD and Pinterest, sharing images<br />

through their WhatsApp group, so<br />

that everyone is kept in the loop.<br />

“Communication is key to the<br />

success of a project,” she says,<br />

“and having a team of guys who<br />

treat it as if it was their own<br />

house – so there’s no bodging or<br />

making do. They have pride in their<br />

work and want to get things right.”<br />

“The whole design process started in the<br />

kitchen and flowed out from there. It’s a big<br />

room. I can sit at my computer and move<br />

things around – playing with the shapes is<br />

very useful when designing. We can imagine<br />

the space better – floors, walls, electrics,<br />

pieces of furniture.” Has all the technology<br />

improved the process? Victoria smiles. “It<br />

has just changed the way we are able to work<br />

– when things were on paper the design<br />

was often at a final stage and not so easily<br />

altered. Now we can swap things about<br />

really easily, so there’s more flexibility and<br />

opportunity to keep moving things around.”<br />

Victoria has a knack of choosing offthe-shelf<br />

pieces and styling them so that<br />

they look custom made, which means<br />

that the budget can be used where it’s<br />

needed. Choosing artwork is often part<br />

of the process, but in this case Victoria<br />

hasn’t had to source any pictures – the<br />

multi-talented Jeremy has painted all<br />

the large paintings in the house and his<br />

daughter has produced smaller works,<br />

with beautiful pressed wildflowers.<br />

The kitchen units are an off-the-shelf<br />

design, but Victoria has added in bespoke<br />

details – unit handles and a nifty solution to<br />

the corner cupboard issue, splashing out <br />

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on prestige appliances; a sleek induction<br />

hob and extractor and finishing it all<br />

off with a seamless Corian worktop.<br />

“The worktop goes well with the<br />

concrete look of the floor,” she says.<br />

Except that the floor isn’t concrete,<br />

it is resin – made and installed by a<br />

company called Sphere8 – and runs<br />

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building. It feels gloriously smooth to<br />

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“The floor was the very last thing<br />

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nothing that would cause an issue. They<br />

wanted all the lights on too, so that any<br />

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A large room like this needs warmth<br />

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This page: The family bathroom’s double-ended bath is positioned right<br />

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The pink touch is picked up in<br />

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Every window offers vantage<br />

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Beyond the terrace outside the garden<br />

is informal, merging into the landscape.<br />

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We head up the cool and sculptural<br />

floating staircase with lighting<br />

<br />

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Top: Cedar cladding has been used on the exterior of the more<br />

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garden wall tie this section in with the bricks of the older barn<br />

in mind, they have installed a water<br />

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a kitchen could be added, in case the<br />

building ever needed to be two separate<br />

dwellings. At the moment though it<br />

works as one house just perfectly – and<br />

Victoria has cleverly made the interior<br />

decor flow. Lighting is a key factor in<br />

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two very different styles of building.<br />

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This page: The floating staircase, with its glass balustrade, was the perfect fit with the interior’s contemporary aesthetic<br />

skylight itself that would yield a little<br />

complexity during the build phase.<br />

“It nearly killed the builder trying to<br />

put it in,” explains Neil, “it weighed<br />

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worth surmounting, however, as Neil<br />

continues, “It was Stephanie’s idea to let<br />

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Towards the front of the house,<br />

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The leather armchairs apply a sense of<br />

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“It’s a little bit darker and it’s the space<br />

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The challenge for Stephanie and her<br />

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of a feature.” Far from being a functional<br />

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Stephanie explains, “The two tall units<br />

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So you just pull those down, you shove<br />

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Outside, the wraparound terrace<br />

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But the couple, who moved out for the<br />

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– a combination of demonstrations put on by the rangers or<br />

supplied by other local organisations, including visiting birds<br />

of prey, working horses (that were traditionally used to move<br />

heavy coppiced material in the woodland), pond dipping, wood<br />

crafts and other traditional woodland practices, such as making<br />

charcoal. The charcoal burners are located in a fenced area<br />

within a clearing deep in the wood, where there is also a bird<br />

feeding station, a willow bird hide and Santa’s grotto. "We had<br />

a torchlight procession through the wood to see Santa last year.<br />

It was quite magical with all the lanterns lighting the way. It had<br />

a really lovely atmosphere." Santa isn’t the only visitor to the<br />

woods. Apparently there’s another, more beastly interloper here,<br />

an invasive pest that must be hunted down and culled on an<br />

annual basis. Every January an intrepid band of skilled hunters,<br />

dressed in tartan, head into the woods and attempt to trap… a<br />

Haggis. Lured out of its lair, the Haggis is eventually caught –<br />

and then cooked on Burns night, served with neeps and tatties.<br />

What amazing lengths the team go to protect the precious<br />

wood. Woodlands are a vital resource and managed well (and<br />

protected from the pesky Haggis) they become a naturally<br />

renewable system too. Coppicing is an ancient activity that<br />

enables the use of woodland without destroying it, in fact<br />

the activity of cutting down carefully selected trees to make a<br />

coppice brings positive benefits to the wider wood, encouraging<br />

biodiversity in the cleared areas and letting the light in, which<br />

enables many species to flourish. Each coppice is named and<br />

identified by a hand carved sign posted at the edge of it. The<br />

areas of coppice are industrious looking, well organised spaces<br />

that show respect for the woodland and all those that use it.<br />

Poulton Wood a near perfect example of a traditionally coppiced<br />

wood, a joyful and vital reminder of all that is good about<br />

both working in nature and within a close knit community.<br />

The residents, staff and volunteers all benefit enormously<br />

and learn a huge amount from their experiences here. "Team<br />

building, exercise, learning and education," says Mel. "We learn<br />

about conservation, about wildlife, about each other. There are<br />

the woodworking skills, we gain an understanding of process<br />

and how the wood is planted, grown, managed and used." It is<br />

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Make your own little seedling<br />

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Add fragrant lavender and vibrant<br />

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“Adding a smart new porch can be an<br />

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– an opportunity to let your creative<br />

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Pillars, Marine Blue in Intelligent<br />

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Unique and bright pairings create a<br />

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For a symmetrical, modern style we<br />

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Come with us as we tour the great and the grand castles of<br />

the South East in search of gardening inspiration<br />

From Disney palaces to Traitors<br />

tower, there’s something utterly<br />

captivating about a castle (along<br />

with their awe-inspiring settings).<br />

To wander the grounds of a grand old<br />

estate, experiencing some of the most<br />

magnificent gardens in the country is one<br />

of our favourite things to do in the spring.<br />

The South East is filled with more than<br />

its fair share and each has something to<br />

offer as inspiration in our own gardens,<br />

be it an expansive landscaping project or a<br />

simple planter with a bit of fancy planting.<br />

With all this in mind we’re listing (in no<br />

particular order) a few truly captivating<br />

castles to visit this spring.<br />

1 Scotney<br />

Moat? Check. Woodland glades?<br />

Check. Pretty hidden walkways? Check.<br />

Romantically ruined castle? CHECK.<br />

Scotney is all we’re looking for in a fairytale<br />

come to life. It has one of the best examples<br />

of a picturesque-designed garden in the<br />

UK, meaning it embraces a more wild and<br />

natural idea of beauty and celebrates the<br />

softness of imperfections. The centrepiece<br />

moated castle ruin with its gorgeous roses<br />

scaling the walls tells the tale that is echoed<br />

throughout the estate – one of man-made<br />

beauty being embraced, complemented, and<br />

generally doodled upon by nature. As we<br />

all strive to add wild spaces to our garden<br />

for the sake of the environment, one lesson<br />

to learn here is that the edges between the<br />

order of the man-made and the wildness of<br />

nature can be beautifully blurred. Here you’ll<br />

find grass terraces left long to encourage rare<br />

orchids, ‘Hoop Petticoat’ daffodils growing<br />

on the lower castle walls, and gardeners at<br />

work in little row boats on the moat where<br />

kingfishers dwell and dragonflies dance.<br />

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2 Chiddingstone<br />

Chiddingstone Castle is a fascinating historic<br />

house set in the rolling Kent countryside<br />

and there is much of quintessential British<br />

gardening to be found here. The inner<br />

courtyard is filled with colourful fragrant<br />

roses, the Grade II* listed Victorian Orangery<br />

is a favourite feature of wedding planners,<br />

and right around this time of year the lawns<br />

will paint themselves yellow with daffodils.<br />

What might surprise you is that this is also<br />

a location that incorporates influences from<br />

far off lands and cultures, from the Japanese<br />

cherry blossoms that border the pathway to<br />

the lake, to the Fields of Eternity, inspired<br />

by the Ancient Egyptian idea of heaven. The<br />

grounds here are a reminder that we can be<br />

inspired by distant places to enrich our own<br />

gardens. Visit from Sunday 31 March to<br />

Sunday 30 October from 11am-5pm (last<br />

entry 4:15pm) chiddingstonecastle.org.uk<br />

3 Sissinghurst<br />

Sissinghurst is a joy in the spring; The Lime<br />

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I’m sure that by now we should be used to the rain but<br />

I’m not entirely sure that we are. We had a dry, sunny<br />

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Some of us managed a quick first cut of our soggy lawns<br />

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We are very behind with our late winter tidy up having<br />

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to pick over. However, after reading Dan Pearson’s Spring<br />

Dig Delve Newsletter, in which he says that he and his team<br />

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dipping into The Sceptical <strong>Garden</strong>er by Ken Thompson<br />

who is both a biologist and a gardener. As he says, he has<br />

been a gardener for more years than he cares to remember.<br />

I was particularly taken with his Top 10 Don’ts which are<br />

useful for gardening novices as well as for those who have<br />

more experience. I for one have spent years cutting back<br />

roses to an outside facing bud when pruning floribunda and<br />

hybrid tea roses (although I have only one of the latter).<br />

This is Rosa ‘Mrs. Oakley Fisher’, a 1920s introduction with<br />

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At the top of my ‘to do’ list is ‘Prune Roses’. Tick for<br />

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you can be more discerning but, until then, we have clouds<br />

of Smyrnium perfoliatum seedlings in the border in front<br />

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an escapee clump on the edge of a local piece of woodland<br />

a while ago. They are probably in the ‘wrong place’ as they<br />

prefer dappled shade but they can have their day before a<br />

few get moved around. There’s plenty of time for this as<br />

they are biennial ie. ‘they take two years to grow from seed<br />

to maturity’.<br />

Another very useful tip, pertinent<br />

after such a wet period, is to note what<br />

happens to our gardens when it has<br />

been so sodden for so long. We have<br />

been on a hunt for our geums and<br />

fear that they have been well and<br />

truly lost. I wonder. The 50% of<br />

our soil which is usually empty<br />

space other than air has been<br />

continuously filled up with<br />

water for months and some<br />

roots will inevitably have<br />

drowned through<br />

lack of oxygen.<br />

Plants that have<br />

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Moss and lichen on top of a damp rock<br />

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and perhaps not to add too much in the way of tough<br />

woody debris unless you’re really not in a hurry. This sort<br />

of material slows things up by taking time to break down<br />

into that rich, crumbly material that your garden wants and<br />

needs. However, I like the look of those huge compost heaps<br />

at Great Dixter which reach great heights during the year<br />

and which can then be returned into the border once they<br />

have broken down into something deliciously friable. In the<br />

meantime, they are great for growing pumpkins on.<br />

We’ve tried both bespoke wooden compost bins and a<br />

loose compost heap and the latter has proved to be the best.<br />

Everything goes on it apart from<br />

stinging nettle roots and bramble<br />

as they are both quite difficult to<br />

eradicate – but having said that, some<br />

nettles are left for wildlife. There’s<br />

so much to learn but it is a gradual<br />

process and, in the end, you learn from<br />

your own experience in your<br />

own garden.<br />

I’m trying to remember where I saw<br />

ladies in large hats studiously picking<br />

the grass out from a mossy sward on the TV. I think it<br />

must have been a programme about Japanese gardens as<br />

they celebrate moss and work wonders with it. You may<br />

have seen the Japanese garden designer, Kazuyuki Ishihara,<br />

winning gold medals year after year for his exquisitely<br />

beautiful, tranquil and mossy gardens. We waste time and<br />

money on doing the opposite – that is, trying to eradicate<br />

moss. Of course it can be reduced by drastically improving<br />

the drainage or by using nasty compounds which are a<br />

definite no no. Or alternatively, we can just not worry<br />

about it, especially in our exceedingly damp climate. Have<br />

a closer look at it. It is rather beautiful stuff and is worth<br />

celebrating. I could say the same about our moles. They<br />

tunnelled around about three months ago creating about<br />

thirty five mole hills here. We’ve put aside this beautifully<br />

sifted soil for adding to future planting holes or maybe pots<br />

and, lo and behold, the moles seemed to have moved off.<br />

I’m secretly rather relieved.<br />

Sue Whigham can be contacted on 07810 457948 for<br />

gardening advice and help in the sourcing and supply of<br />

interesting garden plants.<br />

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Creative Drawing Workshop - Wednesday 24 th <strong>April</strong><br />

Artist and educator Robert Lamoon returns to Belmont for a<br />

second series of creative drawing workshops.<br />

During this workshop will look at the work of Edvard Munch<br />

and be inspired to create drawings of Belmont gardens<br />

loosely in his style. £60.00 per person. All materials and light<br />

refreshments included.<br />

Spring Fair - Monday 6 th May, 11am-4pm<br />

Our Spring Fair features a superb range of quality plants,<br />

garden-related gifts, artwork, textiles, jewellery and a whole<br />

host of wonderful crafted delights.<br />

Local food and drink will be available as well as our ‘pop up’ tea<br />

room serving delicious cakes. £7.00 per person including garden<br />

entry and free for children under 16.<br />

Paper Peony Workshop - Monday 13 th May, 11am-1pm<br />

Join us at Belmont to learn how to make a selection of paper<br />

peonies and eucalyptus. All materials will be supplied including<br />

printed instructions for you to carry on your creative journey at<br />

home. No experience is required. £35.00 per person.<br />

belmont-house.org • 01795 890 228 • events@belmont-house.org<br />

Belmont House & <strong>Garden</strong>s, Throwley, Faversham, Kent ME13 0HH<br />

Spring at<br />

Sissinghurst Castle <strong>Garden</strong><br />

Bring in the new season with us<br />

and experience the range of events,<br />

activities and colourful buds on offer.<br />

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SPRING<br />


3 RD MAY - 2 ND JUNE (10am - 5pm)<br />

Discover inspirational art<br />

by renowned & emerging sculptors<br />

All sculptures will be for sale.<br />

Entry prices & further information<br />

can be found at www.ramsterevents.com<br />

www.surreysculpture.org.uk<br />

@surreysculpturesociety<br />

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Bateman’s<br />

The Priceless <strong>Garden</strong>s <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

The <strong>Garden</strong>er’s Datebook<br />

We’re sharing our diary of top things to do and see this spring<br />

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Throughout <strong>April</strong><br />

Bateman’s Lane, Burwash,<br />

Etchingham TN19 7DS<br />


Explore the beautiful garden at Bateman’s,<br />

the former home of Rudyard Kipling.<br />

Throughout <strong>April</strong>, you can witness the<br />

beauty of spring as bulbs and early perennials<br />

bloom, adding a burst of colour to the<br />

garden. The ornamental, wall-trained, and<br />

orchard trees will also be blossoming. Amidst<br />

the trees, the enchanting wild garden takes<br />

the spotlight, with a carpet of flowering<br />

bulbs displaying spring colour and scent.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/batemans<br />

Daily throughout spring 10am-5pm<br />

Claremont Landscape <strong>Garden</strong><br />

Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG<br />


From a duke’s retreat to a princess’s<br />

playground, Claremont has always been<br />

a place to escape everyday life and enjoy<br />

simple pleasures. Created by four of the<br />

great landscape designers of the 18th<br />

century; the garden charts the origins of<br />

the English Landscape <strong>Garden</strong> movement.<br />

With serpentine lake, amphitheatre, winding<br />

walks and shady places, it’s the perfect<br />

place to enjoy a scenic walk. This spring<br />

and summer, visit for guided walks, family<br />

trails, outdoor theatre and a sculpture<br />

exhibition with Surrey Sculpture Society.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont-landscape-garden<br />

22 <strong>April</strong> – 6 May<br />

Pashley Manor <strong>Garden</strong>s,<br />

Ticehurst, Kent TN5 7HE<br />


In late spring Pashley Manor <strong>Garden</strong>s will<br />

be carpeted with over 45,000 tulips for<br />

their annual Tulip spectacle. Visitors can<br />

enjoy the tulips in colour themed plantings<br />

throughout the sweeping herbaceous borders<br />

and historic walled garden. There will also<br />

be a marquee of cut tulips, with experts from<br />

Bloms Bulbs on hand to give advice and take<br />

orders, and visitors may like to enjoy tea and<br />

cake, or a light lunch, from Pashley’s Café.<br />

Tickets sold on the gate on the day at £15.50<br />

pashleymanorgardens.com<br />

25-27 May 10am-5pm<br />

All Saints Church, Biddenden, Kent<br />


All are welcome to the annual Biddenden<br />

Flower Festival! This year’s theme,<br />

‘Dreaming of Gold’, is inspired by the<br />

Olympic Games and will feature brilliant<br />

floral displays created by villagers throughout<br />

local 13th century church, All Saints.<br />

Other highlights of the festival will include<br />

musical interludes, a visit from the Morris<br />

Men and a chance to climb the church<br />

tower for magnificent views over the<br />

Weald. The ever-popular cake stand will<br />

be offering refreshments for sale, and a<br />

plant marquee will be selling seedlings.<br />

Admission is free but donations are welcome.<br />

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Claremont Landscape <strong>Garden</strong><br />

Brogdale Farm<br />

Sissinghurst Castle <strong>Garden</strong><br />


Discover the wonders of Brogdale Farm’s<br />

National Fruit Collection, showcasing<br />

over 3,000 varieties of fruit trees. With an<br />

Orchard Pass you can get exclusive access<br />

to the orchards year-round and take tours<br />

to learn the history, heritage, and taste the<br />

fruit. Witness the changes throughout the<br />

seasons from blossom, through to cherries,<br />

plums, apples and pears. They also host<br />

family-friendly festivals and events, from the<br />

Japanese Hanami Blossom Day to cherrypicking<br />

weekends, the delightful Brogdale<br />

Cider Festival, and Heritage Orchard Apple<br />

picking Days. Engage your little ones with<br />

exciting activities like Beastie Day, Teddy<br />

Bears’ Picnic, Apple Juicing workshops<br />

and outdoor cooking classes. Adults can<br />

join rural courses like pruning, wreath<br />

making, cider making, willow weaving<br />

and many more for hands-on learning.<br />

As a charitable organisation, Brogdale<br />

Collections ensures the proceeds from<br />

every event support their mission to ensure<br />

public access and education of the National<br />

Fruit Collection for generations to come.<br />

brogdalecollections.org<br />

3 May – 2 June & 8 June –<br />

14 July 10am-5pm<br />

Ramster <strong>Garden</strong>, Chiddingfold &<br />

Claremont Landscape <strong>Garden</strong>s, Esher<br />



Surrey Sculpture Society is delighted to<br />

announce two outdoor sculpture trails<br />

this summer – one at Ramster <strong>Garden</strong> in<br />

Chiddingfold from 3rd May to 2nd June, and<br />

another at Claremont Landscape <strong>Garden</strong>s,<br />

Esher from 8th June to 14th July. The trails<br />

will showcase a wealth of original, affordable<br />

sculpture with pieces by professional and<br />

emerging artists, ranging from modern<br />

abstract to classical styles and in a variety<br />

of materials. All of the art will be for sale.<br />

surreysculpture.org.uk<br />

30 June —14 July 11am-4pm<br />

High Clandon Estate Vineyard,<br />

Surrey GU4 7RP<br />



A day of high culture at an award-wining<br />

Surrey vineyard. As they celebrate their<br />

11th anniversary, High Clandon Estate<br />

Vineyard invites you to discover a gorgeous<br />

vintage Shakspearean Cuvée alongside 180<br />

inspirational artworks. Stroll through glorious<br />

Wildflower Meadows, a quintessentially<br />

English Vineyard, a romantic Rose Arch<br />

Walk and the tranquil Japanese <strong>Garden</strong>.<br />

You can also sample Cream Teas by Cherry<br />

Trees to fuel your enchanting wandering.<br />

Entrance £7pp donation to Cherry Trees<br />

Charity. Tickets pre-bookable on ngs.org.uk<br />

highclandon.co.uk<br />

15 March – 15 August<br />

Painshill, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE<br />


Painshill is a beautiful landscape garden<br />

complete with a gorgeous lake, gothic temple<br />

and even a crystal grotto! They are offering<br />

monthly guided tours from March to August<br />

for just £15 (or free to members), and next<br />

month there will be an additional Bird Song<br />

Walk that will take you around the gardens,<br />

identifying birds as you go. Alternatively,<br />

if you’re looking for more of a show, June<br />

and July will see a season of live music lates<br />

as well as Outdoor Theatre opportunities.<br />

painshill.co.uk<br />

Throughout the year<br />

Brogdale Collections, Brogdale Farm,<br />

Faversham, Kent ME13 8XZ<br />


Daily 11am-5:30pm<br />

Sissinghurst, near Cranbrook,<br />

Kent TN17 2AB<br />


Nestled in the heart of the <strong>Wealden</strong><br />

countryside is the romantic Sissinghurst<br />

Castle <strong>Garden</strong>. <strong>April</strong> is the time to visit,<br />

with colourful spring bulbs filling the<br />

different ‘rooms’ of the garden. Magnolia,<br />

soft blossom and Narcissi will be a sight<br />

to behold. Don’t miss the Lime Walk and<br />

Orchards, which will tempt you down<br />

their pathways with sweet fragrances.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst<br />

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22nd <strong>April</strong> every day to 6th May<br />

Over 45,000 tulips in the gardens<br />

East Sussex/Kent border TN5 7HE 01580 200888<br />

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Illustrating The Jungle Book<br />

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at Bateman's<br />

Discover the art of illustrating The Jungle<br />

Book and browse different versions of the<br />

classic tale from over the years. Join us for<br />

exciting events all year round.<br />

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Luxury Living Giveaway!<br />

Proudly family-run since 1977, Bridgman is exclusively offering you the chance to add an<br />

extra touch of luxury to your home and garden without it costing you a penny. Visit our<br />

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Quote code LUXEGIVEAWAY at the time of purchase to enter.<br />

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Cockerel wind chime<br />

£15 National Trust<br />

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<strong>Garden</strong> shed bird<br />

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Place for Everything<br />

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Timo T-light chandelier £55<br />

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Stretton chair and footsool<br />

garden lounge set £899<br />

The Cotswold Company<br />

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Chicken plant pot feet £21.95<br />

(set of 3) Annabel James<br />

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Farm<br />

Charm<br />

Kew Potting Shed from £7,995<br />

Malvern <strong>Garden</strong> Buildings<br />

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Classic wood<br />

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Cottagecore move over, we’re<br />

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Ratcliffe greenhouse POA<br />

Surrey Hills <strong>Garden</strong> Buildings<br />

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Willow garden trug<br />

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Solar grey Fisherman<br />

filament effect LED hanging<br />

lantern £9.99 Festive Lights<br />

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Daisy bunch glass jar<br />

£9.95 The Wisteria Tree<br />

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Butterfly House £14.99<br />

Sourced by Oxfam<br />

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Lutyen garden chair<br />

£605 Sweetpea Willow<br />

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Small recycled teak wooden<br />

stool £82 After Noah<br />

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Akasa trough planter<br />

£50 Nkuku nkuku.com<br />

Rusty pig (large) £95<br />

Cox & Cox<br />

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100cm Mayfair round dining<br />

table with 4 dining chairs £1,299<br />

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Cast iron sparrow £6<br />

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Radar, Dungeness<br />

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We’re kicking off our new travel feature with a collection of ideas to get<br />

you trying something new with explorative and adventurous trips<br />

Cornish Escape<br />

The Park, Cornwall is an award-winning holiday village, just a short<br />

stroll from Mawgan Porth beach. There are lots of accomodation<br />

options (including plenty that are dog friendly and many with<br />

private hot tubs) from luxury lodges to adorable cottages, or even the<br />

fairyland style yurt village. There are two pools, The Kitchen by the<br />

Beach restaurant, a sauna and steam room, and for children there<br />

are play areas and soft play. Perfectly situated, from your Cornish<br />

home hub you can walk parts of the stunning South West Coastal<br />

Path, visit castles, explore the Lost <strong>Garden</strong>s of Heligan, wander the<br />

world-famous Eden Project or book a show at the stunning cliff-side<br />

Minack Theatre. To book visit theparkcornwall.com<br />

Woodlands Glencoe, Argyll and Bute, Scotland<br />

St Michaels Resort<br />

& Spa, Cornwall<br />

“dogs<br />

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Homewood Hotel & Spa, Bath, Somerset<br />

Un-fur-gettable holiday<br />

If you’re a dog owner, you’ll know how hard<br />

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menus are available for the most pampered<br />

canine guests. They also offer some fantastic<br />

exclusive packages, for example, two adults<br />

and a dog can visit St Michaels Resort &<br />

Spa in Cornwall, including a two night<br />

stay, 2 Hour Hydrothermal Experience and<br />

Dinner in Brasserie on the Bay from £464.<br />

Alternatively, you can save up to 33% if<br />

you stay 3 nights at Homewood Hotel &<br />

Spa in Bath. Visit petspyjamas.com to start<br />

planning your next pet-away.<br />


A Treehouse Experience<br />

Elmore Court is an ancient country estate set in<br />

a bend of the River Severn in Gloucestershire,<br />

where you’ll find magic treehouses, wilding land,<br />

wild swimming and longhorns. These magical<br />

treehouses have been built to deliver happiness in<br />

a place where people can stay and connect with<br />

nature. Follow the zig-zag boardwalk to discover<br />

six bespoke designer cabins high in the canopy,<br />

overlooking wetlands where wild animals roam<br />

free. A reflective and playful space, all with a<br />

respectful nod to ancient wisdom, but in comfort<br />

and style. Each pod features a super king-size<br />

bed, wood-burning stove, a fully fitted indoor<br />

bathroom and kitchen and a dreamy outdoor<br />

copper bath. Each is individually designed and<br />

fits perfectly into its surroundings offering sunset<br />

views, outdoor living, eating and bathing; all<br />

while being super snug and warm <strong>inside</strong>. Visit<br />

elmorecourt.com/treehouses or rewildthings.com to<br />

experience the magic of Rewild Things.<br />

“bespoke designer cabins<br />

high in the canopy,<br />

overlooking wetlands where<br />

wild animals roam free”<br />

Castle Contemporary<br />

WT’s Em recently stayed at Leeds Castle’s fabulous new Lakeside<br />

Lodges and says “This is the place for the ultimate getaway, a<br />

dream-like combination of beauty and comfort amid nature. Total<br />

relaxation is guaranteed with every detail taken care of. In the<br />

1920s Leeds Castle was aquired and exquisitely restored by the<br />

fabulous Lady Baillie, who would come to host many a celebrity<br />

getaway at her lovely castle (who wouldn’t?). The lodges now pay<br />

homage to her glamourous parties, as each is styled and named<br />

after one of her famous guests (Daphne du Maurier for me).<br />

They’re nestled in the Mediterranean <strong>Garden</strong> and overlook the<br />

spectacular Great Water. The castle’s history is brought to life here<br />

and combined seamlessly with up-to-date luxury. A few musts for<br />

your visit: explore after dark, when all is tranquil and the lighting<br />

of the castle is just incredible; take an early morning walk around<br />

the beautiful grounds; make sure you schedule plenty of time to<br />

enjoy picture-perfect floor-to-ceiling views of the lake from your<br />

bed (binoculars are, of course, supplied); tour the castle and learn<br />

about its fascinating past; get lost in the maze; most important of<br />

all, definitely make the most of the outdoor bath!”<br />

leeds-castle.com<br />

“a dream-like combination of beauty and comfort amid<br />

nature.Total relaxation guaranteed.”<br />


Disconnect from the noise. Reconnect with the magic.<br />

Six treehouses built on the Elmore Court estate<br />

overlooking 250 acres of rewilding land.<br />

Immerse yourself in nature with only the soundtrack of<br />

birds for miles. Relax outside or in with the fire roaring,<br />

relish in your surroundings with an outdoor bath or cook<br />

up a feast and enjoy with a company of Longhorns.<br />

We are allowing the land to return to a more natural<br />

state. A place with wetlands, woodlands, free-roaming<br />

herbivores, regenerative agriculture, a sprinkling of<br />

magic and a bundle of love.<br />

Come and find out for yourself.<br />

Prices from £250 a<br />

night.<br />

Book online at<br />

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Food hampers, meals<br />

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Beachy Bliss<br />

Dog spotting, sun-soaking, and a welcome breeze of fresh<br />

sea air; Camber Sands is a go-to staycation spot for many<br />

reasons – not least the opportunity to get the golden<br />

sands and sea views of a tropical destination while staying<br />

in our lovely little corner of England. The best place to<br />

stay? Your very own luxury beachfront home should do<br />

the trick, the family-run Camber Beach Holiday Homes<br />

offers excellent service having specialised in the area,<br />

with over 20 years of experience. Features in the homes<br />

on offer include log-burning stoves, views straight to the<br />

coast of France, and one property even has<br />

a spa suite with sauna steam and jacuzzi!<br />

Camber Beach also offer treatments such<br />

Rosa mesh kaftan<br />

£140 NAIA Beach<br />

naiabeach.com<br />

“immerse<br />

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the pictureperfect<br />

sunsets<br />

and endless<br />

sandy shores<br />

of Camber”<br />

Camber Sands<br />

as massages, reiki and sound baths in the<br />

relaxing setting of your own space. While<br />

there you can also take a merry jaunt over<br />

to one of many great nearby locations. To<br />

dine there is Folkestone’s iconic Harbour<br />

Arm, or The Ferry Inn for a delicious pubstyle<br />

meal on the nearby Isle of Oxney,<br />

meanwhile for entertainment there’s Port Lympne Safari<br />

Park or Rye’s Kite Surf Centre. Rye itself is also well<br />

worth a visit – the cosy, cobbly town is full of character<br />

and oldy-worldy charm. Grab a hot chocolate at Knoops<br />

and spend a day strolling around jewellery shops, art<br />

galleries like Rye Art Gallery, and various antique shops<br />

and knick-knackeries, then finish up with a trip to the<br />

Kino for a movie night in a former Victorian library with<br />

a tub of our favourite Simply Ice Cream. To find out<br />

more, call 07779 474332 or visit camberbeach.co.uk<br />

Pack your bags!<br />

Take your luxuries with you for a beachy look that will make perfect travel pics!<br />

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waterproof gold cowrie shell<br />

necklace £85 Elk & Bloom<br />

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Treasure Me mini jewellery<br />

box £29 Estella Bartlett<br />

estellabartlett.com<br />

Always travel<br />

as eco-friendly<br />

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Fitzroy sunglasses made from recycled trawl<br />

nets and lines £65 Waterhaul waterhaul.co<br />

Scent-free SPF30 Sun Cream £21<br />

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Céline Phantom<br />

medium luggage bag<br />

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Kitesurfing<br />

Stand Up Paddleboarding<br />

Kitebuggying<br />

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Stag & Hen Parties<br />

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Rhubarb & pistachio loaf cake<br />

Serves 10 Prep time: 10 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 55 minutes<br />

A great way to make the most of rhubarb season<br />

– this easy loaf cake pairs beautifully with crushed<br />

pistachios and a rosewater syrup. Serve it with a<br />

dollop of crème fraîche for a lovely afternoon treat.<br />

• 200g butter<br />

• 200g golden caster sugar<br />

• 3 large eggs<br />

• 1 tsp vanilla<br />

• 200g self-raising flour<br />

• 100g ground almonds<br />

• 1 heaped tsp baking powder<br />

• 75ml whole milk<br />

• 100g chopped pistachios<br />

• 200g rhubarb, ends trimmed, lengths<br />

halved and cut into 3cm long strips<br />

• 2 tbsp golden caster sugar to sprinkle<br />

•<br />

For the rosewater syrup:<br />

• 150g fine caster sugar<br />

• 130ml water<br />

• 5-10ml rose water<br />

• 1 slice of lemon<br />

• 1 star anise<br />

1. Grease and line a loaf cake tin and<br />

preheat the oven to 170°C.<br />

2. Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and<br />

beat with an electric whisk until light and fluffy.<br />

Add the eggs one at a time beating well after<br />

each addition, then whisk in the vanilla.<br />

3. Fold in the flour, ground almonds and baking<br />

powder, then add the milk, mixing until you have a<br />

smooth, thick batter. Fold in 90g of the pistachios.<br />

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tin. Top with the rhubarb, pressing it down<br />

gently. Sprinkle with golden caster sugar.<br />

5. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or until<br />

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cake comes out clean. Remove from the<br />

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Rhubarb & pistachio scones<br />

Makes 8-10 scones<br />

Prep time: 15 minutes Baking time: 25 minutes<br />

Scones are the perfect excuse to get everyone together<br />

around the table with a cup of tea. This recipe comes<br />

together quickly, resulting in an easy-to-handle dough<br />

that you can mould into classic circular scones or<br />

something a little more rustic. They are best enjoyed<br />

whilst still warm and, whatever you do, don’t forget<br />

the clotted cream! Tip: if you’re a sourdough baker,<br />

you can add sourdough discard to<br />

this recipe which will give<br />

you a super light, airy<br />

scone – a great way<br />

to use up discard.<br />

• 400g plain white flour<br />

• 2 heaped tsp baking powder<br />

• pinch of salt<br />

• 100g golden granulated sugar, plus extra to top<br />

• 250g cubed butter<br />

• 1 egg<br />

• 2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

• 130g whole milk<br />

• 1 tsp maple syrup<br />

• 80g diced rhubarb<br />

• 30g chopped pistachios<br />

• clotted cream, to serve<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Combine all<br />

the dry ingredients together in a bowl – flour,<br />

baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the butter<br />

to the bowl, stir to coat and then use your fingers<br />

to break it down to a breadcrumb consistency.<br />

2. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, vanilla<br />

extract and whole milk. Add this into the flour<br />

mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the maple<br />

syrup, then fold in the rhubarb and pistachios.<br />

3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and<br />

use your hands to shape it into a 1-inch-thick patty.<br />

Using a bench scraper, separate the dough into 8-10<br />

scones. Sprinkle each one with golden caster sugar.<br />

4. Bake on a lined tray in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes<br />

until light and golden. Serve with clotted cream.

Spring onion, walnut &<br />

sundried tomato sourdough<br />

Serves 8-10 Prep time: 4 hours (45<br />

minutes hands on time), plus overnight<br />

proofing. If using instant yeast: 2 hours<br />

Baking time: 45 minutes<br />

Bread is a great excuse to bring people together,<br />

and this enriched sourdough loaf is a wonderful<br />

accompaniment to any meal. The recipe here<br />

uses a sourdough starter, but don’t worry if<br />

you don’t have one – it works well with instant<br />

yeast too, just follow the instructions below<br />

to make the method work for you. Feeding<br />

a crowd? Serve it in slices with the wild<br />

garlic pesto (find the recipe to the right) or<br />

elevate the flavours of the panzanella (p.112)<br />

by turning it into chunky breadcrumbs.<br />

• 350g warm water<br />

• 100g sourdough starter (or<br />

7g active dried yeast)<br />

• 500g strong white bread flour<br />

• 10g salt<br />

• 2 spring onions, sliced<br />

• 30g walnuts, chopped<br />

• 10g sun dried tomatoes, chopped<br />

1. Add the warm water to a bowl and whisk in<br />

the starter, then add the bread flour and salt,<br />

stirring until no dry bits of flour remain. If using<br />

instant yeast, add all of the dry ingredients first,<br />

followed by the water and stir to combine.<br />

2. For sourdough: Cover the bowl and place<br />

somewhere warm. Half an hour after you’ve<br />

placed the bowl in the warm place, perform<br />

three sets of folds every half an hour for the<br />

first 1½ hours by picking up the dough from<br />

one side and stretching it across to the other.<br />

You need to do four folds each time – turning<br />

the bowl ¼ of the way around after each fold.<br />

This will build gluten and elasticity in the<br />

dough. After the final fold, leave the covered<br />

bowl in the warm spot for a further 2 hours.<br />

If using instant yeast: Cover the bowl with oiled<br />

clingfilm and place somewhere warm. After<br />

an hour, remove the cling film, punch the<br />

dough to knock it back a bit, then mould into<br />

a circular shape and place on a lined baking<br />

tray. Leave for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.<br />

3. After proving, fold in the onions, walnuts<br />

and sundried tomatoes, performing the ¼<br />

turn each time to ensure even distribution.<br />

Shape the loaf into a circle and flour the top.<br />

4. For sourdough: place the dough into a floured<br />

banneton or lined bowl, cover and place in the<br />

fridge to prove overnight. To bake the sourdough,<br />

heat the oven to 240°C and place a Dutch oven<br />

<strong>inside</strong>. After half an hour, turn the bread out onto<br />

a baking sheet, score the top and place <strong>inside</strong> the<br />

Dutch oven. Bake for 30 minutes, turn the oven<br />

down to 215°C and bake with the lid off for a<br />

further 15 minutes until crusty and golden brown.<br />

If you’re using instant yeast: score the<br />

top of the bread with a knife, place in a<br />

preheated oven at 220°C and bake for<br />

25-30 minutes until golden brown.<br />

Wild garlic & hazelnut pesto<br />

Makes: 1 large jar<br />

Prep time: 10 minutes<br />

This rich, earthy pesto makes great use of spring<br />

wild garlic. Paired with pasta, slathered on<br />

toast or spooned into a pie, pastry or pizza, it<br />

comes together in minutes and works wonders<br />

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and watch the magic happen. Toasting the<br />

nuts is key as it unlocks more flavour, whilst<br />

the garlic cloves balance out the wild garlic<br />

nicely – making for a next level pesto.<br />

• 100g hazelnuts<br />

• 20g walnuts<br />

• 100g wild garlic leaves, stalks removed<br />

• 4 large garlic cloves<br />

• juice of 1 lemon<br />

• 150g parmesan<br />

• salt & pepper<br />

• 150ml extra virgin olive oil<br />

1. Place a frying pan over a medium heat<br />

and allow to get hot. Add the hazelnuts,<br />

walnuts and a pinch of salt and heat in the<br />

pan for around 3 minutes, moving them<br />

around with a wooden spoon until the oils<br />

start to release and the nuts colour slightly.<br />

2. In the bowl of a food processor, add the<br />

garlic leaves, garlic cloves and toasted nuts<br />

and pulse to break everything down. Add<br />

the lemon, Parmesan and salt & pepper and<br />

place on a low speed, drizzling in the olive oil<br />

as the pesto comes together. Season to taste<br />

and adjust the consistency with more olive<br />

oil, lemon, Parmesan or seasoning to suit.<br />

3. Spoon the pesto into a jar, followed by a thin<br />

layer of olive oil to seal. Place the lid on tightly<br />

and store in the fridge for up to two weeks. <br />

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artisan sourdough classes, which she runs most Fridays in classes of 2 or private one-on-one sessions.<br />

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Kale & radish panzanella<br />

salad served with a honey<br />

& mustard vinaigrette<br />

Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 10 minutes<br />

There’s nothing quite like panzanella for a<br />

quick and easy meal. And when it’s made<br />

with seasonal curly kale, pickled radishes,<br />

feta and chunky toasted breadcrumbs – you<br />

know it’s going to taste delicious. This recipe<br />

also includes a homemade vinaigrette made<br />

with cold pressed rapeseed oil. The sunshine<br />

yellow colour and delicious punchy flavours<br />

liven up the entire plate making it the<br />

perfect lunch or side to enjoy this spring.<br />

• 3 radishes, thinly sliced<br />

• 100ml red wine vinegar<br />

• 30ml water<br />

• 1 tbsp olive oil<br />

• 2 shallots, sliced<br />

• 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced<br />

• 500g curly kale, chopped<br />

• 50g toasted almonds<br />

• 3 chunky slices of sourdough,<br />

cut into large breadcrumbs<br />

• 200g feta<br />

• handful of mint leaves<br />

• 2 tbsp pumpkin and sunflower seeds<br />

• salt & pepper<br />

For the vinaigrette:<br />

• 4 tbsp of rapeseed oil<br />

• 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar<br />

• 1 crushed garlic clove<br />

• 1 tsp honey<br />

• 1 tsp Dijon mustard<br />

• salt & pepper to season<br />

• 1 tbsp water<br />

1. To pickle the radishes, put the red wine<br />

vinegar, 30ml cold water and a pinch of<br />

salt in a jar and add the sliced radishes.<br />

Seal with a lid and pop in the fridge.<br />

2. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the<br />

shallots and fry until soft, then add the garlic<br />

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kale, season and stir fry for a further 3-4<br />

minutes until the kale softens and everything<br />

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release their oils and gain a little colour.<br />

3. In a separate pan, with olive oil, fry<br />

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until they crisp up and darken a little.<br />

4. To make the vinaigrette simply<br />

combine all the ingredients in a<br />

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The pace of beauty launches is showing no signs<br />

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and frankly, if I walk into Selfridges Beauty Hall,<br />

even after 33 years of writing about this stuff, I have<br />

a panic attack at the sheer, overwhelming choice out<br />

there. It has always been my mission, though, to signpost<br />

women to the products that are really worth splashing<br />

out on – it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it (no,<br />

honestly, it IS a tough job and I’ve got the touchy skin<br />

to prove it, from trying so many different things!)<br />

But this spring, it does feel like there have been some<br />

spectacularly great launches. So I thought, for this issue,<br />

I’d share the products that have most impressed me,<br />

over the past few months. Happy slathering and happy<br />

spritzing! (Except the candle. Don’t slather the candle.)<br />

Evolve Organic Beauty Miracle Mask, £25 for 60ml. Oooff,<br />

that’s quite a claim – ‘Miracle’ – isn’t it? But actually, this<br />

has performed a mini-miracle on my winter-weary skin, and<br />

it’s become a weekly staple. With AHAs and enzymes to<br />

exfoliate, it tingles just a touch when you massage the yellow,<br />

citrus-scented, jelly-like mask into the face. But despite my<br />

skin’s sensitive tendencies, I don’t experience any irritation –<br />

just a glowier, clearer-looking face, in three short minutes.<br />

Lisa Eldridge Kitten Mascara, £29. Make-up artist Lisa’s<br />

range is unbelievably impressive, and I encourage you to<br />

explore it for yourself. As a female-founded start-up, she<br />

launches products only when she’s 100% happy with them;<br />

the beauty world has been on tenterhooks waiting for a<br />

mascara to join the Lisa Eldridge make-up line-up, and<br />

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on via a wonderfully grippy wand – and if you use that<br />

to hold your lashes vertical, you’ll get amazing ‘lift’.<br />

Lanolips Overnight Lip Balm, £13 for 15g. Don’t<br />

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nourishing, comfy-making touch of gloss to any lipstick.<br />

Estée Lauder Legacy Collection, £250 for 100ml eau de<br />

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her fragrance adverts, wanting to be like the women who<br />

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smell completely contemporary and wearable. Perfume-lovers<br />

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– or wait to sniff your way through a dinky Discovery Set,<br />

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a choice of 12 shades means there’s one for everyone and<br />

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Wildsmith Skin Bath Salts, £55 for 500g. The greatest<br />

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to it); by popular demand, they’re now available retail.<br />

Surprisingly moisturising, thanks to calendula and vitamin E,<br />

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skyrocketed? Well, here’s a great, glossifying alternative to<br />

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and (my favourite), bounce-boosting Weightless Volume.<br />

Champagne & Smoke Filthy Rose Candle, £46 for 250g<br />

(champagneandsmoke.com). I have saved the best for last. I am<br />

obsessed – OBSESSED – with the scent of this candle, from<br />

a leading make-up artist Lisa Potter-Dixon and her vintage<br />

interiors dealer friend Lia Briamonte. Tobacco drifts through<br />

rosy-posy notes, with a naughty grind of black pepper and<br />

wisps of saffron, with the aim of recreating a ‘debauched 70s<br />

disco scene’. Not sure what to make of that, but I have it<br />

burning every day in my hall now, where it is getting endless<br />

‘What’s that amazing smell?’ comments from visitors. (It<br />

even wafts an impressively long way when it’s not lit.) Each<br />

glass ‘tortoiseshell’ vessel is unique, and can be upcycled as a<br />

vase, brush holder, or whatever; I love Filthy Rose so much<br />

I’ve invested in the £165, one kilo version, which should<br />

burn for 120 blissful hours. Spoiled creature that I am, I’m<br />

probably sent 50 candles a year – but this is the one I have<br />

earmarked as the signature scent of our house, for evermore.<br />

Visit beautybible.com for more of Jo’s<br />

product reviews and beauty tips.<br />

L’Occitane Immortelle Shea Neck Cream,<br />

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Sarah Maxwell explores how exercise<br />

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Exercise has long been<br />

recognised for its positive<br />

impact on physical health.<br />

However, many recent studies<br />

have shown that exercise also<br />

has many transformative effects<br />

on the brain, so if you thought<br />

that Sudoku and brain training<br />

exercises were the best way to<br />

improve your brain, read on…<br />

Cognitive function<br />

Cognitive function refers to the<br />

mental processes and abilities that<br />

enable us to perceive, think, reason<br />

and remember information. It<br />

includes our ability to concentrate,<br />

focus attention, enhance memory,<br />

problem-solve, and make<br />

decisions. Maintaining optimal<br />

cognitive function is essential for<br />

us to operate at an optimal level<br />

and supports our overall wellbeing.<br />

One of the key benefits of<br />

exercise is its ability to boost<br />

cognitive function, including<br />

memory, attention, and<br />

concentration. Regular exercise<br />

stimulates the brain and promotes<br />

the growth of new neurons. It also<br />

strengthens neural connections<br />

and enhances brain plasticity,<br />

which is essential for recovery<br />

from injury and aging.<br />

Creativity &<br />

problem solving<br />

Exercise has also been found to<br />

enhance creativity and problemsolving<br />

skills. By stimulating<br />

the brain’s ability to generate<br />

new ideas and adapt more<br />

efficiently, exercise enables the<br />

brain to rewire itself effectively.<br />

Sleep magic<br />

Another important aspect of<br />

exercise is its impact on sleep.<br />

Regular exercise helps regulate<br />

sleep patterns, enhances brain<br />

function and improves memory.<br />

Sleep is crucial for both physical<br />

and mental wellbeing, as it<br />

allows the body to repair and<br />

rejuvenate. It also boosts immune<br />

function and promotes proper<br />

hormone regulation, which are<br />

essential for memory recall.<br />

Stress & emotional<br />

regulation<br />

Furthermore, exercise plays a<br />

significant role in managing<br />

stress and emotions. It not only<br />

strengthens the body but also<br />

helps us manage stress and regulate<br />

our emotions. Exercise increases<br />

the production of chemicals in<br />

the brain that promote happiness<br />

and reduces inflammation in the<br />

body. This can benefit the brain<br />

and protect against neurological<br />

conditions like Alzheimer’s<br />

and Parkinson’s disease.<br />

Exam success<br />

Exercise is particularly important<br />

during exam periods. While<br />

studying takes precedence, the<br />

stress around exams can impact<br />

sleep and memory retention,<br />

resulting in reduced performance.<br />

Regular exercise can help improve<br />

essential sleep, reduce anxiety,<br />

enhance memory retention and<br />

consolidate revised information.<br />

Incorporating exercise into a<br />

study timetable daily can be key<br />

to achieving success in exams.<br />

So what is the best exercise<br />

you can do to boost<br />

your brain power?<br />

When it comes to choosing<br />

the best exercise to improve<br />

brain function, aerobic<br />

exercises are highly<br />

recommended.<br />

Activities such as<br />

walking, running,<br />

cycling and swimming<br />

have numerous<br />

benefits. They promote the growth<br />

of new brain cells and improve<br />

spatial memory by increasing the<br />

size of the anterior hippocampus.<br />

Additionally, these exercises help<br />

preserve important brain areas<br />

responsible for cognitive function,<br />

which tend to shrink with age.<br />

In a nutshell<br />

By incorporating regular aerobic<br />

exercise into out daily lives, we<br />

can improve both physical health<br />

and brain function. It’s a form of<br />

multitasking that benefits the body<br />

and mind simultaneously.<br />

If you would like to<br />

explore more about<br />

this fascinating<br />

subject, I highly<br />

recommend<br />

watching the TED<br />

Talk by Wendy<br />

Suzuki titled ‘The<br />

Brain Changing<br />

Benefits of<br />

Exercise,’<br />

available at<br />

ted.com.<br />

Sarah<br />

Maxwell is a multiaward<br />

winning Lifestyle<br />

Wellbeing and Fitness coach. You<br />

can find her at sarahmaxwell.com.<br />

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Nourish to Flourish<br />

Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Charlotte Lau<br />

explores the benefits of incorporating<br />

another healthy ingredient into our diets.<br />

This month it’s wild garlic<br />

This time of year is perfect for foraging wild<br />

garlic. It is common in the UK and can be<br />

found growing in most shady, damp woodlands,<br />

hedgerows and fields. The leaves (best in early spring)<br />

and white flowers (mid-spring) are both edible, either<br />

lightly cooked in soups or stocks or eaten raw in salads.<br />

Wild garlic is a perfect partner for eggs; simply<br />

add to an omelette, scrambled eggs or a frittata<br />

for extra flavour. You can also blanch the leaves or<br />

wilt them (where they lose their pungency) over<br />

a gentle heat in a little oil, as you would spinach,<br />

for a deliciously different vegetable side dish.<br />

Wild garlic is widely known for its antibacterial,<br />

antibiotic and antiviral properties, and contains beneficial<br />

vitamins and nutrients including vitamins A and C,<br />

calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper. Studies<br />

have also shown that it may also help reduce blood<br />

pressure and therefore the risk of heart disease and stroke.<br />

wild garlic pesto<br />

Sweet smelling, wild garlic pesto... a great one to get the<br />

kids involved! This is delicious served with fresh pasta<br />

• 100g wild garlic leaves (washed)<br />

• 50g hazelnuts<br />

• 50g Parmesan<br />

• 25ml olive oil<br />

• lemon juice<br />

• salt & pepper<br />

1. Chop the garlic leaves and place in a food processor<br />

together with the hazelnuts, Parmesan and lemon<br />

juice. Blitz until it has formed a rough paste.<br />

2. Slowly add the oil. Season to taste.<br />

3. Transfer to a lidded jar, top with a little<br />

more olive oil and pop in the fridge.<br />

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Education<br />

Perfect Pitch<br />

Mike Piercy, education consultant and former Head of The New<br />

Beacon, sings the praises of music in education<br />

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What exactly is it that drives parents to make<br />

huge sacrifices by sending their children<br />

to independent schools? Different families<br />

have different priorities and, of course, every child is an<br />

individual. For some it is academic ambition. For many it is<br />

small class sizes. There are those who argue class size is less<br />

important than good teaching. The latter, I would suggest,<br />

is a given, but it stands to reason smaller classes bring closer<br />

attention; academically and in personal development.<br />

For the majority I suspect it may be ‘breadth’. I studied Latin<br />

to ‘O Level’ and wondered at the time why it was necessary<br />

(‘First it killed the Romans…’). With hindsight, on becoming<br />

an English teacher, the benefits were quickly apparent.<br />

I have always questioned the term ‘Core Curriculum’.<br />

Yes, literacy and numeracy are essential. An understanding<br />

of science, how things work, the physical and natural world<br />

is important, as is the all-pervasive Computer Science. And<br />

we should not ignore the humanities or languages, essential<br />

in developing a better understanding of humankind.<br />

A more appropriate term, to my mind, is ‘Cross<br />

Curriculum’. Education should be seen as a whole,<br />

not just in ‘subjects’; one part of the brain feeding<br />

another. Sport, for example, incorporates science, diet,<br />

health, fitness, teamwork and social education.<br />

And what of music? I retired – far too young – from playing<br />

the double bass. I recall playing in an orchestra of 40+, a team<br />

infinitely bigger than one found on a rugby pitch. In those<br />

outer – but all-important – parts of an orchestra, counting<br />

was essential, where bass was not required for sometimes<br />

lengthy breaks, ‘42, 2, 3, 4; 43, 2, 3, 4…’ and so on,<br />

watching the conductor, hearing, feeling all the other parts.<br />

Music has possibly the greatest potential for crosscurricular<br />

teaching. I await clamorous indignation from<br />

teachers of other subjects. There is reading; not just lyrics<br />

(poetry?) but a musical score – another language in itself.<br />

There is history, with composers reflecting the times in<br />

which they lived. Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli composed<br />

specifically for St. Mark’s, Venice, with polyphonic choirs<br />

and instruments cast around the basilica’s vast interior.<br />

Science and maths – limitless: perception and cognition,<br />

physiology of singing, acoustics, technology, counting<br />

up notes (fractions: hemidemisemiquavers, 1/64th of a<br />

whole note). The creativity of composition is so much<br />

more exciting for young people using easily available<br />

software. Consider also the breadth of musicology.<br />

Cervantes wrote, ‘He who sings scares away his woes.’<br />

So succinct – so right. Teaching a Year 5 class some years<br />

ago there was reference in our book to a paddle steamer.<br />

In describing and explaining I said quietly, ‘The wheels on<br />

the bus,’ then paused. Immediately the class chorused, ‘go<br />

round and round’ – to great, universal merriment. There is<br />

something powerful, joyful, uplifting, hearing a school singing.<br />

Yo-Yo Ma, the brilliant cellist, has said: “Music enhances<br />

the education of our children by helping them to make<br />

connections and broadening the depth with which they<br />

think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally<br />

literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s<br />

education.” Beautifully expressed. Again, so right.<br />

Orsino in Twelfth Night, ‘That strain again, it had a dying<br />

fall,’ encapsulates the emotion just one musical phrase can<br />

evoke. In seeking a school for your children, find one which<br />

celebrates not just its academic achievements but one which<br />

strives for excellence in breadth: body, mind and soul.<br />

‘Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe,<br />

wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and<br />

charm and gaiety to life and to everything.’ Plato.<br />

Contact Mike with your education-related<br />

queries at mikepiercy@hotmail.com<br />

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istockphoto.com/ annoying.orange / Elena Brovko<br />

Rachel Bailey announced as next Benenden School Head<br />

Following a thorough recruitment process, Benenden School’s<br />

Governing Council has appointed Ms Rachel Bailey as the<br />

next Head of Benenden. She will take up her position from<br />

September <strong>2024</strong>. Rachel will be taking over from current<br />

Headmistress Samantha Price, who, after a decade leading the<br />

School, has decided that the time has come for her to move<br />

on and will take up a position as Head of Cranleigh School.<br />

Rachel is an experienced educational leader in both the<br />

independent and state sectors, with a clear track record of<br />

delivering a holistic education centred on strong academics<br />

while building the confidence, resilience and self-esteem that<br />

are so necessary for life and work in the 21st Century.<br />

Currently Head of Senior School at Royal Masonic School for<br />

Girls, Rachel has previously been its Senior Deputy Academic.<br />

Prior to that she was Assistant Head Teacher Academic and<br />

Head of Sixth Form at John Hampden Grammar School.<br />

Rachel attended Badminton School for Girls and<br />

Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls. She holds a<br />

BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of York and<br />

completed her teacher training at the University of Warwick.<br />

Rachel is also an accomplished musician and music aficionado,<br />

and is passionate about equestrianism and reading.<br />

This is exciting news for the future of the School, but for now<br />

it is very much a case of business as usual at Benenden. There<br />

is an enormous amount ahead in the coming months, not<br />

least the remaining events to mark the School’s Centenary.<br />

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The New Beacon announce new nursery building<br />

“Our new nursery building has been designed to<br />

provide our children with the best possible introduction<br />

to learning. Located in the heart of our 22-acre<br />

site, the children have easy access to our outdoor<br />

classroom, woodlands, gardens and duck pond, offering<br />

wonderful outdoor learning opportunities where they<br />

can be free to discover the world around them.<br />

By focusing on natural materials and creating a warm,<br />

welcoming environment <strong>inside</strong> the classroom, our children<br />

feel safe, secure and ready to explore and develop their<br />

strengths and interests through fun, play based activities.<br />

We understand the importance of early childhood<br />

education when it comes to laying the foundations for<br />

future learning and success, which is why our dedicated<br />

team of teachers, Early Years Practitioners, PE, Music and<br />

Swimming specialists, are committed to creating a learning<br />

experience that meets the needs of each individual child,<br />

whilst building independence and<br />

self-confidence. Social and emotional<br />

education is crucial in these early years,<br />

so we nurture respect and kindness<br />

through praise and encouragement. We<br />

want our children to feel they belong<br />

and to know a sense of wellbeing that<br />

will result in a lifelong love of learning<br />

and a seamless onward transition.”<br />

newbeacon.org.uk<br />

You are invited to Claremont’s Sporty Saturday<br />

“Starting from the grassroots<br />

level, we teach key skills so<br />

that by Year 3 our students are<br />

eager to enter competitions and<br />

develop their skill set. With<br />

growing resilience our Prep<br />

School children, regardless<br />

of their ability level, discover<br />

their passion for sports.<br />

For those who excel in sports, scholarships are<br />

available for entry into Year 7 and 9. By the time our students<br />

move on to Senior School, we aim to instil a lifelong love<br />

of sports that will extend well beyond their time with us.<br />

Nurturing future professionals in the world of football,<br />

our Claremont International Football Academy (CIFA) was<br />

established to balance the love of the game with academic<br />

excellence. Our scholars enjoy an intense football development<br />

programme alongside their curriculum studies, with a pathway<br />

to starting careers as professionals on and off the pitch, such<br />

as scouting, data analysis, performance coaching and more.<br />

The same ethos applies to our cricket programme;<br />

combining elite coaching and exceptional facilities<br />

with a high-quality academic experience.<br />

If you’d like to learn more, get involved in our upcoming<br />

Sport Saturday event at Claremont School for children<br />

aged 3-7 on <strong>April</strong> 27th, <strong>2024</strong>, from 9.30-11.30am. Join<br />

us for multi-sports activities, team games, making new<br />

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What’s On<br />

this Spring<br />


Sat 1 <strong>April</strong> 10am-3.30pm<br />

Penshurst Village Hall,<br />

Penshurst TN11 8BP<br />




Showcasing vintage home and<br />

garden wares, French finds,<br />

antiques and decorative pieces,<br />

fabrics, vintage fashion, jewellery,<br />

furniture and gifts. The <strong>Wealden</strong><br />

Bazaar returns for another<br />

marvellous Vintage Market. The<br />

beautiful old building will be<br />

filled with more than 25 fabulous<br />

vintage traders from throughout<br />

Kent and Sussex and Penshurst<br />

Farmer’s Market is on the same<br />

day so make a day of it!<br />

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Thurs 16 – Sun 19 May<br />

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Craft in Focus will once again<br />

be staging a contemporary Craft<br />

Fair at Hever Castle this May.<br />

See over 120 exhibitors showing<br />

and selling their unique work<br />

across various artistic disciplines<br />

including glass, textiles, woodwork,<br />

jewellery, metalwork, ceramics<br />

and artwork. Renowned as one of<br />

the most popular contemporary<br />

craft events in the South East, the<br />

contemporary Craft Fair provides<br />

an opportunity for visitors to meet,<br />

engage with and purchase from<br />

these talented UK designer makers.<br />

Entry: see website<br />

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Tues 2, Thur 4, Tues 9<br />

& Thur 11 <strong>April</strong><br />

West Horsley Place, Epsom Road,<br />

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This Easter, discover the ancient<br />

manor house at West Horsley<br />

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Jane Howard gets to the<br />

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ponds have disappeared<br />

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I<br />

have a new passion, almost<br />

an obsession, it’s about ponds.<br />

And there’s a distinct possibility<br />

I might become a bit of a pond bore,<br />

but honestly the more you discover the<br />

more fascinating they become. And now that<br />

I’m hopefully 'in' with the Newt Partnership<br />

(more of which later) there’s no stopping me.<br />

If you’re interested, the definition of a pond, either man<br />

made or natural is a body of still, fresh water between<br />

1m² and 5 acres (an acre being more or less the size of a<br />

football pitch) which holds water for at least 4 months a<br />

year. And the High Weald has plenty of them. At their<br />

peak in the 1800s there were hundreds of thousands of<br />

local ponds, but more than 75% have been lost since then<br />

leaving around 13,000 mapped ponds in the area, grouped<br />

according to how they were created.<br />

There are of course natural ponds<br />

found in river valleys or fed by springs,<br />

but the majority are the result of past<br />

human activity. Drinking ponds were<br />

dug out for people and livestock usually<br />

within farmyards or villages, and were<br />

often a by product of digging out clay<br />

to make bricks. Then there are hammer<br />

ponds that were created by damming<br />

fast flowing streams to provide a suitable<br />

head of water to power the hammers and<br />

bellows for the forges and furnaces of the<br />

iron industry. The small, deep, irregular<br />

ponds found on field boundaries are<br />

called marl pits, created by the digging<br />

out of the bluey/grey marl clay which<br />

was spread on fields as a soil improver.<br />

I had never really considered any of this until we were<br />

introduced to the Newt Partnership which came to the<br />

farm to investigate if we had any potential sites or ponds<br />

suitable for creation and restoration. It’s quite hard to<br />

become a contender in pond world, with rigorous water<br />

quality, wildlife diversity and DNA sampling tests all to<br />

be passed before you get the thumbs up. Hedges near the<br />

At their peak in the<br />

1800s there were<br />

hundreds of thousands<br />

of local ponds, but<br />

more than 75%<br />

have been lost since<br />

then leaving around<br />

13,000 mapped ponds<br />

in the area, grouped<br />

according to how<br />

they were created<br />

ponds for the newts to travel along coupled with a record<br />

of a good local newt population (to give the pond the best<br />

chance of being found) also come into consideration.<br />

We have about fifteen ponds on the farm and it<br />

seems that a few of these might make the grade and be<br />

considered for restoration or conservation, but what<br />

caused most interest in newt camp were the ghost<br />

ponds. Historical maps of the farm<br />

show where ponds once existed, but in<br />

the 20th century many were filled in<br />

to create more farmland and buildings.<br />

However, like magic many can be<br />

summoned back to life. So the plan is to<br />

dig out these old ponds (even after 100<br />

years the original pond sediment will<br />

contain a seed bank that may include<br />

now rare species) and then stand back<br />

and let nature do its thing. Within<br />

a couple of years they should spring<br />

back to life with all sorts of flora and<br />

fauna including those elusive newts!<br />

But how, I ask, will I know when<br />

they arrive (and I’m not even aspiring<br />

to the giddy heights of a Great Crested,<br />

a Common one or two would do me<br />

fine). Seems they are so protected you are not even<br />

allowed to look for them, but apparently the grass around<br />

the pond will give the game away. Rather endearingly,<br />

female newts carefully lay one egg on the underside of<br />

a leaf and then bend it over and glue it down, so if you<br />

see lots of folded blades on your pond margins you have<br />

newts. Can you imagine how exciting that might be!<br />

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