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MAGA ZINE THE FESTIVAL OF BRITISH EVENTING THE TOP TEN BBQ ESSENTIALS THINGS TO DO IN OXFORDSHIRE THE RISE OF RAW FOODS

June 2014


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Welcome to the summer edition of the Heyford Park Magazine Here at Heyford Park, Dorchester Living have opened the doors to their Sales and Marketing suite. Our warm and friendly sales negotiators are on hand to guide potential purchasers as they take a look at what this exciting new development has to offer. Our exclusive collection of 3–5 bedroom homes are now under construction, and Dorchester Living are proud to be welcoming their first home owners from autumn 2014. In this edition, we review the latest trends in home fashion and learn more about this unique and idyllic destination. We have taken a selection of this season’s calendar highlights which will keep the whole family entertained. Whether you’re a keen gardener, love to experiment in the kitchen, or are king of the barbecue, we have selected a range of tips and tricks for making the most of the Great British Summer. For more information about advertising or submitting articles for the next edition of the Heyford Park Magazine, please contact Laura Gillespie on: T: 01869 238200 E: l.gillespie@dorchestergrp.com

Contents 2. Festival of British Eventing 5. Discovering Tutankhamun

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9. Waddesdon Manor Exhibition Highlights 2014 13. The Eye of the Needle 16. Things to do for Families in Oxfordshire

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19. The Contemporary Collection – Dorchester Living 20. Designer Tips for Moving into a New House 22. 10 Benefits of Buying New – Bovis Homes 25. Help to Buy – RHA Prime Finance

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26. Field Views – Dorchester Living 29. Anne Veck – Fresh Trends 32. Heyford Park Commercial

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34. Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision 36. Ellie Bedford, Wholefoods Consultant 41. Sheep Street’s Secret Eat

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44. Top 10 Barbeque Essentials 46. Green with Envy


The Festival of British Eventing 1-3 August 2014, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association, held at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire.

hirty-two years ago the very first horse trials were held at Gatcombe Park, home of HRH The Princess Royal. The horse trials, now known as The Festival of British Eventing, is one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar in the UK and hosts three days of competition with the top international riders contesting three Championship Classes and a host of other attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The natural amphitheatre of Gatcombe’s ‘park bowl’ takes some beating when it comes to cross-country viewing. The spot on the hill above the water jump gives a great view of some of the most influential fences on Captain Mark Phillips’ demanding, but fair, cross-country course. It is here that the very best riders in the world press down the throttle and go for glory.

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A weekend of top class competition and real family entertainment


osemary Barlow, life-time supporter of the sport, has not missed a single event since it started in 1982. So, what makes the Festival so special? “The park comes alive and there is a special feel to it,” says Rosemary. “It is the biggest one-day event in the calendar and the one all the riders want to win. Everything is so compact that you never have to walk far to be in the midst of the action. The fact that The British Eventing Open Championship cross-country is run in reverse order of merit always makes it such an exciting competition. If you go down to the finish line when the last few riders are on course the atmosphere really is electric.”

It is the biggest one-day event in the calendar and the one all the riders want to win The Festival is not just about horses and the competition, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy – you don’t have to love horses to have a great time at The Festival. One of the major attractions is the array of shopping that is available. Over 100 selected trade stands make up three avenues of quality shopping which, as well as offering a breather from the hectic cross-country action, has some of the best shopping available. The shopping village houses some of the country’s leading fashion retailers and jewellery stores, and all sorts of unusual and original gifts can be found in the rural crafts marquee.

This year will see the introduction of a food walk; offering food from around the globe as well as some of Gloucestershire’s finest produce which you can enjoy whilst watching the action or – take some home with you. You can become a member of the exclusive Hamptons International Garden Club, which offers you an arena-side enclosure serving high quality food and a full bar service – a great place to enjoy the day’s main arena entertainment. As well as hosting the competition’s show jumping, the main arena has a packed timetable of thrilling entertainment. Past attractions include: the elegance of dressage to music; the excitement of scurry driving in which a pair of ponies pull a carriage around a course of cones in an attempt to get the fastest time; the Shetland Pony Grand National where the galloping Shetland ponies and their mini jockeys race for a place in the Shetland Pony Grand National Final later in the year. Children are often invited into the main arena for a close-up view of hounds and beagles as well as hawks, falcons and eagle owls under the eye of Ye Olde Red Tail Falconry display, or they may help round up ducks and geese with popular entertainer Gus Dermody and his sheepdog. The combination of the glorious location of Gatcombe Park, top class international sport, family entertainment, first class catering and unlimited shopping means that an increasing number of families use The Festival as an opportunity for a weekend away, and recently the caravan park has been extended and upgraded in order that you can enjoy the countryside in the beautiful setting of Gatcombe Park.

Gatcombe Park Information The online box-office offers many discounted tickets for those who don’t want to miss out on this year’s action. For more information and to book tickets go to www.gatcombe-horse.co.uk Facebook fans can keep up to date with the Official Festival of British Eventing Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GatcombeHorse Follow us on Twitter @GatcombeHorse https://twitter.com/GatcombeHorse The Festival of British Eventing, presented by British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) takes place 1 - 3 August 2014 in Gatcombe Park.

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Discovering

TUTANKHAMUN


Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter’s excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 was one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The name of the ‘boy king’ is now synonymous with the glories of ancient Egypt and the spectacular contents of his tomb continue to enthral the public and scholars alike. The Ashmolean’s summer exhibition displays objects from ancient Egypt’s Amarna Period (about 1350–1330 BC) with material from the archives of Oxford’s Griffith Institute, celebrating its 75th year in 2014, to tell the story of the discovery of the tomb, its popular appeal, and to explore how modern Egyptologists continue to interpret the evidence.

Cartier diamond brooch Private Collection

oward Carter (1874–1939) came to Egyptology through his skills as a draughtsman and artist, commissioned to copy hieroglyphic inscriptions and tomb paintings at the age of seventeen. By 1907 Carter had become an experienced archaeologist and was employed by George Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon (1866–1923), to lead his excavations of ancient tombs on the Theban west bank (opposite modern Luxor). In 1914 the opportunity to dig in the Valley of the Kings presented itself and both men jumped at the chance to search for one of the last royal tombs to be located, that of Tutankhamun. Little was known about Tutankhamun when Carter and Carnarvon began their search. He appeared to have been a king of minor historical importance but ruled at a time when Egypt’s empire was at the height of its power and wealth, reaching from Sudan to Syria. Years of fruitless excavation followed and by 1922 Lord Carnarvon could no longer afford the costs and decided to terminate the work. Carter persuaded him to undertake one more season and within days of the

Howard Carter and unnamed Egyptian assistant inspect Tutankhamun’s inner-most coffin. Photo by Harry Burton, 1922 renewed digging Carter wrote in his diary, on 5 November: “Discovered tomb under tomb of Ramses VI / Investigated same & found seals intact.” The discovery caused a sensation. The Times of London was given exclusive access to the excavation and soon photographs of the tomb and its spectacular contents taken by the excavation’s photographer, Harry Burton, appeared around the world. Reporting on the story in February 1923, a New York Times correspondent wrote: “There is only one topic

Herbert George Edward Stanhope Molyneux. Photo by Harry Burton, 1922

of conversation…One cannot escape the name of Tut-Ankh-Amen anywhere. It is shouted in the streets, whispered in the hotels, while the local shops advertise Tut-Ankh-Amen art, Tut-Ankh-Amen hats, Tut-Ankh-Amen curios, Tut-Ankh-Amen photographs. There is a TutAnkh-Amen dance tonight at which the piece is to be a Tut-Ankh-Amen rag.” The public was in the grips of what became known as ‘Tutmania’. Throughout the 1920s, Egypt and its boy-king were celebrated in film, advertising, popular music, fashion and design.


Old King Tut was a Wise Old Nut, 1923. Sheet music cover

Lunch in the tomb of Ramesses XI. Photo taken by Lord Carnarvon, 1923

Film poster for the 1932 film The Mummy Los Angeles Public Library

The exhibition shows archival material which has never been seen in public before Professor Christopher Brown CBE, Director of the Ashmolean, says: “Discovering Tutankhamun tells a thrilling story of archaeological discovery and explores its impact on both scholarship and popular culture. The exhibition shows archival material which has never been seen in public before, with major loans from around the world, and provides the opportunity to re-examine pivotal moments in both ancient and modern history.”

Discovering Tutankhamun brings together objects, photographs, and archive material from leading collections to tell the story of the search for the tomb, the painstaking recording of its contents, and the research that continues to illuminate Tutankhamun and his world. On display are Harry Burton’s iconic photographs, Carter’s hand-written diaries, and the sketches and records made in the tomb as it was cleared from 1922–32. Much of this material from the Tutankhamun archive in the University of Oxford’s Griffith Institute, has never before been exhibited in public. Other highlights include some of the finest art from the Amarna Period on loan from major international museums and from the Ashmolean’s own superb collections. Objects which illustrate the frenzied enthusiasm for ancient Egyptian art and culture, including jewellery, decorative arts, and vintage posters and advertisements, explore the 1920s ‘Tutmania’ and the fascination with Tutankhamun which endures today.

Exhibition: Discovering Tutankhamun Dates: 24 July–26 October 2014 Venue: Ashmolean Special Exhibition Galleries

Carlton Ware ‘Tutankhamun’ range Glazed ceramic

Tickets: £9/£7 concessions www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/ discovertut/


Exhibition Highlights for 2014

Waddesdon Manor Waddesdon Manor is proud to present two major exhibitions for 2014, which bring a global perspective to the Manor, alongside displays and interventions designed to illuminate and contextualise the permanent collection


Mosaic Menagerie

A Roman Masterpiece from Lod 5 June – 26 October 2014 A rare Roman mosaic pavement excavated in Israel forms the centrepiece of this special exhibition held in the Stables Coach House at Waddesdon Manor. In 1996 a splendid series of Roman mosaic floors was accidentally discovered during local road works in Lod, just outside Tel Aviv in Israel (Lydda in the Ancient World). Finally excavated in 2009 by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the largest and most elaborate of these will be displayed at Waddesdon Manor in 2014, having toured a number of museums in the US and Europe including: the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Field Museum, Chicago; and the Louvre. It is currently on display at the Altesmuseum in Berlin. The site of Lod has been consistently occupied

since antiquity, with limited archaeological evidence or activity. As a result, the discovery of the Lod mosaic is all the more exceptional not only giving an insight into the importance of the ancient city, but also hinting at the Roman treasures which may still remain hidden. Contemporary and contextual objects from the Middle East, kindly lent by the British Museum, will be displayed alongside material from Lod to illuminate its wider background. Part of the exhibition will highlight the historical involvement of the Rothschild family in archaeological projects in the region using material from the archive and collections at Waddesdon. A programme of activities and events will accompany this exciting exhibition.

The Lod Mosaic is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Centre

Fame and Friendship

Pope, Roubiliac and the Portrait Bust 18 June – 26 October 2014

No contemporary figure in 18th-century Britain has been more widely depicted than the poet Alexander Pope. Widely considered to be the leading literary figure of the age, Pope took great pains over how he was represented and carefully fashioned his public persona through images, published letters and printed editions of his works. In this exhibition, curated by eminent sculpture scholar, Professor Malcolm Baker, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History of Art at California University Riverside, USA, some of the most celebrated painted portraits of Pope will be shown alongside a selection of prints. The centrepiece of the

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exhibition though will consist of eight different versions of the same portrait bust of Pope by the leading sculptor of the period, Louis François Roubiliac, whose busts are amongst the greatest portrait sculptures of the eighteenth century, a period in which the medium found new prominence. They convey the compelling and intense sensibility of a sitter who, as well as being a significant public figure, also endured much physical pain. This revealing exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to explore how replication was central to 18thcentury sculptural practice as well as how an author’s fame and friendships could be celebrated through sculpture.


Waddesdon will also present a series of exhibitions designed to focus on aspects of its collections as well as contemporary interactions and responses. Waddesdon at War 26 March – 26 October, Family Room This in-house exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. Drawn from the Archive and Rothschild memorabilia collections, with loans from other collections, it will look at the Manor and Estate during the war from the perspective of the family and staff. As Europe was fractured by the conflict, the exhibition will also explore the impact of the war on the wider Rothschild family, including those in Austria, Germany and France. Royal Spectacle: Eighteenth-Century Court Ceremony in Books, Prints and Drawings 26 March – 26 October, Drawings and Exhibition Rooms This exhibition further celebrates the publication of Waddesdon’s Books and Bookbindings catalogue (published earlier in 2013), and highlights illustrated books published on the occasion of court festivities, celebrations and spectacles. These lavishly illustrated books, containing large format engravings, document the many extravagant festivities and ceremonies staged for the French court during the 17th and 18th centuries to mark the life cycle of births, marriages and deaths. Fanciful theatrical stage settings are the backdrop for richly costumed processions, equestrian tournaments, theatre performances, church ceremonies and spectacular firework displays. Intended for the Royal family and aristocracy, the books are presented in exquisite bindings. Although focused on France, the exhibition also includes some comparative material from other European courts.

Contemporary at Waddesdon: Jan Dunning – Rascal Shadows 26 March – 26 October, various locations within the house, Round Drawings Room Jan Dunning is a photographic artist and art educator. She will create a playfully surreal trail, which leads visitors through the house via unexpected images and installations, culminating in a camera obscura in one of the turrets. Inspired by real-life stories of the evacuees who lived here during the Second World War, Dunning’s subtle and imaginative interventions will bring an alternative, magical perspective to Waddesdon’s collection and history. Imagine…Lace at Waddesdon 26 March – 26 October, various locations in the house Continuing our contemporary programme, lace-makers and selected artists have been invited to respond to the collection at Waddesdon. While lace and accessories from the 17th to the 20th centuries acquired by Baroness Edmond de Rothschild will be displayed, the new works are inspired by aspects of Waddesdon as diverse as architecture, automata, porcelain and panelling and will be shown in the historic interiors, challenging the traditional concept of lace. Imagine….Lace at Waddesdon has been organised by Waddesdon Manor and Lace 21, comprising members from the Lace Guild, the Lace Society and the Ring of Tatters. The group has a multi-faceted approach to lace, seeing it as an art form for the 21st century.

Vicky Darby, Press Officer at Waddesdon Manor 01296 653231 vicky.darby@nationaltrust.org.uk Sam Lochhead, Marketing Assistant. Samantha.lochhead@nationaltrust.org.uk 01296 653259 Visitor information and opening times: www.waddesdon.org.uk Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH

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The Eye of the Needle


Ahasuerus and Esther

The Eye of the Needle displays, for the first time in public, a selection of eye-catching, virtuoso 17th-century embroideries from the internationally renowned Feller Collection, together with outstanding examples from the Ashmolean’s own holdings. The exhibition explores the context in which these technically exacting works were made by girls and young women at home or school, and what they reveal of the society, economy, and culture of 17th-century England.

he embroideries were made during one of the most turbulent centuries in English history, when religious and political beliefs split families and the country. Beyond the opportunity for demonstrating technical ability, the embroideries illustrate the themes and concerns which occupied the minds of the young women making them. They often depict biblical stories at a time when religious issues, including the use of images, aroused great controversy. Similarly, during a period of increasing urbanisation, the pictorial pieces show idyllic country scenes with imaginary creatures and flowers. The role that these embroideries played in both creating and reflecting ideals of feminine behaviour is also an important part of their history.

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The seventeenth century saw periodic and often raucous pamphlet wars over the status, roles, and education of women. Many girls attended school, but the curriculum they followed prioritised the attainment of socially acceptable skills and moral worth over intellectual achievement. While many of the embroideries illustrate biblical themes inventively worked into secular contexts, and the use of myths shows women’s engagement with the classics, needlework was, above all, a valued feminine skill. If a girl excelled at it she could hope for social and religious rewards. In a 1688 ‘conduct book’ ascribed to school mistress, ‘domestic goddess’, and author, Hannah Woolley wrote of needlework, “[it] is both needful and pleasant, and is commendable in any woman, for it is time well spent for both profit and delight.”


Judgement of Solomon. Early to midseventeenth century

The Eye of the Needle displays embroideries which include colourful raised and flat work pictorial panels, fine white and polychrome samplers, household items, and dress accessories The Judgement of Paris. Mid to late-seventeenth century

The Eye of the Needle displays embroideries which include colourful raised and flat work pictorial panels, fine white and polychrome samplers, household items such as boxes and cushions, and dress accessories including caps, coifs and gloves. This highly feminine embroidery shows visual delight in complex surfaces created through individual use of stitches, colourful silks, metal threads, pearls and semi-precious stones. The use of expensive, luxury materials connects the embroideries with trade, with some pieces depicting symbolic figures of a wider world. Dr Mary Brooks, curator of the exhibition, says: “Micheál and Elizabeth Feller have created a collection which is a visual feast. Ranging from exquisite whitework miniatures to colourful, lavishly decorated embroideries, these ‘curious works’ intrigue and delight. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore historic needlework in the context of 17thcentury religion, politics, trade, and culture through a feminine perspective.”

Exhibition: The Eye of the Needle: English Embroideries from the Feller Collection Dates: 1 August–12 October 2014 Venue: Gallery 33 Tickets: £5/£4 concessions; free to under-12s Publications: Micheál and Elizabeth Feller: The Needlework Collection 2 vols published by Needleprint; £45 (per volume); available at the Ashmolean Shop or online: www.ashmolean.org/shop

This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore historic needlework in the context of the seventeenth century Dr Catherine Whistler, Senior Curator of European Art, Ashmolean Museum, says: “We are profoundly grateful to Micheál and Elizabeth Feller for the opportunity to display their world-renowned collection together with the Ashmolean’s important embroideries. We hope that this exhibition will have great appeal, not only to the many enthusiasts for textiles and embroidery, but also to audiences who wish to learn what these beautiful pieces can tell us about a fascinating period of English history and the life of girls and young women in the seventeenth century.”

For more information Visit the exhibition website for further information and to make a booking: www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/eyeoftheneedle/

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Things to do for Families in Oxfordshire

Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Railway Centre Open days are every weekend throughout the year, and daily from 24 May to 14 September, as well as daily during school holidays. Opening times are generally 10:30 - 16:00 on all open days, and on steam days in the winter, and until 17:00 on summer steam days and during gala events. Please call (01235 817200) or refer to the website: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

The Railway Centre Didcot Railway Centre is the only place in the world where 178 years of railway history comes together with a replica 1840 broad gauge train running next to today’s high speed railway. The Railway Centre recreates the golden age of the Great Western Railway with a fine collection of over 20 steam locomotives, many housed in the original engine shed, and a collection of passenger coaches and freight wagons. Also many GWR buildings and structures, including the only remaining (working) GWR coaling stage with 75,000 gallon water tank atop.

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There is a typical country station and signal box, and a recreation of Brunel’s original broad gauge railway including a broad gauge Transfer Shed dating from 1857. The Relics Display contains an impressive range of smaller items covering all aspects of the history and operation of the Great Western Railway. Travel in 1930s carriages behind a Great Western steam engine on the main demonstration line or in a 1940s Railcar operating on a sleepy rural branch line.


Crocodiles of the World!

Crocodile Zoo We are open daily 10am till 5pm Admission cost: Adults: £8.95 Child: £6.50 Concessions: £7.95 Under 3’s are free Season tickets are available

Crocodiles of the World Crocodiles of the World is the UK’s only crocodile zoo. We are home to more than 100 crocodiles, alligators and caimans from 13 different species. Set within the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, Crocodiles of the World is an experience unlike any other. Nowhere else but here will you have the opportunity to see such a wide collection of crocodiles, alligators and caimans - over 100 individuals representing more than 12 species.

A new experience for our visitors, Crocodiles of the World recently moved into a new home near Brize Norton approximately 3.4 miles from Burford. Today, the zoo has undergone a dramatic transformation that includes new exhibits designed to mimic the crocodiles’ natural habitat, enhanced facilities for visitors, and even more contributions to environmental and wildlife education, research and conservation.


The Contemporary Collection - Coming soon to Heyford Park Lateral living, very much a growing trend within towns and cities across the UK, has been present in North Oxfordshire for more than 30 years. Here at Heyford Park, there are a number of existing American-style bungalows, originally built for US servicemen who were based here at R.A.F Upper Heyford during the Cold War. In line with the new build housing programme which Dorchester Living have begun at Heyford Park, we will be commencing an extensive refurbishment of all of the existing bungalows on the site, beginning in summer 2014.

“Lateral living has been present in North Oxfordshire for more than 30 years.” Dorchester Living’s simple objective is to take these existing American-style homes and give them a fresh burst of life. The first phase of refurbishments will consist of 30, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom bungalows. There will be 2 differing layouts, The Pickard and The Todd, with each providing approximately 1,100 sq. ft. of living space. One of the key attractions of one-level living is the flexibility of the design, allowing homeowners to make effective use of the living space on offer. The first phase of the Contemporary Collection is located on a private road, surrounded by mature Oxfordshire landscape. The spacious properties are ideal for those looking for the combination of a contemporary lifestyle with the tranquillity only a rural area can provide. The Contemporary Collection is scheduled for launch in early autumn 2014, with prices starting from just £289,950 for these unique properties.

Images representative of previous Dorchester properties

For further information regarding the properties on offer, contact the Sales and Marketing Suite either by calling 01869 238 238 or registering your details at www.heyfordpark.com The Sales and Marketing Suite is open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm.

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Designer Tips for Moving into a New House Buying a new home with Dorchester Living at Heyford Park shows that you are a discerning individual, who appreciates the fine quality build and specification of every new home. Each house has been beautifully designed to create modern and spacious interiors, which perfectly reflect family living.

Moving into a stylish new home means that you are going to want all of your cherished and existing furnishings to seamlessly fit in and enhance this. This takes thought and planning, and may not be as easy as you think! Heyford Park Magazine has spoken to leading interior designers Roomservice Designs, to guide you through the areas you should consider when moving home in order to create a stylish and sophisticated interior.

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Colour considerations… All the internal walls in Dorchester Living homes at Heyford Park are painted white. This is the perfect base colour to start with – bright, reflective and the perfect backdrop for any furniture you move across from your old home. However, sometimes white can feel cold and uninspiring, so it’s worth considering painting the walls in a softer, warmer tone, to make them feel more inviting. Feature walls, either painted in a darker tone of the colour palette you choose, or wallpapered in a texture or pattern, provide a focal point and

create a polished look. You could also mirror glaze walls in darker areas, which is a great way to add glamour, maximise the light and increase the feeling of space.

Furniture features… It is a misconception that rooms look smaller when they have furniture in them – this really just isn’t the case. Furniture creates scale and proportion and defines different functional areas, particularly in open plan properties. Dorchester Living homes are very well proportioned and with some careful consideration your existing furniture should transfer

across well. However, if you are buying new, it is important to measure up and choose wisely. The size of larger items, such as sofas and dining tables, is critical to ensure they suit your functional needs without overwhelming a room. Consider also the finish of new furniture you plan to buy. In a smaller room, high gloss, mirrored or acrylic finishes work well as they reflect the light and make the space appear larger. Glass, chrome and metallic finishes also create a contemporary, spacious and uncluttered interior, which is perfect for today’s lifestyles.


Less is more…

Window wonders…

Try to restrict what you have on display and go for a minimalist look. Fill spaces, but don’t overcrowd them and you will find that what you do have on show looks far better. Consider small groups of accessories to dress your furniture too – three items works well, in a variety of heights and finishes.

Curtains and blinds are crucial to create a smart and luxurious feel. Not only are they essential for privacy and warmth, but the right selection of fabrics and treatments will enhance every room and frame the views beyond. Dorchester Living’s Signature Collection includes a range of curtain and blind styles and a vast selection of fabrics, which are perfect for you to select from. Their high quality made-to-measure service includes full installation, instantly transforming your new house into your stylish dream home.

“Fill spaces, but don’t overcrowd them”

For more information on Dorchester Living’s Signature Collection please contact Caroline O’Donovan at Roomservice Designs, on: c.odonovan@roomservicedesigns.com or 07771 662707

Contact: Caroline O’Donovan c.odonovan@roomsevicedesigns.com or 07771 662707 www.roomservicedesigns.com

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There has never been a better time to buy a new Bovis Home. If you’ve not considered buying a brand new property before, you’ll be amazed at the huge range of great benefits that will be waiting for you when you arrive. We round up some of the best reasons to make that modern move.

10 Benefits of Buying New FIRST THROUGH THE DOOR There is nothing quite like moving into a pristine, new home that’s clean and untouched by previous hands. As the very first owner, a new Bovis Home gives you a completely fresh start so you can create your own style and begin a new life! MORE FOR YOUR MONEY A brand new Bovis Home comes with an ‘all inclusive’ specification, which means you get a contemporary new kitchen, integrated appliances, fitted wardrobes in many bedrooms and a number of other extras, all included in the price. And it’s not all about great specification – their independently rated fivestar customer quality and service also comes as standard. REST ASSURED Every Bovis Home has a 10-year ‘Buildmark’ warranty provided by the National House Building Council (NHBC), which

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covers any major defects to the structure of the property, or in its construction. Bovis Homes also include their own two-year warranty on the property, with a great customer care service, should any issues arise – giving you further peace of mind.

“Up to 60% more energy efficient”

ENERGY EFFICIENT Thanks to modern standards of insulation and technology, new homes are now on average up to 60% more energy efficient than older houses. This means a new property could save you more than £500 a year on fuel costs* and is six times more effective in its CO2 emissions – so it’s helping reduce your carbon footprint.

DESIGNS FOR LIFE The layouts of Bovis Homes evolve to meet the changing needs and different lifestyles of their customers. Whether it’s open plan apartments, family living space, room for home working or the privacy of a master suite, a new Bovis Home can be contemporary, purpose-designed and built for specific needs. A HELPING HAND When buying a new property from Bovis Homes you can save thousands of pounds on your purchase. Their range of purchase assistance schemes varies from home to home and development to development, but can include anything from the shared equity scheme Help to Buy, the 95% mortgage called NewBuy, funding towards your legal fees and deposit, providing free carpets, liaising with your estate agent and paying their fees, or even buying your old property in part exchange.

A WEALTH OF CHOICE New Bovis Homes developments offer a wide range and choice of homes, from one and two-bedroom apartments and coach houses, to three-storey living and spacious, detached family homes.

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A research study by National Energy Services, commissioned by the New Homes Marketing Board, found living in a new home could save up to £556 a year on average energy bills compared with older-style homes. Savings due to new homes generating more than 60% less CO2 emissions.


NO CHAINS ATTACHED Buying a new home straight from Bovis Homes can prove a much simpler process than buying a second-hand property. Your new home will be ready to move straight into with no worries over other owners moving out, delaying their completion dates, or pulling out of the sale altogether. And if you want a quick and simple way to sell your existing home, they could even buy that from you too through their Home Exchange scheme.

MINIMAL MAINTENANCE With a new Bovis Home, all the hard work is done for you. Your property will be newlydecorated and include a stylish fitted kitchen with integrated appliances – they’ll even wire them up for you and show you how they work! Buy a new home and you can wave goodbye to those DIY weekends and relax. Your 10-year industry warranty is backed up by a two-year Bovis Homes customer support service, which includes 24-hour, 365-days a year call-out cover for any emergencies.

QUALITY COMES FIRST All Bovis Homes are built to exacting industry standards and undergo regular inspections by the National House Building Council to ensure quality of build. New homes generally also offer a higher degree of built-in security and safety than older properties. A new Bovis Home will include enhanced door locking, a security chain, window locks and mains powered smoke alarms (with battery backup), which are all fitted as standard.

“Your 10-year industry warranty is backed up by a twoyear Bovis Homes customer support service”

A Helping Hand We all know how challenging it can be to buy and sell a home. The good news is there are several schemes out there that can help. Read on to find out which one is right for you…

HELP TO BUY EQUITY Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking to get on the property ladder or an existing homeowner ready to move, the new Government-backed Help to Buy scheme could make that dream home a more affordable reality. What is it? The Help to Buy scheme was announced in the 2013 Spring Budget and includes a shared equity package aimed at getting first-time buyers and existing homeowners on and up the property ladder. Available to purchasers of newbuild properties to the value of £600,000, the buyer only needs a 5% deposit, and receives an equity loan from the Government of up to 20%. There is no cap on your earnings to qualify.

The buyer only needs a 5% deposit

How does it work? Ideal for those struggling to raise large deposits for a new home, the 5% deposit requirement and the 20% equity loan of Help to Buy mean you have access to 75% loan-to-value mortgages and therefore more competitive interest rates. The Government loan is interest-free for the first five years and can be repaid once your mortgage is paid off or upon the sale of your home.

this time, the interest will rise to 1.75% and continue to rise annually by Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation plus 1%.

What do I do next? If you are interested in the Help to Buy scheme, which is available now, you will need to get in contact with a participating housebuilder, such as Bovis Homes, or your local HomeBuy agent, who will be your first point of contact.

HOME EXCHANGE

The small print The equity loan must be repaid after 25 years or earlier if you sell your home. You must repay the same percentage of the proceeds of the sale to the Government as the initial equity loan (e.g. if you received a 20% loan, you will need to pay back 20% of the proceeds of the sale). The loan is interest-free for the first five years. However, if the loan is not paid back within

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP THE REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT.

If you’ve fallen in love with a new home and can’t wait to move up the property ladder, why spend time buying and selling when you can simply exchange? What is it? Home Exchange is a stress busting scheme from Bovis Homes that makes moving house easier than it has ever been before. Not only do you save time, but you also save money. There are no buyers that might drop out and no one can snap up the house you have set your heart on. The best part is that you are not dealing with an estate agent, meaning you save fees of up to 2% of your current property value plus VAT.

How does it work? First of all, you choose your dream Bovis Home. Next, two or more estate agents will visit your current home and agree on a reasonable price that reflects current market value. Then Bovis Homes will buy your house at the agreed price and upon the sale you are free to move as soon as you like. What do I do? Have a look on the Bovis Homes website and find a house that you like. Then get in touch to find out if the property is eligible for Home Exchange. Usually it takes two weeks for Bovis Homes to make an offer on your current property after you have chosen a new home. Once you have agreed the offer a full survey is carried out on your property. The small print A deposit of £500 (of which £250 is non-refundable) will be taken upon reservation, and will be included in the price of your new property. Another £250 will be required for legal completion of the transaction and is returned after 14 days provided that the property you are selling is in adequate condition.

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SMOOTH MOVE

NEWBUY

Buying and selling property can be a time-consuming challenge. Why not eliminate the stress and sign up for the Smooth Move scheme?

NewBuy helps first time buyers and existing home owners who have only small deposits available. It’s the 95% mortgage scheme making a real difference.

What is it? Smooth Move helps you to sell your current property if you are looking to buy a Bovis Home. The idea is to get you moved into your new place as soon as possible and make the process so much easier. All estate agent fees are paid for by Bovis Homes upon the sale of your house so you can save up to 2% of your property value.

What is it? The Government-backed 95% mortgage scheme is available to first-time buyers and existing homeowners looking to buy a new-build home. Bovis Homes have teamed up with the UK’s leading lenders such as Halifax, Barclays (Woolwich), Nationwide Building Society, RBS (NatWest) and Santander (Abbey) to offer NewBuy to homebuyers with access to limited deposits.

How does it work? Using the service couldn’t be easier. At least two local estate agents will value your current property and Bovis Homes will suggest a selling price. Bovis Homes will deal directly with the agents for the duration of the process to save you the hassle. Once a buyer is found the company will recommend a solicitor, should you require one, to help carry out the legal side of the sale. What do I do? Simply select a new Bovis home, register with the Smooth Move service and they will do the rest. A £500 deposit is required when you sign up to the scheme, which will be refundable against the reservation and purchase price of your new home. The small print The Smooth Move scheme is only available on certain plots and may not be used alongside any other promotions. If you ultimately decide not to buy a Bovis Home, then only £250 of the £500 will be returned.

How does it work? NewBuy works with just a 5% deposit, opening the market up for a huge number of homebuyers who have been held back by lenders requiring large deposits. Thanks to the Government and Bovis Homes providing extra protection for the lenders, the 5% deposit is back in the marketplace with a vengeance. What do I do? Find your dream Bovis Home and contact a sales advisor at the development. They’ll be delighted to discuss your requirements and put you in touch with an independent specialist mortgage broker who will be able to assess whether your circumstances and the property you are looking at make NewBuy a suitable homebuying solution for you. The small print NewBuy is available on all properties up to £500,000 at all Bovis Homes developments and the purchaser must be the occupier. It can only be used by UK citizens or buyers who have the right to live in the UK indefinitely. It cannot be used with shared equity products.

For more information about the NewBuy scheme see the official website newbuy.org.uk YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT.

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Help to Buy Help to Buy is the latest scheme run by the Government through the homes and communities agency, and Dorchester Living amongst many other developers recognise the scheme. It is far less complex than its predecessors FirstBuy and Homebuy direct, which means the whole process of application is significantly quicker!

So, how does it work? Effectively, the Government supplies an equity loan of up to 20% of the property value with a maximum purchase price of ÂŁ600,000. The purchaser will need to have at least 4% deposit of the property value, ideally a full 5% as this leaves the purchaser with a much wider choice of mortgage providers. This version of Help to Buy is only available on New Build properties. The scheme launched in January 2014, known as Help to Buy 2, is a guarantee scheme, which can also be used on New Build properties. The lender advances 95% of the property value, taking out a guarantee known as an indemnity to protect the loan in the event of default and subsequent repossession.

Both schemes have differing benefits, but in both cases, ownership of another property at the time of completion will preclude from scheme acceptance. The schemes do not have a cap on income. It is absolutely vital to use an IFA or mortgage broker who is familiar with the Help to Buy scheme and has access to the calculator issued by the agency, otherwise affordability cannot be accurately established and this overrides any amount a lender may be prepared to lend. In addition to the calculator, at RHA Prime Finance we also process your application through the Home Buy agent, the organisation sanctioning your equity loan, and also provide you and the developer with regular updates, ensuring a speedy transition onto the housing ladder. We take care of the whole process.

Further information about ourselves and Help to buy including a link to the 21 page Buyer’s Guide can be found on our web site: www.rhaprime.co.uk. In addition, you always speak to a consultant and never an administrator, therefore giving efficient, clear and concise advice at all stages. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

PROVIDING YOU THE BEST POSSIBLE PRIME SOLUTIONS

www.rhaprime.co.uk T: 0203 640 7600 E: roger.phillips@rhaprime.co.uk

17 The Broadway, Old Hatfield Hertfordshire AL9 5HZ

131 Edgware Road London W2 2AP


Field Views Dorchester Living

Heyford Park has established itself as one of Oxfordshire’s leading business parks, attracting a broad range of occupiers from both the private and public sectors. The park is home to over 100 established businesses that employ over 1,000 people within 1,000,000 square feet of accommodation. Businesses have been attracted to Heyford Park due to the vibrant and secure working environment with 24 hour security and the onsite management team.

onstruction here at Heyford Park is now in full swing and Dorchester Living’s Sales and Marketing Suite has opened its doors, welcoming visitors every day. Dorchester Living launched their first phase, Field Views, in January 2014 and the desirability of this rural location has meant that over 20% of the homes in this phase have already been sold off-plan. Dorchester’s first homes will be ready for occupation in early autumn 2014, with the first phase of 30 homes being due for completion in spring 2015. Group Director and CEO of Dorchester Living, Paul Silver, said “The explosive start that Dorchester Living has experienced at Heyford Park is undoubtedly down to the time that has been put into building

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the vision for the development. Creating sustainable, welcoming communities and places where people want to live is a detailed process, which is as much about the people who want to live there as it is the buildings and facilities that are made available

“Creating sustainable, welcoming communities” to them.” The strong historical values the site holds from the past, coupled with the sheer potential that presents itself for the future, work together to create this unique and desirable lifestyle location on the edge of the Cotswolds.

As you enter the development along Camp Road and see the first phase of houses which are under construction, the sweeping street scene which fronts the site has an elegant level of detail that beautifully complements the imposing facade of the Officers’ Mess, which is being refurbished to become the main school building for the Heyford Park Free School, scheduled for completion in early summer 2015. Dorchester Living’s specification has been selected to meet their guaranteed high standards. Minoli Tiles, an Oxford-based company specialising in ceramics for over 50 years, was the natural choice when thinking about the high quality that is to be produced in their homes. Draks, a long-term commercial tenant at Heyford Park, will be supplying the

wardrobes to principle bedrooms in all Dorchester Living homes. Working with companies such as Draks, that form part of the local community here in Heyford, helps Dorchester to fulfil their commitment of creating a sustainable development.

“Dorchester Living’s specification has been selected to meet their guaranteed high standards”


The Fairfax QQ 2 receptions QQ 5/6 bedrooms QQ 4 bathrooms

The highly anticipated opening of the Dorchester Living show home is scheduled for September 2014, and this will mark the beginning of Heyford Park’s transformation. The five/six bedroom property, ideal for families, is the perfect home to showcase the variety of new homes that Dorchester Living have designed specifically for this development.

With over 2,100sq.ft. of living space, the thoughtful design of this property is perfect for large families. The careful layout of the large kitchen-diner is fitted with stone worktops, Minoli Italian tiles, Siemens appliances and large bi-fold doors to the rear of the property as standard. The flexible bedroom space allows its occupants to create a 5 or 6 bedroom home depending on their individual needs.

Prices start at ÂŁ599,950 and will be available to move into from early Autumn this year

For further information regarding the properties on offer please contact the Sales and Marketing Suite on 01869 238 238 or register your details at www.heyfordpark.com

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Fresh Trends Summer is fast approaching, which means new bridal hair trends are upon us!


s a hairdresser, I often take a look at the runway for inspiration and I try to encompass the trends in my salon. Feather headbands and spray-painted ponytails can be a slightly daunting look for some, so I love creating a more wearable version of the catwalk hair styles! There are many different styles to choose from when you are styling bridal hair. If you want a glamorous look, big waves are a great option. Make sure you prepare your hair with the Matrix Curl Shampoo and Conditioner. This will restore moisture to your hair which will create a higher quality of curls.

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Use a large barrel curling tong to produce a tight curl, then pin in place with hair pins. Once you have repeated this, hairspray the

with hair pins subtly. Run your fingers through

If you want a glamorous look, big waves are a great option.

smooth and sophisticated. This look is perfect

the ends to loosen the curls if you want a more romantic feel. For a classic look, you can keep hair

pinned curls in place. Hairspray will hold the curl for a longer amount of time so this is a perfect way to keep the shape. Once you have curled all your hair, sweep to the side and pin

for keeping the veil the main focus on your big day. Pin the hair back neatly with hair pins, and hold with Matrix Hard Lock Extra Strong Hold Hairspray. Using Matrix Glow to Pieces Shine Wax is the best tool for keeping the hair smooth and sleek. The added shine properties in the wax also mean that you can skip using shine spray.


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Heyford Park provides a wide range of commercial property opportunities with over 1,300,000 square feet of commercial accommodation. The accommodation is made up of warehousing, workshops and offices ranging from 700 square feet to 30,000 square feet.

Heyford Park has established itself as one of Oxfordshire’s leading business parks, attracting a broad range of occupiers from both the private and public sectors. The park is home to over 100 established businesses that employ over 1,000 people within 1,000,000 square feet of accommodation. Businesses have been attracted to Heyford Park due to the vibrant and secure working environment with 24-hour security and the onsite management team.

Diverse Businesses Over the years, Heyford Park has attracted many diverse and successful businesses to the site and has also had a number of successful start-ups which have flourished with the flexibility that Heyford Park offers. Draks are one such company who have called Heyford Park home since 1997. Since they have been located on the park they have grown significantly, and they now occupy both a workshop and a hardened aircraft shelter for storage. Chris Ayres, director at Draks, comments: “As Draks has developed, Heyford Park has provided us with the flexibility to expand our business. Our current location on the flying field provides us with adequate and secure space to accommodate the bulky materials that we deal with. 32

We have always found the Heyford Park team friendly, accessible and willing to find a solution to any property issues that have cropped up. We look forward to the changes taking place at Heyford and being a part of it.”

The long standing Bicesterbased firm, EP Barrus, has recently had a requirement for additional warehousing, and in late 2013 acquired two 30,000 square foot warehouses for the storage of their products, which

include garden machinery and marine engines. Part of the Paragon Group, Paragon Fleet Solutions is the largest employer on Heyford Park with over 500 highly skilled employees. Paragon has had a presence at Heyford Park for over 18 years and was one of the first tenants on the site. The business provides support to automotive manufacturers in managing press demonstrator vehicles for journalists’ road tests and media launches. Its clients include some of the most prestigious motor manufacturers. As one of the UK’s largest vehicle processing suppliers and a market leader in fleet management, the workshops at Heyford Park can manage up to 800 vehicles per day.


Innovation Centre Oxford Innovation manages 20 innovation centres across the UK and opened the Innovation Centre at Heyford Park in 1997. It is now home to 37 companies who have all been attracted not only to the flexible, all inclusive research and development space as well as the office space that is available, but also, in many cases, the unique laboratory space which is on offer. DiagnOx Laboratory helps improve the commercialisation of the UK’s world-class biomedical research by enabling researchers and early-stage businesses to undertake proof of concept work cost effectively and in a supportive environment. Companies thrive on the supportive community within the centre, which is enhanced

For more information please contact the Cherwell Innovation Centre directly on 01869 238 000

by a range of specialist business support. Offices start from as small as 100 square feet and range up to 735 square feet, and for the smaller business with no permanent office requirement, Hot Desking is available. For more information please contact

For more information please contact Simon Fry: s.fry@dorchestergrp.com or 01869 238200 alternatively, you can contact our commercial property agent at Lambert Smith Hampton - John Greaves: jgreaves@lsh.co.uk or 01865 200244.

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The Bicester Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision

Vive la difference! As a reasonably new member of the Bicester Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, I wondered what the difference and similarities were with the Chamber and Bicester Vision and where a business should go in the first instance if they had an issue that required some support.

By way of background, the Bicester Chamber of Commerce has been the formal voice of business in Bicester for almost 100 years. Our membership is diverse and we endeavour to present their challenges and concerns within Bicester Vision, where we have a position on the board as one of the founder members. As such, the Chamber works very closely with and within Bicester Vision as a partner.

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“Bicester is much stronger from having two pro-active business organisations working in co-operation, co-creation and collaboration. The combined resources, expertise, connectivity and communication power of the Chamber of Commerce and Bicester Vision results in the town having a stronger, louder and clearer voice for its business community that benefits more than their combined membership, positively impacting on many aspects of the town.” Ben Jackson, Acting Chamber Chair. With a town growing at the rate that Bicester is, a strategic partnership body like Bicester Vision as well as a potential pressure group like a Chamber is essential. The Chamber can be a critical friend to Bicester Vision and the other partners and at the same time reflect the views of its members – that is you, the local businesses.

“Bicester is much stronger from having two pro-active business organisations working in co-operation”

Bicester Vision is a partnership bringing together local Businesses and Authorities in a way that usually would not happen. Bicester Vision works closely with the three tiers of Government and is committed to marketing and promoting Bicester and its wider area as the place to live and work.

Bicester Vision, created in late 2007, is an independent, privately led partnership committed to bringing together all stakeholders in the town to ensure that the most is made of the exciting future for the town. The private partners of Bicester Vision currently employ more than 5,000 people in the Bicester area. Their partners range from local government to the Ministry of Defence and local schools and businesses. “ We have found it extremely useful to collaborate in a number of initiatives with the Chamber, from running events on Broadband provision in the area, supporting Young Enterprise at Cooper School, to being the joint local representatives in the organisation of the Cherwell Business Awards. I can say that we have found a great working balance to support all businesses in and around Bicester, no matter


what size or sector they are.” Placi Espejo – Bicester Vision. In a nutshell, the Chamber is about local businesses and more local issues whereas Bicester Vision is more about issues that affect Bicester in the wider global economy in terms of jobs, housing, transport links and much more. The Bicester Chamber feeds into Bicester Vision and vice versa, but they both have distinct roles and as a result tend to attract different size businesses, with differing focuses. Bicester Vision attracts larger organisations with an eye to wider issues that focus inwards and directly on growing and developing Bicester. So for example, if you had an issue with the road works affecting your business or an issue regarding advertising in the town centre, as a Chamber member you would come to the Chamber to assist. However, if you had an issue regarding for example, future rail links or housing proposals, road changes to alleviate traffic etc.

then you would either go direct to Bicester Vision or the Chamber could then feed your issue into Bicester Vision.

“I can say that we have found a great working balance to support all businesses in and around Bicester, no matter what size or sector they are.”

How to join and the membership fees: To join either group, you can either ask one of the partners or Executive Members, full details are on the respective websites. Bicester Chamber membership is an ideal way to engage with Bicester Vision at a fee level that is affordable for most small businesses. Our annual membership fee is £120 a year and our members range from sole traders through to large multi-site businesses. Membership for Bicester Vision differs from that of the Chamber as a result of its differing focus, which thereby attracts from smaller to the larger more internationally focused businesses. Membership fees depend on a number of factors and start at £1000.

For more information on either the Bicester Chamber of Commerce or Bicester Vision, please visit www.bicesterchamber.co.uk or www.bicestervision.co.uk Natalie Roach – Member of the Bicester Chamber of Commerce Executive. Natalie@demarcosolicitors.com or 07725 806029

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ELLIE BEDFORD

Wholefoods Consultant, food blogger and author All health content in Heyford Park magazine is intended for general information only and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact your local GP or health care provider.

5 easy packed lunch ideas! Stuck in a sandwich rut? Shake things up

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Encourage a ‘do it yourself lunch’ consisting of a variety of foods! Children are more likely to eat their food if they’ve been involved in preparing it. Have your child assemble their healthy lunch and bring out the budding chef in them. Try crudités of carrot, cucumber, pepper and celery with hummus, mini wholemeal crackers or pretzels and popcorn. Add small cubes of fresh fruit that they can thread on sticks to make kebabs! (Be sure to snip off the pointy ends of the skewers!).

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Make a rice, cous cous or quinoa salad and try mixing in colourful veggies such as cooked peas, sweetcorn and broccoli, fresh red peppers and cherry tomatoes – the variations are endless! Chickpeas and lentils make great additions too, as do pickles, olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Add a hint of sweetness with raisins or goji berries and provide a texture crunch from protein rich seeds such as sesame, pumpkin or sunflower. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Send them in with a thermos of soup! So comforting on a cold day, a hearty and filling soup makes a great option, especially in the colder months.

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Try sushi! Another great interactive lunch, as you can send in a small pot of soy or tamari sauce for dipping, and chopsticks are so much fun. Sushi doesn’t have to mean fish either. Avocado slices, cucumber sticks and steamed sweet potato all taste delicious in sushi.

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Switch up the sandwich bread! Try their favourite sandwich filling between wholemeal waffles, pitta bread, cornbread, tortilla wraps or a savoury muffin.


Best of the interactive lunch boxes! These lunch boxes make packing a child’s lunch a dream and are well worth the investment for fuss-free DIY lunches!

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Planet box is made out of easy to clean stainless steel, and with fun changeable magnets your child will be the envy of the school! They come with different compartments and you can buy small pots which fit in the box for condiments. Ships from the USA from $34.95 (around £20) plus shipping. www.planetbox.com

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Black+Blum ‘box appetit’ comes in lots of bright colours, has separate compartments and includes a fork and sauce pot! There is a coordinating lunch bag that can be purchased separately. £16.95. www.black-blum.com/products/ box-appetit

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Hana Blomst bento box is a fun design with two layers for keeping your lunch separate. They come in a range of colours with cute animal designs on the top. From £16.50. www.iglookids.co.uk/brands/ accessories/hana-blomst.html

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Lakeland have a new range of lunch boxes that are perfect for the DIY lunch. With lots of compartments and a clear lid so you can see the tempting food on offer, they are not only clever but also a very reasonable price at £11.99. www.lakeland.co.uk/18313/ Large-Lakeland-Lunch-Box

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Serves 1-2 The simple and iconic green smoothie is easy to make, tastes amazing and is a great breakfast option! 1 cup of frozen grapes or strawberries 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves 1 large banana ½ an avocado 1 tbsp almond butter 2 cups of almond milk

© Chris Mullineux

Put all your ingredients into a blender and blitz away until smooth and creamy.

The Rise of Raw Foods But what is it all about?

It seems like raw food is fast becoming one of the hottest food trends right now! With national newspapers featuring raw food recipes in their food columns, Na-kd bars appearing in major supermarkets and PRET introducing raw kale crisps to the menu, it’s clear to see that the raw food movement is only going to get bigger. Simply put, raw food diets are mostly made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These foods are eaten as close to their natural state as possible and not heated beyond 46–48 degrees Celsius to ensure the nutrients and enzymes remain intact. Enzymes are super important for body function and as they decline as we age, they need to be replaced by eating plenty of fresh, vibrant foods! There are huge benefits from including these foods into your diet, and you don’t need to eat all raw to see these benefits! Aiming for around 50% is a realistic target for most people. Reaching this target can be as simple as including a salad alongside every meal or replacing snacks and breakfast with raw food favourites such as green smoothies, which 38

ensure you have the energy needed for your day. But raw food doesn’t just mean salads and smoothies. The art of creating raw food dishes can allow and even inspire creativity, skill and design, and these masterpieces can be found in raw food restaurants around the world! Even at home, you can recreate many of your favourite foods into raw food treats, including raw cheesecakes, rich creamy chocolates, cakes and cookies, crackers and even pizza, all without the need for an oven! Try the following recipes, and begin experimenting on your own with the rich possibilities of raw foods. For both these recipes, the more powerful the blender, the better the result!

Raw chocolate ‘cheesecake’

Makes one 15cm cheesecake

This rich and decadent chocolate cheesecake is raw, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free. Best of all it tastes divine. For the base 80g ground almonds 8 medjool dates For the filling 200g cashew nuts, soaked overnight and drained 1 small, ripe avocado or banana 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tsp sugar free vanilla extract 80ml maple syrup 100ml melted extra virgin coconut oil 80ml almond milk Pinch of sea salt 2 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder Method To make the base, blitz together the almonds and dates in a food processor until the mix starts to come together as a dough. You can test if it is ready by squeezing some of the mix between your fingers; if it sticks together it is ready. Tip the mix out into a 15cm diameter loose bottom (or spring form) deep cake tin and press down evenly to create the crust. Next make the filling. Add all the filling ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. This will take a few minutes and requires stopping the blender several times to scrape down the sides to be sure to get all the lumps out. The finished result should be smooth and creamy like a very thick custard. When it’s smooth enough, pour the filling over the base. Gently tap the tin to level out the top and place the cheesecake in the fridge to set overnight. When it is set, carefully remove from the tin and garnish with grated chocolate.

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Simple green protein smoothie


NAMA Artisan Foods, leading the way in Raw Foods! We talk to Irene Arango, Co-Founder of London’s NAMA Artisan foods to find out a bit more about what she does and her view on the raw food movement.

What first got you interested in raw foods? A few years ago I met a couple that ate raw foods (a foreign concept for me back then) and they invited my husband and I to their house to try their creations. Both my husband Eric and I liked what they gave us, and after they suggested a couple of recipe books to me, I started making my first raw food dishes and desserts at home. All my friends and family liked them and encouraged me to make more! From there, it was just a few months for my juicing & raw treats business to come to life‘Bliss Bites & Detox’- which is now incorporated into the NAMA offering. This business allowed me to learn a lot more about nutrition and food, combining which, has been of significant importance for NAMA’s juicing programmes.

We’re hearing more and more about raw foods. Why do you think they have gained popularity so much in the last few years? Do you find more people willing to try raw foods than before? I think people are evolving and realising how many illnesses are coming from the way we eat and the products we eat. The increase in illnesses since the introduction of ready-made foods, full of synthetic and highly processed ingredients and refined sugars, cannot be coincidence... Also once you try these foods, it is easier to feel the difference in a very short time which helps to encourage healthier habits. In the last few years, raw food has started to become a socially recognised concept and I notice that when I say that I co-own a raw food restaurant people don’t need an explanation about what raw food is anymore! The easiest way to approach those that are not into healthy eating is with sweet raw food like chocolates, mousses, pancakes and cakes. Once people see that even the guilty pleasures can be as tasty, if not tastier, than their traditional counterparts, it is easier to get them to try the savoury dishes and, in my experience, most people are convinced of the goodness of them as soon as they try! Some might take a bit of time to switch to a diet with more raw food, but most start including some of it straight away.

Your food sounds delicious! What is the most popular dish on your menu? At the moment the Mexican chilli is a hit! It is both tasty, filling and looks so pretty on the plate that it’s difficult not to love it. It also does taste a lot like the traditional chilli, just better!!! What are your future plans for NAMA? NAMA has been evolving since we started it. From a little takeaway place in Queen’s Park, we started not only serving breakfast and lunches, but running raw food preparation workshops, juice delivery programmes and doing loads of catering both for private and social events. From our new (and bigger!) premises in Notting Hill, which we have just opened, we will also run raw food delivery programmes in collaboration with our favourite nutritionist, Elizabeth Montgomery, and also start our own range of products that will soon be available on the shelves of health food stores. The new premises, based in 110 Talbot Road W11 1JR, will also open a few evenings a week to allow those that work full time to visit us as well! We very much look forward to welcoming you to our new premises!

Courtesy of NAMA

Courtesy of NAMA

Opening a raw food place that would provide a base to reunite raw food enthusiasts and create a community was always at the back of my head as soon as I became interested in this lifestyle. I could not find a place like that in London and I could see the need for one… I had nowhere to go to eat this way a few years ago and the idea of opening one was born in my head. A couple of years later, Rich Havardi (my now business partner and great friend) and myself used to collaborate doing events, catering and workshops together and we very much enjoyed it. One day the opportunity of taking a little space on this charming road in Queen’s Park came up and we thought, why not? We didn’t have much to lose but a lot to win, and our friends and family entirely supported us and believed in what we are trying to achieve with our business. That is how NAMA started… we had only a few weeks to come up with the name, ethos and menu before opening. We designed and built our furniture ourselves, so December of 2012 was a very busy one for us, but it was also a very rewarding experience as everything in NAMA had our signature on it. We envisioned it and we created it!

Courtesy of NAMA

So tell me, how did the idea of NAMA come about?

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Spoilt for choice at the Organic Deli Café Conveniently located in central Oxford, the cosy Organic Deli Café sits quietly tucked away down a side lane, so you might miss it if you’re not careful. This family-run establishment is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, and often puts on special evenings such as the recent Feast of St. Valentine. They focus on serving quality organic, homemade artisan breads and foods that are also locally sourced where possible. As well as serving up delicious food, they sell a selection of health foods and deli goods for takeaway and are happy to take advance orders over the phone. The real gem of this place is that they cater for everybody. And our family is a tricky one to cater for. Between us we cover vegan, glutenfree and refined sugar-free dietary restrictions, and we also like to eat organic wherever possible, so dining out can become quite a challenge. Not here though. A breakfast menu boasting no fewer than twenty options, including porridge and granola (£4.95), homemade waffles (£5.95) and a full English breakfast (£6.95), ensures even the pickiest or most restricted eater will still find plenty of choices. My family and I ate there early one Monday morning as a birthday treat for me. Breakfast out feels like such a special occasion. There is just something decadent about eating out

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early in the morning, and I’ve picked going out for breakfast over dinner on many an occasion. We arrived just before the morning rush and received a warm welcome from the friendly owner, Trevor, who immediately guided us through their extensive breakfast menu.

I decided on the vegan breakfast, which was priced at a very reasonable £6.25. The vegan sausage patties are homemade and happen to be gluten-free too. They were bursting with flavour, full of peppers and tomatoes, and had a good firm texture which held together – a tricky thing to achieve in gluten-free cooking! The vegan breakfast also comes with artisan toast, roasted tomatoes and vegetables, mushrooms and potatoes, although the

potatoes weren’t available that morning. On this occasion they were replaced with a helping of hummus and falafel so there was more than enough food for me. In fact the servings were very generous and my husband had to help me out a little! My husband and girls ordered eggs florentine (£7.25) and scrambled eggs (£4.95) respectively, on homemade gluten-free bread for my youngest. Again, the portions were substantial and the food of a very good quality, the verdict from my family was very positive and we are all keen to return. And to top it all off, my husband said that he savoured one of the best Americano coffees that he has had since he’s lived in England. That’s a huge statement from a coffee loving American! I enjoyed a lovely cup of Earl Grey tea which was served in a cute vintage style mug, and I was offered not just one, but three types of non-dairy milk to choose from. This place is a haven for people on a vegetarian or gluten-free diet. I challenge you to find something on this menu that you’ll not love for any meal of the day. Try it for yourself! The Organic Deli Café, 24 Friars Entry, Oxford 01865 364853, www.oxfordorganic.co.uk Mon – Sat 7.30am–8pm, Sun 9am – 5pm


Restaurant Review

SHEEP STREET’S ‘SECRET EAT’ Food Blogger Sarah McCready is pleasantly surprised by the unassuming gem that is ‘Denis’ of Bicester

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Restaurant Review

It may surprise you that Denis of Bicester, a small Turkish eatery on Sheep Street, is befitting of my mantra...

am a self-confessed, self-righteous and un-apologetic snob when it comes to food. And whilst this once was a badge I would be slightly embarrassed to wear so blatantly, food snobs are now wide spread and no longer confined to the Michelin starred restaurants of W1. Indeed, common misconceptions about the food snob are no more, and the definition is certainly changing; we are not stiletto-ed, 4x4 driving, school run mums, tottering around M&S with a basket full of Prosecco and anti-pasti. Rather, the requests of the modern food snob are much simpler. As long as the food on our plates has been made and presented with passion and care, the ingredients are fresh (and preferably haven’t been freighted half way around the world to land before us) and the food we eat excites and delights, we’re pretty happy bunnies.

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“The food (Oh the food!) is as good as you’ll get this side of the Aegean”

So it may surprise you that I feel Denis of Bicester, a small Turkish eatery on Sheep Street, is befitting of my mantra above. Yes, the walls are a bit ‘yellow,’ the menu has pictures on – a cardinal sin restaurateurs – and the wine

should very much be avoided, but the food (Oh the food!) is as good as you’ll get this side of the Aegean. Crispy Borek, filled with different daily combinations on the owner’s recommendation, were both delicious and a gesture of good will that one would struggle to find in a bigger establishment. Moussaka, not normally known for its aesthetic qualities, was as neatly presented as humanly possible for a dish of its kind. Dessert was the biggest surprise of the night. Any Master Chef fan will be aware of the “curse of the chocolate fondant”– only a chef with the steeliest of resolves can resist the temptation to keep it in the oven, panicked by its under-cooked wobble. A dry fondant is a tragic thing for all concerned, and yet the fondant at Denis opened the chocolate floodgates merrily across my plate.


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In fact, my advice to any nomadic foodie, intrepidly travelling to a new area and unsure of where would be the safest bet to get a decent meal, would be to target a smaller, familyrun restaurant that serves more exotic faire. Truthfully, these places are always going to tick the ‘flavour box’ and the ‘comfort box’ because they simply rely on some poor old Nonna sat in a kitchen at the back who churns out recipes that have been in her family for generations; no gimmicks allowed. The potential alternative – a seemingly trendy town-centre bistro that might have a mixologist behind the bar, but will predictably serve you soggy calamari with jazzed up Hellman’s and a so-called re-invented burger (there is a common misconception in this country that if you ‘top’ things with Brie and Cranberry or Avocado and Bacon you are some-how ‘modern’) – is far less palatable in my opinion. So, suspend judgement and have a meal at Denis. Don’t focus on the music (loud and Turkish though it may be) or the drink (which was very pink and served in a carafe). Instead, relax and let the food and hospitality of the Mediterranean put a smile on your face, smug in the knowledge that you have discovered one of Bicester’s ‘Secret Eats’.

Alinazik, layers of grilled aubergine with yoghurt, garlic and sautéed chicken

Relax and let the food and hospitality of the Mediterranean put a smile on your face, smug in the knowledge that you have discovered one of Bicester’s ‘Secret Eats’

What we ate STARTERS Traditional spicy Suzjuk sausages Borek - filo pastry parcels stuffed with green lentils and served with mint and cucumber yoghurt

MAIN 1 Moussaka

MAIN 2 Alinazik – layers of grilled aubergine with yoghurt, garlic and sautéed chicken

DESSERT Chocolate Fondant Soufflé served with ginger sauce and ice cream Traditional Baklava

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Top 10 Barbeque Essentials

The summer is finally here, the warmth of the sun is upon us and what better way celebrate the season than with a barbeque. If you are planning to join the five million Brits expected to dust off their grills this summer then why not try out some of my barbeque must-haves with these Top 10 Barbeque Essentials.

Maz Beagley

ProQ Excel 20 BBQ Smoker £280.00 Available from www.souschef.co.uk The ProQ Excel 20 smoker is admittedly a big investment, but as it’s a top of the range barbeque hot smoker it’s built to last. The porcelain coating and 1mm thick steel makes the Excel feel solid, it also looks stunning in any outdoor space. It’s a 3 in 1 barbeque, which means you can grill, roast or smoke food.

Dual Barbeque Stand £12.99 Available at Amazon.co.uk This dual barbeque is the more flexible way to barbeque as it holds a standard barbeque on one side and space to place a party sized barbeque cartridge on the other.

Masterchef 3pc Stainless Steel Utensil Set in Apron £20.00 Available from Tesco Direct This apron and 3-piece utensil set from Masterchef includes a fork, grilling spatula and a set of tongs, all made from stainless steel.

Hot Smoking Wood Chip Selection £20.00 Available from www.souschef.co.uk This wood chip selection contains five packs of naturally flavoured wood chips for hot smoking food. Each variety of wood gives off a different flavoured smoke, which will infuse into fish, meats, cheeses and vegetables.

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BBQ Sword £14.99 Available from www.thefowndry.com This barbeque accessory is actually a twinpronged fork fashioned to resemble a musketeerstyle sword. It even comes with a cut-out cardboard mask so you can spear treacherous chicken thighs and impale all the king’s hot dogs without revealing your true identity!


Todd’s Concoctions £8.99 each Available from www.firebox.com Ideal for seasoning, smothering and serving, these Todd’s Concoctions taste incredible. The bottles resemble wild-west whisky and will certainly bring a bit of style to your boring sauce table.

Tefal OptiGrill £149.99. Available from John Lewis Judging precisely when a steak, burger or sausage is finished on the barbecue is tricky plus the British weather can be very unpredictable, which is why this Tefal OptiGrill is very handy to have around. The grill will indicate when your meat is at rare, medium or well done via a colourchanging LED display – so no more under or overcooked barbeque meat.

BBQ Branding Iron £14.99 Available from www.menkind.co.uk With fifty-two letters and eight blank spaces, this ingenious aluminium branding iron allows you to customise your food with whatever message you fancy.

Tefal Infiny Press Revolution £199 Available from Littlewoods This new juicer is perfect for preparing juices, cocktails or smoothies at a barbeque. Its slowly rotating screw system presses the fruit, meaning better tasting juice for all your guests.

BBQ Bear Paws £14.99 Available at www.firebox.com Modelled on the paws of a grizzly bear, these hilarious but useful cooking accessories give you a more natural grip when you handle your meat and toss your salads.

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Green with Envy

awns fascinate me. They provide a backdrop to the combustion of colour that summer brings, and in many gardens, they become the feature of the garden in winter as herbaceous growth has been cut back and many trees have lost their foliage. They also appear to be a man’s domain. If I’m invited to look at a potential client’s garden, the borders are discussed in detail, concerns about trees are alluded to and all the while we dance around the large green feature underneath our feet without a mention of it. When I enquire as to whether they would like me to maintain the lawn, they inform me that “my husband does that”. Therein lies the problem, perhaps? I am a man. By nature, we like instant, we like immediate cause and effect, and we don’t play the long game very well. Like anything in your garden, a lawn needs nurturing. Many don’t have the time, while others feel intimidated by undertaking some of the tasks alone. In reality, improving your lawn can be simple because few 46

people go through the routines described below. Those that do, are the envy of their neighbours. To start with, let’s consider what a lawn is.

“Like anything in your garden, a lawn needs nurturing.” What makes up a lawn? There are, essentially, three types of garden lawn (discounting meadows and non-grass lawns) and all are made up of a mix of grass types. Firstly, there is the “Wimbledon” lawn, a first-rate luxury blend of Bents and Fescues. These are fine-leaved grasses that require very frequent maintenance

and do not stand up well to heavy foot traffic. Consider the appearance of Centre Court after dry weather and five days of play, and that is with the most thorough of maintenance programmes. If you want a luxury lawn, you pay a premium in seed or turf costs and your base must be spirit-level flat before laying it, otherwise the effect is compromised and maintenance becomes problematic. Typical grass types that constitute this type of lawn are Agrostis tenuis (Browntop Bent) and Festuca longifolia (Hard Fescue). If you are hell-bent on having a luxury lawn, ensure that your soil will support it. It needs good drainage so a clay-base is far from ideal. Most of us will require a lawn to withstand traffic. The constant padding down of paws or trampling around of little people can be wearing on the leaf growth and can cause compaction. The best mix of grass types to constitute a utility lawn are those that do not require the frequent intervention

that a luxury lawn does, are relatively forgiving if the lawn is cut with slightly worn blades or poor technique and can recover quickly. Perennial ryegrasses are chosen for toughness and broad-leaved meadow grasses seed well to provide a constant density of green. Poa pratensis (a smooth-stalked meadow grass) copes well in dry summers and Poa annua is a broad-leaf grass that will colonise bare patches in no time. Add in perennial ryegrasses such as Manhattan or Hunter which recover well from being mown too short, and Lesser Timothy which copes admirably in heavy wet soils, and you will have a carpet of resistance that also looks impressive if cared for properly. Unfortunately, utility lawns can turn into second-rate lawns if their maintenance programme consists of infrequent mowing and a lack of feeding, weeding and watering. They can be recovered but the time required is significant. Prevention is infinitely better than cure.


A tired lawn in need of maintenance

How to maintain a lawn Grasses are tough competitors. If you maintain a good density of grass within your lawn, weeds will find it difficult to survive. Your maintenance programme can be straight-forward, but it should be an all-year-round approach and be followed with consistency. Spring QQ Start by raking any remaining leaves or other unwanted

QQ Weed-killers can be applied if the lawn is weedy. Make sure you

obstacles off the lawn, and test to see if the lawn is compacted.

select the right product for the type of weeds that you have. I

Compaction is when the surface of your lawn is not particularly

generally avoid the all-in-one products. My experience of them

porous, meaning that air cannot circulate fully around the

has not been great. Late spring is the best time to apply them,

roots below and their vigour is affected. If you cannot push a

particularly if the weed-killers are systemic and require the

matchstick into the lawn with one finger, it is compacted. To

weeds to be in full swing to penetrate all the way down the plant.

relieve this, push a fork at least 3 inches into the lawn and do this across the whole surface. You will know you’ve done it afterwards because the blisters on your hands will remind you for days. No pain, no gain.

QQ You should mow the lawn weekly if the grass is vigorous because fortnightly will mean that the lawn is losing too much leaf blade in one swoop, which can shock it. If you do want to roll the lawn to level it, now is the time to do it.

QQ If you have problems with moss (which generally results from shade or compaction, because in both cases water sits on the surface of the lawn which provides the ideal condition for moss to spread) then apply a lawn sand to kill it. You can then remove the moss, top-dress the lawn and over-seed the bare patches. QQ The other important tasks are the breaking-up of creeping weed stems and the removal of thatch (dead grass) by raking with a spring-tine rake. Thatch can encourage moss to develop as it provides a good surface for water to sit on. Once that is done, feed the lawn with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser because that will aid

Summer QQ Summer is straightforward. Mow regularly, leaving about an inch of growth above the surface. This is ideal for the vigour of the grass and production of side-shoots to thicken up the lawn, thus helping it fight off competition from weeds. Clippings should be collected and composted. Keep the lawn nice and moist. If it dries out then the leaf blades and roots become stressed.

the green-growth throughout the growing season.

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“Never mow in cold strong winds as the leaf blades will be wind-scorched”

Autumn QQ The lawn should be spiked (lightly aerated) and scarified to remove thatch. If moss is a problem, then apply a moss-killer before scarifying. QQ Top-dressing your lawn with a mix of loam and sand will improve the evenness of the surface of the lawn and will improve the vigour of the grass in the spring because you are alleviating the likelihood of problems such as compaction (the sand in the dressing helps drainage and you are improving the depth of the ideal topsoil level) and encouraging more side-shoots to form in the spring. QQ The fertiliser you apply in autumn is more balanced in its make-up of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous than the one in the spring which was nitrogen-dominant. If you use that in the autumn you would encourage top-growth which exposes new growth to harsh winds, wet and cold weather and this can damage the lawn. The fertiliser in the autumn is more about strengthening root development as well as leaf-blade strength for the new season. Ensure that any leaf-fall is removed from the lawn as this will provide shade and encourage moisture to sit, and moss problems can result. Now is a good time to edge the lawn.

Winter QQ Now is the time to keep off the lawn for fear of causing damage. If the day is dry and the surface is not wet or frozen, then keep removing leaves from the surface.

Maintenance of your lawn can seem a little time-consuming as the result is not as instant as spending a day on your borders, but over time you will reap the benefits. Today’s efforts are tomorrow’s routine and your lawn could become your man’s best friend.

Oxford Edens Information

Oxford Edens is a gardening business based in North Oxfordshire, specialising in garden maintenance. We are a Member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen and are registered with the Environment Agency as a business that produces composts and chippings. Please contact Gavin on 07717 495 215 or email gavin@oxfordedens.co.uk to find out more about our products. Alternatively, visit www.oxfordedens.co.uk for our services.

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