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Hello and welcome to our Late Spring issue. Between these pages, we offer you a slice of country life, locally. Our theme this edition is gardens so all things green and beautiful feature in every form from our guide to local wildflowers to how growing your own can maximise your health to updates on a range of great gardening events. We also bring you fresh ideas to improve your home and lifestyle. Try our recipe for Lime & Vanilla tart, enter our new competition to win a luxury box of chocolates and choose from a selection of money saving vouchers. Don’t forget that as well as our printed magazine, you can access Life in the Village wherever you are by following us on twitter @lisalambon or visiting www.lifeinthevillage.co.uk where you’ll find daily updates displayed on every page. Enjoy the countryside this season. Until next time,

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Contents Late Spring 2017

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Front cover image: Š www.Shutterstock.com/Mint and Lemon This page, left to right, Eckington Flower Festival & Open Gardens courtesy of David Bainbridge, Ashton under Hill Open Gardens courtesy of Jo Brown, Kirsten Cluer of Cluer HR

17 Ultimate Gardening with Jane Furze 21 Petal Power with Maria Banks 28 Years of Ashton under Hill Open Gardens with Malcolm Nelson 33 Guiding Hand with Sarah Ingles 37 Engaging with HR with Kirsten Cluer 41 Clean Easy with Hristina Toteva 43 Eckington Flower Festival & Open Gardens 44 Care & Conservation with Jo Ballin and Isobel Meikle

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6 Welcome 8 Swaying in the Breeze with Wendy Carter 14 A Guide to Sash Windows with John Lannen 19 Less Grey. More You with Graham West 24 Local Policing with Supt. Kevin Purcell 27 Maximising Your Savings with Jo Potts 31 Caring for Your Pets with vet Lizzie Threadingham 35 Relax L&L Style with John Lannen 38 The British Asparagus Festival with Shelby Padley 46 Lime & Vanilla Tart with Steve Waites 53 Index

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Common Spotted Orchid PHOTO Paul Lane

Swaying in the breeze

With their heads nodding gently in the breeze and leaves upturned in praise of the sunshine, wildflowers are one of Nature’s great delights. Wendy Carter of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust offers a guide.

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verges and hedges to woodlands and meadows, late spring is the ideal time of year to start following the colourful trail of our 8

wildflowers; watch the golden hues of spring turn into the cooler pinks and lilacs of summer. Fields of gold Cowslips (pictured overleaf) are one of the earliest spring flowers so are closely associated with much English folklore and tradition,

including adorning garlands for May Day and being strewn on church paths for weddings. Formerly a common plant, it was picked in profusion across the country for many celebrations. The species went through a hard time between the 1940s and 1980s when meadows were ploughed up and herbicides


Bluebell close up PHOTO Stephanie Franklin

Tiddesley Wood Bluebells PHOTO Paul Lane

drifted onto verges. It is a little known fact that Worcestershire was (and still is) the lowland county in England with the highest proportion of its land under wildflower-rich meadows, so numbers locally were particularly badly hit. All was not lost though – these delicate, egg-yolk yellow flowers have clung on along verges, in hedgerows, in old churchyards, on and around Bredon Hill and in the meadows that weren’t ploughed. For such a pretty flower, their name doesn’t have the most pleasant of derivations – ‘cowslop’ (cow-pat) hints at the close relationship between the plants and where they grow. Where Cowslips occur in good numbers alongside their cousin, the Primrose, the two can hybridise, giving rise to the False

Oxslip. Rather than having dangling flowers, this crossbreed holds its Primrose-like flowers upright, pointing to the heavens. It’s this plant that is the long-ago ancestor of today’s garden polyanthus cultivars. The first time I ever saw a False Oxslip was in our Tiddesley Wood nature reserve just outside Pershore. But, of course, this beautiful old woodland is famous for another reason; its stunning bluebells... Carpets of blue From mid-April onwards, swathes of ancient lilac -blue flowers carpet woodland floors like Tiddesley where the trees aren’t too dense to shade them out. Bluebells spend most of the year as bulbs underground; millions of them may exist in one wood. Sympathetic woodland

management means opening up woodland floors to help them thrive. Locally, teams of our volunteers are involved in scrub– cutting to create sunny glades, coppicing (cutting down trees to ground level) and regular ride maintenance on a cycle to enable our bluebells to bloom. There are three types of Bluebell in the UK – our native species, the introduced Spanish Bluebell and a hybrid of the two. Our native Bluebell is threatened by garden escapes of the Spanish Bluebell and the hybridisation that occurs. As with the Cowslip, the ‘original’ flower is much more delicate than the hybrid with dangling bells bending the stem to one side; the hybridised versions are much more upright and robust. Our native flower is also sweetly fragranced with pollen that is creamy white. 9


Lady’s Bedstraw PHOTO Ann Fells

Stems of purple Search in local Bluebell woods or up on Bredon Hill during May and you may be lucky enough to spot Early Purple Orchids – a multitude of wonderfully vivid flowers with spotty stiff leaves. Visit some of our woodland nature reserves or, better still, meadows or orchards throughout the Vale of Evesham, a little later in the year, and you may come across the UK’s most common orchid, the Common Spotted. The name ‘Orchid’ (Orchis) means testicle and refers to the pair of root-tubers growing beneath the plant – one is new and expanding, filling up with nutrients for the following year, and the other is withering away as it supplies the plant that you can see this year. Now, please forgive my 10

Cowslips PHOTO Steve Bloomfield

former ignorance here but it may help you out... Many years ago I watched an episode of Midsomer Murders in which a local community were guarding an orchid. It led me to believe that orchids were the rarest plants and only ever grew in ones and twos. If you are under the same misapprehension, trust me, it’s simply not the case! Although orchids are now relatively rare, largely because of the ploughing of meadows, they can still be found in good numbers where they survive. They are also present in unexpected places. One of our volunteers based in Redditch noticed a Common Spotted Orchid growing at the bottom of her garden. She left it to grow and the following year she had a couple more. Now, several years on, she has dozens of them

scattered throughout her lawn – she doesn’t mow it until they’ve all set seed for the following year. Why not take a closer look at your grass before you mow it or head to a local churchyard to see what’s coming up there? Whirls of pink One of the most common wayside flowers that can be seen, as spring turns to summer, is the thistle-like Knapweed. There are two types; Greater and Common. Take a closer look at Knapweed and you’ll see that it’s actually a composite flower, made up of florets. Greater Knapweed is bigger all round, with longer outer petals and more deeply divided leaves. Around the edges of the 'flowers' are large, ragged star-like ray florets, with smaller dense florets in the middle. It’s Common


Common Spotted Orchid PHOTO Paul Lane

Rainbows of light Of course, there are many more wildflowers that brighten up our lives throughout spring and summer. From mid-April (depending on the weather) Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower is widespread across South Worcestershire especially in dampish places and along roadsides. This plant, favoured by Orange Tip butterflies, has delicate pale lilac flowers of only one to two centimetres across and bluegreen coloured upright stems with very narrow leaves in a rosette at its base. Its name, as you would imagine, signals the arrival of the first cuckoo. Lady’s Bedstraw is a plant that brings a flash of yellow to meadows as June arrives; it’s name probably originates from the old practice of using the dried plant in straw mattresses.

It is a little known fact that Worcestershire is the lowland county in England with the highest proportion of its land area still under flower-rich meadows and pastures. We’re launching an appeal to save some of these internationally important wildflower sites.

cousin has flower heads with tiny bright pink florets surrounded by a crown of long, pink bracts (leaf-like structures). For bees, butterflies and many other insects, this composite form is great news because each of the florets provides sweet nectar to give them energy – spy a bee on a Knapweed bloom and it will probably be there for a little while (at least long enough for you to take a photo if you’re able to sneak up on it). Knapweed’s Worcestershire stronghold is around Bredon Hill and the Cotswold fringe so keep your eyes out for it on your walks in the area. It’s a huge favourite of all kinds of butterflies including Common Blues, Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns and you may sometimes spot it because it is smothered in these species.

Great Burnet PHOTO Wendy Carter

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Common Spotted Orchid PHOTO Dave Butler

Lady’s Smock (Cuckoo Flower) PHOTO Rosemary Winnall

Knapweed PHOTO Mervyn Needham

It’s a relatively low growing plant but the spikes are filled with tiny yellow flowers that help it to stand out in the meadows and along waysides wherever it grows. Head a little further west of the county and you’ll find Great Burnet on the floodplain meadows of the River Severn and the Longdon and Eldersfield Brooks. Great Burnet has oval, crimson flower heads that appear on long green stalks from June to September, giving them the look of lollipops. The presence of its bulbous, blood-red heads is an indication of a rare group of plants and flowers flourishing together in floodplain meadows. These special grasslands have thrived for centuries because of the way they are managed which results in a flower-rich hay crop. A 12

member of the Rose family, Great Burnet can survive for decades due to its extensive root system. Visit our website or follow us on social media and you’ll see that in the next couple of months we’ll be launching a fundraising appeal to save some of these internationally important wildflower sites. Planting a wildflower meadow Wildflowers can be grown at home even if you haven’t got a garden - they can be sown in hanging baskets or window boxes. Not only are wildflowers pretty to look at, they are extremely important for our native wildlife, providing hunting and feeding grounds for many insects, mammals and birds. Indeed they have evolved together and many species are

inter-dependent for their survival. To download a fact sheet that shows you how to help conserve our rich flora and fauna at home please visit: www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/ sites/default/files/ wildflower_meadow.pdf Find out more For more details about wildflowers please visit our website and browse our Habitat Explorer and Species Explorer under the Wildlife tab. Our Wildflower A-Z will help you identify a wide range of species. www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/ wildlife/species-explorer/plants -and-fungi/wildflowers


Early Purple Orchid PHOTO James Hitchcock

WWT events include:  Sun 30th April, Tiddesley Wood Open Day, Pershore, WR10 2AD, 10am-5pm. Join us for our popular annual event. Take a closer look at the wood on a wildlife discovery walk in this beautiful woodland setting, peruse the craft stalls, find out more at information stalls, enjoy a light lunch and relax to the live music. Much more besides! £3 adults, £1 children.  Saturday 6th May, Tiddesley Wood Guided Walk, Pershore,

Knapweed close up PHOTO Rosemary Winnall

Donations. To book a tour of this lovely ancient woodland reserve please call 01527 272074.  Wednesday 17th May, Upton Warren Wetland Reserve Guided Walk, £3.50. To book call 01886 812854  Wednesday 31st May, Pied Flycatchers on the Malvern Hills Guided Walk, 10am12.30pm Donations. A morning's guided walk with Simon Roberts from the Malvern Hills Conservators to hear about, and hopefully see, this species.

 Wednesday 21st June, 6.309pm, Slow-Worm Walk, Cherry Orchard local nature reserve, Worcester, WR5 3DH. £3.50. Did you know...Worcester is slow-worm city? It lays claim to having the largest single urban slow-worm population in Britain and the first ever City Council designated slow-worm sanctuary. For bookings please call 01886 821854. Full details of all events are at www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/ whats-on

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photographer Steve Gledhill, who recently completed a portfolio of weekly images 'On Bredon Hill' will be exhibiting a selection of his stunning photographs in St Barbara’s Church. As last year, there will also be a photographic competition, open to all, to find original images to be used in printed and online publicity next year. Refreshments Visitors will be able to buy a light lunch or cream tea from noon in the dedicated refreshment marquee, or sandwiches and cake served by the WI in the village hall. Full meals will be available all day in Ashton’s pub The Star Inn. Quality plants and craft goods will also be on sale


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and there’s a free illustrated programme, free car and coach parking, plus a complimentary minibus service around the village. Fundraising This popular annual event aims to raise funds for the community. In the past money raised has been donated to St Barbara’s church for repairs, the village community centre, the WI, the Guides and both local schools to encourage the gardeners of tomorrow. Group Discounts We are pleased to offer groups an advance booking rate of rate of £5 per person (£1 off the normal adult price) for a party of 10 or more. There is no charge for under 16s and Saturday tickets are also valid for Sunday. We also offer an added incentive of one free ticket if your booking is for more than 20 people. If you'd like to take advantage of our group rates for members of your club, society or other organisation please call 01386 881431 or 01386 881487 or email Malcolm Nelson on marketing@ashtonopengardens.co.uk Find us with Sat Nav WR11 7SW. For full details and the most up to date information please visit www.ashtonopengardens.co.uk 29


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Enjoy a summer’s day out in support of Holy Trinity church.

ckington’s Open Garden and Flower Festival was started to support the beautiful and historic Holy Trinity Church which sits in the centre of the village under the shade of an enormous cedar. Each year, our talented flower arrangers compete to produce stunning themed floral displays which decorate its interior. This June, the entire church will be transformed into a micro-world of flowers, delighting the senses. The village has at least four

gardens which are part of the National Gardens Scheme and are outstanding in their design and location. At least 30 more of varying size and design will also be open for your enjoyment. In addition, there will be a variety of entertainment on offer including a brass band, morris dancing, children’s maypole dancing, live music, classic cars, plant stall and a grand prize draw. Refreshments will be available at several locations including light meals, homemade

Weekend Admission Adults £6 Children Free 01386 751698 www.eckington.info

cakes, a pudding parlour (all freshly baked) and a barbeque. A free circular minibus will be available to transport you from site to site around the village. Eckington lies on the B4080, halfway between Tewkesbury and Pershore, nestled beneath Bredon Hill. There are two pubs, a shop and walks down to the river where there’s a wharf and picnic area. Please find us with the postcode WR10 3AN. For the most up to date information please visit www.eckington.info

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Care & Conservation Wick Care Farm, near Pershore, is a not for profit enterprise that uses the farm environment in a therapeutic way for the benefit of children and adults. We talked to co-founders, Jo Ballin and Isobel Meikle. What is a therapeutic farm? (Jo) The project grew out of our awareness that farming, whether it’s rearing animals or growing plants, can be good for us. The farm provides a safe but structured environment in which people can grow, harvest, cook and eat together plus look after animals including hens, lambs and piglets. How does that bring benefits? Wick Care Farm is a welcoming, friendly place where adults and children are supported to carry out a wide variety of activities based on the farm. Each day is loosely structured and designed to offer opportunities to help people improve their mental and 44

physical health. The work needed to keep the crops and animals healthy is meaningful, giving participants a role and a sense of belonging which they may have never had before. People who come here form bonds with the animals and each other, develop new skills, learn to plan and adapt, and gain independence. They also become part of a community where they feel valued as individuals, both physically and emotionally. Taken together, these various benefits have a positive effect on health, bringing stability and optimising wellbeing. People gain in confidence in so many ways. As an aside, carers also get a much needed break.

Who comes to the farm? We work with children and adults who travel to us from across the region, 51 weeks a year. The groups that run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are made up of nine adults aged 18 to 80 with long term mental health issues such as anxiety, depression or dementia, although there are spaces for one or two younger people. Wednesdays are set aside for groups of up to six young people who need an alternative curriculum. Referrals come from a range of sources such as friends and family, nurses, teachers, social workers and mental health professionals. People can also self-refer.


Visit us as part of LEAF Open Farm Sunday Sunday 11th June 11am-3pm

How was the project originally conceived? I am an Occupational Therapist and Isobel is a teacher who farms in partnership with her husband Tom. We shared a vision for the care farm focused on improving quality of life for the people we worked with. How has the care farm grown? Isobel lives at Wick Grange Farm (an arable farm growing cereals and vegetables) and to start us off she went on a course about care farming. We set up in 2014 with a patch of her and Tom’s land, a basic building, two dogs, four hens and a couple of raised beds. Today, we have a flock of Jacob sheep, 30 hens, a greenhouse and a polytunnel which has extended what we can grow. Progress is slow but with constant hard work and support from local people, we keep moving forward. For example we’ve established our flock of sheep by raising three batches of orphaned lambs donated by a friendly farmer. We hand feed

and halter train them and we’ve also been through several cycles of raising piglets. How is the project financed? The only way we can afford to run the care farm is if participants pay for their attendance so that’s usually funded from Personal Independence Payments, by schools, or by older people using savings. Wick Care Farm is a not for profit enterprise and we’re currently working towards becoming a community interest company. All of our income is consumed by our wage bill, running costs or expansion. How can we support you? Please tell your friends and family about us, and if you feel it may be appropriate for someone you know to come along, give us a call to discuss a referral. We always need volunteers to help run the Care Farm, especially people with gardening or farming experience. We also need fundraisers to help raise

money for projects. How can we find out more? Come along on Sunday 11th June 11am-3pm when we’re open as part of LEAF Open Farm Sunday. We’re always keen to raise awareness through school visits and hosting groups such as Brownies & WI in the evening. For Wick Care Farm contact: Isobel Meikle 07967 173740 Jo Ballin 07971 363092 info@wickgrange.co.uk wickgrange.co.uk Wick Grange Farm is open for Open Farm Sunday on Sunday 11th June. It sits between Evesham and Pershore, just off the B4084 at the east end of Wick. Owlets' Lane, Wick, Pershore, WR10 3PB Other local farms open for LEAF Open Farm Sunday are  Church Farm GL20 GHT  Overbury Farms GL20 7NR www.farmsunday.org 45


Belle House Lime & Vanilla Tart Crisp pastry and a smooth custard filling give this simple dessert good bite and contrast. The addition of lime lifts the flavour for a fresh, summery tasting experience. Perfect to prepare ahead for lunch with friends. INGREDIENTS SWEET PASTRY 500g flour 150g butter 100g caster sugar 100g icing sugar 2 eggs 50ml water

INGREDIENTS TART MIXTURE 3 eggs 3 limes (zest and juice) 100g sugar 250ml double cream ½ vanilla pod

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METHOD SWEET PASTRY  Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.  Combine all of the dry ingredients into a food processor until it is like breadcrumbs.  Add the water and eggs to combine.  Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to prevent shrinkage.  Line a 6-8” tart case. Bake blind (line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans or rice) for 10 minutes and then for a further 5 minutes without the beans/rice until golden.  Allow to go cold. METHOD TART MIXTURE  Whisk the eggs and lime juice and zest together until thick and pale.  Boil the cream, sugar and vanilla.  Combine everything together, sieve and then pour into the tart case.  Bake at 130 degrees until set which will take approximately 20 minutes.  Serve cold with Salted Chocolate or Chocolate ice cream.


Did You Know? To ensure a crisp base to your tart bake blind until golden, brush the pastry base with a little egg white then bake again for 5 minutes. A metal tart plate which conducts heat will give the best results

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