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Worcester Park Life

KT4’s ONLY FREE Independent Community Magazine and Business Guide April 2021 Issue 146

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Welcome to YOUR Worcester Park Life I write we are days away from being allowed to socialise in gardens (yippee!) and escape this miserable winter – let’s hope the weather brightens up and we can enjoy another beautiful spring and summer - albeit without the peace that lockdown no1 brought when everyday was like an early Sunday morning on the roads, with more people out walking than cars. I trust you are keeping well and send heartfelt sympathy to those of you who have lost family, friends and neighbours during this past difficult year. As restrictions are lifted in the coming weeks and months we should be able to start including club and community information again and, maybe even some What’s On listings. If you have something to contribute, or, would like to advertise in our May edition please do get in

Remember, we deliver to most homes every second month but if it’s not delivered to you, you can read it on your phone, tablet or PC. There are a limited number of copies available (if open) from Waitrose, Worcester Park Library, St Mary’s and Christ Church with St Philip. The copy dates for the next couple of editions are below. If you’d like to advertise or have a local story to tell, please call or email. Finally, for your own wellbeing, it’s time to reconnect with other human beings. You don’t meet other people spending your money via your computer or phone. Feel good and do good by keeping it local.

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touch. And thanks so much to all our advertisers this month, I do hope that you’ll support them and our other local businesses during continuingly difficult times for many.

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Worcester Park History Elmcroft, Elmcroft and Elmcroft Have you ever wondered why the name Elmcroft appears in at least two places in the London Road at North Cheam? It can be seen high up on Elmcroft Parade between Senhouse Road and Victoria House, and at the Elmcroft Community Centre (The Colin Peel Hall and Hopkins Hall), run by Worcester Park and North Cheam Community Association, between the vehicular and pedestrian entrances to Sainsbury’s. The name Elmcroft has been in this area longer than either building, having been connected with this part of North Cheam at least since the 1910s, and two postcards have recently turned up which illustrate this. The earlier card was written in November 1911 by W T and A Nash, giving the address as Elm Croft, London Road, Worcester Park (the area just beyond the London Road was sometimes referred to as Worcester Park until North Cheam became more built-up). It apparently shows the right-hand of a pair of houses, and the message on the back explains ‘This is the front of our house’. 1911 was a census year, and the census return shows that William Thomas Nash, a retired boot machinist from Hammersmith, and his wife Ann, probably the couple shown on the postcard standing in the front garden, were living at Elmcroft. Next door, at no. 2 Elmcroft, presumably the left-hand house of the pair, were Robert and Elizabeth Squire; he was a retired plasterer. Rate-books from around the same time list the two families at 1 and 2 Elmcroft, and, apparently to the left, a Mr Fairminer’s Elmcroft Nursery. The name Elmcroft is a reminder that there were many elm trees in Worcester Park until the 1970s; the London Road itself is labelled Elm Lane on a map of 1831. The 1910 Ordnance Survey map shows the pair of houses, in a rural position with fields between them and the Queen Victoria pub at the Malden Road crossroads. Buildings including a large glasshouse just to the north confirm the presence of the nursery. The two houses plus the nursery had over three acres of grounds, running down to a pond near what would become the back garden boundary of houses in Hilbert Road. If my calculations are correct, the land where 1 and 2 Elmcroft stood is now occupied partly by part of the Nonsuch Inn and partly by the

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pedestrian access to Sainsburys; the Community Centre car park is roughly on the site of the nursery buildings; and about two-thirds of the Sainsbury’s building occupies much of the rest of the land. The nursery was bounded on the north by the large field that would become the London Transport Sports Ground (now Fairlands Park, plus the rest of the Sainsbury’s complex and the Community Centre). A footpath ran along the edge of the field, crossing several more fields before joining Malden Road close to the present Chatsworth Road, thus providing a (slightly) short cut for children from North Cheam walking to the old Cheam Church of England School (to use its last name) where Popinjays Row now stands on the corner of Netley Close. The next Ordnance Survey map dates from 1933. The two houses, and the nursery, were still there, but they now had a very different setting. In addition to the developments across the London Road, there were new shops on both sides of Senhouse Road. The name Elmcroft Parade, with the date 1930, was inscribed on the parapet of the shops to the right (as viewed from the London Road) of Senhouse Road, but the 1935 Pile’s Directory of Sutton indicates that, at that time, the numbering of Elmcroft Parade also applied to the shops, built in the same style, to the left of the junction. It appears that probably three small shops, two of which remain, with an archway to the land behind where Ruxley House is now located, were built between those and the Elmcroft houses, and these small shops, plus the old houses, were also included in the numbering.

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Our second illustration is a postcard postmarked in 1936. The right-hand part of Elmcroft Parade can be seen in the foreground. The 1935 directory records that this section contained, from left to right, a furniture shop, a confectioner’s, a cycle dealer, a United Dairies branch, a hairdresser named Nicholls (the name can just be seen on the card) and L H Walker’s North Cheam Music Centre; the postcard shows that the music shop had the message ‘Get your gramophones and records here’ on the roller-blind. At the right-hand edge of the card is a hedge, and the road narrows at this point, so the scene must have been photographed before further shops were built between here and the Queen Vic.

occupies 583 and 540). Elmcroft Nursery was also still listed in 1935, run by A H Horne and Co, but flowers Our colour illustration, courtesy of Chris and Kay Foale, soon gave way to films: in 1937 the Granada was shows the same shops, from a different angle, in 1986. opened, occupying much of the front of the nursery The businesses shown include Andrews Estate Agents, premises. The story of the Granada, the subsequent who are still in the same location, and have been in development of the site for the 1971 Sainsbury’s North Cheam since 1966. This photograph also shows supermarket, and then the building of the Nonsuch the shops between the 1930 parade and Victoria House, Inn after Sainsbury’s moved next door, merits another including Woolworths’. article one day. In 1935 the shops built in the same style to the left of Senhouse Road comprised a butcher, fishmonger, fruiterer, fancy draper and domestic stores (there are now only four shops, because Jordan Flooring

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moved north-eastwards. Do you have memories of the shops in Elmcroft Parade, or of the nursery, the tennis courts or the old Community Centre buildings? I should be very pleased to hear from you. David Rymill rymilldavid@outlook.com 01962 868976. through the archway in the group of small shops. The Community Association’s first building was the timber ‘Elmcroft’ pavilion at the back of this site, behind the Granada’s car park; this may possibly have originally been the tennis club’s pavilion. Later a purpose-built Community Centre was constructed, and named Elmcroft Community Centre. When Sainsbury’s wanted to incorporate this land into the site for their new store, they funded the construction of the new community centre, completed in 1992 (this, too, may one day make a separate article). This was likewise given the Elmcroft name, and so the name, having travelled south-west from the original houses to the parade and the first community centre, now also

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Worcester Park, Old Malden and North Cheam: History at our Feet Published in 2012 and available at £10 (plus £2 towards postage if required) from the Rymill family. Ring 020 8330 6563 for more details. This 300-page book tells the story of Worcester Park from the Iron Age to the present day, and includes memories of local life from 1908 onwards, and over 150 maps, photographs and drawings - mostly never published before.

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Spotlight on GroutPro Mrs Jenkins of Worcester Park loves her four dogs. However Mrs Jenkins doesn’t like having to look at the dirty dark grout caused by her four dogs! When they come in from their walks it's this floor which takes the brunt of their dirty paws. Mrs Jenkins called GroutPro in desperation after a builder quoted her three and a half thousand pounds to have the floor replaced with almost four weeks of disruption with the kitchen being taken out and replaced. “Yes we can help” was the response she was given. One day of disruption, a full heavy duty chemical clean across the floor with a few strong smells and we started laying GroutPro’s Colourseal on the grout. What Is Colourseal? Colourseal is the premium product offered by GroutPro. It is a permanent solution to dirty and stained grout without the unnecessary mess and expense of re-grouting. Colourseal is a topical sealant that adheres to the surface of the grout forming a barrier that prevents stains and dirt penetrating the grout (causing discolouration and stains). Once installed, it provides low maintenance

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A Photographer Dreams... by Hugh Griffiths www.creativelight.org.uk

This time last year – April 2020 – we were all settling into a relatively well-defined lockdown. I don’t know about you, but I never imagined that a year later we might still be in a very similar boat. As I write this, in mid-February, the messages we are getting seem to imply that we may be coming out of Lockdown 3 by then. But will all those normal things be available – popping out to the barbers for a haircut, meeting friends in a pub, going on holiday somewhere – I really hope so!

scene from scratch (as opposed to seeing it and taking a photo) – but you can get really satisfying pictures with the simplest of tools and some time. This is definitely a subject that I am learning about: hopefully I will get better over time!

But the lockdown forced me to stay indoors – I was, and still am, shielding – so the ‘keeping indoors’ bit was stronger than for many people. I couldn’t go out to take photographs, couldn’t go to an art gallery or a National Trust place, couldn’t go away for a few days down to our caravan in Lancing. Pretty tough restrictions for someone who really likes being outside with his camera. As a result, I decided to try my hand at some indoor photography. I built a small studio to take photos in … when I say ‘studio’, I mean a dining table with a large white board supported by a couple of jigsaw boxes and some heavy books, and a tripod for my camera. Lighting consisted of daylight from the window and the room light above the table. Really, really nothing sophisticated! Anyway, many of my photos through lockdown were of cut flowers – and this picture shows a couple of tulips who have fallen in love with each other. They are cuddled up close and look like they’re about to have a big comfortable hug! As you can tell, my studio and object selection were not the most difficult to do – definitely something that anyone can do if they want to. Yes, it could be better if you had studio lighting of some sort, or if you had more imaginative props to include in the photo – but I don’t have the greatest imagination in thinking of creating a

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Another flower – one that speaks of April and early summer, more than spring. I go out each morning with my dog and sometimes walk along the A3 (well on a pavement to its side, protected by steel barriers!) on my way to the cycle path between New Malden and Raynes Park. Sometimes I take my camera, but not often: but I always have my iPhone with me. I like trees, mist, frost, early morning sunlight – but also quirky pictures. This photo shows the bluebells growing right by the side of the road with cars rushing by (even in lockdown there were always cars travelling along the A3) – and you can see one here, blurred by its speed behind the barrier and the flowers. The photo is definitely not a great piece of art – indeed I was somewhat reluctant to bother keeping it. But I did, because I always like the concept of nature battling its way through against our artificial and polluting ways. You can see this in the small plants that grow out of the top of a stone side to a bridge, or the plants that grow in the shingle of a beach, splashed by salty air, and very little earth to be found. It’s one of the lovely things about nature that it is fighting back and trying to tell us that it is still here and is beautiful.

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think – and of course a lot of pigeons. But this day a starling came for a brief visit. Now I only think of them as the pests at the supermarket car parks, but it turns out that they’re really rather attractive to look at. Fortunately, it stayed standing still on the grass, about 4 metres away, until I could get my camera up and take its portrait. It’s so glossy that it could almost be a wooden carving of the bird – but I assure you that it flew away shortly after!

You may remember that the weather during that first lockdown was fantastic: a lot of sun, dry weather, hot temperatures. So that those of us lucky enough to have a garden could sit there and turn browner and browner while watching the birds sharing our garden with us. Mind you, that opportunity is obviously a lot less for those of us who are working – sorry, but you lost out! We have a swing bench in the back garden, and I moved it to the centre, and hung a bird feeder on it. Not a plan that means you can then go and sit on the bench; the Animal Farm air force make it a messy place to be! Then I sat down on a lounger with my camera and long lens all ready to catch some of the birds that came by. We have a lot of sparrows who nest in a quince bush in the garden – provides safety from larger birds I

I have often talked about constraints being good for your photographic development, and I think that the lockdowns have done that for me – as you will see over the next few months. The Malden Camera Club has cancelled its physical meetings while the coronavirus is around, but we still have virtual meetings through video conferencing and other online tools. We expect to be meeting online each Thursday evening to the end of July but will be keeping this under review. If you want to know more about us, then contact us via the details on our website … www.maldencameraclub. org.uk And you can, of course, contact me via my website: www.creativelight.org.uk

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Art deco & Worcester Park Some years ago, an interesting after-dinner discussion focussed on art nouveau and art deco. Both periods have their histories. Both are considered to be reactions to world events, the Industrial Revolution and the First World War respectively. To clarify and avoid confusion some revision could be beneficial. Art nouveau was an international style which affected architecture, furniture, interior design, haute couture and art, especially the decorative arts. It flourished in the 1890s and became known by different names depending on geographical location. The most regularly used title, art nouveau, was chosen by Britain, the Low Countries and France. The Austro-Germans called it Jugendstil (1895-1910) whilst the Italians preferred the name stile liberty (1900-1914) which influenced, amongst others, the famous car designer, Carlo Bugatti. Perhaps the most publicly displayed piece of art nouveau can still be found in Paris. The dark green railings and canopies at metro stations are the work of the French designer, Hector Guimard. Art nouveau is organic, curvilinear but Jugendstil, although not dissimilar, had the extra element of geometry referred to by some as checkerboard. This is recognisable in the work of the Scottish architect and designer, Charles Rennie MacIntosh. The chair he designed for Hill House with its tall ladder-back and checkerboard panel at the top demonstrates this strain of Jugendstil. The movement continues to influence graphic design. Look at the logos for Carlsberg and Starbucks. For art deco we must move forward to 1920 although the look emerged in France just before the First World War. The movement was allencompassing and can be found in a huge range of very diverse work on a global spectrum. The USA loved it perhaps because it was fashionable and European. The Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the largest art deco cathedralsize church in the world. In New York’s Manhattan is the art deco building people instantly recognise as the iconic Chrysler Building. Shamefully, very few remember the architect who designed it, William Van Alen. At the time it was the world’s tallest building at 1,046 feet in height. It held the title for only 11 months until the plainer Empire State Building was completed.

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by Roy Buchanan

Which art movement do I prefer? I love both. Art nouveau is so 19th century, so fin-de-siècle, so undeniably elegant whilst art deco is so 20th century, so jazz age, so fashionably geometric. Having touched on both, let us now go a little deeper into one, art deco. The question frequently asked is why art deco? Where does the term come from? The principles of periodisation are helpful here. Periods in history are not like insurance policies that start at midnight on a certain date. They hint, then whisper, then slowly melt into being before becoming the immortal leitmotif of the times. What gave this period its title was an exhibition held in Paris in 1925. The English called it the Exhibition of Decorative Arts but in French its title was the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriel Modernes. Nearly a hundred years later we say these two words with considerable reverence. London, typical of a capital city, has contributed to the movement so let me provide a snapshot. In 1963 I moved to London and went exploring on a motorcycle along the Great West Road, nick-named The Golden Mile. At Brentford, I was attracted to the grand style of the Firestone Tyre Factory, built in 1928, its art deco design was the work of Wallis, Gilbert and Partners. In controversial circumstances it was hastily demolished over the August bank holiday weekend in 1980, just prior to becoming listed. I continued along the Great West Road and, being a stranger, had no idea what to expect. At Perivale, my eyes popped at the Hoover Building, another piece of beautiful art deco architecture, again designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners. Thankfully, this building has survived but the function has changed to a supermarket. Central London is awash with art deco. Combine a sedate afternoon tea with a visit to the stylish foyer of Claridge’s Hotel in Brook Street, stand on the west side of Leicester Square to gaze at the Odeon Cinema then take a walk along Fleet Street to admire the magnificent former Daily Express Building. Designed by Ellis and Clark in 1932, it is described as “one of the most prominent examples of art deco in London.” It’s a must. Now; if you are “In Town Tonight” (Classic 1930s BBC Radio programme) go to the RIBA Head Office at 66, Portland Place. Fittingly, this building is the head office of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The commission to do the design work attracted 284 entrants and George Grey Wornum

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was chosen. Construction started in 1933 and today guided tours are offered. I have never been on one so if you go, can I come? Worcester Park has its own worthy offerings. Opposite Balmoral Road the curved structure, called the Broadway Market, was built in 1934 and is typically art deco. Painted white with pale blue horizontal lines it is an eye-catcher. Further down Central Road, the three-storey terrace known as Caldbeck Parade built in 1932, oozes with art deco suggestiveness. We lost our cinema, the Odeon, but we gained a new addition in 2002, Brabham Court, an apartment block named after Sir Jack Brabham,

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Working at home is Okay but its hard to troubleshoot a problem or brainstorm on your own.

Friends, family and people are what make Loss of taste and smell is an opportunity to the world go round. Not being able to see eat the random unlabelled meals in the them is painful. freezer but adding extra herbs and spices is Teachers earn every penny of their salary a less risky alternative. and home schooling is for the very brave. A quiet Christmas can be lovely but large Balancing a laptop on the microwave and amounts of leftover turkey is not so good. calling it your office doesn’t make it so! Hugs have been under rated in the past. Birdsong is beautiful and we are very lucky Our neighbours have names, are good to to be surrounded by so much woodland and chat to and really helpful. Who knew! countryside. Loo rolls are lightweight and bulky. Patience, understanding, and compassion Collecting them is a comforting way of are worth their weight in gold.

making us feel like we are preparing Following a recipe and home cooking can effectively, even if we are not. be fun, but we miss going out.

Most of us hoard and when we declutter, we Furlough, pandemic, and Zoom are new find there is a remarkable amount of stuff in entries in our regular vocabulary. our home that hasn’t been needed for years. Community is a wonderful thing, and we all Exercise can be a pleasant escape from belong. reality, quite literally when that’s the only Holidays are something to really look reason you can go outside! forward to, and the UK is a lot more Grey and white are the new Magnolia, with interesting than we realised with plenty of bright and colourful accessories. hidden gems.

You can’t always get what you want, but it’s We can recognise people just from their surprisingly easy to make do or improvise. eyes, but its not always easy to tell if they Boilers and ovens prefer to break down just are smiling behind the mask.

at the start of a lockdown, ideally over a We can cope without celebrities, but we can’t cope without healthcare and long bank holiday for good measure. emergency services. Baking is curiously relaxing, if you can get the ingredients, but your waistline can have At Jackson Noon, and amongst our close family, we have had need to use those too much of a good thing. services several times over the last few Getting a delivery slot is a moment of months. There are many words to describe excitement and an opportunity to share in what they do but we are simply in awe and grateful beyond words. Thank you. your good fortune.

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Parkin’ some thoughts Light my Fire ...

by Nick Hazell

I’m feeling slightly uncomfortable. As I sit here trying to concentrate on a fiendishly complicated jigsaw, Harry Styles is peering over my shoulder looking like he’s about to suggest where I insert the next piece. This Harry is 6ft and as he is made of cardboard is indistinguishable from the real thing. He is in fact Lara’s gift to her sister for her 16th birthday and I am having to resist the temptation to saw him in half in a tragic case of magic that goes wrong. I may just have to restrict myself to drawing on a comedy moustache and blaming it on the dog. The strange thing is that this surreal apparition is just accepted in this house as normal in a year which has been anything but typical. What is also abnormal and a cause of some concern is my sudden and unaccountable desire to play some Styles on our music streaming system. Having instant access to the tunes I want to listen to when I want to listen to them has been of some help during lockdown and has powered a few home HIIT sessions without the need to view Joe Wicks’ hairy visage. The variety is almost limitless which as Victoria often points out, is a bit ironic given the somewhat narrow selection of the Monkees, Wurzels or if I’m already feeling clinically depressed, Phil Collins, she claims I have on constant loop. But just now I’m thinking a bit of vibrant, feel good “Watermelon Sugar” is needed to lift the mood. Unfortunately and not for the first time this year, the technology has failed me. I pressed the usual buttons and nothing happened. I shouted obscenities at the controller. It made no difference. Then, the clouds of confusion parted and the solution became obvious, albeit technologically backward. All I had to do was whip out the old CD collection. I would have to forsake the Styles as his work was not prominent within the archives. Come to think of it, he probably wasn’t born when most of it was purchased. Never mind, I’d make do with a tune from the Fab Four of Micky, Davy, Peter and Mike. There was still one small but significant problem. My switch to cloud based musical delivery meant that finding some form of compatible device upon

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which to play my chansons de choix proved to be a bit like finding a barber in lockdown. Impossible. They had long since been placed into the Dusty Bin of antiquated relics alongside my Kodak Cameras, old Nokia 3310s, Jeff Banks pants and Cliff Richard. The only thing I could find was a CD Walkman the size of Birmingham which required a battery source with more power than the National Grid and which was exhausted after the first few lines of “Randy Scouse Git”. Perplexed and distracted I found myself searching the internet to discover what had inspired young master Styles to write about this innocuous fruit. Was it an obsession with healthy living? It was not. Let’s just say I was shocked and appalled and won’t look at them in the same way ever again. As for Harry, he’s about to solve another problem that’s been vexing me. Having just acquired a Fire Pit in anticipation of finally being able to socialise in the garden with more than just a demented Schnauzer and several squirrels suffering dog induced, post-traumatic stress disorder, I discover I am long on logs but short on kindling. Pretty soon therefore the flammable effigy before me will quite literally be lighting up my [patio] like nobody else. That, to my mind, is what makes him so beautiful...

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Any.do Any.do is fast, effective and a superb way to stay on top of all of the things you need to do. It’s easy to create lists, track progress and schedule/reschedule tasks, and it makes good use of buttons to automate the most common tasks so it’s really quick to use.

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Love your lawn

by Pippa Greenwood Look out of your window at your lawn and you’ll probably see that it has suddenly taken off and is growing rapidly. This means that now is the perfect time to get to grips with a bit of spring maintenance. True, your lawn will survive without it, but if you want it to look a good deal better than average, then get your skates on! In most areas temperatures should have evened up a little and the soil in beds, borders and under your lawn should hopefully not be wet and soggy. Grass needs regular mowing from now on; in some areas this may mean once a week, so make sure that the mower blades are good and sharp. On so-called utility lawns you will need to cut to about 2.5cm or 1”, while on higher grade smart lawns cut to about 1-1.5cm. Lawns benefit from a specially formulated spring feed at this time of year to encourage good strong growth and strengthen the grasses up after any winter setbacks. If you use a granular formulation, make sure that you water it in well if you cannot time the job so that the rain does this for you! Give yourself a bit of a workout too and scarify the lawn. This means using a spring-tined rake to pull out any accumulated debris or thatch from the base of the grasses. This allows for a better flow of moisture and air, thus ensuring that the grass grows stronger and more healthily. If your lawn has developed a lot of moss (especially likely if it has suffered compaction, is shaded or has been particularly wet), then apply a proprietary moss killer before scarifying. Use a combined feed and moss killer to save yourself time if you like, but whichever product you choose, make sure that you leave the specified time between applying the treatment and raking the dead moss out. If you don’t, the moss problem could become a lot worse, as you’ll spread the pieces of living moss as you rake. Worm casts may be there in abundance now too, so if necessary simply use a besom or brush to brush them away or distribute them over the lawn.

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Humps and bumps in the lawn or indeed any other sort of uneven surface can be dealt with now, but you will need to get this done promptly, just in case the weather gets hot and dry soon. A minor problem can be dealt with using a sandy top-dressing mixture, but if there are some prominent problems then use a sharp spade to cut an ‘H’ shape over the bump or hollow. Now carefully peel back the turf and then remove or add soil as necessary before replacing the turf flaps, firming well and providing a good drink.

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