Forest of Dean November 2019
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The Garden Lady 01594 541118 or 07767 690009 Catherine uses her 26+ years of knowledge, skills and experience to create landscape magic, transforming your garden into a beautiful and practical oasis.
November is a glorious time thanks to late fruits and berries, turning leaves and roasted chestnuts. Now is the perfect time to rethink your space as fading foliage shows bare earth and empty patches.
AVAILABLE FOR: • Training on ‘How to maintain your garden’ • Solving problem areas & revamps • Talks & workshops for clubs/groups • Demonstrations & question time • Garden design & consultancy • Professional speaking & signing of her book Covering the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye.
Relish time in the garden as there are still a few late-flowering perennials, bulbs and grasses to add interest to the shortening days.
Contact Catherine for a no obligation chat about how she can help you in your garden or speak at your event.
With so much dead plant material and leaves around, it is an ideal time to make a compost heap as garden compost with its high amount of plant nutrients is the number one soil improver. Don’t add cooked food though as it attracts vermin. You can use the compost as mulch around plants.
Protect containers from the worst frosts by wrapping them in horticultural fleece. This is the best time of year to move established evergreen shrubs and tidy up wayward stems of climbers. Cover plants of borderline hardiness with a mulch of dry straw and collect seeds on dry days. Lightly prune the tops of roses, especially top-heavy roses that may be vulnerable to ‘wind-rock’ in exposed gardens. Clean the interior of the greenhouse while it’s not in use and bring tender plants undercover. Cover and protect crops such as 2
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chicory and chard so you can keep on harvesting throughout the winter. Lift and store plants such as tender Dahlias, Cannas and Gladioli. Store the tubers or corms in a frost-free shed. Top tip: Use chicken wire to protect bulbs in pots and in the ground from hungry squirrels and mice. Written by Catherine Williams, The Garden Lady
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Remember, Remember... ...the fifth of November, when it will be time again for crackling bonfires, tasty hog roasts and colourful firework displays. Not everyone is a fan of the latter though. Animals, in particular, are often frightened of the loud noises and flashing lights, so make sure you keep your pets safe and indoors. If you are worried about your pet, you can speak to your vet about tips, tricks and products to ease the stress that fireworks can cause.
on their Christmas lights. Christmas markets, festive days out and seasonal entertainment will help you kick-start the "most wonderful time of the year". Have a look at our 'What's On' section for more information.
At the end of this month, it will be time for local towns and villages to switch
Have a lovely month,
On 11th November the nation will remember and honour those who have sacrificed their lives to secure and protect our freedom. Look out for local Remembrance Day services, parades and poppy sales.
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Chocolate, Almond & Poppy Seed Cake Poppy seeds have a wonderful nutty flavour and are a perfect addition to this simple-to-make chocolate cake.
Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes, plus cooling | Serves 8
2 tbsp poppy seeds 2 tbsp hot milk
175g unsalted butter, softened 175g caster sugar
3 medium eggs, beaten 175g self raising flour 2 tbsp cocoa powder 75g ground almonds Icing sugar, to dust
Sliced plums, to serve (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm round shallow cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Mix the poppy seeds and hot milk in a small heatproof bowl and set aside.
Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with a hand-held electric whisk until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs then sift over the flour and cocoa powder and fold in with a metal spoon. Fold in the poppy seed and milk mixture and the ground almonds. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the surface. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Dust the top of the cake with icing sugar. serve sliced with fresh plum slices, if liked.
This cake makes a delicious hot pudding too. Just cool for 5-10 minutes then cut into slices and drizzle with warmed chocolate or salted caramel sauce and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
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Keeping your pets calm on Bonfire Night The noise and flashes of light on Bonfire Night are startling for any animal, and it’s understandable if your pet feels anxious and stressed. So is there anything you can do to help them stay calm, both beforehand and on Bonfire Night itself? ON BONFIRE NIGHT ● Close windows and curtains before it gets dark. ● Switch on the television or radio to mask the sounds. ● Speak to your vet about pheromone diffusers or calming medication. ● Provide a ‘safe’ place in the house – maybe a den under a table, for instance, with their favourite comfort blanket, some toys, or an item of your clothing to cuddle. ● Bring outdoor hutches into the house, shed, or garage, and add some extra straw or hay for soundproofing and an extra feeling of security.
Collars and name tags Hopefully, your pet won’t need to go outside during the evening but if they do, you need to make sure they’re wearing their collar and name tag. If you have a dog you’ll be able to take them out on a lead, but cats may become startled once they’re outside and run away to hide. By Ann Haldon
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˜ A short story written by local writer Geraldine Faulkner ˜ Henry was taking Caspar for a walk. It was not something he did often but Caspar, a dog of mixed parentage who belonged to Henry’s neighbours, Tom and Alice, had been left at home on his own for the day. They had buttonholed Henry while he had been pulling up beetroots in the garden and he had not had time to think of an excuse for why he couldn’t take Caspar out for them. “I could be planting daffodil bulbs instead of taking this mutt for a walk,” muttered Henry as they turned into a footpath leading into the Forest of Dean. Caspar looked at Henry from under his shaggy fringe. He could smell squirrel and wanted Henry to walk faster. It had been a few months since Henry and his wife, Annie, had walked down this footpath and he ‘tsked’ loudly when 10
he spotted discarded crisp packets and empty plastic bottles on the path. Faced with a walker’s dilemma, should he pick the items up and stuff them in his pockets until he found a bin, or ignore them? Henry decided to be a good citizen; he picked up the litter and carried on down the path. The Forest was looking lovely in its autumnal colours. Copper coloured leaves were falling off the trees and swirling around dizzily as Henry and Caspar continued on their way. “Oh, not again!” exclaimed Henry as he spotted sweet wrappers among the fallen leaves. Caspar thought the same thing as once more he was obliged to stand still as Henry stood and fumed. Henry didn’t have a plastic bag with him – only the
ones to pick up Caspar’s deposits – and they would not hold much.
He held up the black bin bag and the picker-upper.
“I’m going to have to come back with a black bin bag and my picker-upper,” he told Caspar. “Something has to be done about this litter.”
Rosie’s eyes shone. She adored Henry and the opportunity to have him all to herself was too good to miss.
Since Henry seemed to expect a response, Caspar panted loudly. Once Caspar had been safely deposited at his home – to collapse on his bed and sleep until his owners returned – Henry went to his shed to collect a black bin bag and his picker-upper. “Granddad, is that you?” called a well-loved voice. “Rosie!” exclaimed Henry with pleasure as he recognised his granddaughter’s voice. “Do you fancy coming for a walk with me and picking up litter in the forest?”
After popping indoors to let Annie know where they were going, Henry and Rosie set off. Rosie was in charge of the pickerupper while Henry had been delegated to hold the bin bag. Apart from minor distractions such as spotting the biggest and shiniest conker, Henry and Rosie spent a very enjoyable hour filling their bin bag. “Can we do this again next week, Granddad?” asked Rosie. Henry beamed down at her. “I can’t see why not,” he said.
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Sesame chicken and crunchy veg stir fry Stir-fries are a great way to use up any left over veggies in the fridge. This one has added crunch with red cabbage and a nutty sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Ready in: 20 minutes | Serves 4
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp grated root ginger
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
350g chicken breast fillet, cut into thin strips 2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely grated 225g broccoli florets, blanched (see Tip) 2 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp runny honey
300g pack fresh noodles 1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Âź of a red cabbage, finely shredded and blanched (see Tip)
Lime wedges, to serve
Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok or nonstick frying pan over a high until until almost smoking. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds then add the onion and chicken and stir-fry for a further 2-3 minutes until the onion is tender and the chicken is almost cooked through.
Add the grated carrot and broccoli and stir-fry for another minute then stir in the soy sauce, honey and noodles with 1-2 tbsp hot water. Stir fry for a further 1-2 minutes until the noodles are piping hot. Stir in the sesame oil and half the sesame seeds.
Divide the stir-fry between four warmed serving dishes and top with the rest of the sesame seeds and the shredded red cabbage. Serve immediately with lime wedges.
Blanching the broccoli and red cabbage will just soften them slightly. Plunge into a pan of boiling water for 1 minute then drain and refresh under cold water.
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One of Britain's rarest mammals returns to the Forest of Dean Once a familiar feature of the woodlands
“We are delighted be involved with the return
in England, the pine marten stood on the
of the pine marten, a charming, but highly
brink of extinction – until very recently;
elusive mammal that was once widespread
following the successful release of 18
throughout England,” said Rebecca
pine martens into the Forest of Dean.
Wilson, Forestry England’s Planning and
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, together
Environment Manager in West England.
with Forestry England, Vincent Wildlife
“As native omnivores, pine martens play
Trust and Forest Research have reached
a vital role in the delicate balance of wood-
a major milestone in a project to
land ecosystems. Living at low densities
bring the pine marten back home.
in the landscape, they forage on fruit,
From the same family as otters and weasels, pine martens were once common among British wildlife. Similar in size to a domestic cat, with slim bodies, brown
fungi and a range of prey including the grey squirrel, a non-native species which is having a detrimental impact on broadleaf woodland throughout England.”
fur and a distinctive cream ‘bib’ on their
The 2020 Biodiversity Strategy for England
throats, they have long, bushy tails and
identified the need to recover threatened
prominent rounded ears.
species and habitats across the country.
Extensive hunting, however, together with the loss of the woodlands pine martens once called home, resulted in near extinction in England. Historically, they were pushed to the more
Similarly in 2018, The Government’s 25-year Environment Plan stated that the reintroduction of native species like otters and polecats was key to nature’s recovery.
remote parts of the UK, becoming Britain’s
Vincent Wildlife Trust, a national
second-rarest native carnivore. Eventually,
conservation charity that focuses on
their only remaining stronghold was in the
British and Irish mammals, has for the
North-West Highlands of Scotland, but now
past 20 years highlighted the decline
things are looking up for the pine marten.
of pine martens in England and Wales.
In a bid to safeguard the future of this
Members of the public are unlikely to
charismatic creature, the organisation was
spot these solitary mammals, which have
able to move 51 pine martens from Scotland
exclusive territories and go out of their
to Wales between 2015 and 2017, where
way to avoid each other, and people.
they now have an established population.
The future looks bright for this species
During this time, the Forest of Dean was
as they are protected by the Wildlife and
identified as another potential location
Countryside Act (1981). This, combined with
to reintroduce the pine marten. Between
the support from the people of the Forest
August and September this year, 18 pine
of Dean, and wider Gloucestershire, will
martens were moved from Scotland to
ensure that the pine marten can come
Gloucestershire, fitted with tracking
back to its native home for good, paving
collars and released into the Forest.
the way towards healthier woodlands
Their activity will be closely monitored.
and adding to the wildlife diversity
The hope is that over the next two years,
of the county, and the wider country.
more pine martens will be released into the
The project has been made possible
Forest and that a population will establish
by Forest Holidays and supported
there. This population will then spread and
by the Woodland Trust.
link up with the recently reintroduced Welsh pine martens, creating a new stronghold for the species and ensuring its survival.
For more information visit www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk
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Winter Hanging Baskets Hanging baskets are a great way to create a miniature gardening space with your choice of colours. Once established they make even the gloomiest back yard look more cheerful, or the prettiest patio look even more gorgeous. Making a hanging basket is not difficult and although traditionally a summer planting feature, they work just as well for the winter months. Plenty of plants make for a colourful basket and your local garden centre or nursery should have a good selection, including winter-flowering pansies (I am fond of the purple and yellow varieties) and heathers, Gaultheria with its waxy red berries, dianthus for late autumn into early winter and assorted miniature shrubs, including variegated Pieris, Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ and variegated euonymus, to help give structure and colour. The shrubs will look great in a container for a year or two, before being planted in the garden. 22
A thicker, almost felt-like liner provides insulation in cold weather as well as keeping the compost and plants in place. I suggest a 35cm (14”) diameter basket as it can take more plants and, because it is larger, resists cold better. You’ll also need compost. Stand the basket in a large flowerpot before you start to prevent it from rolling about. Once the liner is in place, remove the chain at one anchor point to stop it getting in the way. The liner will protrude above the basket edge at this stage but this helps to keep the compost in place. Use good quality multi-purpose compost, firming it gently, and fill the basket about half full. Mesh baskets allow for easy side planting. Cut holes in the liner then insert small plants such as pansies at regular intervals around the sides of the basket, inserting them from the outside inwards to reduce damage. Nestle the
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Your local EVENTS GUIDE REMEMBRANCE Ongoing until 17 Nov, 10am - 4pm, Gallery 41, Dean Heritage Centre, Soudley. An exhibition to commemorate Remembrance. BONFIRE & FIREWORK DISPLAY. 2 Nov, from 5pm, Speech House Field, Coleford, GL16 7EL. n aid of local charities. Funfair, stalls & refreshments. Bonfire & fireworks. Free parking. NO ALCOHOL permitted on the field. £6pp, children u11 free.
WINTER OWL EVENINGS 2 - 30 Nov, 6.30 - 9pm, International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, GL18 1JJ Spend a magical evening watching owls fly by moonlight. £35 per person. Approx. 2h. Ticketed event only. www.icbp.org/owl-evenings/
TREASURES OF FAR CATHAY 7 November, Highnam Community Centre (Gambier Parry Hall), GL2 8DG. With Peter Le Rossignol. The wonders and exoticism of the East that held the West enthralled for over two centuries. Ticketed event. The Arts Society West Glos: 01684 833701 ART LECTURE 14 Nov, 2pm, Highnam Community Centre (Gambier Parry Hall), GL2 8DG. The Arts & Culture of Fin-de-siècle Vienna: When Vienna was one of the most exciting artistic laboratories in the world. Visitors welcome. 26
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