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INSIDE HOW SECURE IS YOUR GARDEN, SHED OR ALLOTMENT? WALKING THE PERFECT FORM OF EXERCISE LOADS OF THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE FRUIT! TIME TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE HOW CAN MY RABBIT CATCH VHD WIN TICKETS TO SEE INSIDE JOB WIN AN ‘ESSENTIAL FACIAL’ AT STUDIO 524

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6. Loads of things you never knew about your favourite fruit

22. How secure is your Garden, Shed or allotment 30. Walking, the perfect form of exercise

24. Time to repair the damage 14. How can my rabbit catch VHD

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Homes & Gardens

Loads of things you never knew about some of your favourite fruit!

TIME TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE

Fruit contains no cholesterol but is high in all sorts of minerals, vitamins and fibre that help the body work as it should, and fruit’s also great for helping to fend off disease. Because it’s so good for us it’s recommended that we eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. And it’s good to mix and match your colours, the greens and oranges, red and yellows, as different coloured fruits contain different elements. Fruit juice counts as one of your 5-a-day.

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APPLES In the Bible in the Garden of Eden the apple is the symbol for knowledge; In Greek mythology the apple was the symbol for love. According to archaeologists and historians, apples originated in the Middle East more than 5,000 years ago and have been grown in the UK for at least 1,000 years.

More than 80% of an apple is water. Carbohydrates make up about 10% while minerals and vitamins take up 4%. There are about 40 calories in an average apple but no fat. While most of an apple’s fibre content is in the peel there’s also some in the core. However, if you eat the core, remember that apple pips contain traces of cyanide – but not enough to poison you! But that explains the bitter taste. Another reason to eat the peel of an apple – after washing it – is that most of the apple’s vitamin C is just under the skin.

BANANAS A banana tree isn’t a tree but a herb, Musa sapientium, that originated in Asia some 4,000 years ago. The name comes from the Arabic for finger, banan.

Bananas are so good for you! Eating just two bananas will give you the energy for a 90 minute aerobic workout. Eating a potassium-rich banana for breakfast helps wake your brain up and the potassium in a banana is also good for calming you down when you’re stressed. A banana is high in iron, fibre, vitamin A and vitamin B. Eating a banana is recommended if you have heartburn or an ulcer because of its antacid effect. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin – the happy hormone!

It’s even said that sticking a piece of peel, yellow side out, on a wart will get rid of the wart. But it’s not all good: there are, on average, 300 banana-related accidents a year.

ORANGES Strictly speaking an orange is a berry, consisting of several segments, each with seeds. Orange trees originated in South Asia but are now grown commercially throughout warm regions of the world, producing sweet, navel and bitter oranges.

Fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free, oranges have a high level of antioxidants, which combat ageing. High in fibre, a medium-sized orange will supply you with 130% of your daily requirement of vitamin but once you’ve cut or squeezed an orange, eat it soon as it will quickly lose its vitamin C content. Ripe oranges sometimes draw green chlorophyll back into themselves from the leaves, giving the orange a green colour. This doesn’t affect the taste; it just proves that the orange is ripe and might even make the fruit sweeter than it would have been.

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Written by Philip Baulk of Ashwood Nurseries Ltd

We have just experienced the coldest winter for thirty years and as I look around the gardens in my village, the damage to plants is not hard to see. As one would expect, evergreens have generally been the worst affected, but many of the less hardy plants that we have got used to growing successfully will not have survived the very low night temperatures we have endured this winter. Some plants will certainly recover given time, but there are bound to be gaps to be filled, and perhaps we should treat this as an opportunity to try something new. For garden centres and nurseries, it has also been a difficult time and supplies of some plants may be short, but there will still be a huge choice of exciting plants available to fill those gaps, and now is the very best time to do it. With such a cold start to spring there is still plenty of time to move shrubs and roses, and divide herbaceous plants if these were not done in the autumn. Do remember to water plants well after planting, and continue to do this until they are well established. Pruning of roses and shrubs should also be done very soon, and whilst doing this, I always like to apply a dressing of fish, blood and bone fertiliser to the whole garden to get growth off to a really good start. Lawns have took a real hammering this winter. A couple of years ago many of my neighbours were mowing their lawns throughout the winter months because with mild temperatures, the grass had continued to grow. How different it is this year; most lawns look rather brown and the only thing surviving well appears to be moss. As with anything that has suffered a shock, do not be too hasty to try to put things right. Give the lawn time to recover. A very light raking to let in some air and remove a little of the moss and dead foliage will do for now. Given some warm rain and longer days, the grass will start to show signs of growth, and it will then be time to apply a spring feed and perhaps be more vigorous about removing the moss. Early May will be about right to get these jobs done. Set the mower blades quite high for the first few cuts this spring. The grass really does need time to recover and cutting off too much too soon will not help. Despite the cold weather my snowdrops have been superb this year, albeit rather later flowering than usual. Some of them have developed into really thick clumps and they will benefit from being divided. The best time to do this is rather surprisingly now while they are still in full leaf, or 'in the green' as we say in the trade. Giving them more space to grow will encourage better flowering in subsequent years, and you may even have a few bulbs left to give to friends. Lift, separate and replant the bulbs immediately as they do not like to dry out, and then finish the job by watering them in. Daffodils that have been in the garden for a good few years may also start to produce fewer flowers and these too can be lifted just before the leaves begin to die down. Dividing up the clumps and replanting them should give them a new lease of life and restore their original flower power. Spring really has been a long time coming this year, so as soon as you have the chance, do get out into the garden and enjoy the beauty of this magical season.

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Loads of things you never knew about some of your favourite fruit!

Fruit contains no cholesterol but is high in all sorts of minerals, vitamins and fibre that help the body work as it should, and fruit’s also great for helping to fend off disease. Because it’s so good for us it’s recommended that we eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. And it’s good to mix and match your colours, the greens and oranges, red and yellows, as different coloured fruits contain different elements. Fruit juice counts as one of your 5-a-day. APPLES In the Bible in the Garden of Eden the apple is the symbol for knowledge; In Greek mythology the apple was the symbol for love. According to archaeologists and historians, apples originated in the Middle East more than 5,000 years ago and have been grown in the UK for at least 1,000 years.

More than 80% of an apple is water. Carbohydrates make up about 10% while minerals and vitamins take up 4%. There are about 40 calories in an average apple but no fat. While most of an apple’s fibre content is in the peel there’s also some in the core. However, if you eat the core, remember that apple pips contain traces of cyanide – but not enough to poison you! But that explains the bitter taste. Another reason to eat the peel of an apple – after washing it – is that most of the apple’s vitamin C is just under the skin.

BANANAS A banana tree isn’t a tree but a herb, Musa sapientium, that originated in Asia some 4,000 years ago. The name comes from the Arabic for finger, banan.

Bananas are so good for you! Eating just two bananas will give you the energy for a 90 minute aerobic workout. Eating a potassium-rich banana for breakfast helps wake your brain up and the potassium in a banana is also good for calming you down when you’re stressed. A banana is high in iron, fibre, vitamin A and vitamin B. Eating a banana is recommended if you have heartburn or an ulcer because of its antacid effect. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin – the happy hormone! It’s even said that sticking a piece of peel, yellow side out, on a wart will get rid of the wart. But it’s not all good: there are, on average, 300 banana-related accidents a year.

ORANGES Strictly speaking an orange is a berry, consisting of several segments, each with seeds. Orange trees originated in South Asia but are now grown commercially throughout warm regions of the world, producing sweet, navel and bitter oranges.

Fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free, oranges have a high level of antioxidants, which combat ageing. High in fibre, a medium-sized orange will supply you with 130% of your daily requirement of vitamin but once you’ve cut or squeezed an orange, eat it soon as it will quickly lose its vitamin C content. Ripe oranges sometimes draw green chlorophyll back into themselves from the leaves, giving the orange a green colour. This doesn’t affect the taste; it just proves that the orange is ripe and might even make the fruit sweeter than it would have been.

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Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) Written by Cat Henstridge BVSc MRCVS

Cat is the resident vet for PetStreet.co.uk a social networking site for pet lovers

Most rabbit owners have heard of Myxomatosis and know they should have their rabbits vaccinated against it at least every year. But what about the other injection the rabbit has? The one which is given two weeks apart from the Myxo vaccine and protects them against something called VHD? Responsible rabbit owners will always follow their vet's advice and have this injection as well but many will not be aware of VHD as a disease, which is not nearly as common as Myxomatosis but is just as deadly.

What is VHD?

VHD is a very infectious viral disease of rabbits. It was first diagnosed in the UK in 1992 but had been a worldwide problem for many years before that. Up until 1996 it was a 'notifiable disease', which meant if vets found it they had to report it to the Government so they could try to control the spread. However, it soon became so widespread that the attempt and reporting was abandoned. The virus survives well outside a rabbits body and can remain active for several months, which is why it spreads so easily.

How can my rabbit catch VHD?

A pet rabbit can catch VHD from either direct contact with an infected bunny (either wild or pet) or from the virus being carried on things like their owner's shoes or clothing or infected bedding (so called 'in-direct' contact) Therefore both indoor and outdoor rabbits are at risk from the disease and those who live in rural areas close to wild rabbits are particularly vulnerable.

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What are the symptoms of VHD?

A rabbit infected with VHD will become very sick very quickly; they can collapse and die with no warning. However, more usually they will become depressed, anorexic and have a high temperature. They may also have trouble breathing, develop nose bleeds and can even fit. These symptoms are related to the virus causing both internal and external haemorrhages (hence the name). The virus takes between 1-3 days to cause symptoms and most infected rabbits die within 12-36 hours of becoming poorly.

How is VHD treated?

There is no treatment for VHD and the vast majority of infected rabbits will die, even with intensive nursing care. Only babies less than eight weeks old are unaffected if they are exposed and they will go on to be immune for life. Vaccination and prevention is the only cure!

Please note, this is an advise only article, if you have any specific concerns or questions about your pet, you should contact your vet.

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TIME TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE Written by Philip Baulk of Ashwood Nurseries Ltd

We have just experienced the coldest winter for thirty years and as I look around the gardens in my village, the damage to plants is not hard to see. As one would expect, evergreens have generally been the worst affected, but many of the less hardy plants that we have got used to growing successfully will not have survived the very low night temperatures we have endured this winter. Some plants will certainly recover given time, but there are bound to be gaps to be filled, and perhaps we should treat this as an opportunity to try something new. For garden centres and nurseries, it has also been a difficult time and supplies of some plants may be short, but there will still be a huge choice of exciting plants available to fill those gaps, and now is the very best time to do it. With such a cold start to spring there is still plenty of time to move shrubs and roses, and divide herbaceous plants if these were not done in the autumn. Do remember to water plants well after planting, and continue to do this until they are well established. Pruning of roses and shrubs should also be done very soon, and whilst doing this, I always like to apply a dressing of fish, blood and bone fertiliser to the whole garden to get growth off to a really good start. Lawns have took a real hammering this winter. A couple of years ago many of my neighbours were mowing their lawns throughout the winter months because with mild temperatures, the grass had continued to grow. How different it is this year; most lawns look rather brown and the only thing surviving well appears to be moss. As with anything that has suffered a shock, do not be too hasty to try to put things right. Give the lawn time to recover. A very light raking to let in some air and remove a little of the moss and dead foliage will do for now. Given some warm rain and longer days, the grass will start to show signs of growth, and it will then be time to apply a spring feed and perhaps be more vigorous about removing the moss. Early May will be about right to get these jobs done. Set the mower blades quite high for the first few cuts this spring. The grass really does need time to recover and cutting off too much too soon will not help. Despite the cold weather my snowdrops have been superb this year, albeit rather later flowering than usual. Some of them have developed into really thick clumps and they will benefit from being divided. The best time to do this is rather surprisingly now while they are still in full leaf, or 'in the green' as we say in the trade. Giving them more space to grow will encourage better flowering in subsequent years, and you may even have a few bulbs left to give to friends. Lift, separate and replant the bulbs immediately as they do not like to dry out, and then finish the job by watering them in. Daffodils that have been in the garden for a good few years may also start to produce fewer flowers and these too can be lifted just before the leaves begin to die down. Dividing up the clumps and replanting them should give them a new lease of life and restore their original flower power. Spring really has been a long time coming this year, so as soon as you have the chance, do get out into the garden and enjoy the beauty of this magical season.

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Pictured left to right. Manager Jerry Short, Ryan Firth, Luke Eddy, Tom Pilcher, Manager Gareth Frowen, Adam Price-Hunt, Jordan Short, Liam Hickman, Christian Frowen, Assistant Manager Den Pilcher. Front Row, Brad Whorton, Brad Richards, Dan Wills, Michael Goulding, Arran Hope, Brad Farley, Ben Hart, Brad Fellows.

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This season has been a tremendous one for Wordsley Wasps, with the team taking maximum points in the league so far. The goals have been coming thick and fast, with 140 in the league across 18 games, and only three conceded.

With the introduction of a few new players last summer who compliment the lads we already have, we are playing some fantastic football. Lets hope we can keep it up until the end of the season and take the title.

Its been a doubly successful year with the club as we have gained Charter Standard status with the FA, a valuable award in the way forward to ensuring good standards across all age groups within Wordsley Wasps, from under 7 to under 18.

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WALKING THE PERFECT FORM OF EXERCISE

Walking is the perfect form of exercise. It is easy to do, convenient and inexpensive. No special equipment is needed, all you need is a good pair of shoes to get you going.

When combined with a healthy and balanced diet walking can help you to lose weight and feel better than ever. When you lose weight from walking your health benefits will increase as well. Walking Strengthens the heart so that it can pump your blood more effortlessly. Making your heart stronger can reduce the risk of heart attack and heart disease. Walking can also help to strengthen your bones which reduces the risk of fractures. It can can also lengthen your lifespan, lower stress levels, relieve arthritis and back pain, strengthen muscles, bones and joints, improve sleep and make you a happier person with a better sense of wellness. Doctors recommend that people should walk for at least thirty minutes every day. It is best to start off at a comfortable pace and gradually increase speed as endurance and muscle is built.

Walking can also be very pleasant and is a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy the beauty of the world, so why not try one of these guided walks and learn more about the natureconservation, landscape and heritage of the area.

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GUIDED WALKS WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN SPRING WREN’S NEST

Wednesday 21 April 10 am to 12.30 pm Ever heard the saying “Ash before oak, we’re in for a soak, oak before ash, we’re in for a splash”? Come along to Wren’s Nest for a guided walk with a warden to search out the first signs of spring. Find out which does come into leaf first, the oak or the ash and whether this old wives tale really can tell us what weather to expect this summer. Find out how bluebells and other woodland flora take advantage of the warmer, longer days before the tree canopy closes. Binoculars are recommended. Booking essential. All children to be accompanied. Walk includes slopes and steep steps. Walking shoes or boots recommended. Meet at the Mons Hill College car park, off Wren’s Hill Road, Dudley Contact Anna Coward (Wren’s Nest senior warden) on 01384 812785

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Saturday 24 April 2 to 4 pm Join us looking for spring flowers such as wood anemones, dog violets, wood sorrel and bluebells in the ancient woodlands of Cotwall End Valley. The walk involves uphill climbs and uneven surfaces and some paths may be wet. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Brockswood Animal Sanctuary car park, on the corner on Cotwall End Road and Catholic Lane and accessed from Catholic Lane. Contact Sue Bole (secretary, Friends of Cotwall End Valley) on 07849 80424

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Wednesday 28 April 10.30 to 12 noon A chance to visit Saltwells and view the emerging spring flowers within the reserve. Booking essential. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Saltwells Local Nature Reserve, off Coppice Lane, Quarry Bank, Dudley. Contact Mark Williams (Saltwells senior warden) on 01384 812795

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Wednesday 28 April 10 am to 2 pm Join a Wren’s Nest warden on this five mile (eight kilometre) walk to Sedgley Beacon, taking in the dramatic limestone scenery of north Dudley. There is always something different to see throughout the seasons of the year. This time expect to see cherry trees in blossom and bluebells in flower as well as a wealth of other woodland spring flora, including wood anemone, lesser celandine, yellow archangel, toothwort and wild garlic. Book early to avoid disappointment. Walkers need to bring a packed lunch, waterproofs and stout walking boots and expect a ramble of approximately five miles starting at Priory Ruins in Dudley. Unsuitable for children. Booking is essential. Meet at Priory Ruins in Dudley and we will catch a bus back from Sedgley to Dudley. Please bring money for the bus fare. Contact Anna Coward (Wren’s Nest senior warden) on 01384 812785

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Kingswinford Villager Magazine April 2010