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  • Bugs at home at the Burney

    Bugs at home at the Burney0

    Biodiversity officer Elliot Newton outlines the planet’s need for bug homes and insect and bird-friendly planting to counter the Earth’s mass extinction ecological crisis. He was speaking after the mayor, Cllr Diane White, officially opened the Burney Bug Hotel in Surbiton, at the Burney Triangle – the green space at the junction of Burney Avenue

  • Stand up to invaders!

    Stand up to invaders!0

    Bish, bash, bosh! Take a stand against aggressive invaders! Take out your frustration and protect the environment as Berrylands Nature Reserve runs Himalayan Balsam Bashing sessions on Tue, July 12 (and 19th and 26th) at 6pm in Elmbridge Meadows. Funnel your feelings by expelling a plant which is outcompeting native flora along the Hogsmill! Wear

  • Garden statue goes walkies

    Garden statue goes walkies0

    Beware there is a thief about. One who is partial to Surbiton’s garden statues. Ginny Colwell had this attractive 2ft classical figure (pictured with mask and Santa hat for Christmas) nicked from her front garden in Southborough Road on Friday 13th. “It is sad, as we inherited her from the previous owners,” said Ginny who

  • Gardening club grows new shoots

    Gardening club grows new shoots1

    Keen to swap plants and seeds, share gardening tips, and go on outings to stunning gardens? Then why not join a Surbiton-based gardening group? Membership of the English Gardening Club is free and there’s an active WhatsApp group where suggestions for visits to National Garden Scheme, Open Gardens or RHS venues and garden centres are

  • Brief, but glorious

    Brief, but glorious0

    What a brief, glorious flourish! Surbiton’s magnolia trees bloomed in the last days of March, hit their peak on March 30… yet within days prompted shouts of: ‘Mind where you put your feet, Tarquin, those slimy petals make the pavements slippery.’ This stunning specimen is on the Long Ditton/Surbiton boundary, where Balaclava Road, St Mary’s

  • Daffs mark special day

    Daffs mark special day0

    Hundreds of hand-made daffodils appeared on trees at a Surbiton care home to mark the day of reflection remembering those lost to Covid during the pandemic. The garden of the Hamilton nursing home in Langley Avenue was festooned with bright yellow flowers, with residents sitting out in the spring sun enjoying a cake, also decorated

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