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  • Fire rages at garden centre

    Fire rages at garden centre1

    Fire swept through a Long Ditton garden centre overnight, destroying several buildings and leaving the main office as a charred ruin. Flames were spotted rising behind a line of tall conifers at one edge of Hill Park Roses & Plant Centre just before midnight by the intersection of the A3 slip road and Woodstock Lane

  • Brain hits the jackpot!

    Brain hits the jackpot!0

    Congratulations to the group which organises wacky events such as Surbiton Ski Sunday, and regeneration initiatives including Tolworth’s food and arts and crafts market. It has hit the jackpot in the latest batch of Arts Council grants. The Community Brain has been given £28,843 to help it weather the coronavirus crisis. Although the pandemic has

  • Shhhh! Let’s hear it for the barrier method

    Shhhh! Let’s hear it for the barrier method0

    Garden designers are well versed in problem solving, coming up with creative solutions for boggy gardens, dry gardens, too much shade, too much sun, and so on. But what can be done about a noisy garden? In the streets of Surbiton, we have to deal with construction work, sirens, the constant hum of traffic and,

  • Online festival for green fingers with £300 worth of prizes

    Online festival for green fingers with £300 worth of prizes0

    Garden festivals and flower shows may have been cancelled left right and centre, but Tolworth is blazing a trail with its very own online show. The Tolworth Garden Festival, organised by The Community Brain, celebrates all that is best (and oddest!) in growing – with a chance to win £300 worth of prizes! “Over the

  • Event ideas sought for Farm of Futures community project

    Event ideas sought for Farm of Futures community project0

    Your ideas are needed for a sustainable community hub at Tolworth Main Allotments off King Charles Road. They will form a key part in how The Farm of Futures project is taken forward. “We really want to hear your ideas for activities and events which the farm could host, and are also keen to hear from people

  • Plants stolen from pocket park

    Plants stolen from pocket park0

    Thieves scaled a fence and stole these newly-planted geraniums (pictured) and begonias from a little piece of heaven by the Thames. Julian Meers, chair of the Queens Promenade Friends, was dismayed to find that the pocket park opposite Raven’s Ait had been ransacked. “The park has been successfully created over the last year by volunteers

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