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  • Look out for Laura, Olive and some delicious home bakes

    Look out for Laura, Olive and some delicious home bakes0

    Baking runs in the family. Laura Sheldrake’s mum Julie used to run a business making wedding cakes and now her daughter has followed in her footsteps by turning her eye-catching, mouth-watering and original bakes into a business. In the spring, the former advertising executive became the proud owner of Olive, a 46-year-old refurbished, vintage Peugeot

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  • Free scything sessions to improve biodiversity at nature reserve

    Free scything sessions to improve biodiversity at nature reserve0

    Learn scything skills to help improve grassland habitats at a local nature reserve. The traditional hay meadow management technique will be used to prepare Tolworth Court Farm Moated Manor Nature Reserve for the introduction of cattle in October. The trial is part of a conservation grazing programme which will improve the biodiversity of the site

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  • Register for scarecrow festival

    Register for scarecrow festival0

    Tomorrow (Thursday) is the last day to register to enter a scarecrow as part of this weekend’s festival on Tolworth’s Sunray Estate. SECra’s (Sunray & Egmont Community Residents’ Association) Scarecrow Festival will take place on Saturday (25th) and Sunday (26th). Email your details to hello@secra.org.uk or fill in the form at www.secra.org.uk Then let your

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  • Join Friends group and survey to improve Claremont Gardens

    Join Friends group and survey to improve Claremont Gardens0

    Neighbours of Claremont Gardens have launched a Friends group to improve the green space which they say has gone downhill. The duck pond, plant cover and state of the rockery are of particular concern according to Green councillor Sharron Sumner who lives next to the Surbiton park which is sandwiched between The Crescent and Claremont

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  • Mayor bashes balsam and opens boardwalk at Six Acre Meadow

    Mayor bashes balsam and opens boardwalk at Six Acre Meadow0

    Cllr Sushila Abraham gets stuck in with a spot of Himalayan Balsam bashing. The mayor of Kingston set to work tackling the invasive plant which has a stranglehold on Tolworth’s Six Acre Meadow which borders the Hogsmill River. She was joined by Kingston’s biodiversity officer Elliot Newton, also pictured, as well as Alexandra ward’s Cllr

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  • Grass in nature reserve is cut using scythes to manage meadow

    Grass in nature reserve is cut using scythes to manage meadow0

    Scythers set to at Tolworth Court Farm Moated Manor, a nature reserve off Old Kingston Road. Twelve volunteers were given lessons in scything techniques and then worked their way across the 2.4 acre site, skirting around the yellow meadow ant hills which would have been destroyed if heavy machinery was used to mow the grass,

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