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  • 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,

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  • 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

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  • Berrylands solicitor becomes lockdown deputy mayor

    Berrylands solicitor becomes lockdown deputy mayor0

    Berrylands has a new deputy mayor in its midst. Sushila Abraham, who has represented the ward since a by-election in 2013, has replaced Cllr Munir Ravalia in the role. Kingston council’s mayor-making was due to take place tomorrow (Tuesday) but due to the lockdown, the Annual Meeting, at which the mayor and deputy are selected, was

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  • These days it’s all about containment

    These days it’s all about containment0

    Nothing gives a lift to a garden like a well-planted container; better, a group of containers, and at this time of year instant impact and colour is what’s needed. Sadly, a pot is not a plant’s natural habitat, so give the precious darlings a sporting chance by following some simple advice. Firstly, choose wisely. Vigorous

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  • Tidying the gardens

    Tidying the gardens0

    • News
    • 17th January 2020

    Bushes were being pruned back and leaves were being corralled at Claremont Gardens yesterday (Thursday). A team from Kingston council’s ground maintenance contractor idverde was hard at work in the muddy and puddle-filled gardens off Claremont Road, Surbiton.

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  • Tolworth’s Mr Green Fingers

    Tolworth’s Mr Green Fingers1

    The first celebrity gardener, half a century before Alan Titchmarsh or Monty Don, was Mr Middleton. His wartime radio show popularised ‘Dig for Victory’, launching suburbia’s enduring love affair with the allotment. Few of the 3.5 million Home Service listeners knew he even had a first name, but Cecil Henry Middleton’s homespun advice and amiable

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