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Burgess Hill Girls is embracing National Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 10th – 16th May with a theme of ‘Nature’. A wide range of nature themed activities, a programme of visiting speakers and the launch of their own mindfulness film, ‘Nature of Burgess Hill Girls’ are all planned.

May 10th to May 16th is National Mental Health Awareness Week. The wellbeing of pupils, staff and the wider community is a key priority for Burgess Hill Girls, so they have decided to recognise this important week with a mind-boggling number of activities.

In the Nursery, children will take part in outside yoga, sensory walks, smoothie making, building bird feeders and binoculars for bird watching. They will also create hanging mobiles, using objects from nature, and have been growing sunflowers to gift to their families.

Children in the Nursery and Pre-Prep will be visited by the St Francis Animal Welfare Hedgehog Rescue Centre, giving them the opportunity to meet a Hedgehog as well as learn more about this popular, but sadly endangered, British mammal.

There are number of nature activities planned in the Pre-Prep and Prep School, including building bug hotels and dens, reading outside, mindful tai chi, nature trails and nature sketching, and collaborating to create a giant outside artwork using natural materials. Children will have a session with School Nurse, Liz Hall to explore how to manage their worries. Catering Manager Alan Pierce will be providing fruit and vegetable tasting sessions and there will be an opportunity for the girls to make their own healthy drinks using a self-powered smoothie bike.

In the Senior School and Sixth Form, staff and students will be taking a subject led approach to Mental Health Awareness Week. In Psychology, they will explore nature themed therapies for common mental health conditions such as OCD. In Music and Drama there will be outside Samba band performances and outside readings of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Language departments have created a vocabulary-based scavenger hunt and in Science they will study sleep.

Led by students in the Sixth Form, there will be digital detox day on Wednesday 12th May, students will leave their phones at home, stay off social media and engage in lots of good old-fashioned conversation.

The Senior School and Sixth Form students will also benefit from a range of visiting speakers including Nutritionist Karen Newby, Sexual Health expert Robbie Currie, Yoga and Mindfulness teacher Emily Gilchrist, the Schools Consent Project, and Ruth Summers, who will give students a chance to experience the relaxing benefits of her Sound Bath.

For teachers and staff there will be Zumba, Pilates, and meditation sessions on offer. They can also sign-up to the ‘Secret Buddy’ programme, enabling them to give and receive secret supportive messages and gifts throughout the week. St. Andrew’s Church in Burgess Hill, a long-standing community partner of the school, will be offering a quiet space for staff to visit at lunch time for some reflection and meditation.

Finally, the week commencing 10th May is also Burgess Hill Girls’ Open Week. Building on the National Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme of nature, the school has created a 5-minute mindfulness film celebrating the nature of Burgess Hill Girls. They are encouraging all visitors to watch the film as well as promising to take in aspects of the nature of Burgess Hill Girls on visitor tours during the Open Week.

Assistant Head Pastoral and Boarding Nikki Donson is the mastermind behind the schools’ week of activities.

“As so many young people’s mental, emotional health and resilience has been affected over the past year, it is vital for Burgess Hill Girls as a school to recognise Mental Health Awareness Week. We know that young people do better in all aspects of life if they are happy and healthy, so it is a no-brainer to do everything we can to promote good mental health.”

The sun shone over Ardingly last weekend as the South of England Agricultural Society held its first show of the year, Spring Live!

 

The two-day event, which was sold out in advance, showcased and celebrated the great British outdoors while adhering to strict Covid-19 regulations.  Although visitor numbers were restricted, and social distancing was in place, Spring Live! was still able to offer a host of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

 

People were able to see a variety of farm animals, take part in chocolate and circus skills workshops, experience the thrill of the funfair and even try their hand at archery and axe throwing.  There were mesmerising maypole dancing displays, the famous, entertaining ‘Sheep Show’, and a host of traditional countryside activities as well as information and displays about the newly updated Countryside Code.

 

Corrie Ince, Show Director at The South of England Agricultural Society, commented:

 

“After having to cancel this event in 2020 it was wonderful to be able to host Spring Live! and give people the opportunity to get out and celebrate the British countryside and the arrival of spring. People have learnt in the past year to appreciate the great outdoors when out on their daily walks, so to be able to offer the opportunity for people to have a great day out as well as support and learn more about the countryside and its industries has been fantastic.

 

“It wasn’t just our visitors that enjoyed the event — our exhibitors were also delighted to be trading and interacting with people again, which many haven’t done for 14 months.

 

“We are very fortunate to have more than 50 acres of event space, so it was great to receive feedback from our visitors stating they felt very Covid safe.  The safety and well-being of our guests and exhibitors has always been of utmost importance to us which is why we were awarded Visit Britain’s ‘Good to Go’ COVID-secure venues mark of approval.

 

“We are now looking forward to the annual highlight of our calendar – the South of England Show, which this year takes place from 11th to 13th June.  This will be the first year the show has run from a Friday until the Sunday and the number of tickets available will be limited for everyone’s safety. We will continue to adhere to government guidelines to ensure the show is carried out in the safest possible way, whilst still providing a fantastic day out for all the family.”

 

Tickets for the 2021 South of England Show must be bought online in advance from seas.org.uk and cost £19.80 for adults, and £18 for senior citizens/students (including 10% online discount which ends midnight 3rd June 2021). Children under 16 go free with a paying adult with a suggested donation of £1 for children aged 5-15.

 

Take small daily actions. Change the way you feel.

So much of what happens in our lives feels way beyond our control. It can be challenging, even for the most optimistic of people, to be consistently positive and hopeful. It can be frustrating to hope yet feel that what you want is always just beyond your reach.

Do you want to (re)discover a more positive outlook? Do you want to feel more in control? 

Getting Positive reveals that more optimism is close at hand. If you want to become more hopeful, you’re invited to turn to any page in this book. Open up to Getting Positive.

Stuart Parkin shares 100 inspirational, practical, motivational steps you can take to get positive. Whether you adopt one a day, or incorporate a handful into your life in one go, Getting Positive will help you during challenging times – just like we’re all going through!

 

Switch on, switch off

Lights, computers and engines can all be switched on and off. Learn what it takes to switch off your mind so that it can recharge. Perhaps a sensory deprivation tank?
“What we fear most is usually what we need to do.” – Tim Ferris

 

Hot Tub

For breakthrough thinking which stems from quality relaxation, try a hot tub (or sauna). It worked for one of the ancient world’s greatest philosophers, Pythagoras.

“Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’.” – Audrey Hepburn

About Stuart Parkin

Stuart Parkin was born in Yemen, the son of a flying Royal Air Force doctor. The fourth of five children, he was educated in the UK, where he began his career in oil broking and trading. He then left the UK and has lived in, amongst other places, Yokohama, Sydney and for the last 20 years, New York City.

A citizen of multiple countries, Stuart considers himself first and foremost, a global citizen, a fact he believes he can only truly justify once he’s been to the 14 countries of the world he hasn’t yet visited.

His entrance into the world of advertising in Sydney, and the international dimensions of his work through it, embarked him on a course of professional and personal cultural exploration.

In New York, he worked for one of the world’s top advertising agencies before establishing a successful coaching and recruitment business.

A key part of his positivity, Stuart believes, is a constant desire to experience the new. To that end he’s wing-walked, run 24-hour marathons, invented board games and zorbed!

Getting Positive is Stuart Parkin’s third book. His first was Trade Secret published by Harper Collins in 1996 and Discovering Hope in December 2020. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Stuart has written several articles published in the US media relating to issues of talent, personal branding and career optimisation.

 

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Mums and dads everywhere will recognise the importance of the first few months and years of their child’s life. The first steps, first words, first days of school – throughout these early years, you’re bound to be fascinated by your child’s progress. During the pandemic, however, many parents have been concerned about the impact of lockdowns on their children’s development. Plus, there’s the impact that the pandemic has had on the mental health of parents across the country.

Thanks to the recent roadmap out of the COVID-19 lockdown, some key milestones have been laid out, and it looks like there’s a potential end in sight. For parents everywhere, these key dates spell major changes. Let’s take a closer look at what these key dates mean for new parents and the healthy development of their babies and children.

The reopening of schools

According to the Education State, the early years are “a time when the brain develops and much of its ‘wiring’ is laid down”. Therefore, the staggered school reopening that began on the 8th of March is a relief for many.

Not only does the reopening of schools allow children to get back to learning in person, but it will come as a much-needed break for parents everywhere. For many, the pandemic has meant juggling working from home with looking after their children and keeping their minds active. This has had a substantial impact on many people’s mental wellbeing during such testing times.

According to research gathered by 5 Big Questions, a campaign headed by the Duchess of Cambridge, over a third of parents said that the COVID-19 pandemic had harmed their mental health. Of course, there are many reasons why this is the case, but the reopening of schools will at least help to ease the pressure on parents in the UK.

Support from others

According to the current roadmap, six people or two households will be able to meet outside from the 29th of March and indoors from the 17th of May. Furthermore, all current limits on social contact are scheduled to be removed on the 21st of June.

For parents, particularly those with new babies, this could mean an end to feelings of isolation. It could also mean that they are able to get some help and support from people outside of their immediate family. After all, parenthood can be hard – from the moment you find out you’re pregnant to the final hospital bag checklist before the dash to the hospital, to giving birth and holding a new little life in your arms. After this, there’s the pressure of navigating those all-important early years and making sure that your child has the support they need to grow into a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted young adult. All in all, it’s not an easy task!

Needless to say, parents shouldn’t have to do everything alone. It’s important to understand the crucial role that wider communities can play both in positively impacting children’s formative years and offering new parents support. The focus should be on raising a healthy and happy generation of children, and that relies on many factors outside the control of the parents.

In the survey responses from 5 Big Questions, it became clear that, thankfully, community support for parents had substantially increased during the COVID-19 pandemic in many regions. However, sadly the same could not be said for new parents living in the most deprived areas of the UK. Although 40 per cent of respondents felt that community support had grown, only 33 per cent in deprived areas felt the same.

After the restrictions on social contact ease, this much-needed support will be more readily available. After these key dates, parents will be able to socialise more and enlist help and support from their friends and extended family members. Over the past few months, it has been found that 63 per cent said that they’d experienced loneliness. So, the opening up of society will come as a much-needed relief.

Stimulating activities

For parents and children alike, being confined to the house has not been easy. Despite creative efforts, many have struggled to keep their kids stimulated and entertained. Because of this, parents everywhere will breathe a sigh of relief when they are once again able to do activities with their kids outside of the house.

As of the 12th of April, indoor leisure activities will be possible once more. So, from parents who are dropping their ten-year-olds off at football practice to new mothers and babies attending their first swimming class, possibilities will be opened for all.

Stimulation and socialisation are key to early years development, so the re-opening of leisure activities outdoors (from the 29th of March) and indoors (from the 12th of April) is sure to make a world of difference.

 

As we approach each step in the UK’s roadmap, we are set to see more opportunities for families with young children. From increased support to a wider variety of activities, the road ahead looks bright.

Unearth our wild landscape through art and sound 
9 July – 12 September 2021; 10.00-18.00
Tickets on sale from 24 May 2021 from kew.org/wakehurst/whats-on/summer-of-sound, pre-booking essential
Included in day ticket price £14.50 adults, £7.25 17-25yrs; children free
Workshops from £15; Summer of Sound: After Hours £15
Wakehurst, Sussex

 

Wakehurst announces major new summer programme Summer of Sound, featuring six striking large-scale sound installations, offering immersive and mindful moments across the wild botanic garden

Highlights include:

  • UK premiere of artist Marco Barotti’s robotic ‘woodpeckers’ creates a striking live soundscape activated in real time by signals from visitors’ mobile devices
  • Giant wooden megaphones nestled in Coates Wood form a unique surround sound experience, amplifying natural noises from their atmospheric woodland setting, with mesmerising views of the meadows below
  • Rare opportunity to experience Wakehurst at night in Summer of Sound: After Hours, featuring newly commissioned spoken word, special live performances, spectacular open-fire cooking and botanical cocktails
  • Interactive workshops for children and adults include learning how to talk to birds, writing Wakehurst-inspired songs, and Deep Listening Walks led by participating artist Kathy Hinde

Weaving their way through Wakehurst’s wild landscape, visitors will discover a series of playful, innovative installations, each offering moments to pause and feel connected to nature through a symphony of sounds created or inspired by the natural world. Championing the rich diversity of Wakehurst’s multiple habitats, the artworks offer an incredible range of sonic encounters from catching whispers of the forest, to uncovering voices from deep underwater.

Launching the Summer of Sound experience is the UK premiere of The Woodpeckers (chime edition) from award-winning artist Marco Barotti. On entering Bethlehem Woods, home to Britain’s finest national collection of birches, visitors are confronted with a series of mechanical ‘woodpeckers’ attached to tree trunks. Exploring the relationship between technology and nature in a ‘tech ecosystem’, the installation invites visitors to pull out their mobile devices and watch as the invisible radiations emitted from wireless technology activate the ‘birds’. Responding to the emissions, the curious creatures ‘peck’ at chime bars generating a live composition that constantly changes according to the level of wireless activity around them, offering the chance for visitors to play with the intensity of the soundscape in the natural environment.

Moving deeper into Coates Wood, viewers will discover a large-scale mesh of fluorescent-coloured string, twisting and turning between trees to emulate a musical stave. A selection of handmade instruments crafted from metal, wood and recycled materials will hang from each line, drawing visitors’ eyes to the canopy of branches high above. Designed specifically for one of Wakehurst’s most atmospheric woodlands, planted with trees from Australasia and South America, Sound Wave is activated by the natural movement of air passing through the trunks and branches, creating a striking symphonic journey.

With spectacular views of the Wealden meadow flowers that carpet Bloomers Valley below, visitors are invited to pause in a bespoke installation designed by Estonian artist Birgit Õigus. Formed of three giant wooden megaphones each measuring 3-metre in diameter, the ‘bandstand’ amplifies the natural sounds that often go unnoticed deep within the surrounding woodland, to create a unique ‘surround sound’ experience. The megaphones create the perfect place for visitors to sit, escape from everyday pressures, and feel grounded in a peaceful, beautiful setting.

Nestled in a glade in Horsebridge Woods, home to Wakehurst’s giant Redwoods, Sonic Woodland: Glade forms a new immersive experience from Brighton-based Hidden Orchestra. Created by composer/producer Joe Acheson and spatial audio engineer Tim Southorn, the installation bathes listeners in the natural sounds of Wakehurst, played through a series of hidden speakers. Exploring the concept of symbiosis – the interaction between two biological organisms – the self-generating composition forms an infinite canon, giving voice to the natural world and the constant interchange taking place within it, from the trees arching above, to the underground roots below. Featuring cellist Rebecca Knight of the City of London Sinfonia, the unique composition promises moments of tranquility throughout the day.

Completing the line-up are two water-based sound installations from 2020 Ivor Novello Award for Sound Art winner Kathy Hinde. Emerging from the depths of the Wetlands and Water Gardens, Hinde’s wind-up metal Listening Horns will play soundscapes recorded in Wakehurst’s underwater habitats, revealing voices from subaquatic worlds. In Water Balance, a series of kinetic sound sculptures trailing through the Water Gardens, visitors are invited to reflect on the life-giving power of water. As water enters suspended metal tubes, the sculpture tips under its weight, with the passing flow chiming against small gongs, their hums resounding through the landscape.

Events programme
Throughout the summer, a series of workshops and events offer visitors of all ages the chance to explore the dynamic sounds hidden in Wakehurst’s wild landscape and reflect on the benefits of taking time to pause and reconnect with nature. All tickets will go on sale Monday 24 May.

Summer of Sound: After Hours
Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 August
18.00-21.00 (Entry slots between 18.00-19.00)
£15: 10% discount for members
Booking essential

A rare opportunity to see Wakehurst at night, Summer of Sound: After Hours sees the gardens and installations come alive with captivating live performances, open-air cooking and botanical cocktails, forming the perfect midsummer date or night out with friends. Wandering through the landscape, evening guests will find many of the artworks can be enjoyed anew in twilight, enhanced by musicians performing live in response to the works, and newly commissioned spoken word.

Inspired by the Asado grills of Argentina, The Herb Kitchen’s menu of delicious seasonal fare ensures that evening explorers are spoilt for choice. Mouthwatering dishes will be cooked to order on a spectacular open fire in the heart of Wakehurst. Bar Saguaro completes the evening experience offering refreshing botanical cocktails, international award winning English Sparkling Wine from local winery Ridgeview, and locally sourced beers and soft drinks, all served from their handcrafted bar made from sustainable materials.

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Adult workshops (18yrs+)

Deep Listening Walks with Kathy Hinde
10-11 July
11.00-17.00 including 1 hour lunch break
£79 (£72 for members), hot drinks and cake included
Kathy Hinde, the award-winning artist behind Water Balance and Listening Horns leads a full day workshop of listening and experimental image-making, exploring the wetlands of Wakehurst. Attendees are invited to disconnect from the buzz of everyday life, and tune into the hidden underwater soundworlds of Wakehurst using specialist underwater microphones (hydrophones) broadcast to wireless headphones. In the afternoon, participants can create their own wetlands-inspired artwork, using eco-processing techniques to transform algae and plant fragments into abstract imagery.

The Wakehurst Chorus: birdsong walk
31 July
10.30-12.30; 13.30-15.30
£30 (£27 for members)
Local bird expert and ecologist Tom Forward invites visitors to discover the songs and calls of Wakehurst’s birds. The immersive nature walk will uncover the sounds of the season, with the aid of field guides and smartphone apps.

Children’s workshops:
Make some noise storytelling
26-29 July
10.30-12.00; 13.30-15.00
4-8yrs
£20 per child with 1 accompanying adult free
Professional storytellers Bard & Troubadour invite children to seek out the noisy stories inspired by the natural world, and to join in with songs, sound effects, and DIY mini musical instruments.

Seeds, sounds and songs
2 -5 August
10.30-11.10; 11.30-12.10; 12.30-13.10
1-5yrs
£15 per child with 1 accompanying adult free
Music Mike leads an outdoor musical adventure! From creating instruments from the natural surroundings and exploring the sounds we hear in nature, to singing and dancing to new and familiar songs, there’s plenty to keep little ones entertained.

World music and beats workshop
9-12 August
10.30-12.00; 13.30-15.00
4-11yrs
£20 per child with 1 accompanying adult free
An immersive and organic music-making experience, designed to tap into children’s natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation to explore sound. Children can discover instruments and percussion from around the world, including Indian tabla, West African djembes and udus (pot drums), as well as simple pitched percussion. No musical experience required!

Learn to talk to birds
16-19 August
11.00-12.30; 13.30-15.00
6+ yrs
£20 per child with 1 accompanying adult free
Bird expert, ecologist and environmental educator Tom Forward, leads a walk with a difference through the woodlands and gardens of Wakehurst. Participants will get tips on how to remember birdsongs and calls and even how to mimic them.

Let’s get lyrical workshop
23-26 August
10.30-12.30; 14.00-16.00
7-10yrs / 11-13yrs
£20 per child with 1 accompanying adult free
Sussex based singer songwriter Emily Barden invites children to create a group song inspired by the landscape, nature and stories of Wakehurst. No previous experience or instrumental skills required.

 

Delivering daily original stories to amuse, amaze, and educate all readers, a new print & digital comic book has launched called HAPSIE, promising to entertain eco-warriors from the ages of 7 and up with enjoyable, silly yet educational comic strips.

Launching in time for Earth Day 2021, HAPSIE.com can be read free online, with an option of subscribing to the bi-annual HAPSIE Hodgepodge, a hardback consisting of ‘over 200+ pages of HAPSINESS’.

In addition to a website of endless jokes and original games, HAPSIE also includes daily videos of nature filmed by the HAPSIE team and presented by two of the main characters, Naeco & Ria- who represent the Ocean & Air.

HAPSIE is the creation of renewable energy company Clean Planet Energy whose mission is to clean the world of plastic waste and help reduce carbon emissions.

“Every weekday at 2.30 pm we unveil a new story from one of the 10+ brilliant HAPSIE characters. Most of the time these stories help us better the world around us in an entertaining way, other times they are just being a little bit silly”, says Bertie Stephens, CEO of Clean Planet Energy, and acting as the inaugural Editor of the HAPSIE comic.

“Accessible, Diverse, and Enjoyable were key milestones when planning HAPSIE. We wanted the content to be free and entertaining for all ages, and with a team of writers and illustrators in 6 of the 7 continents we hope our stories and characters can help reflect all walks of life”, Stephens continued.

The first print edition of the 300-page bumper HAPSIE Hodgpodge is released on May 14th 2021, and readers can have it delivered at HAPSIE.com for £3.25/month, or pay a discounted annual fee of £35. Readers who subscribe to the Annual Plan before the release date will also receive a free extra Autumn edition of the Hodgepodge.

HAPSIE can be accessed for free online at hapsie.com, where you can already read stories from some of the original ‘HAPSIE Crew’ members, including:

  • Cunning Carly, who tricks grown-ups into being better with her fun plans and distractions.
  • Upcycle Michael, where if there’s life left in it, Michael won’t bin it!
  • Ellie Ment, HAPSIE’s in-house science whizzzz. Conjuring up the elements to help save the day!
  • Stefon Back, the boy who can step on back in time, which is useful as he loves history!
  • Greedy Greg, the only adult in the HAPSIE crew, a businessman who just loves to make money at the expense of everyone else. It rarely goes well however…
  • Adah Action, helping the world and making a change needs people to take action, and that’s exactly what Adah does!
  • Ignorant Ike, Ike does what Ike wants. Disrespectful to the world around her, but every week the planet teaches Ike a lesson!

You can enjoy stories from these characters, and many more, for free, at HAPSIE.com – available now online, on mobile, and in print.

 

As the nation returned to barbers and hair salons this week, 13-year-old Annabelle Sankey-Rigby has managed not only to a get a long overdue haircut, but also to raise over £1,000 for the Little Princess Trust.

The idea to get a sponsored haircut first occurred to Burgess Hill Girls pupil Annabelle in 2020. She had been watching Netflix series ‘Alexa and Katie’, in which Alexa starts to lose her hair due to Cancer and Katie supports her. Annabelle, who has had hair down to her waist for some time, was inspired to launch a sponsored chop of her hair, 19 inches in total. She decided to raise money for The Little Princess Trust, a charity that create wigs from hair donations for children suffering hair loss because of Cancer treatment or Alopecia, as well as funding research into childhood cancers.

Annabelle visited Denziloe hair designers for the chop on Wednesday 14th April. Little Princess Trust will now turn her hair into a wig, the process taking several weeks as it must be hand stitched. To date Annabelle has raised £1,020. You can still donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/annabelles-sponsored-haircut, 100% of the funds go straight to the charity.

Annabelle is thrilled with the amount raised for such an important charity:

“Alexa’s story in ‘Alexa and Katie’ shows that losing hair is very traumatic for children, especially when they are already having to deal with a serious disease. I have had long hair my whole life and it is very special to me. But the programme made me realise that others could benefit from it more. I hope the money raised will benefit lots of children and my hair helps its new owner feel a bit better when they get their wig.”

Burgess Hill Girls Head Liz Laybourn is immensely proud of Annabelle’s achievement:

“Over the last year I have been bowled over by the thoughtfulness of our pupils, not only to think of others but to throw themselves into a challenge and see what they can actually do for others. Annabelle’s achievement is a fantastic example to us all.”

Fun gardening activities for children

 

It’s National Children’s Gardening Week from 29 May to 6 June, so it’s the perfect time to get children into gardening. Whether you have a small patio or a large lawn, gardening is a great and inexpensive way to get your littles ones outside, appreciating nature and getting creative.

Here are some fun ideas from Squire’s Garden Centres to get your children into gardening.

 

  1. Quirky Planter Creations

Turn unwanted items into perfect plant pots! You’ll be amazed at what can be recycled – old wellies, a pair of jeans, empty food tins or even plastic bottles all make fantastic planters. Then watch as your flowers bloom.

 

  1. Create Crackin’ Cress Heads

Carefully remove the top of your eggs, wash the shells and dab them dry. Draw faces on your shells with felt tip pens. Dip some cotton wool in water, squeeze out the excess, then place one cotton wool ball inside each shell. Sprinkle a few cress seeds on top. Sit your cress-filled shells in egg cups or an egg box on a sunny windowsill and watch them grow! Cress seeds £1.99 at Squire’s.

 

  1. Grow Your Own

Try growing tomatoes, strawberries or even a pumpkin in time for Halloween! Pumpkin seeds can be sown outdoors in May and June and are £1.99 per pack at Squire’s.

 

  1. Encourage wildlife into your garden

Add flowering plants such as lavender, foxgloves or roses which provide nectar, plant a shrub or tree for shelter, create a log pile for bugs and insects, or add a pretty ladybird tower to your garden.

 

  1. Sensational Sunflowers

Sunflowers are bright and cheery and very easy to grow. Sow seeds outdoors in May and the flowers will bloom from June to September. Sunflower seeds £1.99 per pack at Squire’s.

Squire’s also has a ‘tallest sunflower’ competition that children can enter. Simply take a photo of your child next to their tallest sunflower between 1-20 August 2021 for the chance to win £100! Find all the details at www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk

 

  1. Make your own miniature terrarium

Use a clean glass or jam jar and add a layer of decorative stones and sand. Top with soil, then add moss on top that will act as grass. Plant miniature plants or cuttings into your jar. Add a small rock, or even mini people, Lego figures, plastic dinosaurs or animals to really bring your terrarium to life!

 

There are 16 Squire’s Garden Centres across the South East. Shop instore or buy online for local delivery.

 

After a year of COVID-19 related lockdowns, and the approaching warmer temperatures, many of us are eager to get back outside. On the path to normality, we will need to continue to observe the guidelines that protect us from coronavirus and support the NHS, but also Wake Up to Lyme.

The symptoms of acute Lyme disease can overlap with COVID-19 symptoms, with fatigue, fever and exhaustion being common in both cases.Yet it is largely unknown, and very often untreated or misdiagnosed.

As we return to parks and private gardens, both being places ticks are active, it’s important to be aware of how to prevent tick bites, know what to do if we are bitten and help prevent further cases of Lyme disease this summer.

  • Ticks can be as small as poppy seeds so careful monitoring is key.
  • Carry a tick removal tool and learn how to remove embedded ticks correctly.
  • Take a look at a map to see if where you live or where you will be visiting, is at high-risk for tick activity whilst being aware that ticks have been found everywhere throughout the UK.
  • Do not let your children play in leaf litter and tall grasses without wearing an insect repellent and thoroughly checking them over before returning home.
  • Wear long-sleeves and tuck trousers into socks to reduce skin exposure – light colours may improve tick visibility.

UK registered charity, Lyme Disease UK, will be carrying out their fifth ‘Wake Up to Lyme’ campaign this May, International Lyme Awareness Month. Lyme Disease UK is a volunteer-led charity that offers support for Lyme disease patients and their loved ones.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks. Lyme Disease UK have a detailed and comprehensive guide available on their website and want to help the public wake up to how vital prevention and early intervention can be. We can still enjoy and be amongst nature but rather be informed as to what steps should be taken in the event of a tick bite:

“We don’t want people to be scared of going back outside as the lockdown measures are gradually lifted, but rather go out armed with the facts and knowledge they need to protect themselves and others from Lyme disease. Early intervention is key, and getting that message out to the public is crucial.” Natasha Metcalf, Co-founder and Chair of Lyme Disease UK

What is the impact?

Lyme disease is a serious illness that has a huge impact on the lives of those suffering with it. However, it is preventable and treatable. Current sufferers face a high chance of misdiagnosis as Lyme symptoms mimic other conditions, such as ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia and depression. Lyme Disease UK hopes to spread valuable knowledge throughout the public as we collectively wake up to Lyme.

The campaign aims to:

  • Alleviate pressure on NHS services by reducing the incidence of patients seeking medical attention for tick bites.
  • Make local communities aware of how to prevent tick bites and reducing the likelihood of more people contracting Lyme disease.
  • Share advice on how to safely remove a tick.
  • Inform people that if they do become unwell following a tick bite, they should seek early treatment from their GP to stand the best chance of recovery and avoiding complications.

What are the facts?

For a disease that many of us know little about,, it is more common than we believe. Let’s consider the facts:

  • There are around 2000-3000 new cases each year in England and Wales according to Public Health England.
  • However, cases may be three times higher than estimated, as this figure is based on positive blood test results and excludes all clinical diagnoses of Lyme disease, including people diagnosed based on the presence of a Lyme disease rash.
  • A third of people don’t get the rash.
  • Ticks are found in urban parks and gardens and in every county in the UK
  • In 2016, the Big Tick Project discovered that a third of dogs checked in a study had ticks attached which their owners did not know about.

Why do we need to wake up?

Lyme disease is considered an invisible illness, and the implications are isolating, frightening and expensive. With little help available through the NHS, the Wake Up to Lyme campaign hopes to prevent tick bites and provide key knowledge to those who are concerned they have been bitten. Only by sharing this knowledge can we support those who are suffering, and ensure that as few people as possible are impacted.

Public Health England estimates that there are around 3,000 new cases per year but the true number is unknown, and likely to be far higher. The fact is that thousands of people will be infected this year and many are likely to be undiagnosed or under-treated. This may leave them with slowly developing disabilities which are misdiagnosed as conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Many of the members of Lyme Disease UK’s Online Community group have had difficult and prolonged experiences trying to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

The #WakeUpToLyme awareness campaign aims to reduce the number of new infections and educate people on how to enjoy the outdoors safely.

 

“A long awaited treat for those that seek stunning unique craftsmanship and design in a delightful garden setting”

Members of the Sussex Guild are delighted to be finally exhibiting at Borde Hill Garden, where their inspiring work will be displayed in marquee pods on the Azalea Ring during Borde Hill’s Rose Celebration Weeks. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the highly skilled local designer makers who have been hard at work in their Sussex workshops and studios during the lockdowns. Over the two weekend event visitors will be treated to spectacular examples of ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, leatherwork, metalwork, textile art, woodwork and more; most of the work can be purchased, or specially commissioned.

You can spend a delightful day exploring the 17-acre formal Garden, enjoying refreshments on the lawn and meeting the talented designer-makers of the Sussex Guild who will be pleased to discuss their creative work with you. Art lovers can also discover Form in Nature, a sculpture exhibition of abstract and figurative work of over 80 pieces strategically placed throughout the Garden and Green Tree Gallery.

 

June is also an ideal time to experience the colours and scents of the Rose Garden with 750 David Austin Roses and to see the rejuvenated Italian Garden and Paradise Walk, or to relax in the tranquillity of Warren Wood.

Entry is by pre-booked timed ticket only. Please book via the Borde Hill website www.bordehill.co.uk/bookyourvisit. Once inside the Garden you can stay as long as you want.

Dates: 19 – 20 the June and 26 – 27 June 2021

Opening times: 10am – 5pm

Pre-book timed tickets: www.bordehill.co.uk/bookyourvisit

Entry: Adult £9.95, Concession £9.50, Child £6.70, Group £7.95, Free to Members of Borde Hill. Borde Hill Membership starts from as little as £2.70 a month when paying by Direct Debit.

Venue: Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP

Tel 01444 450326, www.bordehill.co.uk