The Healing Garden: BURDOCK

A robust erect biennial producing a rosette of large soft dull green leaves in the first year, then growing up to 180m in the second year. Purple thistle-like flowers appear from July and ripen into burs with hooked spines. Found in calcareous soils on wasteland, in hedgerows, meadows and at the edge of woodland. It…

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The Garden in October – towards Samhain

October is an interesting month of the year, bookended as it is with the Autumn Equinox on one side and Samhain (pronounced ‘sah-win’) on the other. These two festivals (along with their Christian counterparts Michaelmas and All Saints Day) are both festivals of turning inwards after the summer’s harvest. The inwardness increases as the days…

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Repair Cafés – what do we repair most?

Many different broken items are brought into each Repair Café. Most of them require replacing a part. The second most popular procedure is cleaning, followed by stitching a seam. This is according to the latest analysis of the RepairMonitor, the online tool for data collection in Repair Cafés worldwide. The magic touch of the repairer…

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Notes from The Bookshop…

Writing from within the quaint, beamy interior of The Bookshop it is hard to remember that this area, The Ashdown Forest, sat at the heart of the British Modernist movement. In November 1913 WB Yeats rented rooms in Stone Cottage, Coleman’s Hatch, which he described as “on the edge of Ashdown Forest… a most perfect…

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Let’s Talk Wealden Goes Live

A new online community engagement hub has been launched to improve engagement between Wealden District Council and its residents. Let’s Talk Wealden aims to provide an interactive and relaxed space for residents to find out about the latest proposals for their area, have their say, ask questions and discuss ideas with the community. Residents do…

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Councillor’s Corner: Chairman Jason Eichner

Please note that any views or opinions represented in this piece belong solely to the author and do not necessarily represent the position of Forest Row Parish Council, its councillors, or its staff.  Hello, Forest Row, it’s nice to meet you. It feels odd to write that, when I’ve spent my whole life here, but…

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