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Garden Talk: The Best Evergreen Climbers

Evergreen climbers are one of the most useful plants in city gardens. Covering fences in green foliage, they blur boundaries and create a lush backdrop for planting throughout the year. There are lots to choose from, all offering something different: foliage, flowers, berries, colour and scent. Here are my favourites.  Luscious leaves  Trachelospermum jasminoides With neat glossy foliage and sweet smelling flowers, this tops the list. It copes with shade but in sun will reward you with a mass of tiny white summer flowers that smell of the Mediterranean. I also like the ‘Variegatum’ variety with white splashed leaves, or for something different try the yellow flowered ‘Star of Toscana’. Trachelospermum takes a while to establish but will eventually coat your fence in dense foliage, which just needs a light prune after flowering to keep in check. Pileostegia viburnoides Evergreen, self-clinging and shade tolerant, this is a useful new find of mine. It has long glossy green leaves and sprays of white flowers in late summer, early autumn. It’s slow growing but is a stunning …

Crofton Park Railway Garden needs your help!

Just off the busy high street of Crofton Park lies a precious little space which the Crofton Park & Honor Oak Park Neighbourhood Forum have been gradually clearing and weeding since 2014. They’ve succeeded in digging up three truck-loads (and counting) of buried rubbish (having suffered many years of fly-tipping) and have fought the persistent weeds. They‘ve succeeded in generating a lot of interest in the area and see new volunteers coming along all the time. They now have bigger plans for the space and want to transform it into an oasis of calm and natural beauty – a sensory garden that will provide a unique recreational and outdoor learning space for all residents to reconnect with nature and their senses. It will be a tranquil retreat away from the noisy and polluted high street. Its unique location adjacent to Crofton Park Railway Station means that commuters will also be able to enjoy the garden while they wait for or alight from the trains, allowing them to de-stress, ready for their hectic journey that awaits …

Local Talk: November

Terroirs Wine Bar expands to East Dulwich (replacing ToastED) The team behind Terroirs Wine Bar, Charing Cross, and Soif on Battersea Rise is bringing its energetic wines and produce-driven food to South East London. “Terroirs is the ‘daddy’ of our restaurant group, an institution of natural wine in London. After 9 strong years, it’s time share our passion! We know and love East Dulwich, and Terroirs will be a great addition to the South East London food scene.” Cecile Mathonneau, Group Operations Manager Opened in early November. Terroirs East Dulwich, 36-38 Lordship Lane, SE22 8HJ Two Cones This charming collection of home decorations, have been hand-made in Dulwich, using natural pin cones. All have a delicious fragrance of orange, cinnamon, clove and myrrh. Now available at Scotch Meats, on Rosendale Road SE21 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 – 1pm throughout the months of November and December. Two cones also offer a bespoke table and door wreath making service to compliment any festive theme. For more information Call Jessica 07921 761670  or Sue 07977 204201 Get a …

The Last Word: Robyn Perkins

After a number of creative professions (potter, marine biology, furniture design & landscape architecture), I have settled into stand-up comedy. I also started Laugh Train Home in 2013, a comic run comedy night who (since September) have their second club night in SE23. On a day to day basis, I am an upbeat, chatty American who plays water polo, is a massive foodie, decent cook and is often seen riding a bright pink Brompton. How long have you lived in the area? I moved to London from Boston in 2008 and into SE London in 2014. Do you know your neighbours? Oh yes. Probably too well. While at the Fringe, I had one enter my flat and search for a photo I needed for my show. I was about to ask him to go through my hard-drive when someone informed me ‘British people don’t ask that of their neighbours’. Whoops! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I feel like naming comedians is cheating a bit, especially as they come to play my club. …

Dulwich student brings No Waste November to UK to fight culture of waste

A sixth former at James Allen’s Girls’ School is asking everyone to join her global fight against all types of waste throughout November. Tilly Gratton has launched a new campaign to cut down on waste next month and wants as many people as possible to join her in taking action. She has started the global No Waste November campaign with a team of fellow young environmental champions across four continents and over the next few weeks will spread the message on social media. Whether it’s reducing water use, avoiding single use plastic products or throwing away less food, Tilly is asking everyone to make a pledge and do what they can to help. For her part Tilly has pledged to only use naked cosmetics and drink from reusable cups. She developed the idea for No Waste November through her work with Dr Jane Goodhall DBE’s Roots and Shoots programme which empowers schools and universities around the world to make positive changes that help communities, animals and the environment. Explaining why she feels so strongly about …