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The Last Word – Eliza Nicholas

I’m Eliza Nicholas, founder of Rocket – a garden design and workshop initiative. I left my corporate job to start a business dedicated to supporting wildlife and wellbeing, helping people in the city reconnect with nature. How long have you lived in the area? I moved to Dulwich a year ago, and instantly fell in love with it. As a garden designer with clients all over the country I’m often travelling around, but I always look forward to returning home to the charm of East Dulwich. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The independent, quirky shops and restaurants make Lordship Lane a lovely place to live near. There’s a great sense of community that I really value. Do you belong to any groups? I’m a member of the Dulwich Note-orious Choir and now enjoy being part of the committee as well. It is a brilliant group that gets together above the East Dulwich Tavern to sing and have a laugh, as well as performing concerts locally – details on the …

Six tips to help you through uncertain times

With Toni Horton – Life Strategy Coach I don’t have to tell you that we are living in very weird times right now. Things are changing every five minutes and it’s very disconcerting. Uncertainty fuels anxiety and when things come out of the blue like this, we are not prepared for the amount of upheaval we are going to feel and we are not always sure what we need to do, in this case because it is completely unprecedented, for us and for the wider world. Worry and anxiety can be very similar feelings but the basic difference is worry normally takes place when something is actually happening, when you know what you are dealing with and you can start to plan how you are going to respond. Anxiety is fear of the future, in a nutshell the unknown feeling about what might happen, how big it might get and what are the repercussions. This is what a lot of people are currently experiencing. Even if you are not normally an anxious person, It feels …

Environment Matters: Artist and Art Therapist Grace Thompson talks about raising money for Street Trees for Living

One of the most striking sights to greet me in Crofton Park was that of newly planted street trees.  I loved the sense of community and decided to sponsor more tree planting when we moved here just over a year ago.  I’ve always been drawn to working with the community through art workshops or environmental projects, so I thought that raising money for further trees would be a great way to meet my neighbours and work with local businesses. Art workshops to raise funds My idea was to hold art workshops in the local area where children and adults could use reclaimed wood to create abstract tree sculptures.  Art is such a universal language that we all share, especially for children where it’s a natural process that they’re drawn to. For adults, it’s so enriching to see a reconnection with a sense of playfulness and creatively. We used a range of materials to create something tangible, an object that participants could take home. A significant part of the process was the connection and support of …

Melissa Hemsley’s Fridge-Raid Frittata

The beauty of a frittata is that anything goes – really, it does! In this case, broccoli is the star, but let whatever is in your fridge take the lead. Always aim for some green as it’s often the green veg that most of us could do with more of. Not only is a vegetable frittata an easy and delicious way to start your day, but in this case you eat the whole broccoli in all its glory – stems and stalks – and, even better, everything happens in the same pan. If you’ve got cooked broccoli ready to go, then skip step 1 and save time. And if you know you’ll be rushing out the door a lot this week, bake it in a 12-hole muffin tray at fan 170°C/Gas mark 5 for 10–15 minutes for a grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Ingredients Feeds 4, takes 20 mins 1 large head of broccoli, florets evenly chopped and stem finely chopped 1 small onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tbsp butter 10 eggs …

Forest Hill Society Environment Committee

Forest Hill Society Environment Committee Environment Matters by Quetta Kaye Eleven members of the Forest Hill Society form the Environment Committee – aided by occasional volunteers. Activities vary from chasing telephone companies about dirty, broken junction boxes, washing the walls of the underpass, organising group litter picks, arranging for solar powered lights in the trees outside the station, persuading local businesses to sponsor tubs of plants, and planting activities in the town centre. Planting: Our planting efforts are concentrated around the railway station and town centre in an effort to add colour and brighten the streets for locals and commuters. Plants create a sense of well-being and mental health, but also counter pollution and provide much needed sustainable niches for bees and other insects. This year the Forest Hill Society received its seventh “Outstanding” award from the RHS’s In Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood” category and, in addition, we were awarded a National Certificate of Distinction. In October, over a hundred mixed tulip and daffodil bulbs were planted outside the station’s entrance and the platform planters given …