12 ways to leave your garden
13 August 2018 | 7:30 am

Going away? Here’s your pre-holiday to do list. Give your perennials a good cut back. Tired hardy geraniums can be sheared right back – they’ll produce new growth and may flower again for you on your return. The same goes for plants like nepeta and Alchemilla mollis. Deadhead roses before you go away so they’ll put energy into new growth and more flowers, rather than seeds. Don’t be afraid to cut back hard to thick stems and strong buds – it’ll encourage stronger new shoots. Cut off the spent flowering spikes of salvia or penstemon – these may come again. Lightly trim lavender removing old flower spikes with a pair of hand shears. Take a few cm off the tips of leafy growth to encourage side shoots and keep the plants bushy. Trim back taller perennials that have flopped onto the grass or are smothering other plants – or stake them securely so they’ll cope with any windy days while you’re away. Water. This is particularly important given the hot weather we’ve had. Drench your …

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Peaches & Brioche
10 August 2018 | 7:30 am

Continuing our mission to create amazing dishes from home grown produce from our allotment….or in this case peaches from the next plot (which we exchanged for our own Blackberries which we have in abundance)! Peaches & Brioche (serves 4) Ingredients 2 peaches (or nectarines) 4 brioche slices 150g Mascarpone 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out, pod reserved 150g caster sugar, plus extra to taste pinch Cinnamon 50g Butter 50ml double cream Method Bring a pan of water to the boil. Make a cross in the bottom of the peaches with the tip of a sharp knife, then place the peaches in the water and leave for 30 seconds. Drain, peel away the skin of the peaches and set aside. Cut the fingers of brioche in half and toast them on a griddle pan until golden-brown. Remove from the heat and set to one side. Mix together the mascarpone and vanilla seeds in a bowl, adding sugar, to taste. Set aside. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Sprinkle the caster sugar over the base …

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Peckham to welcome Syrian refugee family
9 August 2018 | 7:30 am

Peckham Sponsors Refugees will meet with a Home Office representative in the next few weeks to seek pre-approval to re-home a refugee family fleeing conflict and devastation in Syria. The family is expected to arrive in the community early next year. Peckham Sponsors Refugees, which has been supported by around 100 locals, has worked tirelessly over a period of months to prepare for the family’s arrival and get all the necessary plans in place, culminating in handing in what Tim Finch, a local resident who is founding director of Sponsor Refugees, said is ‘the most thorough and comprehensive application I have seen.’ The group has found a home for the family, raised funds to help support them when they arrive, and drawn up a safeguarding and resettlement plan. The group has also sourced an Arabic translator and researched educational and support services available to help the family settle into the area when they arrive. Over the next few months, the Home Office will complete final checks to ensure the community is ready to house the …

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Dulwich Hamlet Football Club – August news
8 August 2018 | 7:30 am

This year is the 125th anniversary of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and throughout the year the club and supporters will be celebrating the occasion.  For this season, the club have introduced a ‘new’ club crest to mark to occasion.  Technically this is not a new crest in every sense of the word, it is actually an interpretation of the original used in the early part of the 20th century and it will appear on all team wear throughout the season. In recent years, Hamlet supporters have formed a close relationship with supporters of Hamburg club Altonaer FC von 1893.  Altona 93, as it is more commonly known, was also formed in the year 1893 and so see’s it also celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.  As part of both clubs celebrations Dulwich’s first team squad travelled to Hamburg a couple of weeks ago to play Altona 93 in a pre-season fixture at their Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahnground.  Just under 200 Hamlet fans travelled over for the weekend, which also saw Dulwich face HFC Falke in another friendly a few days earlier.  Dulwich ran out 4 -1 winners (not …

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