Network of free dog waste bag dispensers to be installed across Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce,

Free dog waste bag units are to be installed across the borough following a successful trial by Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Six of the innovative TiksPac stations offering free biodegradable dog waste bags were installed at parks, footpaths and recreation grounds across Surrey Heath at the end of last year.

Following positive feedback from the public, reduced complaints about dog waste in these areas, and significant usage of the free bags by dog walkers, dispensers will soon be set up at more than 30 locations throughout the borough.

The original six stations were installed at Frimley Lodge Park; Lightwater Country Park; School Lane, Bagshot; The Briars Centre, Lightwater; Southcote Park and Watchetts Park, Camberley; and Frimley Recreation Ground. It is part of a concerted effort by the Council to reduce dog fouling across the borough, building on the glow in the dark ‘We’re Watching You’ posters launched last winter.

Sponsorship opportunities for the new dispensers are available to local businesses, with the chance to support this community and environmentally-friendly initiative whilst also displaying their logo on every TiksPac unit across the borough. Any interested companies should contact Pam at TiksPac UK on 01925 593982, or email

Things to do: Hall Grove School gardens open this Saturday

Under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme, the gardens of Hall Grove School, off the A30 opposite Longacres Garden Centre in Bagshot, are open this Saturday 13th May from 2.0 pm – 5.o pm.

Formerly a small Georgian country estate, now a co-educational preparatory school. Grade II listed house (not open). Mature parkland with specimen trees. Historical features incl ice house, old walled garden recently restored, heated peach wall. Lake, woodland walks, rhododendrons and azaleas.

Home made teas from 3.o pm, with live music with from the Bagshot Band. Admission £5, children free.

When Cacti and succulents flower they delight

I’ve a small collection of cacti and succulents which adorn the window sill in our conservatory. They all get an outing onto the patio table for a feed and watering on warm sunny days. I tell them it’s their day out – a short holiday. My knowledge about them is sparse – as it is about much else in life too.

Some were acquired at last year’s Egham Royal Show from Woking Cacti Society’s stall, or was it last years Surrey Heath Show, can’t recall. Anyway, the acquired Aeonium gomerense is putting out a flower. The flower head is shooting up, I’ve no idea how tall the flower stem will grow, or what the eventually flowering will look like. It’s one of the delights of owning cacti and succulents.

Two photos, the Aeonium on the left, and the other from a Woking Cacti Society stall at the Egham Royal Show.


A magical bluebell wood at Hatchlands Park

I know I recommended places locally to see carpets of bluebells. Bad boy, I didn’t take my own advice, I received a recommendation from a friend that the National Trust’s Hatchlands Park in West Horsley was the place to go locally for a magical bluebell experience.

Gosh, they were spot on. We visited Hatchlands Park at the weekend and were amazed at the beauty of the bluebell woodland. I think the recent lack of rain has helped preserve them in all their glory. Oh, and being a National Trust property there was tea and cake for a post bluebell reminisce. [Click on photos to expand]

This holiday weekend, why not see wondrous bluebell carpets

We passed numerous bluebell woods driving down the Wye Valley last weekend. Much as we wanted to stop and admire their wondrous beauty, getting home was our priority.

There are, however, plenty of places locally to see carpets of bluebells. This holiday weekend is just an opportunity to catch them before they fade. Here are a few suggestions,

Top local choice: Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Rd, Godalming GU8 4AD

Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 1LT

Get Surrey’s article on Bluebells across Surrey and where you can see them

Where to See Five of the Planet’s Most Mysterious Geoglyphs

A geoglyph in the UK features in this article on April 20th 2017 Where to See Five of the Planet’s Most Mysterious Geoglyphs in the Smithsonian Magazine.

The Oxford dictionary defines geoglyph as – A large-scale image or design produced in the natural landscape by techniques such as aligning rocks or gravel or removing soil or sod, the complete form of which is visible only aerially or at a distance.

It’s surprising and pleasing that the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire is regarded as one of the five most mysterious geoglyphs. Research into the age of the Uffington White Horse considers it to have been created between 1200 BC and 800 BC, making it over 3,000 years old. There’s more about the White Horse at Wiltshire White Horses, and the National Trust. Below is a NASA satellite image of the Uffington White Horse.