Year of the Environment
Having spent a glorious three weeks in Australia enjoying Christmas and New Year in their summer sunshine, it wasn’t just the weather that delighted me but also the national emphasis on protecting the natural environment. My daughter and son-in-law, who live by the beach on the outskirts of Sydney, are evangelical in their approach to recycling and avoiding plastic and they’re not alone: public spaces are spotless.
I’ve come back with lots of new resolutions to try even harder with my own efforts and am looking forward to joining a town-wide litter pick in my home area of Tonbridge. For 2019 is the Year of the Environment, and we can all do our bit – and be inspired by the people of Ashford, who have just been named top of the league when it comes to recycling in Kent, for the fourth year in a row (page 12).
I’d be very interested to hear any initiatives in your area that I can share with other readers and raise awareness of the good work being done to protect the glorious Garden of England. Even small changes can make a big difference.
In other news, you’ll notice a distinctly arty feel to this edition. We’re delighted to announce the second Antique Collector of the Year competition in association with our dear friends at The Canterbury Auction Galleries. But I’m not a collector, I hear you say! Think again – look around your house, your shed, your garage: have you got a bit of thing for bottle tops, toys, teapots? We want to see them all. For example, last year’s winner in the adult category, Angela Clark from Tonbridge, collects buttons, while junior collector Cameron Carlton’s passion is for turtles. Turn to pages 52-3 to read more and get dusting off those cardboard boxes and shelves and see what gems you can discover.