Ed­i­tor’s com­ment

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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.

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