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Local Champions

The Hamble Valley is full of Local Champions who work to promote their businesses and attractions to visitors and residents. Here are some interviews with the 2011 and 2012 champions: Nick Knowles BBC presenter, Nick Knowles is a regular visitor to the Hamble Valley and enjoys sailing on the River Hamble. We asked him what the area means to him…. Nick, you regularly sail on the River Hamble, could you tell us why? What makes it a great place to sail? The waters around Hamble are beautiful; I love the views through the changing seasons. My favourite time of day is when the sun is setting across the water and there’s a yellowy, treacly light which is quite unique to the Hamble. Tell is about the first time you sailed on the River Hamble? My friend Iain May took me trapezing on a fast sailing dingy and tried to drown me several times. Despite this I fell in love with the river. I feel at one with the Hamble, mostly because I’ve drunk gallons of it I suppose. The Hamble Valley is described as a beautiful breathing space, what do you like about it? The bars, clubs, restaurants and friendly water gypsies. And lastly, the Hamble Valley is known as the Strawberry Coast because of the strawberry-growing heritage. So, thinking about strawberries, how do you eat yours? With balsamic...

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Car and Fancy Free

The Hamble Valley is easily accessible for exploration! Here are some useful websites and information points to help: By Road The M3 provides easy access from London and the North. The Hamble Valley lies to the east, between Junctions 5 and 8 of the M27. By Air Southampton International Airport offers excellent UK domestic and international flights. Southampton International Airport – www.southamptonairport.com By Rail Hamble, Bursledon and Netley rail stations are located on routes between the Southampton and Portsmouth line. Wickham is located a short bus journey from Fareham station which is on the London to Portsmouth line. For train timetable information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Botley and Hedge End have regular services to Portsmouth, Eastleigh, Winchester and London, whilst trains from Fareham serve these destinations and also Southampton, Chichester, Brighton, and Gatwick Airport. By Bus The area is well connected by buses, with various services connecting to Southampton, Eastleigh, Winchester and Fareham as well as providing local services in and around the Valley area. Bluestar No.3 | Southampton-Hedge-End-Botley Brijan No.8 | Eastleigh-Hedge End-Botley-Bishops Waltham First 4/4A/X4 | Southampton-Bursledon-Fareham/Gosport/Portsmouth First No.6 | Southampton-Netley-Hamble Stagecoach No.69 | Winchester-BishopsWaltham-Wickham-Fareham Local bus & rail partnership www.threeriversrail.com National Rail enquiries 08457 48 49 50 | www.national rail.co.uk Public Transport Enquiry Service – To help plan your journey using public transport 0870 608 2608 | www.traveline.org.uk Bus Services Blue Star 023 8061 8233 | www.bluestarbus.co.uk First 023 8022 4854 | www.firstgroup.com...

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Green Tourism

Experience the real Hamble Valley with help from ecoescape ‘At ecoescape, we think the UK is full of unique locations, and should stay that way. The Hamble Valley is no exception. Our enjoyment of the Hamble Valley will continue for many years to come as long as we remember a few key things to protect it and we support local industry and people.’ Laura Greenman, Director, ecoscape So whether a visitor or a local resident, follow these top tips for great green holidays and days out with your family in the Hamble Valley. Shop locally Support local businesses when you explore the Hamble Valley. From where you stay to wherever you eat, if you choose a local business then your money will benefit communities that need it most. Look for local food shops where produce has been grown nearby to help to reduce food miles and carbon emissions. Waste less and recycle Not only will you save money, but you’ll also help us to keep the Hamble Valley free of waste and litter. Think about what you buy and where it will go next. Here are a few tips you can follow during your stay that will help you have a great time, save money and look after your surroundings: Look out for the nearest bottle bank recycling facilities or ask your hotel or holiday home to recycle your waste. If you are...

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Make Do and Mend

Get crafty Arts and craft activities are always popular with children and are a great low cost alternative for a Sunday afternoon. Why not try your hand at these starter activities? The non-scary Scarecrow – Easy and inexpensive to make, a Scarecrow is a fun and whimsical addition to the children’s veggie patch and helps them to understand about protecting their crops … Collect old clothes and items from around the house and stuff with rags, straw or leaves, not forgetting a stake to stand him or her up! Old Cd’s can be a decorated and hung around a veggie patch to ward of birds and capture the sunlight in your garden … See how creative you can get! Visit one of the country parks and learn how to make bird an butterfly boxes for a small charge in the school holidays. Take some paper to your local park or open space and design a treasure map with the children, which can be coloured and decorated at home and passed onto a willing pirate to seek the treasure. A rain maker is a winner with all younger children. A clean plastic bottle with a lid can be painted or covered and filled with lentils or rice. Let your kids dance for much need rain in the garden! For older children, why not set them a puzzle to get them back in...

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A Helping Hand

Starting a veggie patch can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Even if you have a small space to have a go at growing your own, here are some hints and tips to get you started: Know your soil – before you decide what to grow pick up a soil testing kit from a local gardening cente. This will tell you more about your soil, for example, vegetables grow best in slightly acidic soil. Whether your plot is in a raised bed or container, it should be next to a sunny wall or fence, which will be perfect for climbing plants. Just remember that soil in the ‘rain shadow’ of a wall can be dry, so add manure or compost to help retain moisture every time you replant. If you are planting your vegetable patch with children, you will want some easy, fast-growing crops for those impatient little fingers: Sunflowers are easy and a must for children’s gardens – plant one or two as they do take up room. Lettuces are quick and reliable and give fast results and an excellent way to interest children in salads. Radishes also give quick results and will germinate in 3-10 days, and have a very short growing season of 20-30 days. Snow peas are a quick-growing easrly crop, and fun for kids to eat right off the vine. Snow peas...

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