Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 617

9 22 SEPTEMBER 2022 News&Views As someone who doesn’t like going to the gym, opting tomerge exercise with daily life – in other words, not domuch of it – I thought plogging and I would get on well. It’s a Swedish concept combining jogging with litter picking. Armed with a litter picker, a bag and gloves, as well as your trainers, it turns something designed to improve your health into something that also gives the local area a boost. So I tried it – and felt foolish. As if looking bright red and sweaty when you bump into neighbours isn’t bad enough, the accessories mademe look like someone on community service. Perhaps, if you’re a good runner, swooping down on sweet wrappers can be seamless. For me, it’s a big deal and exhausting, though hopefully earningme extra fitness points. I turn to Lizzie Car, who set up Planet Patrol, inspiring people to tackle litter in their community. She’s been plogging for years and has an app so you can record litter and put pressure on the companies responsible. “Set the distance you want to cover and plan a few stops on the way to collect litter around you – if you stop every time you spot litter, you’ll never get anywhere,” says Lizzie. She adds that there’s no need for a litter picker if you’re not keen. She takes gardening gloves and a washable shoulder bag instead. For my next plog, I recruit my teenager for support and we ditch the litter tongs. After a couple of kilometres, he suggests we drop the pace and call it plalking. In fact, this term already exists and it might bemoremy style. ANNA SHEPARD Week 34: Going plogging Sustainable living EWE JUST HAVE TO BE THERE Chef TomKerridge, known for high-end dining at his twoMichelin-starred pub The Hand and Flowers inMarlow, has launched a £15 two-course lunch menu at three of his other restaurants, saying that an a ordable lunch is one way of tackling tough times. Tom says he won’t makemoney from the deal, which focuses on school classics such as roasted beef and onion cottage pie, and is available at The Coach inMarlow, The Bull &Bear inManchester and Kerridge’s Bar&Grill at Corinthia in London. The return of prix fixe AUTUMN IN THE A IR Get ready for the autumn equinox tomorrow (23 September), traditionally a time to re ect on the past season and give thanks for a good harvest. Fruits, vegetables and meat are preserved for the cold months ahead, while foragers comb the hedgerows for ripe elderberries, rosehips and hazelnuts (left). Look out for wading birds, such as curlews, redshanks or oystercatchers, which populate estuaries this month, newly arrived from the colder north or preparing to migrate south. Illustration: Amelia Flower/Folioart lunch deal Tom Kerridge’s £15 two-course menu includes roasted beef and onion cottage pie (right) A flock of North of Englandmule sheep will be driven through the capital’s streets on Sunday (25 September) to celebrate an ancient tradition and raise funds for charity. The event marks the right of Freemen to herd sheep tomarket over the Thames toll-free. This year, the Lord Mayor of London, Vincent Keaveny, and guest Kate Humble will join Freemen and their guests to herd flocks along London Bridge’s downstreamwalkway for the 10th charity sheep drive. It is organised by The Worshipful Company of Woolmen, which traces its roots back to 1180. There is also a livery fair aroundMonument, showcasing rare breed sheep fromSpitalfields City Farm, blade-shearing, woollen products, and arts and crafts. Funds raised support The LordMayor’s Appeal and The Woolmen Charity, which promotes the industry and helps preserve its ancient links with the City of London, much of which was built with proceeds from the wool trade. sheepdrive.london Photography: Andy Sillett Photography/Sheep Drive, Getty Images