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National Tree Week

November 25th marks the start of National Tree Week, which in turn marks the start of the tree-planting season. Considering that most of us in the UK have fairly small plots we do love our trees. The trouble is we’re not always terribly good at choosing them. How many times have you driven through a […]

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Allotment awards winners 2017

Following allotment visits at Newbury’s six allotment sites by Councillors earlier in the year, Newbury Town Council presented awards to tenants who were judged to have kept the best allotment plots …

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NEWBURY IN BLOOM JUDGING 2017

Newbury in Bloom judges has now visited all of the 42 entries received from local businesses, primary schools, places of worship, allotments, community projects and almshouses.

Councillor Sarah Gre …

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Is International Property a solid investment?

“May you live in interesting times”, so goes the supposed Chinese anti-proverb. The implication being that ‘interesting’ is the direct opposite of stable, harmonious and peaceful.

And indee …

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Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle stems emerge from the ground and grow slowly upwards until they find something around which to twine. At this point they romp away, scrambling up frameworks or trees decorating them with s …

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Take a Seat

This year I decided to buy an all-weather seat for my garden.
Bizarrely I didn’t actually have a permanent place to sit where I could admire my hard work.
There is an art to choosing and placing g …

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Jobs for June

There’s always something to be doing in the garden, whether it’s pruning, tidying or sowing, here are my tips for June.
Cutting back growth in hanging baskets can encourage new flowers and foliage an …

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Blooming Baskets!

The secret to growing a successful basket lays both in the way it’s planted but also in sensible aftercare.

Plant the basket with bedding plants at the beginning of May but don’t plant them out …

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Fuchsia Perfect

I love hardy fuchsias. They are some of the most rewarding plants to grow. They are easy to propagate, flower well and are not the least bit temperamental.

They are named after a 16th Century Germa …

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Step by step guide to a listed property Spring Health Check

Spring is the ideal time to take stock, to get out and check the condition of your listed building, and identify any maintenance that is required. The exterior of your building may have taken a batter …

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History repeats itself with a modern colour twist

WHILE Spring is the time to look forward, to clear the clutter and cobwebs away from our homes, this seasons decorating trends are harking towards a bygone era.

According to the experts at Crown De …

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Beautiful Birds

In the depth of winter garden birds bring us so much pleasure. Squabbling on feeders, their colours and songs brighten gloomy days.
The Big Garden Bird watch on January 28th and 29th.
Birds play a …

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Reputable Letting Agent

With so many legislative changes in the private rental sector, it has never been more important for you to have a reputable Letting Agent looking after your interests

Naturally, you may think we wi …

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Smart Ways to Keep your Empty House Secure this Season

Empty houses and piles of Christmas presents make December and January the months you’re most likely to be a burglary victim.

Homes across the UK are already filling up with presents while famili …

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How to Choose a Tradesman

Many years ago, the house I lived in developed a small wet patch in the dining room. We called out two plumbers to give us a quote. The first told us the drive needed digging up and that the total rep …

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Humble Hedge

Garden boundaries are emotive subjects. There have been any number of feuds between neighbours over this very issue down the years and the main cause of aggro seems to be the humble hedge.
November i …

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Hobbit House Designer

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.” Kingston designer, Lili Giacobino, brings fantasy interior to life.
She states, “The Hobbit house uses recycled floorboards and reclaimed portholes f …

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Friendly Foliage

We all love flowers. They’re what gardening is all about and the fact that they tend to be relatively short-lived makes them special.

A garden can’t survive on flowers alone. It needs to look a …

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Happiness in the South East is a Garden Shed says Survey

 

The humble garden shed may hold the key to contentment. 95% of shed owners in the South East say their shed makes them happy, according to the Waltons Great British Shed Survey.

For ‘sh …

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How To Re-Vamp Your Old Sofa

At this time of year, things start getting a little more sociable as the evenings draw out and the temperatures rise, so here is a little guide to re-vamping one of the most important and expensive pi …

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