Home & Garden
- Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Millions of Brits admit they are clueless about gardening so rely on mum and dad for help.
Research revealed six out of ten people now regularly stand at the kitchen window on a weekend and watch mum or dad toiling away at lawns or flowerbeds.
A third also admit they have no idea what they are doing and lack confidence.
One in ten is happy to delegate gardening duties to their parents simply because they are better at it.
The poll by weed killer firm Roundup found that the typical adult doesn’t ‘get the hang of’ gardening until they reach the ripe old age of forty.
- Monday, 10 June 2013
For homeowners who are property rich but cash poor it can be extremely stressful when something goes wrong at home.
Local authorities across the South West recognise that the older generation may not ask for help and may be excluded from traditional lending institutions due to their age.
Wessex Home Improvement Loans, a not for profit organisation, foresaw the need for council’s to provide financial assistance to homeowners to ensure their homes are warm, safe and structurally sound and provided a tailored solution.
- Wednesday, 05 June 2013
Central YMCA, the UK’s leading health and fitness charity, is urging people to take advantage of the late Spring and Summer seasons and venture outside to enjoy the substantial health benefits that gardening can provide.
Astonishing and often unreported health-related benefits are highlighted in a newly published Central YMCA Guide – Gardening for health: ‘The need to know guide to the health benefits of horticulture’ – including:
Award winning garden designer Adam Frost talks about his Gold medal winning creation at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show
- Friday, 24 May 2013
Watch the following video where Adam talks us through his creation of The Homebase Garden - ‘Sowing the Seeds of Change’ in association with Alzheimer’s Society which has won a prestigious gold medal at the centenary year of the event.
Adam Frost is no stranger to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and this year’s outdoor space is the sixth garden that he has designed for the prestigious event. Styled as a modern family garden, it provides an environment where people can enjoy a connection to food and nature, as well as an outdoor space where people can spend time with family and friends.
- Friday, 17 May 2013
Moving house gets harder the older you are because of the sentimental value we attach to homes.
Although the benefits of moving to a smaller, more manageable property can be huge, many pensioners are reluctant because they cannot face letting go of decades of accumulated belongings and attached memories.
But many who face losing their mobility, need to raise funds for care or who want to move closer to family and friends, are left with little choice.
- Thursday, 02 May 2013
You may well have been putting off exterior maintenance but with summer well on its way, now is the perfect time to get back into the garden and protect your decking, fencing, windows, doors and shed.
To help you simplify the process we have teamed up with Sean Thompson, Sadolin’s Technical Expert who will guide you through how to protect your woodwork with wood stains, oils and protectors. Watch our handy video where Sean will show you step-by-step how to make sure that your wood withstands unreliable British weather keeping it looking fantastic for longer.
- Wednesday, 01 May 2013
A team of young volunteers created two new garden areas for retired residents at Colville Court sheltered housing scheme in Nottingham this week.
Student volunteers and staff from Nottingham Trent University teamed up with housing provider Guinness Northern Counties to refurbish the external areas at the scheme which is home to 31 residents over the age of 55.
It took just two days to complete the new-look gardens that now offer a refurbished greenhouse for residents to grow their own veg and a seated area with new garden furniture provided by Guinness Partnership funds.
- Wednesday, 01 May 2013
Forest Hill is going back to its roots next month, to be transformed into an urban orchard. Forty- seven shops and businesses in Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park will join forces to create an avenue of 70 fruit trees – the Edible High Road – celebrating Forest Hill’s history and its current standing as a hub of community gardening.
A trail map will lead visitors along the route lined with apple, cherry, pear and plum trees, ending in the Horniman Museum’s Gardens at the crest of the hill. Children taking part can also win gardening prizes.
- Thursday, 25 April 2013
If not you should be!
A year ago I downsized my house only to discover that my sofa was too big for my new abode so I had to buy a new one – I tried to buy a smaller sofa but none of the ones I could find in the shops or online were the right size.
Then one day walking in the village I moved to and I saw a shop that said A&B Upholsterers, and Antique Restorers so I went in and chatted with the owners, Alan Watson and Brian Iredale.
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