Exclusive: plant from South America, also known as Gunnera, found to spread rapidly and choke native flora
Good landscaping ideas are crucial for taking a garden from drab to fab. One of the best approaches is to bring in terraces, by leveling out different areas of your backyard and then connecting them with gently curving paths or smart steps.
The ‘Christina on the Coast’ star first shared a glimpse of the Orange County abode when she moved in with her husband Josh in June 2022
A 60-year-old picturesque cottage near Bicester may be getting an extension along with several modern alterations.
From table settings and mood lighting to ways to keep warm, we've got all the inspiration you need to throw a special event. After all, with warmer weather, your outdoor space makes the perfect backdrop to host a special occasion. Styling things up for a big (or small) do is tons of fun, whether it's introducing a new feature such as a garden bar for alfresco cocktails, or simply getting creative with garden decor ideas and tea lights for a chilled-out vibe.
The average Brit has spent almost £3,000 making their home more energy efficient to date - with new windows, thicker curtains, and insulated walls the most popular methods. Other much favoured bill-reducing home improvements include new roof insulation, draught excluders, and new doors. But there are also smaller steps to take, with some making their property more sustainable more cheaply by bleeding radiators and sealing gaps around doorframes and windows. The survey of 2,000 adults found less than half (42 per cent) think their home is energy efficient - with a whopping 74 per cent saying they found it difficult to tell just how much energy they’re wasting in their home. Phil Clamp, from Greenwich, said, “We’ve recently moved from a flat to a three-bed terrace house which seems to lose heat really quickly. "With a young child, we’re more conscious than ever to ensure the house remains warm, but it can be hard to understand if we’re heating our home as effectively as we should be and don’t really know where we can go to turn for advice.” New builds - between 0 and five-years-old - were considered the most efficient home. And more than half (51 per cent) of those who live in detached houses think their home are the most energy - efficient despite ONS data show that they are in fact amongst the least efficient in the UK. Gail Parker, Low Carbon Homes Director at British Gas, which offers the Home Health Check [https://www.britishgas.co.uk/smart-home/greener-homes/home-health-check.html], said: "Our homes are as unique as the people that live in them, which is why it’s important to receive personalised advice that will make a worthwhile difference. “Energy efficiency home improvements come in a whole range of sizes, from things like insulation, heat pumps and solar panels, to ensuring radiators aren’t covered and are bled, and gaps are sealed around doorframes and windows.” Many believe heat escapes most from around the door frame (31 per cent), through the roof (31 per cent) and via the vent in the bathroom (17 per cent), which are all common areas seen by experts. When it comes to rooms, the kitchen was voted as the least efficient room, closely followed by the lounge and the hallway. Saving money on heating (76 per cent), keeping the home warm in the winter months (66 per cent) and being comfortable in their property (56 per cent) are the main factors people want to make sure their home is energy efficient. With the UK having one of the oldest housing stocks in Europe, it’s fitting that homeowners are looking for ways to improve their energy efficiency while saving money and reducing their bills. The survey revealed 65 per cent would find it useful to have a professional take a look around to tell them how to improve its efficiency, according to the stats by OnePoll. Gail Parker, for British Gas, added: “It’s understandable that now winter is here that people want to take steps to conserve heat in their home - no matter the age of the house or flat. “However, it can be hard to tell the efficiency of your home and it’s heating system without professional advice. "With our Home Health Check, surveyors will give you a personalised plan on how to make it more efficient, to help you save money on your winter energy bills." TOP 10 MOST POPULAR ENERGY SAVING METHODS: 1. Replaced windows 2. Bought thick curtains 3. Insulated the walls 4. Replaced the insulation in the roof 5. Bled radiators 6. Sealed gaps around doorframes and windows 7. Purchased draught excluders 8. Replaced doors 9. Made sure the floor is insulated 10. Filled holes in the wall where heat can escape from
Prince George and Princess Charlotte made their debut at the holiday event last year, but Prince Louis joined his family for the first time
Back in October I cautiously suggested that the tide was turning in the battle for the Black Sea and that Russia, hit repeatedly by innovative and daring attacks, was then withdrawing ships ever further east in an uncoordinated and undignified manner.
With the Ukraine conflict languishing in stalemate, the possibility that Russian president Vladimir Putin might yet emerge victorious from his ill-judged invasion cannot be ignored, with all the implications such an outcome would have for Europe’s security.
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The BBC received more than 100 complaints from Doctor Who viewers who argued that the inclusion of Yasmin Finney’s transgender character Rose was “inappropriate.” The corporation has revealed it had 144 messages from disgruntled viewers in its fortnightly report on audience complaints. Some said Heartstopper star Finney’s character was “anti-male,” while others said it was …
The Duke of Sussex has lost his latest legal battle, as a judge ruled that a newspaper may successfully argue in court that his team undertook a “masterclass of spinning” to “mislead” the public about his offer to pay for security.
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Paedophile raped girl after forcing her to wear Ann Summers underwear
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