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Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2015’


New plants and products for spring

LOUISE MIDGLEY checks out the new plants and products to brighten and enliven your garden this spring Desdemona (Musk Hybrid) Rosarians will covet the three new English Roses being introduced to the extensive collection of David Austin Roses, this season. My absolute favourite is the graceful blush white Desdemona. Tones of white are essential to planting schemes as they bring calmness …

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Retirement Cotswolds

Wildlife adventures for Cotswolds retirees

A Cotswolds house builder has invited residents to take part in a community project to  discover ‘wildlife treasures’ on their doorstep Cotswold Homes Ltd, whose Wildwood development of detached houses in Mangotsfield, South Gloucestershire is nearing completion, is sponsoring a £10,000 community project; Wildwood – Natural Neighbours which aims to provide opportunities for the community to explore, monitor and document its local ecology. Project coordinator Penney …

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Heavenly Hellebores

With a flowering season from winter to late spring, plants in the hellebore family are a great asset in our gardens says LOUISE MIDGLEY The influential garden designer and horticulturalist, Gertrude Jekyll, is partly responsible for the popularity of hellebores today. Her use of them in her garden at Munstead Wood, Surrey, over a century ago, fuelled a wide interest …

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Care Minders

New care and companionship service

New low cost care and companionship service launched across the UK Great Minders is the brainchild of the directors behind one of the UK’s most successful childcare agencies Like Minders. Great Minders connects people with local carers for general support and companionship across the UK. It comes at a time when Government cuts have all but halted free care for low …

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Chamonix Retire

Brits flock to buy new apartments in Chamonix

Attractive exchange rate lures British buyers to stunning new development in Chamonix Just a year after announcing plans to build what is expected to be rated as the first ever five-star résidence de tourisme in the French Alpine ski resort of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, the developer MGM reports that Britons have snapped up a third of the apartments sold to date. This …

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Problems with new pension freedoms

The introduction of the new pension freedoms have been slammed by the chief executive of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory firms as “alarmingly chaotic” The CEO of deVere Group, Nigel Green, has raised concerns about the implementation of the Freedom & Choice agenda, announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s 2014 Budget, in which the over 55s with defined contribution pensions …

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Downsizers Meadow

Hotspots for downsizers

JANE SLADE gets the low down on great hotspots for downsizers from agents around the country Deborah Catchpole, Strutt & Parker St Albans, says: “When looking for a house to downsize to, it’s important to think about what you want to take with you. For some people it’s really important that they are able to bring certain pieces of furniture with …

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Keeping safe online

BILL CAREY offers some essential tips to ensuring your online experience is risk free With a recent string of high-profile hacking incidents, the risk of cyber-attack is a growing concern for both businesses and individuals. If you are an online novice you are particularly at risk, as cyber-criminals seek to exploit the most vulnerable internet users. You may not be aware of …

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