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HOW TO BE A

NATURAL BEAUTY..

Our few simple tips and tricks will help

you to embrace your natural features,

and make you feel beautiful...

MARCH 2021

ENJOY THE GARDEN

Spring is one of the first opportunities of the year that

we can enjoy our garden. Check out our March garden

maintainence, as well as our guide to tree felling.

MOTHER’S DAY

HOMEMADE GIFTS

Mother’s day is just around the corner, and

we’ve got a great shortbread recipe that

will be an excellent gift this year.

SHOP YOUR OWN

WARDROBE FIRST!

With the prospect of a possible release from our

year long house arrest on the horizon. I’m sure a lot of us

have taken to the online retailors to begin shopping for a whole

new wardrobe,but we are here to suggest a

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IN THIS

issue

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5

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MADE WITH

LOVE...

We’ve got a sweet treats section

for you this month so it is

not to be missed.

BE YOUR NATURAL

BEAUTY

Try out some of our natural

beauty tips for yourself.

SPRING CLEANING

CHECKLIST

It is that time again, and our list

can help you organise your time

and make the most of your

spring clean this year.

KNOW YOUR

WOOD

What is the best type of wood

for your burner? You can find the

answer on page 10!

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

TO DECOUPAGE

Decoupage is a very easy way to

upgrade any piece of furniture. We

have got a great guide to get you

started.

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14

17

19

23

GARDEN JOBS

As the sun starts to appear it is the perfect

oppoutunity to get out in your garden and

get ready for the summer.

TREAT YOUR MOTHER’S

LIKE QUEENS

It’s nearly Mother’s Day, so it is time to start thinking

about your gift this year and we’ve got the answer.

Head to page 14 to discover our secret.

SHOP YOUR OWN

WARDROBE

It is nearly time for us to get up and out again,

so the dreaded outfit choices are already starting!

We suggest you shop your own wardrobe first - head

to page 17 to see what we mean.

AM I ALLOWED TO

CUT DOWN TREES..

With Summer on the horizon you may be wishing to

create more open space in your garden by cutting

down a few trees, but beware - you may be

breaking the law.

SPRING NATURE

EVENTS

There are so many things to look forward to during

spring and we outline a few of these on page 23.

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THIS MONTH ON

MADE

WITH

LOVE

Treats

BANANA BREAD

SERVES 8 (1 HOUR AND 15 MINUTES)

INGREDIENTS

- 1.5 cups plain flour

- 1 tsp baking powder

- ½ tsp salt

- ¾ cup unsalted butter

- 1 cup brown sugar

- 2 eggs

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 3-6 very ripe bananas

METHOD

Add the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl

and set aside.

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS:

MAKES 14 (40 MINUTES)

INGREDIENTS

- 220g all-purpose flour

- 115g unsalted butter

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 100g granulated sugar

- 50g brown sugar

- 2 large eggs

- 120g yogurt (plain/vanilla)

- 60ml milk

- 250g blueberries (fresh/frozen)

- 2 tsp vanilla extract

In a separate bowl add the butter and sugar and

whisk until fluffy and combined. Add in the eggs

slowly and whisk.

Combine the dry ingredients into the mixture

here. Stir in the vanilla and bananas until fully

mixed.

Pour into your baking tin and bake for 45 minutes

to an hour at 175 degrees C.

RED VELVET COOKIES:

MAKES 15 (2 HOURS CHILL TIME, 15 MINUTE COOKING TIME)

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

INGREDIENTS

- 200g plain flour

- 20g cocoa powder

- 1 tsp baking powder

- Pinch salt

- 1 tbsp milk

- 2 tsp vanilla extract

- Red food colouring

- 180g chocolate chips

- 115g unsalted butter

- 150g brown sugar

- 50g granulated sugar

- 1 large egg

Fill a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a large

bowl and set aside.

In another bowl, whisk the butter and sugars

again until light and creamy before adding in the

eggs one at a time. Add in the yoghurt and vanilla

extract before combining all of this to the bowl of

dry ingredients.

Spoon this batter into the cupcake/muffin liners

and bake for 20-25 minutes before removing and

leaving to cool.

METHOD

Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in

a large bowl and set aside.

Whisk the butter and sugar together in a separate

bowl until light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg, milk,

vanilla and food colouring.

Combine the dry and wet ingredients to form a soft

dough and add the chocolate chips.

Chill dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours then

remove and leave at room temperature for 15 before

rolling and baking.

Bake at 175 degrees C for around 13-15 minutes.


BE YOUR

Natural

BEAUTY

Natural beauty can be such an

achievable and rewarding goal for

both your health and self-esteem.

The techniques we’ve listed in this

article are affordable, easy and

life-changing!

Looking after your skin and body is

essential in preventing and reversing

signs of aging as well as keeping from

sun damage, facial asymmetry and

skin dehydration. March means

longer and brighter days; and with

that comes higher risk of premature

skin aging via sun damage. This is

where UVA and UVB rays penetrate

and damage skin cells and can have

both short and long-term

consequences.

The short term consequences of sun

damage are often associated with

sun-burn in the more intense hot

weather (caused by UVB rays)

resulting in red, burnt skin and even

blistering in some cases. Now, the

UK’s weather in March does not often

result in sun burn, therefore, it is

much more important to understand

and protect your skin from UVA. UVA

rays are longwave light rays from the

sun that can penetrate the skin much

deeper and can result in DNA

damage of your skin cells. This will

result in the skin becoming dull, dry

and uneven, as well as showing

premature fine lines and wrinkles.

Prevention is obviously preferable to

reversal but it’s never too late to start.

So, wearing a good quality SPF every

day will protect your skin and keep a

youthful glow year-round!

Hydration is another key natural


eauty tip that is essential as the

weather gets warmer. Keeping

yourself well hydrated has many more

benefits than just healthy, glowing

skin. However, combining hydration

by drinking enough water with

hydrating skin care methods will

ensure your skin is at its peak

softness, health and resilience.

Consider developing a skin care

routine specific to your skin type and

try including products such as

Hyaluronic Acid to lock moisture in

and protect your skin’s barrier.

If you are someone who sees

asymmetries, puffiness or tension in

your face, consider incorporating a

facial massage routine to see vast

improvements to the overall structure

and health of your face. These

developments occur from the

removal of toxins by stimulating the

lymphatic drainage system to remove

stagnant puffiness and swelling

across the facial muscles.

While many spa and facial

environments are still unavailable to

us, there are many videos online

dedicated on how to perform facial

massages correctly and targeted to

specific areas and issues. They are

great for increasing oxygen flow to

the skin cells, awakening the skin and

speeding up the circulation in your

face. Facial massage can allow the

blood to bring more nutrients to the

cells as well as help any facial serums

to sink in quicker and be more

effective. They are great for

preventing and reducing fine lines

and wrinkles and, with dedication and

experience, can even begin to fix

asymmetries and remove tensions to

change and help the facial structures.


CHECK OUT OUR

Spring

Cleaning

CHECKLIST

It’s that time of year

again! With the lighter

and longer days well on

their way, many of us

will begin our

preparations for the

big spring clean!

So, to make this year’s

spring clean the best and

most effective one yet,

we’ve put together a

comprehensive list of

our favourite cleaning

tips…

MOTIVATION:

Before beginning the big

tidy, its important to get

motivated. Crack out the

speakers and put on a

playlist full of songs that

make you want to move!

Going in with the

intention of making it a

fun experience will keep

up moral and encourage

a better job.

If you live in a house

with other people,

try and get them

involved too – after

all, a problem

shared is a problem


halved...

Try writing a

list of the most

important tasks

to be done and

share them equally

between yourself and

your housemates/family;

this will ensure that you

make the most out of

your time.

REDECORATING:

Having a plan to

rearrange or redecorate

rooms in your home is a

great motivator and will

really help to build the

bond you have with your

home. You don’t have to

make huge changes to

see a huge improvement

in your space!

Just moving things

around every now and

then is great to make you

feel like you’ve got a new

mindset – not to mention

making space to clean

things you typically can’t

reach.

TACKLE ONE ROOM

AT A TIME:

Working room to room is

great for renewing

motivation every time

you

finish a section of

your house. It also means

you can keep all of your

supplies together whilst

cleaning for less fuss

trying to move

everything around!

WORK TOP TO

BOTTOM:

Cleaning the highest

points in your home

before chores such as

vacuuming will allow you

to manage your time

effectively. Clearing out

junk and dusting should

come before making the

bed and lighting candles.

This may seem like an

obvious point but its

going to help maximise

the results of your efforts

not having to do the

same task twice.

MAKE THE MOST OF

THE SUN:

The spring sunlight is a

great excuse to get

dusting, and window

cleaning effectively.

Spring cleaning is so

effective mostly due to

the low but bright

sunlight beaming in

through your windows

illuminating dust, marks

and smudges that we

may have missed

through the winter.

Adding this extra effort

will make your home look

and feel much cleaner

and put together. After

all, mirrors and windows

are probably parts of

your home that people

spend a lot of time

looking at!


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A CHIMNEY SWEEP’S GUIDE TO

THE DO'S AND

DON’TS OF

BURNING WOOD

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Did you know that some wood burns

quicker than others? Or that your

logs should have a moisture level of

less than 20%?

Here experienced sweep, Richard

Bryan at Wilkins Chimney Sweep

gives us his sweep’s guide to best

burning practices.

So, let’s start with the ‘baddies’, what

you absolutely shouldn’t burn on your

open fire or in your wood-burning

stove.

Firstly, avoid any kind of fir tree e.g.

pine or leylandii. Secondly, don’t be

tempted to burn scrap wood i.e. old

fence panels, pallets, etc.; these are

likely to have been treated with wood

preserver when they were made,

which can give off harmful fumes

when burnt in any kind of volume.

Firewood, even when dry, retains

large amounts of sap and it’s this sap

that can then turns into creosote (tar)

when burnt, which builds up on the

inside of your chimney and can easily

ignite causing the dreaded chimney

fire. Also beware of burning,

chipboard or MDF. These have been

made using resin which produces


toxic gasses when burnt, which are

harmful to the environment.

BAD WOOD:

Pine. Leylandii. Scrap wood. Pallets.

Fir. Fence panels. Chipboard. MDF.

hand, has a much ‘tighter’ grain and

will burn slower, saving trips to the log

pile and pounds in your purse. Oak,

however, should be seasoned for 12 to

24 months before burning.

So that’s the ‘no’s’ taken care of, now to

find out what you should be burning

and why.

The very best wood to burn is a

well-seasoned hardwood log.

Seasoned logs have been stored in a

reasonably dry environment for 6-12

months before burning. Types of

hardwood include ash, beech, oak, and

birch; most fruit tree wood burns well

too

But which wood burns best?

For a regular roaring fire, you should

look for ash or beech logs. These two

species have a more ‘open’ grain

meaning they will burn well. Ash is the

best ‘all-rounder’, burning well with

little smoke. Birch has an ‘open’ grain

so will burn very quickly meaning your

log pile will diminish fast as you feed

your hungry fire. Oak, on the other

GOOD WOOD:

Hard woods such as ash, beech, oak,

birch.

I’ve heard my logs have to be ‘dry’

before I burn them, is this true?

Absolutely; burning wet logs is one of

the major factors contributing to

chimney fires, so it’s vital your wood is

properly dried out. If you burn wet

logs, they cause a build-up of

flammable creosote/tar on the inside

of your chimney which could ignite at

any time. Serious stuff.

So, how do I store my logs?

Firstly, we recommend that hardwood


trees should have been cut down and

logged (cut into logs) and then kept in

dry conditions to the season for a

minimum of six months, longer if felled

in Autumn or Winter. Check with your

log supplier and make sure you only

buy well dried (seasoned) logs.

Once you’ve got them to your house if

you’re keeping them in the garden they

should be covered with a waterproof

covering (tarpaulin etc) and stacked so

that air can circulate around them.

Storing them off the ground, on old

pallets or similar, will enable the ones

at the bottom of the pile to remain dry.

I’m worried my logs aren’t properly

‘dry’. How do I find out if they are and

how do I resolve it if they’re ‘wet’?

For safe burning, logs should have a

moisture level of less than 20%; if you

have one, a moisture meter is an

accurate way to measure this.

If you don’t have a moisture meter, and

let’s be honest most of us don’t, simply

bring the logs inside and dry them out

in a warm room, or around the fire for a

few days before use. This will ensure

they are as dry as possible. BUT – don’t

store them too close to an open fire or

wood burner – they are flammable!

So, if I’m making sure my logs are nice

and dry presumably, I don’t need to

have my chimney swept so often?

No! We generally recommend that you

have your chimney swept mid-season

and at the end of the burning season if

your fire or wood burner is used

regularly throughout the winter (i.e. 4

or more times per week) but this really

depends on what is being burnt.

This also applies if coal is being burnt

on open fires or multi-fuel stoves.

However, as a minimum, you should

have your chimney swept annually as a

precaution.

If you would like more information to

help you get the most from your fire

and fuel, you can visit the Burnright

campaign site: www.burnright.co.uk.

Getting it right will save you money,

make you safer and significantly reduce

unnecessary air pollution.


Garden

JOBS

As spring fast approaches, it becomes important to start preparing our outdoor

spaces for summer! A change in weather means that our gardens require

different things from us. That’s why we have decided to list our top gardening

tips for the month of March to help get our spaces in ship shape for what seems

to be a promising summer ahead…

FLOWERS: Its important not to neglect our flowers as this is a very important

time of year for many of them. Start by tidying up borders by removing any

weeds and trying to minimise any frost damage that may have occurred over

winter. Repot any pot-bound plants with fresh compost and prune

repeat-flowering roses. Now will also be a good time to feed your trees, shrubs

and hedges with a slow-release fertiliser by forking into the soil.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES: Avoid carrot root fly by sowing carrot seeds early

this month under cloches or fleece. This is also a good time to sow tomatoes,

chillies, sweet peppers and aubergines for indoor pots. Sets of onions and

shallots are great to plant this month – remember to keep them 10-15cm apart

from one another. A lot of hardy vegetables can be sown this month too, try

planting spinach for another great crop.

MARCH MAINTAINENCE

- The lawn - make sure to mow and cut

edges. This will help you keep on top of it

as we roll into the warmer months.

- Make sure your compost bin is in god

shape for a year of great waste recycling!

- Protect from slugs. Try sprinkling sharp

grit or coffee grounds around the area

as a deterrent.

- Begin weeding. Its easier to control

weeds while they are still young.

- Check tree ties to ensure they are not

too tight. If they are, loosen them.

- Plant native hedges to increase your

garden wildlife.


TREAT YOUR

Mother’s

LIKE QUEEN’S

MOTHER’S DAY SHORTBREAD COOKIES

In case you have forgotten, we

are here to remind you that

Mother’s Day is just around the

corner, and if there was ever a

year that your Mum needed

some TLC it is this one!

We know some of you may be

unable to visit parents right now,

but a surprise homemade sweet

treat in the post might be just

the ticket this year. We have

another great recipe from expert

baker, Anna Newman, from

Sugar Bowl Bakes.

Follow this simple recipe and

create some handmade love as a

gift this year.

THE INGREDIENTS:

For the biscuit mix:

- 250g baking butter block for

pastry (at room temp)

70g Icing sugar

300g Plain flour

1tsp vanilla extract

For the icing:

- Fondant icing

If the thought of baking fills you with dread, get in touch

with Anna at Sugar Bowl Bakes, and take the drama off your hands!

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THE METHOD:

For the shortbread mix:

Beat the butter until soft and slowly add in the icing sugar mixing at a

slow speed to avoid the sugar flying out of the bowl! Add your vanilla

extract and sieve the flour into the mixture and mix again on a slow speed.

Once mixed together as much as you can with the beaters, you will need to get your hand

mucky and dive in! Tip the dough out onto a sheet of baking paper and knead the mixture

bringing it all together. Wrap the baking paper around the dough and place in the fridge

for at least 2 hours.

Pre heat your oven at 160 degrees and take the dough out of the fridge and start kneading

until it appears smooth. Using plain flour, dust your work surface and the top of your dough

and start to gently roll out your shortbread mix. Roll to the thickness of a £1 coin or slightly

thicker, but keep in mind the thicker the cookie the longer it will take to bake.

Now it’s time to use your cookie cutters. Top tip: cut as close to the edge of your dough as

possible, this will help you get as many out as possible before having to knead back

together and re-roll.

Place each cookie on a baking tray lined with

baking paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or

until golden brown. Leave the shortbread

cookies on the baking tray to cool. If you try

to move them to a cooling rack while hot

they will break.

For the decorations:

To decorate you can use royal icing or rolled

out fondant as I have here. If using fondant,

the best way to make it stick to the cookies is

to add on top while they are still hot out the

oven. Alternatively spread a thin later of jam

for added flavour.

You can either top with fresh fruit, chocolate

pieces or other bits and bobs! If you feeling

really fancy you may want to purchase some

baking stamps like I have here.


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Shop YOUR OWN

A

sustainable

approach to our

fashion choices is a

forward. As the

wonderful Lara Lauder

explained, start in your

own wardrobe first.

There are lots of options.

Take time and pick

colours that

really

suit

you.

When we stick with

set hues that

complement our

complexion, all the outfits

we select are

interchangeable. A hat in

your cupboard may be

just the right colour or

need a ‘face lift’ with a

new hat band, a beautiful

ribbon or a fancy trim.

Integrate and weave in

texture, laying and a pop

of colour. Explore the

possibilities.

Integrate and weave in

texture, laying and a pop

of colour.

The ‘go too accessory’ is

most unexpected. A

mask

can be both

protection and add to a

look. Using colour and

style in equal measure, a

face covering is a unique

look. Using the required

three layers of closely

woven fabric and a

shielding layer

suggested by WHO as

polypropylene to be a

new image is in the

making. I add this as a

manual layer so I can

remove it and Lauder my

masks. Cleanliness of

these items is also a huge

factor as we all know.

‘Additionally, the WHO

has released new

guidance on cloth masks,

recommending that they

consist of at least three

layers of different

materials: an inner layer

being an absorbent


material like cotton, a

middle layer of

non-woven materials

such as polypropylene

(for the filter) and an

outer layer, which is a

non absorbent material

such as a polyester or a

polyester blend.’

From PPE speciation to

face visors the shapes are

endless.

All accessories have a

place in your personal

style for both men and

women.

Your character and image

need to match and

harmonise with your true

self. If the clothing or

accessory do not sit well

with you, they will most

certainly look awkward!

Choosing a hat comes

with the same

philosophy. You cannot

pull off a hat without

inner belief that it works.

Of course, there are

different reasons to wear

hats. Protection from the

weather goes back in

time to survival in harsh

conditions and work

based scenarios. Identity

is key in the work force.

But sports fans like to

support their teams

too. The last and most

popular group are

hat lovers

themselves.

‘Which hat will suit me?’

is a very common

question. Now for an

incite that you may find

useful. It is not the shape

of the hat but how you

wear it.

Every hat has to be

‘worked’! Move it from

side to side, find the best

position. Look at the hat

straight on your head,

does this look good?

Only one in five people

can wear their hat like

this. These are the

people that we say, all

hats just seem to look

good on you.

The shape will determine

how sleek a form you

present in your hat. Does

the crown raise you up to

look taller? Is there a

balance between the

crown and the brim?

If you have a stronger

physic a wider brim

could add drama to your

appearance.

There

is a fine line to

getting this right. It is

back to how you feel.

Anyone can carry off a

hat if they want to. But

their inner personality

must be part of the

process. When there is a

balance and joy in the

wearer, a hat can rock.

What is stopping you?

Take a leap into the

unknown and try on that

hat in the back of you

cupboard that has not

seen ‘the light of day’ for

sometime...

Stay safe and look cool.

Discover more great hat tips at www.thehatchannel.com


AM I ALLOWED TO

cut down trees

IN MY OWN GARDEN?

From the majestic oak to the weeping willow, trees are a vital part of life on

earth and their presence should be respected however, there are times when a

tree needs removing from a garden and it is important that homeowners

understand what is and what is not permissible.

AM I ALLOWED TO CUT DOWN A

TREE IN MY GARDEN?

Yes and no. If your tree has a TPO, (Tree

Preservation Order) on it then no (or at

least not without applying for a special

license.)

As an article on the Woodland Trust

blog explains,

‘A TPO is a written order created by a local

planning authority such as a borough, district

or unitary council or national park. The aim of a

TPO is to give protection to trees that provide

amenity value to the public. It is a criminal

offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully

damage or wilfully destroy a tree protected by

a TPO, or to cause or permit such actions,

without the authority’s permission. If the tree in

your garden can be seen and therefore

enjoyed by the public, it could potentially have

a TPO placed upon it. You can find out if the

tree has a TPO by contacting the tree officer at

your local council.’

Similarly, if your property is in a

conservation area then the tree is

protected and you may not cut it down

or do work to it.

The Woodland Trust explains,

‘To request permission to perform tree works

you will need to fill in an application form and

submit it to the local authority. If you live in a

Conservation Area, trees in your garden are still

subject to the same rules as trees with TPOs,

despite not necessarily having TPOs placed


specifically on them. Planning permission will

override TPOs if it is necessary for a tree with a

TPO to be removed for the development to go

ahead. It's also important to bear in mind that it

is illegal to fell trees during breeding season as

it could result in the destruction of nests.

‘If the tree does not have a TPO and is not in a

Conservation Area then you do not require

permission to fell a tree if it is in your garden.

Outside of gardens, you might require a felling

licence from the Forestry Commission.

‘If you are in any doubt about the legalities of

undertaking any works to a tree then look at

getting in contact with your local council’s tree

officer. Failing that, regional officers for the

Forestry Commission may also be able to help

advise you on the best way forward.’

REASONS TO REMOVE A TREE

There are many reasons you may need

to remove a tree, it may be growing too

close to your house allowing the roots

to interfere with the building causing

subsidence, it may be diseased or

damaged which could lead to it

collapsing and doing damage the

house or injuring a person, or simply

because it is blocking out light.

If the tree is too close to the house,

make sure you check your home

insurance policy – sometimes removing

a tree can cause heave – when the

moisture previously sucked up by the

tree is now left to pool and it is safer to

leave it. Ash, willow, elm, poplar and

oak trees all suck up a great deal of

water.

WHO CAN REMOVE THE TREE?

A qualified tree surgeon should always

be used to remove a tree. You can find

a list of Arboricultural Approved Tree

Surgeons here:

www.trees.org.uk/ARB-Approved-Contractor-Directory

CAN WE CUT TREES ALL YEAR?

As trees are home to nesting birds, it is

recommended that you do not cut

down trees between March and

August, which is defined by the RSPCA

as prime breeding season, in case

there is a nest in the tree. The Wildlife

and Countryside Act of 1981 states that


it is an offence to ‘Intentionally kill,

injure or take any wild bird’ or

‘Intentionally take, damage or destroy

the nest of any wild bird while it is in

use or being built.’ (There are

exceptions to this law.)

It is worth noting that penalties that can

be imposed for criminal offences in

respect of a single bird, nest or egg

contrary to the Wildlife and

Countryside Act 1981 is an unlimited

fine, up to six months imprisonment or

both.

HOW TO REMOVE THE TREE

STUMP?

It may be tempting to try to remove the

tree stump yourself, however people

need to be aware that this isn’t always

the easiest, or the cheapest option.

If a large digger is used to pull out the

stump, this could well bring the roots

with it, which may end up disturbing

the structure of nearby buildings. The

homeowner also has the issue of

disposing of the unwieldy and heavy

tree stump – not all will fit in the back of

the car to be dropped at the local tip.

Many is the time a stump grinder has

been called in to grind down a stump

because the homeowner found

themselves unable to dispose it.

When a tree stump is ground out, the

roots of the tree are left intact, meaning

less risk of damage to the surrounding

area. The stump grinder grinds the

stump down into fine wood chips, that

are left behind to partially refill the hole

and provide an organic mulch. This can

also be spread around other plants in

the area to provide a natural mulch and

weed protector.

Ideally a specialist tree-stump removal

company such as Stumpbusters should

be used to grind down any tree

stumps. Operatives work on projects

of all sizes, from clearing sites to build

new housing estates, to removing

individual stumps from the gardens of

residential properties. New models of

stump grinders can now be carried

through a home, meaning rear access

to the garden is not always required.

Stumpbusters operatives are fully

qualified, trained and insured

professionals who hold City & Guilds

and CSCS accreditation.

To find your nearest Stumpbusters visit

www.stumpbusters.co.uk


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Spring

NATURE EVENTS

Spring is known for

being the ultimate lift in

spirits – and nothing has

changed for this year!

Noticing the little signs

of spring is such an

amazing, natural mood

booster.

After a challenging

winter spent indoors; the

longer,

brighter days are

welcomed eagerly by

many of us. That’s why

we’ve compiled a list of

our favourite signs of

spring…

The spring equinox is on

the 20th of March this

year. The equinox counts

as the official start of

spring and is where the

day and night are almost

exactly the same length.

However, many of us see

signs of spring before

this date and look out for

snowdrops, daffodils and

other springy wildlife.

SNOWDROPS:

The flowers often

grow in the UK

between January

and March and are

associated strongly

with

the end

of

winter. So, if you have

been seeing these

recently, know that

warmer days are coming!

DAFFODILS:

These beautiful yellow

flowers are the most

famous natural sign that

spring is well and truly

under way. Daffodils

blossom between

February and late April –

a staple of spring.

BUMBLEBEES:

The warmer weather will

soon wake up the

bumblebees! Bees need


lots of nectar around this

time of year in order to

form new colonies,

meaning that they should

be found in nature-dense

areas.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS:

Branches of wild cherry

and hawthorn trees

begin to blossom the

most breath-taking baby

pink flowers in spring.

Although the blossom is

often brief, their beauty

has become famous

worldwide – especially in

Japan.

WILD GARLIC:

These are more

commonly found in

woodland areas.

However, wild garlic can

be identified by it’s

strong aroma and

star-shaped flowers. Be

careful not to mistake for

look-a-like Lily f the Valley

as

these are

poisonous

to eat but

look very similar.

BADGER CUBS:

Female badgers (sows)

usually give birth around

February, meaning the

babies tend to emerge

around April time.

BLUEBELLS:

These flowers in April

and May. With two main

types growing across

Britain. They are

generally found in dense

woodland areas and

often span large sections

of the woodland floor.

LADYBIRDS:

The ladybird’s bright

colours are used to deter

predators so that they

can prey on aphids as

they come out of their

dormant, winter state.

There are 26 different

species of ladybird in the

UK, 14 of which are

often easy

to find

in

common

woodland areas.

NEST BUILDING:

It is common for us to

notice more birdsong as

the weather gets warmer

through spring.

By April, blackbirds will

have completed their

nests by collecting

grasses and twigs and

lining them with moss

and mud!

FROGSPAWN:

Around March, frogs

return to the water to

mate and lay eggs. They

can be seen at the

water’s edge in the form

of jelly-like blobs filled

with embryonic black

dots. Forever popular

with children!


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