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How to Attract Wildlife to Your Garden This Winter

As we near the shortest day of the year, the nights draw in, temperatures drop and native animals like hedgehogs need to find a safe, cosy spot to hibernate until spring. Food sources can also be scarce so turning your garden into a sanctuary for wildlife can make all the difference ...

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Rooted in History

There’s something wonderful about walking through a wood in the company of trees. Whether enjoying the soft, green light filtering through the fresh, unfurling leaves of spring, the crowded canopy of summer, alive with the sound of a thousand things, the glowing cathedral of stained-glass autumn leaves with the wistful whisperings ...

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A Winter Nature Walk: What to look out for as we move from Autumn to Winter

The evenings are drawing in, the woodburner is lit more often than not and the aga is coming in to its own. Yes, it’s true: Winter is definitely on its way.

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The Great Dead-Head Debate

Janet Hill | Oct 17th, 18 | Garden

No, I’m not giving tips about something gory in preparation for Halloween, today I am heading out into the garden and getting it ready for winter! In this case, ‘deadheading’ is the gardening term used for the removal of faded or dead flowers from plants.

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Get Your Dose of Adventure in the Countryside this Autumn

During the summer, it's so easy for us to pick up our day-to-day activities and move outdoors. From evening strolls, to picnic lunches; weekend exploring or even just the local beer garden. However, as we all settle into the cozy comforts of autumn, with the daylight hours creeping ever-shorter, it’s easy ...

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A Prayer to Nature

I have had an uncharacteristic day, a very un-Julie day, something I haven’t had since my summer by the sea in France. I have had tea in a bookshop with my son. I have gathered windfall apples and stewed them, they are waiting to be turned into cinnamon pies. I have cut ...

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Keep Britain Buzzing

Bees are at risk in the UK. Here’s why we should be fighting to keep our stripey friends safe. I’ve always been a big fan of bees. These industrious little insects are my spirit creatures - always busy, always productive and always making things beautiful (they just happen to use pollen, ...

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The Amazing Health Benefits of House Plants

Ahhhhhh, the humble houseplant, from dainty orchids to brightly coloured Gerbera and spindly leaved spider plants, they brighten our homes and help to bring a little touch of nature inside. When the days are drawing in, and our time spent outdoors can be limited, it can be ideal to add some ...

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The Hills Meets - Jo Smith

It’s been a jam-packed summer, and I am thrilled to be getting out and about and spending time with our newest members of The Hills Members Club. Most recently, I met up with Jo Smith to find out more about her incredible talents and her passion for small businesses and rural ...

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Sustainability isn’t just for July…

If your social media feed is anything like mine, you will be aware that we are now almost two weeks in to Plastic Free July! This world wide movement now has now has millions of participants across more than 150 countries, and is really bringing single use plastics, sustainability and eco-living ...

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Caring for your fruit trees – a seasonal guide

Janet Hill | Jun 21st, 18 | GardenCountryside

Picking fresh fruit from your own garden is the very epitome of country living but, like most glorious garden bounties, fruit trees require year-round care and attention in order to keep them at their very best. Pests and diseases can all ruin your eagerly anticipated harvest, so it’s important to stay on top of them year-round and ...

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Get started with…growing your own vegetables

Is there anything more satisfyingly wholesome than tucking into fruits and vegetables grown in your own backyard? And if you fancy a larder packed with homegrown produce, we have good news: it’s not too late to get started with growing your own food.

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Why You Should Be Planting Wildflowers in Your Garden This Spring

Just imagine sweeping fields full of wildflowers. The picture perfect image of the British countryside. Sadly the reality is that since the 1930’s we’ve lost over 90% of our wildflower meadows. But don’t be fooled, wildflowers aren't just pretty; they're wonderfully good for your garden and the local wildlife too!

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Life in The Hills: Nature Therapy

Many of us know instinctively that connecting with nature is good for us. But do you really know how good? What’s actually happens to your body and mind when you step away from your desk and into the great outdoors? Let me tell you more.

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