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MAY 2021

UK BEACH GUIDE

THE BEST SEASIDE AREAS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER SUMMER SKIN CARE LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN IN THE WARM SUNSHINE

HOT INTERIOR DESIGN THE LATEST INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS THIS YEAR

SPRING BANK HOLIDAY GREAT DAYS OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY

MAY GARDENING GUIDE OUR GUIDE TO WHAT TO PLANT THIS MONTH


CONTENTS LIFESTYLE

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Best UK beaches We’ve put together a list of the best seaside areas in the country to visit

Hot interior design Now’s the time to think about your home decor, we have the latest trends for this year Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market

Summer skin care The sun is out, but what are the best ways to protect ourselves from its harmful rays?

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Spring bank holiday Our top ideas to help you get the most out of your long weekend

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May gardening guide With our handy guide we have laid it all out for you

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Screen Free Week Some ideas to include in your downtime from screen time

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World Bee Day It’s vital to raise awareness of the importance of bees

The sun is out, but what are the best ways to protect ourselves from its harmful rays?

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hether it’s a long-overdue holiday to a wave-lapped tropical shore or just an afternoon in the garden, there’s nothing quite like lounging in the sun, catching a few rays. A beer, a book, a basting session, it’s what summer’s all about, right? Well, no. Because what you do in the warmer months may well dictate how you look in later years. You may feel like a sun-kissed Greek god for a couple of weeks but, in a few years, there could be wrinkles, skin discolouration and any number of problems which could be a prelude to skin cancer. Short-term gain, long-term misery.

FOOD

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Buzzingly good food Celebrate World Bee day with these wonderfully sticky honey recipes

SPORT

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The finals countdown the football season heads into its ‘business end’ with trophies on the line

WELCOME TO THE MAY ISSUE!

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he UK is slowly awakening from its imposed slumber. BBQs in the back garden with friends and family (following social distancing guidelines) are back on the cards, as are drinks in a beer garden. Non-essential shops are open again as are gyms and swimming pools. This month, with the weather heating up, we have an in-depth article about how to look after your skin in the sunshine and to tie-in we have a fantastic guide to some of the best UK beaches to visit over the summer. With the kids already having spent so much time at home this year, we have a feature full of idea for the Spring Bank Holiday, and if you are

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planning DIY jobs to take advantage of the long weekend, we have a guide to the hottest summer interior design trends. May is a busy month for your garden, and we have our monthly gardening guide to help you with advice of what to plant and sow now, and we also celebrate World Bee Day with an article about its history and some buzzingly good honey recipes. It is also a busy month for sport, with finals in a whole host of competitions, so we are looking at the potential winners of the cup competitions and we also look into the importance of Screen Free Week. Jonathan Wheatley Editor

Of course, we heed all the warnings: we’re coated in sun cream from head to foot, we feel we’re well covered, and we’re not going to sit out in direct sunlight too long. But what happens? You get comfortable, the book’s too good, and because you’ve moved to a shady spot, there’s no need to cover-up or re-apply the Factor 30. Is there? Come the end of the day, though, you’ve discovered a little tenderness around the neck – it couldn’t have been anything to do with that welcoming breeze which sprang up, could it? – and your ears are burning like someone’s having a good moan about you. And yes, it was a mistake to keep a bracelet on. Experts have been warning us for years that too much exposure to the sun is a danger to the skin, not only in the peak summer months but as outdoor temperatures and daylight hours start to increase. And while sunshine brings many benefits, such as an increase in Vitamin D, too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily ideal. Vitamin D can improve brain function invigorate muscles and bone health, and lower high blood pressure while the levels of serotonin, triggered by sunlight hitting the retina, helps to improve mood, helping a person feel calmer and less stressed. And


COVER-UP JOB the sun’s rays are also good for helping to battle such skin conditions as eczema, acne and jaundice. The disadvantages to over-exposure come in later life with unsightly solar lentigines (often called age spots or liver spots and are similar to freckles), solar elastosis (where the ultraviolet radiation breaks down the skin’s elasticity and causes vertical creases, deep wrinkles and sagging), melasma (a darkening of facial skin), and poikiloderma (reddish-brown pigmentation common on the neck and chest). It sounds scary but there are a number of ways, requiring minimal effort, to help you stay safe in the sun this summer.

and 3pm so limit your exposure time, or even use a higher-factor sunscreen during those hours if you need to be outside or add a thin layer of clothing. A T-shirt provides an extra barrier between the sun and your skin, also protecting sensitive areas such as shoulders, back and chest – areas prone to over-exposure and PRIORITISE LIGHT where the application of sunscreen is habitually hit and miss.

There’s nothing quite like lounging in the sun, catching a few rays

Wide-brimmed hats protect the face, neck and ears, and with sunscreen, provide a good all-round shield, particularly What you do in the if moving about in direct warmer months sunlight, while long-sleeved may well dictate swimming tops are ideal for how you look in children who like to spend a later years lot of time in the sea or pool.

The most obvious is sunscreen. Using a lotion with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) provides an increased level of defence, although with children it is always best to stick with 50-plus as their skin is so much more delicate. It is best applied at least 15 minutes before you go outside, allowing it to soak in, and should be re-applied regularly, particularly if you are sweating or have been swimming – even water-resistant creams need a top-up. Be careful with the time of day. In the UK, the sun is at its strongest between 11am

Shades and shade: Eye protection is all-important as UVA and UVB rays are particularly threatening from light, reflective surfaces. Polarised sunglasses absorb that glare, while seeking shade will not only protect your skin from direct light but also keep you cool. It almost goes without saying that babies and toddlers should be kept under cover as much as possible. And don’t forget to hydrate. Sweating is nature’s way of keeping the skin cool, so you will need to replenish lost fluids with lots of water. Not wine. Or beer.

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t doesn’t feel five-minutes since the kids were on Easter holidays, however, here we are again with some more time away from school. Being only a three-day break, however, time is short, so here are our top ideas to help you get the most out of your extended weekend.

LONDON

London, in essence, is everything and anything you want it to be. No two trips to London can possibly be alike due to its vast scope of diversity, and if you’ve never been before, now’s the time to visit, because right now is when London is gearing up for a fabulous summertime.

A visit to this enchanting archipelago on your extended weekend would be perfect for all the family or even just as a couple, for there is plenty to enjoy

With eight fantastic royal parks, there is ample outdoors space for picnics, walks or just plain-old sightseeing, for you can see many of London’s prime landmarks from a simple park bench, including Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Whether it’s a play, an opera, a tour, a burlesque show, a sporting event, a wine tasting class or anything else which may tickle your fancy, London will have something for you.

BEACH WALKS – THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER AND CORNWALL

Even when the weather isn’t perfect, a walk down the beach – either alone, as a couple or with the family – can be one

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of the nicest, most relaxing activities to engage in. The water gently crashing up against the shoreline as you stroll alongside the ocean, looking out to the distant horizon. It’s also something the kids will absolutely love whilst they’re off from school, as most children love simple walks down the beach. Whether it’s skimming stones across the sea or looking for rare and weird washedup artefacts on the sand, children will always have a fun experience, and what better place to do this than Dover? The White Cliffs are a spectacular marvel and the best way to see them is to take a walk along the coastal path towards South Foreland Lighthouse. Guided tours are available too to get the most out of these breath-taking views. Moreover, the UK owns some tremendous white-sand beaches, and many of them are just as beautiful as those we travel half way around the world to see. Cornwall is another great destination to visit to take in some magnificent stretches of white sand.

THE LAKE DISTRICT

By far the most popular mountainous region in England and possibly the UK, the Lake District is a much-loved holiday destination for families everywhere, with


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BANK HOLIDAY IDEAS This spring bank holiday is going to be a special one; it’s going to be one for us all to let our over-grown hair down and have fun in the sunshine and bask in our freedoms!

more than 19 million visitors each year. Largely famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, it is also well-known for its associations with William Wordsworth and other Lake Poets, as well as Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.

sailing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. Alternatively, soar through the national park on your mountain bike before refuelling with a slice of the famous Kendal Mint Cake.

THE ISLES OF SCILLY

All the land in England which is higher The Isles of Scilly are considered by many than 3,000 feet above sea level exclusively to be the most underrated of the British lies within the Lake District National Park, Isles. COVID regulations permitting, a including Scafell Pike visit to this enchanting which is officially the archipelago on your highest mountain in extended weekend Camp in the right England. The deepest would be perfect for all spots, and treat it (Wastwater) and largest the family or even just like an adventure, (Windermere) natural as a couple, for there is lakes in England are plenty to enjoy. and you’ve got here too. With hotels, yourself a truly camping sites, and The Isles of Scilly lie just wonderful time various exhibitions to off the coast of Cornwall, offer, it will be a winner but are a world apart for any family. in every way. They are a natural wonder, like a cluster of precious The Lake District is also a fantastic ocean jewels, where nature thrives and camping spot. Camping is essentially the soul is inspired. huddling up together under tents outside, but this can be so much more COVID-restrictions permitting, it may be than that. Camp in the right spots, and possible to travel abroad on the cusp of treat it like an adventure, and you’ve got this summer. So, for a two or three night yourself a truly wonderful adventure. For stay, we recommend places like Paris, those feeling active, spend an afternoon Brussels, Amsterdam or Copenhagen, in Ullswater, which is England’s second or indeed many other oversea locations largest lake and offers a magnitude nearby, for many of these destinations can of watersport opportunities including be reached in less than an hour by plane.

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THE BEST

BEACH BREAKS THIS SUMMER As we move towards Summer, heads will inevitably turn to getting away on a much deserved break

A UK beach getaway might be the safest, and most popular way forward

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owever, with question marks remaining over whether overseas holidays will be possible this year, a UK beach getaway might be the safest, and most popular way forward. So, whether you love fun in the sand, or walks along coastlines, we’ve put together a list of the best seaside areas in the country to visit.

PERRANPORTH, CORNWALL

Situated on Cornwall’s rugged North Coast, this town is perfect for anyone who wants to combine having fun with scenic views. The beach itself stretches for over three miles, and is manned by the RNLI, making it a safe, and clean place to spend your time. This place is about more than just its sandy beach though. Towards the town end of the beach, there are rock pools and caves to explore. But if you’d prefer to truly relax on your getaway, then why not pay a visit to ‘The Watering Hole’ - an all-year-round pub, situated right on the beach, and providing live music performances on its outdoor stage. And only a stone’s throw away, the small high street offers a variety of shops and cafes, meaning that one never has to travel too far in order to find something to do in Perranporth.


BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET

The sun-drenched town of Bournemouth enjoys seven miles of sandy beach, and is the ultimate destination for families. As well as the array of water sport activities on offer, it’s only a short walk to the famous Bournemouth Pier. Complete with an arcade and a variety theatre, Bournemouth, amongst many other seaside towns, does not lack in family entertainment. And that’s not to mention the PierZip at RockReef - the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire. The 250m long wire is also dual-wired, so it’s possible to race others, whilst making the most of the view. And if you’re looking to unwind, then take a stroll towards BH2 Leisure. This modern complex houses a cinema, as well as a selection of restaurants. If you needed any confirmation of how attractive a proposition Bournemouth is, its beach has been named as TripAdvisor’s 20th best beach in the world in 2021.

SEVEN SISTERS, SUFFOLK

To completely contrast with the buzz of Bournemouth, The serene Seven Sisters stand between Seaford and Eastbourne on the south coast of England, and is the perfect destination if you want to be at one with nature. It boasts a stretch of white chalk cliffs, and the area takes its name from the seven peaks of these cliffs. This dramatic landscape provides the perfect opportunity for a country walk, and will test even a seasoned hiker’s stamina. The Seven Sisters country park is also a popular area for activities such as bird-watching, canoeing, and wild swimming. So if you’re of this persuasion, this could be the perfect getaway for you.

BROAD HAVEN, PEMBROKESHIRE

Moving into Wales, the town of Broad Haven also falls into the category of ‘having something for everyone’. The water is suitable for swimming, and there are numerous rock pools, so this beach is a hit for children. If staying on the beach isn’t for you, then you’ll be thankful that you’re right in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, offering several exceptional nature walks to choose from. And what’s more, the town of Broad Haven became the object of numerous UFO sightings in the 1970s, and has since been humorously nicknamed the ‘Broad Haven Triangle’. So, if you’re a budding believer of extraterrestrial life, a trip to this town could give you more than you bargained for.

STONEHAVEN, ABERDEENSHIRE

And finally, for those wanting to venture into Scotland, Stonehaven could just be the place for you. The beach itself is very popular among water sports enthusiasts. So if you’re a keen surfer, diver, or sailor, then why not take on the brisk waves of the North Sea? Aside from the beach, the town of Stonehaven boasts a heated outdoor swimming pool, so that the whole family can keep warm during the Scottish summer. And if you’re looking for something more cultural, Stonehaven is steeped in history. Take a trip to the beautiful Dunnottar Castle which sits atop tall cliffs. Although this castle fell into ruins nearly three hundred years ago, it has lost none of its charm, and is well worth a visit to learn about Scottish history.

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CORE VALUES

Now’s the time to think about your home’s decor

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hey say a change is as good as a rest. And although there will be no respite when it comes to actually getting down to do it, there can be no doubt that, once finished, a home makeover is good for the soul.

Less is more seems to be the key phrase when it comes to furniture, particularly if you are after a vintage look

The dilemma is whether to follow the herd and opt for the latest fashion, knowing next year you’ll be out of date and will need to do it again. Or opt for comfort and personality, with the emphasis on longevity. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise to learn there are wildly differing schools of thought when it comes to this year’s summer trends. The first is all about comfort and nostalgia, and has been dubbed Cottagecore, because we can’t live without labels. This is a romantic interpretation of simplistic rural life

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with splashes of glamour – granny chic meets rustic vogue, according to the influencers – with muted, pastel tones offset by statement gold accessories and vintage-style wallpaper. As for furnishings, it’s traditional-shaped sofas with the accent on curves, rather than angular edges, and deep cushions, large footstools and statement lighting. Plus full-length curtains on wooden poles, something of a throwback to the Eighties. In the opposite corner is Japandi, a blending of the modern, pared back and functional Japanese and Scandinavian styles with simple shapes, rattan and natural wood dominant. Stoneware and ceramics are particularly important with bold, abstract prints on plain grey or white walls adding splashes of colour. Boucle – a tactile fabric popular in the Fifties and now fashionable again -


adds texture and softness to upholstery while, instead of flowers in vases, replace blooms with elegant grasses. Similarly, tall vivid green houseplants, such as palms, weeping figs or yuccas are also suitably eye-catching.

Less is more seems to be the key phrase when it comes to furniture, particularly if you are after a vintage look. Antique, repurposed or salvaged pieces all have their place, but the key is to provide plenty of contrast and that can only come gradually. Interior designers say it’s a look which needs layering so a few rich fabrics and statement lighting will help retain a modern note until the look is complete.

As for paint, Dulux’s colour of the year is Brave Ground, a warm natural tone which is the perfect backdrop for sage green - which is Boucle – a tactile expected to be particularly popular Some pieces, such as fabric popular in the in kitchens – as well bookcases or cabinets, Fifties and now as pale pinks. Earth are useful for displaying fashionable again colours are said to ornaments and - adds texture and give us courage to sentimental objects, softness to upholstery embrace change, so if but are not as effective you’re having a radical as floating shelves, rethink, at least it will particularly if they are give you confidence tiered. Being at home to carry on! more over the last year has made us look at what we have, and treasure them Industry-standard Pantone, on the other accordingly, while there is something hand, went for two shades: Illuminating therapeutic about choosing favourite – a bright yellow – and The Ultimate Grey items, moving them around into – a soft neutral – which, when combined, different patterns and orders. present a warming and optimistic colour scheme certain to lift spirits, Plus, they will look good as a backdrop and both are equally appealing when to your next Zoom call from the homeused on feature walls or in alcoves. Last working space you have managed to year’s colour, Classic Blue, still remains create behind that little bit of wall that relevant, however, and along with burnt juts out in your not-so-regularly shaped orange, provides a welcoming feel to living room, which you’ve never worked sitting rooms and snugs alike. out what to do with. You can zone the different areas with rugs, artwork lighting Alternatively, muted colours with folksy or plants and even paint the wall a slightly and characterful prints creates a modern darker shade to the rest of the room just vibe to brighten a window wall. to give it the feel of a separate area.

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MAY GARDENING GUIDE

May is a wonderful month for your garden, and with our handy guide we have laid it all out for you

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pring is fully underway. There should be no more frosts and the temperature is steadily getting warmer, which is bliss for your garden. With more sunshine, your plants should get stronger and healthier and the colours should start to look really vibrant. However, if you have a new space or a blank space, we are on hand to guide you through the best flowers and plants for your outdoor space.

FLOWERS

The vibrant and bright colour of flowers is what makes a garden. And now is the time to sow seeds directly outdoors.

DILL

Looking to create a wild field look in your garden, then you can’t go wrong with cornflowers. These bright blue annual flowers can grow up to a metre high and give a vibrant wild meadow look to your beds. May is the final month to sow them, to get them to bloom this year.

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Towering sunflowers are exciting annuals to grow in your garden. Children love them and they are really easy to plant and look after. Also, with so many varieties available with different colours, shapes and sizes, they create a simply gorgeous summery border in your space.

SCABIOUS

If you love butterflies fluttering around your garden, then these gorgeous scabious flowers, which come in shades of purple, pink and blue, Homegrown veg simply are perfect. Some tastes better than shopvarieties are hardy perennials, which bought veg. It’s a fact and means they’ll come if you don’t believe us, back year-after-year cucumber is the perfect while some tender veg to test the fact species are annuals.

Dill is an airy annual that not only looks great but is also used in cooking. If you are looking to attract wildlife, this is a great little plant that hover-flies are particularly attracted to. You can sow it directly into your beds, ready for summer blooms.

CORNFLOWERS

SUNFLOWERS

BISHOP’S FLOWER

Keeping with the wild meadows theme, the bishop’s flower is a very pretty annual plant that grows to roughly 1m in height. Sow these flowers en masse and when they come into bloom, you will have graceful white cloud formations on top. Grown amongst cornflowers, the contrast in colours looks simply stunning.

VEGETABLES

Similar to flowers, with the frosts having passed, many veggie seeds can now be sown directly outdoors.


BEETROOT

Beetroot is a purple root vegetable that is packed with essential nutrients. Even better, they are really easy to grow in your garden. The seeds don’t need much encouragement to germinate, and they require little maintenance once established.

SWEETCORN

Perfect for the BBQ, sweetcorn is another great plant that needs to be planted this month at the latest. Containing lots of fibre, sweetcorn is extremely healthy too. Simply sow the seeds in small pots or modules before planting them into rich, moist soil in a sunny spot.

CUCUMBER

Homegrown veg simply tastes better than shop-bought veg. It’s a fact and if you don’t believe us, cucumber is the perfect veg to test the fact. Sow cucumber seeds in peat-free compost and keep them in a warm spot. Once the seedlings have developed their first ‘true’ leaves, plant them outside with a bamboo stick for support.

SPROUTING BROCCOLI

Extremely robust, sprouting broccoli produces nutrient-packed succulent spears, which are perfect for steaming, boiling and grilling. Simply sow the seeds into small pots. Once the seedlings are coming through, prick them out and put them into larger pots. Then once they are between 7-9cm tall, plant them in rows in your garden.

With more sunshine, your plants should get stronger and healthier

CARROTS

A true garden and cooking staple, the honest carrot is an exceptionally easyto-grow vegetable, which is perfect for a whole host of dishes. Simply sow carrot seeds sparingly in drills in prepared soil before covering with a thin layer of soil and water sparingly. Seeds should germinate in a few weeks.

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TAKE SOME DOWNTIME FROM SCREEN TIME

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Making the most of Screen Free Week

od knows we’ve all been indulging in a massive amount of screen time over the last year, including our televisions, computers and phones. What a perfect time, then, to celebrate Screen-Free Week! In 1994, the week was first championed by TV-Free America, which then became the centre for SCREEN-TIME Awareness. Since 2010, the name has officially been Screen Free Week. It is an annual event which campaigns to have screens turned off and life turned on. Reading, daydreaming, exploring, enjoying nature, and spending time with family and friends are all activities encouraged. This year, Screen Free Week runs from the 3rd May until 9th May. The objective of the week is to create as much opportunity as possible to reflect on our relationships with our electronic devices, put them down, and enjoy all things natural and social.

The objective of the week is to create as much opportunity as possible to reflect on our relationships with our electronic devices, put them down, and enjoy all things natural and social

HERE ARE SOME UNIQUE AND THOUGHTFUL IDEAS, PERFECT FOR YOUR SCREEN FREE WEEK

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• Write a letter to an elderly family member.

• Go on a picnic, and make all the food yourself from scratch.

• Lay a blanket out in your backyard and stargaze.

• Call a friend who’s going through hard times to let them

• Read aloud to your kids, even if they think they’re

know that you’re thinking of them.

too old for it.

• Go find a local body of water. A river, pond or ocean will

• Recreate your favourite restaurant meal at home.

restore your spirits.

• Make your own postcards and mail them to far

• Write a short story from start to finish.

flung friends.

• Challenge your kids to create their own board games, and

• Make a flower bouquet from your own garden, even if

then be willing to play the games.

it’s mostly greenery.

• Take a nature walk in your own neighbourhood and take

• Go for a long hike.

close up photos of the plants and flowers.

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WE’RE BUZZING ABOUT WORLD BEE DAY World Bee Day is on the 20th May 2021

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s it does every year, World Bee Day will take place on May 20th, to coincide with the birthday of Anton Janša, who pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in the 18th Century. And with the pandemic having negatively impacted the beekeeping industry, it is more vital than ever to raise the awareness of the importance of bees.

WHAT ARE POLLINATORS?

Pollinators are animals that transfer pollen between plants, and they play a huge role in allowing food crops to reproduce. There are different pollinator species in the world, but some of the most common are butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, and of course, bees.

WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

The most popular pollinators in the world are bees. In fact, pollinators, like bees, impact 35% of the world’s agricultural land, meaning that over a third of food has been at least partly pollinated by animals. And it’s more than just food that pollinators are useful for. Pollination also contributes to the creation of medicines, biofuels, fibres such as cotton and linen, and construction materials.

But the 25,000 to 30,000 species of bee are under threat. Due to human impacts, current extinction rates are 100 to 1000 times higher than normal. If this trend were to continue, many crops such as fruit and nuts would become less readily available, meaning imbalances to the human diet, and a lack of biodiversity.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Protecting bees can start at home, and it’s really easy to get involved! Planting bee-friendly plants like daisies and heather can help to attract them to your garden, and once they’re present, do your bit by helping them to flourish. You can achieve this by leaving a dish filled with water and pebbles, in case they get thirsty. Furthermore, by leaving a section of your garden to grow wild, this will provide the bees with much-needed shade when the weather heats up. It’s also critical to not use pesticides, fungicides or herbicides anywhere in your garden, as these can prove extremely harmful to bees. And, if you know one, choose to buy your honey from a beekeeper, and help local businesses! If you want to go even further, you can visit ‘worldbeeday.org’, and take part in one of their annual meetings, which will be held virtually this year.

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THE FINALS

COUNTDOWN It’s showdown time for football’s major prizes

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n what seems a faster time than it takes VAR to sort out an offside decision, the football season heads into its ‘business end’ with trophies and relegation issues on the line. The compressed season has had more than its share of twists and turns, although there is an air of inevitability about where the honours are heading. Take the major domestic knockout trophies, the Emirates FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, for example. Neither has been won by a side outside the Premier League’s Big Six since 2013, when Wigan Athletic and Swansea City respectively had the audacity to buck the trend that suggested football was becoming a playground for the rich and mega-rich. Normal service has, sadly, been resumed, to the extent that since Wigan’s intervention, the FA Cup has become the property of just four clubs – Arsenal, who have won it four times, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City. And it will take a brave man to bet against that stranglehold being broken at Wembley on May 15th. (To further deflate the romantic notions of anyone hoping for an upset, since Wimbledon’s mind-boggling triumph in 1988, only three other teams – Everton in 1995, Portsmouth in 2008 and Wigan – have prevented the Cup from falling into the clutches of a Big Six which also embraces Liverpool and Tottenham).

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The Carabao Cup is, of course, an even cosier clique: Since Swansea, it has been won by either City or a side managed by Jose Mourinho. Such is the Premier League’s clout and perceived strength, it is tempting to think that dominance has spread across the English Channel into the European competitions. Indeed, the same names keep occurring… only they are Spanish. In the last 10 years, there have been just two English winners of the Champions League, Europe’s premier club competition - Liverpool in 2019 and Chelsea in 2012 – although Tottenham, in the all-Premier League final two years ago, Manchester United and Liverpool have reached the ultimate showdown. In that time, Real Madrid have won it four times, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich scoring two triumphs apiece, although this year’s final on May 29th is at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, a venue etched deep into the Merseysiders’ folklore. It was there, in 2005, that the Reds overturned a 3-0 deficit to beat AC Milan on penalties to complete one of the great sporting comebacks. Of all the competitions, the marathon slog that is the Europa League could be the one to be wearing seldom-applied colours after the final in Poland’s stunning Gdansk Stadium on May 26th. Sevilla (four-time champions) and Atletico Madrid (twice) were notable absentees from the latter rounds, leaving the stage clear for unheralded champions.


BUZZINGLY GOOD FOOD Celebrate World Bee day with these wonderfully sticky honey recipes

1kg carrots 25g butter 2 tbsp clear honey 5 lemon thyme sprigs, leaves picked, plus extra to serve (use ordinary thyme if you can’t find lemon)

3 thyme sprigs , leaves roughly chopped 2-3 rosemary sprigs, leaves roughly chopped 2 fat garlic cloves , lightly bashed ½ tsp black peppercorns 4 duck leg (about 800g) 750g duck fat 2 bay leaves sunflower oil., for covering the duck, if needed 4 tbsp clear honey

HONEY & THYME CARROTS Keep this succulent recipe for when your homegrown carrots have started to produce. Tip the carrots into a wide shallow pan so they are no more than a double layer. Add the butter, honey and about 500ml or 2cm of water, the leaves from the thyme and a pinch of salt. Partly cover with a lid, turn the heat up high and boil everything down until the carrots are tender, cooked through and sticky with honey. If they aren’t tender enough by the time the water has evaporated, add a splash more. Once glazed, turn them over in the sticky juices and serve, with extra thyme on top.

HONEY-ROAST CONFIT OF DUCK Serve your carrots with this wonderful French classic with meltingly tender meat with crispy skin. Mix together the thyme, rosemary, garlic and peppercorns with 2 tbsp flaky sea salt. Tip half into a large baking dish, top with the duck legs, then sprinkle over the remaining salt and massage well into the duck. Cover with cling film and chill for 24 hrs. Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Take the duck legs out of the dish, wipe off the salt mixture with kitchen paper, then set aside. Melt the duck fat in a flameproof casserole dish until just bubbling. Add the bay leaves and duck legs, and bring to a gentle simmer. The legs should be completely covered, so top up with olive oil if needed. Transfer the dish to the oven and cook for 2 hrs 30 mins. To check whether the duck is cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of a leg – it should go in easily. Leave the duck to cool in the fat. Can now be chilled for up to 2 weeks. While the duck cools, make the Puy lentils & pancetta (see Goes well with, right). Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lift the duck legs from the dish, scrape off the fat and place, skin-side up, in a shallow roasting tin.

All recipes from the BBC Goodfood website Images for illustrative purposes only

Spoon 1 tbsp honey over each duck leg and roast for 25-30 mins until the skin is browned and sticky. Serve with the Puy lentils & pancetta.

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BARKINGSIDE Price Guide: £485,000 - £499,995

Arbon & Miller are privileged to offer this purpose built one bedroom GROUND FLOOR FLAT offering spacious living accommodation throughout. Near to local shops and bus service which offer easy reach of BARKINGSIDE HIGH STREET & Barkingside Central Line Station. The ever-popular Claybury Park with it’s ancient woodlands and picturesque lake is within a short walk of the property. An internal inspection of this delightful property is recommended to appreciate its many key features.

Arbon & Miller are delighted to offer this spacious two bedroom end terrace house. Located within a 1/4 of a mile from shopping facilities, bus services and other local amenities, as well as being positioned within close proximity to Grange Hill Central Line Station. The property requires modernisation throughout, with the two well-proportioned Bedrooms along with Bathroom and Separate WC. Externally, the garden is complimented with a large private Rear Garden. We highly recommend an internal inspection.

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CLAYHALL £220,000

CLAYHALL £275,000 - £285,000

HAINAULT £500,000

Arbon & Miller are pleased to offer this purpose built two bedroom first floor flat positioned within easy access to local shopping facilities, schools and bus routes. GANTS HILL CENTRAL LINE STATION is located within 1 mile away. The property has the benefit of being situated within the ever popular PARK HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL & BEAL HIGH SCHOOL catchment areas. We strongly recommend an internal inspection to appreciate the properties many key features.

Arbon & Miller are privileged to offer this delightfully spacious three bedroom midterrace family home situated within a 1/2 of a mile from local shopping facilities and various bus services and within the popular catchment of West Hatch High School. The property is also within one mile of both Hainault & Fairlop Central Line. Tomswood Hill offers spacious living accommodation throughout and also benefits from overlooking the ever popular Claybury Park.

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HAINAULT £265,000 - £275,000

Décor immac 3 bed end-terrace family home positioned within this quiet cul-de-sac immediately off Fencepiece Road. Bernards Close is complimented with spacious living accommodation throughout with the ground floor comprising of a 26ft5 Through Lounge and 12ft4 Fitted Kitchen. The first floor boasts three well-proportioned Bedrooms and feature Family Bathroom. Externally, Bernards Close has a well-appointed private Rear Garden and has the added benefit of including two parking spaces.

We are pleased to offer this delightful two bedroom second floor flat situated in this popular cul-de-sac position with COMMUNAL GARDEN immediately off Fencepiece Road. Situated less than 5 minute walk from local shopping facilities and bus services, which provide direct access to both Romford & Ilford town centres, as well being 10 minutes walk from Hainault Central Line Station, offering direct access to Stratford within approximately 20 minutes and Liverpool Street within approximately 30 minutes.

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HAINAULT £449,995

HAINAULT Guide Price: £575,000 - £600,000

GANTS HILL £850,000 - £875,000

Arbon & Miller are privileged to offer this 4 bedroom detached family home located on the popular Wickets Estate. The property is positioned within walking distance to local shopping facilities, bus services and other amenities and is within 0.6 miles of Hainault Central Line Tube. The property offers accommodation of 4 bedrooms to the first floor with the master having an ensuite shower, plus first floor family bathroom. The ground floor consists of 2 receptions and study, kitchen and cloakroom.

This imposing four bedroom semidetached house situated on this highly desirable residential turning, and offered in decoratively immaculate condition. Having been extensively developed across all three floors, this impressive family home offers generous living accommodation throughout and boasts many fine features. There is also a meticulously maintained Rear Garden and multiple car parking spaces to front with garage en bloc. Located within 1/2 mile of Gants Hill Central Line Station offering direct access to Central London.

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HAINAULT £550,000 - £575,000

Spacious 4 bed corner end terrace family homeThe property boasts spacious living accommodation throughout with the ground floor comprising of two Reception Rooms, with extended Kitchen/Dining Area. The first floor consists three well-proportioned Bedrooms and Family Bathroom with additional Shower Room. The second floor boasts a large extended Bedroom Four/Loft Room. Externally, Baron Gardens is complimented with a 40ft Rear Garden and private driveway to front providing enough parking spaces for multiple vehicles.

Arbon & Miller are delighted to offer this stunning, decoratively immaculate four bedroom extended terrace house situated in this sought after residential cul-de-sac turning on the Hainault/Chigwell boarders. The present owners have developed and modernised the property throughout to a very high standard which can only be fully appreciated by carrying out an internal inspection. The property is situated in the popular West Hatch High School catchment and nearby to local shops, bus services, and Hainault Central Line station.

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BARKINGSIDE £600,000 to £650,000

REDBRIDGE £319,995

HAINAULT £475,000 - £500,000

Arbon & Miller are delighted to offer this two bedroom first floor maisonette with LONG LEASE. The property boasts two double bedrooms, large lounge, kitchen and bathroom with private rear garden and GARAGE IN BLOC. The property is within the Beal school catchment area, and within walking distance to Redbridge Central Line station. CALL NOW TO ARRANGE A SUITABLE VIEWING.

Delighted to offer this three bedroom extended end of terrace house. This delightful home is conveniently positioned within 0.25 miles of Hainault Central Line, offering direct access to Stratford within approximately 20 minutes and Liverpool Street within approximately 30 minutes. The property offers 3 bedrooms and bathroom to the first floor and the ground floor offers Front Reception, Extended kitchen open to extended rear reception. The property also benefits from a detached garage at rear. Early viewing is strongly recommended.

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HAINAULT £450,000 - £475,000

We are pleased to offer this newly decorated, spacious two double bedroom first floor flat situated within this popular development situated directly off Brandville gardens and within walking distance of local amenities and bus services. OVER 900 YEARS LEASE The property benefits from two double bedrooms, large reception room, Kitchen, bathroom, communal gardens and Garage en-bloc.

Arbon & Miller are privileged to offer this three bedroom end terrace family home positioned within the ever popular Wickets Estate. The property is positioned within walking distance to local shopping facilities, bus services and other amenities and is within 0.5 miles of Hainault Central Line Tube Station. The property boasts spacious living accommodation throughout with the ground floor comprising of a Kitchen & Lounge/Diner, the first floor boasting three well-proportioned Bedrooms and family Bathroom.

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BARKINGSIDE £349,995

NEWBURY PARK £700,000

BARKINGSIDE £475,000 - £500,000

STUNNING ONE-OF-A-KIND EXTENDED BUNGALOW - Arbon & Miller are privileged to offer this DECORATIVELY IMMACULATE Three Bedroom semi-detached bungalow situated in this PRIME RESIDENTIAL turning, The property has undergone a program of complete remodelling by the present owner’s with no expense spared to create a truly impressive family home for modern living. With stunning features that can only be fully appreciated by carrying out an internal inspection, interest is expected to be high.

Arbon & Miller are pleased to offer this 1930’s built three bedroom mid-terrace family home offering spacious accommodation throughout, with vast potential for development with scope to add a large loft conversion and/or rear extension (stp). The property is situated immediately off Longwood Gardens and Clayhall Avenue and is within 0.8miles of Barkingside Central Line Station. Beaminster Gardens is also within a short walking distance to Barkingside High Street with its wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and local amenities.

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BARKINGSIDE £700,000

Arbon & Miller are privileged to offer this EXTENDED THREE BEDROOM END TERRACE family home situated on this popular cul-de-sac tuning. The property is within close proximity to local bus services nearby which provide links to Hainault Central Line Station. Marlyon Road is also within a short walk to local shopping facilities and other amenities, as well as being close to the delightful setting of Hainault Forest Country Park.

Well-presented four bedroom end terrace family home situated within this highly popular residential turning immediately off Longwood Gardens. The ground floor consists of two spacious Reception Rooms and Extended Kitchen/Breakfast Room. The first floor comprises of four well-proportioned Bedrooms and extended Family Bathroom/WC. The property boasts many key features and we highly recommend an internal inspection to appreciate the properties many key features.

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HAINAULT £425,000 to £435,000

BARKINGSIDE £375,000

CLAYHALL £784,995

Arbon & Miller are delighted to offer this two bedroom semi-detached cottage style property for sale being offered with NO ONGOING CHAIN. The property is conveniently located within a short walking distance to Barkingside High Street and local amenities. The High Street offers various bus routes and benefits from Fairlop Central Line stations in close proximity. We recommend an internal inspection to appreciate the properties many key features.

We are pleased to offer this well-appointed, immaculately maintained FIVE DOUBLE BEDROOM semi-detached family hom. Positioned on Clayhall Avenue within BEAL SCHOOL CATCHMENT and close proximity of local primary schools, shops and bus services. The ground floor offers 31’ Reception, 16’11 Home Office, 17’8 Kitchen/Diner, Utility Room and Ground Floor WC. The first floor boasts five wellproportioned Bedrooms with two en-suites and feature Family Bathroom.

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BARKINGSIDE £131,000

Arbon & Miller are delighted to offer this four bedroom detached family home situated in this popular and quiet cul-de-sac. The property benefits from being located within close proximity to local shopping facilities and bus services all within walking distance, with easy access to Central Line Train Stations also. We believe interest is likely to be high and would recommend carrying out an internal inspection.

TWO BEDROOM second floor retirement apartment available to OVER 55’s ONLY and sold with 57% shared ownership. A further 18% buy back option is available on a pro-rota basis from Housing 21. Offered with VACANT POSSESSION, this bright and spacious accommodation is ideally located close to Tesco supermarket, bus services and Barkingside Central Line station offering direct access to Stratford within approx. 20 minutes and Liverpool Street within approx. 30 minutes.

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CLAYHALL £635,000

CLAYHALL £275,000 to £290,000

CLAYHALL £485,000 - £495,000

2 bed first floor purpose built maisonette situated within this popular residential area. The property boasts spacious living accommodation throughout with a 13ft11 Reception Room, 7ft feature Kitchen, two well proportioned Bedrooms and fitted Shower Room. Externally, the property also accommodates a private Rear Garden. Fullwell Avenue is also complimented with a long lease of over 900 years remaining.

Arbon & Miller are delighted to offer this EXTENDED three bedroom SEMIDETACHED house situated on this popular residential turning within close proximity of local schools, shops and bus services. Offering superb potential to further develop (stpp). The property boasts a good size extended L-shaped through lounge and extended kitchen/diner. Outstanding rear garden as well block paved off street parking for two cars.

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ONGAR £274,995

We are privileged to offer this purpose built two bedroom first floor flat situated on Veronique Gardens immediately off Ashurst Drive. The property is positioned within close proximity to local shopping facilities, schools and bus services which offer access to both Barkingside High Street and Ilford Town Centre, this property is also within 3/4 of a mile from Gants Hill Station. The property consists of a spacious Lounge, Kitchen and Bathroom, two well-proportioned Bedrooms, communal gardens to the external area.

CHAIN FREE. Luxury 2 bedroom ground floor apartment offered in decoratively immaculate condition. Comprising of a spacious lounge with direct access to part open plan fitted kitchen. master bedroom with fully fitted wardrobes and en-suite shower room, second bedroom, family bathroom WC and a large hallway. The property has an allocated car parking space and is within a short walk to Ongar High Road with its many independent shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and public houses.

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BARKINGSIDE £299,995

HAINAULT £300,000 to £315,000

HAINAULT £535,000 - £550,000

We are delighted to offer this spacious and decoratively immaculate two bedroom first floor maisonette situated within close proximity to Hainault central line station. Lounge. Kitchen. Bathroom. Own Rear Garden. Over 900 year lease.

Arbon & Miller are pleased to offer this extended four bedroom terrace house located in this popular residential location within close proximity to local shopping facilities, bus services and HAINAULT CENTRAL LINE STATION. The ground floor comprises of Dining room, Kitchen opening to a Lounge, shower room and Entrance Hall. The first floor boasts three well-proportioned bedrooms and family Bathroom with. The loft has been converted in 10’9 bedroom. The exterior offers a Large manicured Rear Garden and Off-Street Parking.

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