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Jun 19

Homebuilder, David Wilson Homes North West, is encouraging people to make their garden a haven for our fuzzy friends, by planting flowers to attract them and making small changes to their garden to give bees somewhere to shelter.

There are over 250 bee species in the UK, and most face threats such as loss of habitat, climate change and disease. They are vital to the food chain, with one in every three mouthfuls of food consumed by humans dependent on pollination, including apples, pears, onions, potatoes, cherries, chilies, carrots, margarine and herbs.

Lynton Dudgeon, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North West, said: “We want to raise awareness of the threat faced by bees and by all doing our bit to plant nectar rich plants to benefit them we can help combat some of the issues faced by bees.”

The homebuilder's top bee-friendly tips are:

1: Sow the seeds for bees

Certain types of plants are more attractive for bees than others. Bee-friendly plants produce high levels of nectar and pollen, and include poppies, lavender, heathers, geraniums, foxgloves and fruit trees. David Wilson Homes North West plants a range of nectar and pollen rich plants at its developments across the county to help boost the population of bees around its new homes.

2: Water is the bees knees

Like all creatures, bees need to drink too. Adding a pond, water feature or bird bath to your garden will give them a hydrating boost in the warm summer months, as well as benefitting other wildlife in your garden too.

3: Build a bee B&B

Many of the UK's bee species are solitary which mean they do not create a bee-hive and opt to nest either in the ground or in small holes found in wood. Provide nesting sites for solitary bees in a specially made bee hotel. These can be purchased ready-made or constructed from bamboo cane make a collection of small wooden tunnels for bees to nest in. All you need to do is put your shelter in a warm sheltered spot, close to nectar rich flowers.

4: Keep an eye out for tired bees

Bees can struggle in both hot and cold weather, and if you see a bee on the ground finding it difficult to fly it could be suffering from exhaustion. When out and about in your garden this summer look out for tired bees which may need reviving.

Never give a bee honey to revive it, as they can catch viruses if the honey is from a neighbouring hive. Instead make a solution of two tablespoons of white granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water and place near the bees head on a plate or spoon. Once it has had a drink it should regain its energy and fly back to its hive.

5: Hold off on pesticides

While it can be tempting to reach for chemicals to keep pests such as aphids at bay, these can be harmful to all species of bees. Avoid spraying open flowers with pesticides and instead combat pests by planting certain plants such as marigold or garlic to repel them.

Lynton continued: “These small steps can create a welcoming environment for bees. As bee numbers decline in the UK it is more important than ever that we take action to help the critters out wherever we can.”

Paul Stephen, Biodiversity Advisor for the RSPB, said: “We are asking everyone to help give nature a home as even a few small touches can make a big difference for wildlife. Gardens can be a fantastic space for families to relax or play and we would like to see people feel inspired to do something for nature.

Sadly, the UK's bee populations are in decline, but planting the right mix of flowers, shrubs and bushes will help reverse this. And plants rich in nectar and pollen will not just be welcoming to bees, but will look great for anyone looking to enjoy a garden full of life and colour.”

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May 19

According to the latest research from regulated property buyer, Good Move, people would rather buy a house where a murder has taken place than one that has signs of damp or cracks in the walls.

The firm's analysis revealed that nearly three in five (58%) would be put off if there had previously been a murder at a property, and more than two in five (44%) would reject a house if there had been reports of paranormal activity. However, Brits are far more concerned by more trivial faults, with a shared garden (73%), signs of damp (75%) or cracks (73%) and having a short leasehold remaining (76%) all featuring higher on the list of unwanted features.

The biggest red flag for those looking to buy is noisy neighbours, with a huge 85% of people saying this would put them off purchasing a property.

The top 10 things that would put house buyers off are:

1. Noisy neighbours (85%)
2. Short leasehold remaining (76%)
3. Signs of damp (75%)
4. A shared garden (73%)
= Signs of cracks on the walls (73%)
6. Front Door opening onto a main road (70%)
7. No parking (69%)
8. No garden (66%)
9. Smelly (63%)
10. Busy or high-speed roads nearby (62%)

Although over 40% of UK housebuyers say they would not be put off by the fact that a murder had taken place onsite, the survey also found that, if this were the case, they would expect the property to be reduced by almost a third (32%) of its market value.

Similarly, buyers would also expect a 30% reduction if there had been reports of paranormal activity.

The top five features that buyers would expect the biggest discounts for are:

1. Existing tenants (34%)
2. Murder (32%)
3. Paranormal Activity (30%)
4. Pets left behind in the property (26%)
5. Being next door to a cemetery (25%)

Ross Counsell, director at Good Move, said: “Although everyone has a different idea of the perfect home, it’s clear from our survey that certain things will put off most people. On the bright side, some of these put-offs are easy to address, so if you are looking to sell your house, make sure you sort out small things like cracks and damp.

These little actions can make a huge difference and help you to make your house more attractive to buyers.”

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Mar 19

❤️ This 2 bedroom home 🏠 has been fully redecorated throughout and has brand new carpets and landscaped rear garden. There is an en-suite, cloakroom and double aspect lounge. 🔑 Want to know more? Contact us today! 📲

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Mar 19

Positioned in a quiet CUL-DE-SAC in the popular KNIGHTS PARK is this stunning 4 BEDROOM DETACHED family home. The property is in IMMACULATE order throughout, CHAIN FREE and we strongly urge you to call or email us today!

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27
Feb 19

This superb 3 bedroom family home is in an elevated position and has undergone an extensive refurbishment program with re-wiring, new heating system, brand new kitchen, bathroom, cloakroom, double glazing, floorings and decor. It really is like being in a brand new home!

Just look at the photos and how large the lounge/diner is!

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Feb 19

We all want to wish you a Happy Valentines day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Its a day of joy, love and also have a bit of fun with a cheeky card! Have a great day everyone!

The English Origin of Valentine's

The modern origins of Valentine's Day come from England. The first real association of Valentine's Day with romantic love, or “love birds,” comes from Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem Parlement of Foules. Dating from 1382, it states: “For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” William Shakespeare's Hamlet (1600–1601) refers to both Saint Valentine's Day and the phrase “to be your Valentine,” showing that Valentine's Day was established in British culture by that time.

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Feb 19

Located in the ever popular Singleton Hill area of Ashford is this highly desirable family home. The properties accommodation is arranged over 3 floors with the entrance reception room, cloakroom, modern fitted kitchen / diner and utility area. Call or email us today!

Check out the floorplan to see the amazing accommodation!

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Feb 19

I know I mentioned how proud I am of the team in a post not so long ago, but wanted to share 2 pieces of feedback that we received this morning!🔑

"Everyone has been very helpful and friendly. Sally dealt with our move and she was very patient with us when we had questions and had to move the date of the move on by 1 week. "🏠

and on google;

"Everyone we've dealt with has been extremely friendly and helpful from start to finish. We had an issue with two plugs (rented property) and their maintenance team had it sorted within a day - fantastic service."🏠

Its going the extra mile that makes all the difference and comments like this, makes it all worth while!🔑

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