1. Why you need to turn your home office space into a sanctuary

    The new normal means that many people now work at least part of their week from home and they will probably continue to do so for the forseeable future. The pandemic saw a huge number of people working remotely. If you are one of them, you might benefit from updating your home office. In this guest post, Nick Acaster from Rugs Direct shares his design tips for transforming your work area into a calm and inspiring space.

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  2. How to enjoy gardening when you don't have a garden

    What can you do if you don't have a garden? Indeed, you might not be fit or able enough to access outdoor space. There are ways and means of bringing a garden to you, rather than taking yourself to it.  Here's our guide to  gardening for those who need to adapt the idea of a garden to suit their individual circumstances...

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  3. Help support your mental wellbeing during a lockdown winter

    Struggling during a lockdown winter? Perhaps you always find the darkest months of the year hard to bear. If so, you're not alone, and the year 2021 could feel just about as bad as it could get for those who suffer from mental health problems and loneliness. 

    In this guest post for Perfectplants.co.uk, Sarah Hastings from RW4Y shares her tips for creating a more positive environment at home that can benefit your mental wellbeing.

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  4. How to survive the new year, whatever the circumstances. Rescue remedy for broken souls

    The new year of 2021 represented the start of a period of time that nobody could have imagined before the onset of the coronavirus, Covid-19 . The topics of lockdown, pandemic, virus, general health and mental health appearing at the head of the news agenda every single day. New phrases and instructions became part of everyday parlance: social distancing, shielding, stay at home, work from home, don't mix with friends open your windows... 

    We all began to realise the importance of nature. Plants, gardens, fresh air, the natural world. In terms of self-help and improving the indoor environment, the following are the biggest success stories of the 'pandemic era':

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  5. What to do with the kids over autumn half term

    How do you keep the children entertained during half term? During autumn it's so easy to find things to do with the kids. Here's five suggestions that will bring fun into every weekday of the school holidays. Worried about Covid-19? These activities are all virus-proof!

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  6. Wise words from Sir David Attenborough. Why should we care about biodiversity?

    If you haven’t yet watched ‘A Life on Our Planet’ a nature and ecology documentary starring Sir David Attenborough, you need to schedule a living-room sitting as soon as possible. The broadcaster recounts the most memorable aspects of his life and reveals the shocking changes that have taken place over the 94 years since he has lived on the planet Earth. But why should any of us care, and what's it got to do with gardens?

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  7. Best plants for an autumn garden - here's 7 of the best for September and October

    The autumn garden can be the best time of the year. Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean that your outside space need look forlorn or devoid of colour. There are plenty of beautiful flowers that give you a boost in September, October, November and beyond. Not to mention the amazing show that is happening amongst trees and the everlasting colours to be found in foliage.

    If your outdoor space is looking desperately dull, it might benefit from a few, carefully placed containers near your entrance, along the circulation routes and close to your windows. Colour is uplifting and some plants shine during the autumn. Here's a selection of some of the best...

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  8. What does biodiversity mean, why does it matter and how does it fit into a garden?

    We've all heard of biodiversity, it's one of the buzz words of the 21st century. But what does it mean and why does it matter? Should we care that global biodiversity losses are turning into a crisis?

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  9. How plants can help you to sleep better naturally

    Feeling tired? Maybe a little down or depressed? Perhaps the day's tasks seem too arduous to tackle.

    It could be down to the type of sleep that you had last night. It can make a huge difference to how you function during the day. It is an ambition of a high proportion of the population to achieve quality sleep. But how do we do it?

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  10. How to survive summer, especially if you're a hayfever sufferer. Make a garden work for you.

    Everyone loves summer, don't they? It's a season giving long, warm days with sunshine and plenty of opportunities for sitting and dining outdoors. But what if summer is a time of sneezing, itching and torment? You might spend your leisure hours seeking respite from relentless sunshine because you crave to be cool. Your plants could be wilting and perhaps your colour seems to be fading away to burnt umber.

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