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  • Outdoor living

    21st June 2021

    With so much in the garden coming into bloom 3 to 4 weeks later than normal, due to the unusually chilly spring, the great green outdoors is looking incredible right now. Thankfully, June has been lovely and warm, and plants such as peonies, poppies and roses are now out in all their glory; sweet peas are flowering too, with dahlias gaining in stature day by day

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  • Summer lights

    21st June 2021

    Lumison Lighting is an independent lighting design consultancy run by James and Pippa Morrison from their showroom base in Oakham. Highly sought after to consult on lighting projects throughout the UK and beyond, the couple share their thoughts on lighting trends, outdoor options and planning with Amander Meade

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  • The daffs are out, the tulips are bursting through and the blossom will soon be reaching its glorious peak… Whether you have pots to fill, a patio to prettify or acres to tame, it’s time to get those gardening gloves on. Here’s a look at some of our favourite local lawncare experts, garden designers, landscapers and garden centres on hand to help you with your horticultural efforts, plus local gardens to inspire you

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  • Local people: The good life

    29th December 2020

    New allotment holders, Rebecca Downey and family, discovered the joys of getting to grips with their plot during a year of lockdown restrictions in 2020

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  • Burghley House

    23rd December 2020

    Burghley Park is a brilliant place to walk in the winter months, with its hard surfaces and tranquil atmosphere. In this picture, Burghley House looks almost oriental through the mist….

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  • Half-term activities

    23rd October 2020

    A fun roundup of outdoor adventures and activities for the whole family this half term. Louise Goss looks at what’s happening locally to keep everybody entertained. HALLOWEEN TRAILS Barnsdale Gardens…

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  • Eating outside

    2nd September 2020

    Outside areas are never more relevant than now, as we get back to eating out. Nicholas Rudd-Jones explores some favourites – fingers crossed for an Indian summer!

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  • Outdoor living: September

    21st August 2020

    This month gardening writer Fiona Cumberpatch advises how to collect your own seeds and how to grow Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Local Living’s ‘Garden Hero’ for September), plus there are recommended gardening…

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