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With the weather getting warmer and evenings growing longer, what better way to introduce your new home to your family and friends this summer than by hosting a get together.

Whether it be a BBQ, garden party, or a quiet evening with some friends, take the opportunity to show them around you brand new home, and put your garden to good use.

Our pointers below should help you with everything from the lighting, seating, and most importantly if you're hosting a BBQ ... more

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Relaxing, gardening and entertaining friends and family are all wonderful ways to enjoy the outdoor space your new home has to offer. However, there's also something truly satisfying about using your garden to grow your own.

Growing your own fruits, vegetables or herbs doesn't always mean compromising on style and space. Many types of produce can be grown with minimal effort, and there are plenty of solutions to ensure your crops are in keeping with the rest of your garden.

So if you fancy getting green-fingered, but aren't quite ready to give up your garden for The Good Life, here are some fail-safe tips for growing delicious produce a... more

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Image for Help to Buy makes Sarah's home and garden dream come true

Buying her own 'little house' with her own 'little garden' was a long-term goal for green-fingered, NHS worker Sarah Bolton.

So when she found her ideal home at Great East Hall in Sittingbourne, Kent, she used the Government-backed Help to Buy Equity scheme to achieve her ambition.

"I sold my one bedroom flat near Grays in Essex and was looking at two beds in Kent when I saw and fell in love with The Marston. It was a three bedroom property with a garden on a corner plot at Meadow Bank,... more

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Make your garden your own

23 September 2015

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When you're looking to add to your new garden to make it uniquely yours, it needn't be expensive. More and more people are upcycling old items to revitalise their gardens and to give worn objects a new purpose.

What is upcycling? Simply put, it's a mixture of art and recycling. You can take a broken or unused product like a bath tub and use it for a completely different purpose such as a raised plant bed or a water feature. Upcycling has a positive impact on the environment, as you're re-purposing items which would normally go to the landfill.

Your creativity is what's going to make your garden stand out, and upcycling is a great way of making your garden ... more

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Now is the time to get your garden ready for summer! Planting a few flowers around the borders, or adding a bit of colour to some patio pots can brighten up any outdoor space.

If you’re thinking of laying top soil, sowing grass seed or need help on where to place your plants, here’s a handy infographic on planning your perfect garden... more

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Whether you’ve moved into a brand new home and have a blank canvas to work with, or fancy adding a splash of colour to your garden, here’s a handy infographic to help get you started. Take a look at our special planting timetable to find out what to plant and when.

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A garden is a space to relax, entertain and be creative but it's also a great place for attracting wildlife. Whether you consider yourself to be 'green-fingered' or if you find it difficult to distinguish your peonies from your petunias we've put together a guide on how to create a garden fit for nature.

Here at Bovis Homes ecology plays an important role in our developments. Green open spaces, landscaped areas and extensive planting of shrubs and trees encourage wildlife and provide an attractive, relaxing environments.

And at our Church Meadows development in Bromsgrove we have put the focus on one of Britain's most popular wild animals. By introducing wildlife corridors we've enhanced the natural ecology of the area, allowing hedgehogs to roam around from garden to garden, without being forced onto roads. We've even incorporated hedgehog homes into the gardens to provide them with a saf... more

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