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The Health Benefits of Being Outdoors

Thursday, 7 November 2019 12:45:10 Europe/London

Around the world, many of us spend the majority of our time indoors whether at the office, in our homes or commuting between the two. Unfortunately, as technology and public transport have progressed and a workaholic culture has become normalised, people are spending less time outdoors in nature. In fact, studies have shown that most people believe they do not have enough time to go outdoors.

 

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Popular Products Causing Deforestation

Thursday, 25 July 2019 09:47:51 Europe/London

In 2019, global warming has reached a state of crisis. The planet is burning, the ice caps are melting and the weather is becoming more and more unpredictable. In August, the Amazon caught fire and hasn’t stopped now for over a week. We are now being forced to face the consequences of our actions; for too long, we simply haven’t been doing enough to take care of our planet. 

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30 Driveway Ideas to Transform Your Home | Mainland Aggregates

Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:14:16 Europe/London

First impressions count, which is why having a good driveway is so important! A driveway isn't just a place to park your car, it's a part of your home and the first thing visitors will see when they stop by. Not only that, but it's also a great way to make your home stand out from others on the street and can even increase the kerb appeal of your property. 

If a new driveway is on your list of home improvement projects to complete this year, we're here to help. It can be difficult to think of creative ways to transform your driveway and achieve something truly unique that's also in-line with your home's existing image. That's why we're here to give you all the inspiration you need. 

This article will give you ideas for driveways of all different kinds, whether brick, stone or tarmac, providing you with different colours and different styles you can try to achieve the look you want.

 

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What Happens to Skip Waste?

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 11:32:56 Europe/London

Rubbish skips are designed to make waste disposal as convenient as possible. Since most of us cannot transport large amounts without professional help, it’s no wonder that over 17 million skips are hired every year in the UK for domestic use alone.

What happens to general waste from skips really depends on the company that you hire your waste skip from. Most skip companies have drivers who take skip waste to a waste transfer station for temporary deposition before they are taken for incineration, to a landfill, a hazardous waste facility or for recycling. Some companies however will take skip rubbish straight to a landfill site, a practise known as fly tipping.

It’s no secret that landfill sites have a detrimental effect on the environment, which is why ethical waste disposal is so important. With the UK being the 3rd highest contributor to landfills across Europe, maybe it’s time we start considering whether there might be better ways to dispose of our waste. First, let's look at what happens to our rubbish when we discard it into skips.

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Rockeries, rock gardens or alpine gardens are types of gardens that have stones, rocks, and boulders as a prominent landscape feature. They give your garden that much-needed natural feel and in addition serve numerous functions.

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Understanding Quarrying: An Animated Guide

Monday, 14 May 2018 16:54:59 Europe/London

Did you know that every year the UK quarries over 300,000,000 tonnes of aggregates? Or that there are 1300 quarries operational around the UK today? You rely on quarries more than you know, with aggregates providing the foundation for houses, roads, shops and farms.

We’ve produced this animated video to introduce you to quarrying and help you to learn a little bit more about how it works.

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Horse Health and Happiness: Tips from Equestrian Experts

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 10:18:23 Europe/London

Owning a horse is undoubtedly incredibly fun and rewarding, but it’s also a big challenge and a long-term commitment. After all, the average horse lives for as long as 30 years, with the oldest ever horse living to the ripe old age of 52! That means you can expect to be caring for your horse for decades to come. 

If you want your horse to live a long and enriching life and meet its full potential, horse health and happiness should be your number one priority. Horses aren’t low maintenance animals; whether you just like riding your horse around or you’re into equestrian competitions like dressage, your trusty companion is going to require a lot of care. 

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The Definitive Guide to Seasonal Landscape Maintenance

Monday, 29 January 2018 15:16:49 Europe/London

This infographic from Mainland Aggregates  has been designed to give you a comprehensive overview of landscape maintenance, and to advise you on the best work to carry out in different seasons.  From planting in the spring to scarifying in the winter, this infographic covers it all!! Read on to find out the secrets behind a beautiful landscape. 

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15 Alternatives to Grass for Gardens

Thursday, 2 November 2017 11:11:42 Europe/London

It is always refreshing to see lush green sceneries, particularly if it’s your own lawn or garden. Grass seeds are usually planted to achieve this tranquil and invigorating ambiance. Little did most people know that keeping grass lawns green could be high maintenance—constant moving, watering, and fertilizing is a requisite. A pain in the grass indeed! It’s about time to consider these alternatives to grass for gardens.

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17 Experts Reveal the Best Ways to Attract Wildlife to your Garden

Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:21:21 Europe/London

Building your own wildlife garden is a fantastic way to bring a touch of the natural countryside to your backyard. Choose the right plants and features, and you can create beautiful and sustainable habitats for local critters like birds, foxes, hedgehogs, insects and frogs. With some of Britain’s native species in plight, it’s also an opportunity to do your own little bit towards conservation and build a safe haven for some of our most beloved wildlife

Resident wildlife can also help your garden to thrive. Encourage bees to visit and they’ll pollinate your flowers and plants, whilst birds and ladybugs will make short work of common garden pests like aphids. And if slugs are causing you grief, hedgehogs and frogs can keep the population under control. Plus, wildlife gardens are a great educational environment for kids, and a lovely place for anyone to enjoy a sunny afternoon.

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