May has sprung upon us, the days are getting longer and warmer which means that Summer is on its way and it’s time to tidy up spring plants, plant out summer flowers and get planning for autumn. It’s also a great time to plant herbs, as plants will establish quickly in warm soil, just remember to keep them watered if the weather turns dry.
With National Gardening Week behind us, our gardens should be a canvas of colour, you don’t need to be an expert in gardening, Charlie Dimmock and Alan Titchmarsh had to start somewhere!
May is the perfect sowing month, plants will be growing strongly in the higher temperatures and you will also be able to watch the bees, birds and butterflies in your organic pot. Why not take part in The Big Butterfly Count? Sit in your garden or the park for 15 minutes and see how many butterflies you see! Register your results here; https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/
What to plant in May outdoors
Direct sow sunflowers
Direct sow poppies
Direct sow Limnanthes to bring insects into your garden and vegetable pot
What to plant in May indoors
Sweet William in seed trays
Herbs and vegetables
Sow perennial herbs
Discover your new home in the quaint village of Yetminster. Upbury Grange is a stunning collection of two, three, four and five bedroom new homes.
Uncover the rare charm of Yetminster, Dorset at Upbury Grange. Set in an area of unspoilt tranquillity, enjoy picturesque nature walks through the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with road and rail links, Upbury Grange is the ideal home for commuters to neighbouring towns of Sherborne, Yeovil and Dorchester.
Developed by award-winning property developer Burrington Estates New Homes, Upbury Grange will be built to an exceptionally high specification. Each home makes the most of the impressive countryside views whilst offering a generous entertaining space, sizeable bedrooms and a British designed kitchen and dining area.
With homes eligible for Help to Buy* you can reserve your dream home with just a 5% deposit.
Prices from £220,000
The Ford is a superb two-bedroom home. There is a generously-sized living and dining room with French doors leading to the rear garden. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and family bathroom with bath. Bedroom one has a set of fitted wardrobes, great for storage. Bedroom two is a spacious double bedroom.
The Alcove has a classic cottage feel that marries perfectly with the contemporary interiors. The well-proportioned living room has a set of French doors leading out to the rear garden. In the open plan kitchen and dining room, where there is a second set of French doors. Upstairs you will find three generous double bedrooms, a study area and family bathroom. Bedroom one is the largest with fitted wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom.
The Milestone – Step inside this contemporary three bedroom property and you will feel right at home. From the hall, you can see directly through the bi-folding doors to the quality turfed garden at the rear. The ground floor boasts an open plan design. The living and dining area are generous spaces where you can relax. Upstairs, you can find three good-sized bedrooms, two doubles and a single, as well as a family bathroom. Bedroom one has an ensuite bathroom and fitted wardrobes. Selected homes have the added benefit of a garage.
The Gable – is a premium four bedroom home. The hallway leads through to the free-flowing kitchen, dining and family area. A set of French and bi-folding doors mean the family area is filled with light and provides great entertaining space. There is a separate living room with a further set of French doors to the rear turfed garden and patio area. On the first floor, there are three double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom. The first bedroom has fitted wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom. This home has the added benefit of a separate garage.
The Oak is a spacious and stylish four bedroom home. The hall leads through to an open plan dining and kitchen area, complete withbi-folding doors to the rear turfed garden. A set of double doors lead to the living room, which has plenty of room to relax and enjoy family time. On the first floor, there are three double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom. Bedroom one has a good-size ensuite bathroom and a set of fitted wardrobes. This home has the added benefit of an exterior garage.
*Please see a member of staff for the Help to Buy terms and conditions
Buying your new home before it has been built, often known as off-plan has become increasingly popular. Not only for individual home owners, but for corporate investors to achieve greater returns, but some are discouraged by the idea of buying a product they haven’t seen.
As the government drives to get more new builds onto the market, more people from major investors to first time buyers are weighing up the pros and cons of buying property off plan.
Off plan purchasers are becoming progressively commonplace, although it isn’t as straightforward as traditional house-buying, with advances in technology, developers such as Burrington Estates New Homes offer computer generated images (CGIs) so the purchaser can visualise the finished product, plus virtual tours bringing the homes to life using 3D imagery. The financial advantages of investment can outweigh any uncertainty, buying off plan enables purchasers to secure high quality properties before they are built at the most competitive prices as opposed to buying second hand, meaning the best potential profits. Buying this pro-actively during process also provides an option of personalisation, with more choice available such as kitchen ranges, flooring, bathroom and technology choices.
To view the latest developments of Burrington Estates and off plan sites, such as Upbury Grange in Yetminster, Dorset please visit www.burringtonestates.com/newhomes
The number of new homes available is at a 10 year low, with many of these properties unavailable on the affordable homes market. In a bid to tackle this crisis, we are proud to be creating 26 affordable properties at our latest development in Truro, Trispen Meadows.
Working in partnership with LiveWest, the South West’s largest provider of affordable homes, has enabled local families to access the new homes at Trispen Meadows. LiveWest have over 36,000 homes across the region and will manage the rented and shared ownership homes at the scheme.
Our ongoing partnership with LiveWest and Ocean Housing, who supported the 10 affordable homes at nearby development Penrose View, is the start of many collaborations with affordable homes providers, both in Cornwall and across the South West in Devon and Dorset.
Increasing affordable housing in the region forms part of Cornwall Council’s key areas for development. The county was awarded the second highest national allocation of New Homes Bonus in 2017, ensuring more new affordable homes become available. Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member representing the area including St Erme and Trispen, said: “I am delighted with this development. It meets a long overdue need for local affordable housing. The property designs and layout of the site are excellent. I’m sure tenants and owners will be very pleased with their new homes. I wish them well.”
David Matthews, Development Director at Burrington Estates New Homes, said, “We have built a great partnership with LiveWest that we hope to continue to strengthen as we build more homes across the region. Affordable housing is absolutely vital to the growth of the housing market in Truro, and we’re proud to offer an average of 30% affordable new homes on our developments.”
Shaun Marsden, Site Manager at Trispen Meadows, spoke for the whole team, “Whether we are welcoming new homeowners or tenants moving into their rented or shared ownership homes, our main aim is to create wonderful communities where people feel welcome and, most importantly, at home.”
Trispen Meadows is a collection of 85 new homes within the delightful village of Trispen. With nearby access to Truro, popular seaside towns and the Cornish countryside, the new homes have been greatly received on the open market. Each of the homes have been designed to be in keeping with the local surroundings and make use of local materials.
Work on the £2.75 million scheme began in October 2017 with the first new affordable homes handed over in November of this year.
Executive Director at LiveWest, Russell Baldwinson, said “We are delighted to be working alongside Burrington Estates. We are really impressed with the scheme and the quality of the homes. Our customers will be delighted.”
Open market properties at Trispen Meadows, a mix of two, three and four bedroom new homes, are available from £210,000. Help to buy, part exchange and a range of assisted purchase schemes are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on Cornwall Council’s commitment to affordable housing is available here: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/housing/affordable-housing/
LiveWest provides over 36, 000 homes to over 70, 000 people throughout the south west from Gloucester to the Isles of Scilly. LiveWest has plans to build 16, 000 homes in the area over the next 10 years, developing new homes of all tenures including low-cost rent and sale, market rent and sale, and a range of supported housing and intermediate housing products creating choice and flexibility. As well as developing new homes LiveWest continues to invest in existing properties and communities. Through the stability of good housing, we place better living for better lives at the centre of our mission both today and for generations to come. At LiveWest we believe in a home for everyone.