Author: Liz Paice

Marble Hill, English heritage. villa, Twickenham, Thames, historic
Historic buildings

Marble Hill

Marble Hill is a historic house and gardens lying on the north bank of the River Thames in Twickenham.  It has recently  been reopened by English Heritage after an eight million pound refurbishment programme funded mainly by the National Lottery. Although not a large villa, it is well worth a

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Environment

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a botanical garden in west London. It was first created by Princess Augusta in 1759 and from the beginning its royal patronage meant that money was available for collecting plants from all over the world and for building greenhouses and features such as the pagoda. George III

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Environment

Hosepipe Bans

Low summer rainfall July 2022 was the driest July in England since 1911 – 16mm  of rain fell in England which was only 25% of the normal amount.  East Anglia and southeast England both had considerably less rain than usual. Since the start of 2022, only February has had average

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tennis, tennis tournament, lawn tennis, Wimbledon, queue, professional,
Events

Tennis Tournaments

What are tennis tournaments? Tennis tournaments are opportunities for players to display their skills at hitting a ball with a racket over a net on a rectangular court.  Singles are between two opponents and doubles are between four. Points are awarded to a player or team whenever the opponent fails

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Environment

Orange Sunsets

Orange Sunsets A few times a year we are lucky enough to see spectacular sunsets when the sky is painted brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. The colours can be enhanced by Saharan dust blown in from Africa or from volcanic ash. Why do Orange Sunsets occur? The explanation lies is

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Animals

Garden Ponds

Garden ponds bring so much to the environment and to our lives. By creating a pond, what ever its size, you will have a source of interest every day of the year.  Choose a site that is sunny but also partially in the shade. Mark out the area with a

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Environment

Suburban Homes

Suburban Homes The UK has a shortage of  homes. This is because of an increase in the population and in the number of households. The government and local authorities  want more homes to be built particularly in existing suburban areas. This is to protect the countryside from being built upon.

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Environment

Global Shift and Climate Change

Global shift and climate change are linked to the behaviour of the jet stream. As the pattern of weather changes so does the type of farming that can be practiced. What is global shift? Global shift, also known as climate change,  is the large-scale, long-term shift in the planet’s weather

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Environment

Show Gardens

Show gardens are found at garden shows such as the Chelsea Flower Show held annually in London. They are created by garden designers to showcase new ideas in garden design as well as new plants and flowers. The public views them in the same way as looking at a piece

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Environment

Plastic Waste in Rivers

A growing problem in the UK is the amount of plastic that ends up in rivers.  Plastic is not biodegradable and so builds up either on the surface of the water or sinks to the bottom. Plastic bottles, take-away containers, packaging and discarded toys pollute our waterways. This pollution not

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