Properties in Shepton Mallet

With the sun returning for most at the weekend after the latest excessive downpour, it’s a good time to get our gardens looking less bedraggled (Unsplash)

A long, wet, Winter followed by a long, wet Spring means millions of British gardens are suffering from the catastrophic effects of waterlogging, damaged plants, and bug infestations.

According to data from, the reliable way to hire tradespeople, nearly a fifth (17 per cent) of UK residents said their lawns were ruined, while 15 per cent said their plants and trees had been damaged. According to government statistics, the 18-month period starting in November 2022 and ending in April 2024, has been the wettest on record (since 1871).

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Chard in Somerset (Photo: Chard Town Council)

Chard in Somerset has been identified as the leading property hotspot in the UK, with an impressive 123% increase in house prices from 2023.

The town's average house price now stands at £245,202, according to Rightmove. This significant rise places Chard at the forefront of Rightmove's list, ahead of Hilton in Derbyshire and Padgate in Cheshire, which both saw an increase of 112%.

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 Together, we can make a difference, turning our shared vision for a sustainable lifestyle into a reality.

Sustainable living is gaining momentum among Shepton Mallet residents, who collectively work towards an eco-friendlier existence. This shift is rooted in a strong community desire to diminish environmental impacts through mindful daily practices. Integrating technology is central to achieving this greener lifestyle, which emerges as a beacon of innovation for enhancing energy efficiency, minimising waste, and improving resource management across homes. 

We can make significant strides towards our shared sustainability goals by adopting these technological innovations. This journey towards eco-conscious living is not just about making our homes smarter; it's about realigning our lives with the principles of environmental stewardship. 

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Seven home improvements to boost your house price this Spring

After a period of falling house prices, it seems the new year has seen a positive upturn in the property market. Reports are suggesting that prices are set to rise again in 2024, thanks to easing inflation and a confidence boost from a General Election which is likely to have property as a key agenda item. 

So if you've had your house sale on pause over the past couple of years, now could be a good time to list your home for sale. 

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Searches for home renovations have tripled this year, as a cheaper alternative to homebuying

Home Improvements: Avoid a £50,000 Fine with Expert Advice

Searches for home renovations have tripled this year, as a cheaper alternative to homebuying. Beware! Simple home modifications can potentially land you with fines up to £50,000. This isn't just about major renovations; even something as seemingly straightforward as a loft conversion can be fraught with legal pitfalls warns Every Investor expert, Bert Hofhuis.

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Mel Lewis

Navigating the maze of house buying can be a daunting task.

That's why we've turned to Melanie Lewis, a local property expert, who kindly agreed to answer some of the most Googled questions about buying a house. From understanding how much you can borrow to decoding the intricacies of Stamp Duty, Melanie offers her insights to simplify this often-complicated process.

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Residents of Cookswood will have access to a host of private facilities.

An exclusive collection of luxurious, sustainable, detached, architect-designed freehold holiday homes has hit the market at Bector Lane, Stoke St Michael with prices ranging from £490,000 to £2,000,000.

If you've ever aspired to build your dream home, Cookswood offers seven distinct property designs for you to choose from. Their range covers everything from cosy cottages to lavish house exteriors, ensuring you'll find the perfect fit for your architectural vision.

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Mel Lewis offers bespoke services, local insights, and innovative use of digital platforms.

In a UK housing market where affordability is tightening and the property landscape is ever-changing, Mel Lewis, a personal estate agent with eXp UK, is making a name for herself by offering a bespoke and highly personalised service to home buyers and sellers in the Shepton Mallet area.

Reflecting on the market, Lewis comments, "With the housing market becoming more challenging, an increasing number of buyers are now starting to look a bit further afield."

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