Council orders family to tear down illegal ‘eco-friendly’ bike shed

Council orders family to tear down illegal ‘eco-friendly’ bike shed in front garden after it was built without permission and is ‘not in keeping with Victorian character of the area’

  • Kavi and Mita Pujara are in a ‘David vs Goliath’ battle with Leicester City Council 
  • Over wooden shed they erected outside their Stoneygate Road home for bikes
  • Officials wrote to them in February telling them they should not have built shed

A family have been ordered to dismantle the eco-bike storage shed they built in their front garden during lockdown by the council.  

Kavi and Mita Pujara claim they are in a ‘David vs Goliath’ battle with Leicester City Council over the small structure which they erected outside their Stoneygate Road home to keep their cycles safe.

Council officials wrote to them in February telling them they should not have built the bespoke timber shed – which has a sedum grass roof – without seeking planning permission.

They said because the family live in a conservation area where planning restrictions are tighter, permission would likely not have been granted in any case.

Kavi and Mita Pujara are in a ‘David vs Goliath’ battle with Leicester City Council over the small structure they erected outside their Stoneygate Road home 

They have also been warned they could face enforcement action if they leave the shed standing.

The couple are now battling to save the shed and more than 300 people, from all over the city and country, have written to the city council supporting their retrospective application to be allowed to keep it.

Mr Pujara said: ‘We put the shed up in September, when because of lockdown, cycling was about the only thing we could get out and do.

‘We now know we should have applied for permission at the time – and we are doing that now – but we didn’t just throw it up.

‘It wasn’t cheap. We did our research.

‘We found a sustainable eco-friendly shed which we think looks really good.

‘The council is giving out mixed messages – on the one hand saying it wants to encourage environmentally friendly transport while then threatening people over their bike storage.’

The Pujaras say the storage shed – which they intend to camouflage with ivy – is the only way they and their children Milan, 12, and ten-year-old Anamika – can realistically get their bikes from their home to the street.

Mrs Pujara said: ‘If we want to bring all four bikes out of the back of the houses we have sets of steps – and gates and locks.

‘We timed it. It takes 15 minutes to get them out and ready.

The couple have also been warned they could face enforcement action if they leave the shed standing

The couple have also been warned they could face enforcement action if they leave the shed standing

‘The kids can’t do it without help. From the shed it takes seconds and the children can be away pedalling. It’s liberating and empowering for them.’

Mr Pujara added: ‘There’s a real disconnect between departments at the council.

‘There’s no joined up thinking.

‘You can’t say ‘We want people to cycle’ but then say ‘You can’t safely store your bikes outside your home’.’

He added: ‘The shed is not an eyesore – it looks better than the parking car parking spaces other people have created in front of the homes on the street and they are permanent.

‘Our little wooden shed is temporary. I could take it down in no time but we are trying to make a point.’

City councillor Lindsay Broadwell has urged people to support the family’s cause. 

She said: ‘Today in Leicester putting a bike shed in your garden is apparently a planning breach, according to the council.

‘We simultaneously want to encourage cycling but want to make it hard for people to store their bikes safely? But cars on-street is fine?

‘You can write in support of the family and I encourage you to do so.

‘The council’s line is ‘it’s not in keeping with the Victorian character of the area’-the Victorians invented and popularised cycling. And sheds, for that matter.’

A city council spokesperson said: ‘The householders have submitted a retrospective planning application regarding the bike shed, which will be considered in the usual way.

‘No recommendation has yet been made on the application.’ 

The family has also written to Leicester mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and his deputy mayor Adam Clarke asking them to intervene to allow the shed to remain.

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Ludicrous travel reviews from entitled people who had unrealistic expectations

Should have just stayed at home! Reviews from ridiculously entitled travellers include complaints that a beach was too sandy, curry was served in India and a canoe had no toilet

  • People from all over the world shared their very entitled travel reviews online 
  • One person complained the brochure didn’t mention ‘white’ sand or mosquitoes
  • Another one holidaying in Spain complained were too many Spanish speakers  

Many of us are hoping to escape for a summer holiday abroad this year, as lockdown restrictions ease, but these hilarious travel reviews prove that some people are better off staying at home. 

Entitled tourists from around the world have complained of sandy white beaches that were ‘too sandy,’ Indian restaurants serving too much curry, and mountains being too steep in a hilarious gallery collated by Constative

One person moaned that the legendary panting of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, which is on show at the Louvre Museum in Paris, was too small, while another was aggrieved at being bitten by a mosquito.

Perhaps one of the strangest bugbears was from a hotel quest who disapproved of the shape their towel was folded in because they ‘don’t like swans’.  

Constative has collected the funniest reviews posted online by entitled tourists from around the world, including one who was baffled that hot air balloon rides didn’t come with a disclaimer they were not suited for people who were scared of heights 

Sorry Leonardo, but you could have done better. One aggrieved art lover was not impressed by the size of the famous Mona Lisa at The Louvre in Paris

Sorry Leonardo, but you could have done better. One aggrieved art lover was not impressed by the size of the famous Mona Lisa at The Louvre in Paris  

Life's not a beach: An eagle-eyed holidaymaker who was expecting a 'yellow' sand was disappointed to find it was more of a pale shade

Life’s not a beach: An eagle-eyed holidaymaker who was expecting a ‘yellow’ sand was disappointed to find it was more of a pale shade 

Biting review! One critic was not happy that the holiday brochure failed to warn that they might encounter a mosquito on their travels

Biting review! One critic was not happy that the holiday brochure failed to warn that they might encounter a mosquito on their travels  

Water lot of bother! A holidaymaker somehow failed to realise that there would be no bathroom on board their canoe

Water lot of bother! A holidaymaker somehow failed to realise that there would be no bathroom on board their canoe  

Que? It's unclear what this tourist was expecting of their trip to Spain, but it seems they didn't havet he foresight to realise not everyone would speak English

Que? It’s unclear what this tourist was expecting of their trip to Spain, but it seems they didn’t havet he foresight to realise not everyone would speak English  

Swanning off! A hotel customer took offence at a swan made out of a towel one of the maids had left behind as decorative touch

Swanning off! A hotel customer took offence at a swan made out of a towel one of the maids had left behind as decorative touch 

If you don't like curry, don't Goa there! One tourist complained that there was too much spicy food on offer on their tripe to India

If you don’t like curry, don’t Goa there! One tourist complained that there was too much spicy food on offer on their tripe to India  

Something fishy! A concerned parents said they were not expecting to see fish in the water, and that it scared their children

Something fishy! A concerned parents said they were not expecting to see fish in the water, and that it scared their children 

One person got upset at basic geography after saying it was 'unfair' that it only took Americans three hours to go to Jamaica while it was taking Britons nine hours

One person got upset at basic geography after saying it was ‘unfair’ that it only took Americans three hours to go to Jamaica while it was taking Britons nine hours 

Pooling resources! Some people decided to book a trip to a water park, but didn't think to pack swimsuits or towels for it

Pooling resources! Some people decided to book a trip to a water park, but didn’t think to pack swimsuits or towels for it 

What were you expecting? Tourists in Europe were dismayed when an incredibly cheap pair of Ray-bans they bought for five euros turned out to be counterfeit

What were you expecting? Tourists in Europe were dismayed when an incredibly cheap pair of Ray-bans they bought for five euros turned out to be counterfeit 

One person tried a hotel phone shortcut on their cellphone, and complained when it didn't work

One person tried a hotel phone shortcut on their cellphone, and complained when it didn’t work 

One tourist said they didn't appreciate the Mediterranean tradition of 'siestas,' where shopkeepers close their shops for a few hours in the afternoon for an after-lunch nap

One tourist said they didn’t appreciate the Mediterranean tradition of ‘siestas,’ where shopkeepers close their shops for a few hours in the afternoon for an after-lunch nap 

Note: if you're going rafting, don't bring expensive leather goods with you, pictured, because there is every chance the water will get them wet

Note: if you’re going rafting, don’t bring expensive leather goods with you, pictured, because there is every chance the water will get them wet

Safari not so goody - A tourist who had booked a safari regretted they only had seen antelopes and no 'good animals'

Safari not so goody – A tourist who had booked a safari regretted they only had seen antelopes and no ‘good animals’ 

Don't tell them about Everest! One person complained the mountain they decided to climb was too steep and had too many trees

Don’t tell them about Everest! One person complained the mountain they decided to climb was too steep and had too many trees

One entitled person complained the beach they went too had too much sand and created too much of a mess to clean

One entitled person complained the beach they went too had too much sand and created too much of a mess to clean

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Prince William to attend FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium

Prince William to attend FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium along with 20,000 supporters as part of the last pilot event for return of fans in stadiums

  • Prince William will attend this weekend’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium
  • The Duke of Cambridge is the president of the FA and attend the final every year
  • The final will be contested by Chelsea and Leicester City on Saturday afternoon
  • The Duke will be joined by 20,000 socially-distanced supporters at Wembley 
  • This year’s final is the last UK Government pilot event ahead of the return of fans

Prince William will be attending this weekend’s FA Cup final along with 20,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium. 

The final, which will be contested by Chelsea and Leicester City, is the final pilot test event ahead of the regular return of fans from May 17, as per the UK Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 

The Duke of Cambridge is the president of the Football Association (FA) and attends the Wembley showpiece event every year and presents the winning team with the trophy. 

Prince William will attend this weekend’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester City

More to follow.  

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Luxury £1million Eco-mansion featured on Grand Designs transformed into B&B

This stunning eco-mansion once featured on the tv show Grand Designs has been renovated to attract soap stars and footballers – and for just over £300 per night, you could stay there too. 

Called the Dome House, the luxury £1m property nestled in the countryside of Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria offers the perfect staycation as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. 

The award winning property, which featured on Grand Designs in 2010, comes complete with three luxurious suites, a private apartment and the one-of-a-kind ‘Dome Room’ – a large open space for all guests to use – which features a log fire, bar and large windows overlooking the Lake District and the hills of Bowness. 

The luxury £1m property in the countryside of Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria offers the perfect staycation

There is also a swimming pool, an outdoor picnic area complete with a fireplace, and a fully functional kitchen in the private apartment. 

Recently named ‘Most Romantic Getaway 2021’ in the Luxury BnB Magazine awards, it has previously been stayed in by a well-known soap actress and an ex-FA cup winning manager. 

The retreat is situated just under a mile away from the World of Beatrix Potter and is close to the iconic Lake Windermere. 

It’s also just 41 miles away from Blackpool International Airport.

The stunning property offers amazing views overlooking the Lake District and the hills of Bowness

The stunning property offers amazing views overlooking the Lake District and the hills of Bowness

The property has its own indoor swimming pool and a 'Dome Room' - a beautiful indoor open space with incredible views

The property has its own indoor swimming pool and a ‘Dome Room’ – a beautiful indoor open space with incredible views 

The property has three luxurious suites complete with bathroom facilities, all boasting fantastic countryside views

The property has three luxurious suites complete with bathroom facilities, all boasting fantastic countryside views 

Since featuring on Grand Designs more than 10 years ago, the property has undergone an extensive renovation

Since featuring on Grand Designs more than 10 years ago, the property has undergone an extensive renovation

Since featuring on Grand Designs more than 10 years ago, the property has undergone an extensive renovation, which transformed the property from a magnificent home to a beautiful guest house. 

Its previous owner, architect Robert Gaukroger, built Dome House in 2010 after buying a plot of land from his neighbour, Jane Moore.  

But, the building was abandoned and left in a state of disrepair after a dispute which saw Mr Gaukroger owe Ms Moore £55,000 in legal fees.   

The dispute claimed that Dome House was built over a piece of land that Ms Moore still owned.

With lockdown restrictions lifting, the Dome House could be the perfect getaway for those looking for a staycation in the UK

With lockdown restrictions lifting, the Dome House could be the perfect getaway for those looking for a staycation in the UK 

After being left to fall into a state of disrepair, the property has been completely refurbished to a high standard

After being left to fall into a state of disrepair, the property has been completely refurbished to a high standard 

The beautiful stain glassed windows are a feature throughout the property, and make for stunning pictures at night

The beautiful stain glassed windows are a feature throughout the property, and make for stunning pictures at night 

The Dome House can sleep up to 10 people and has attention to detail throughout, carrying themes from room to room

The Dome House can sleep up to 10 people and has attention to detail throughout, carrying themes from room to room 

Now owned and operated by Phil and Joyce McGuire, a one night stay will cost anywhere up from £209 per night

Now owned and operated by Phil and Joyce McGuire, a one night stay will cost anywhere up from £209 per night

In addition, Mr Gaukroger is said to have not informed Ms Moore about his plans to use the property as a B&B, and removed the house from booking sites as he tried to sell it on in order to pay back the £600,000 loan he owed.

Ms Moore also claims she was left with a £10,000 repair bill after the front gate to the entrance of her property was damaged by builders. 

Now owned and operated by husband and wife Phil and Joyce McGuire, a one night stay at the beautiful property will cost anywhere up from £209 per night. 

A three night romantic getaway for two couples could cost £313 each.  

A private kitchen area comes complete with a dining table with large windows showcasing the beautiful scenery

A private kitchen area comes complete with a dining table with large windows showcasing the beautiful scenery 

The property comes complete with a private apartment, boasting its own kitchen and comfortable and plush living space

The property comes complete with a private apartment, boasting its own kitchen and comfortable and plush living space 

Attention to detail is found throughout the property, which has been transformed since its days on TV show Grand Design

Attention to detail is found throughout the property, which has been transformed since its days on TV show Grand Design 

Up until 2016, the property was in a state of disrepair, but has now been fully kitted out with modern features

Up until 2016, the property was in a state of disrepair, but has now been fully kitted out with modern features

The mansion has played host to a number of celebrities, including a soap star and an ex-FA cup manager

The mansion has played host to a number of celebrities, including a soap star and an ex-FA cup manager 

‘Dome House is an exclusive and luxurious boutique guest house. The one-of-a-kind design is an iconic feature in the hills of Bowness and offers spectacular views over Windermere,’ the listing reads.

‘Featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, Dome House is a unique experience in an incredible setting.

‘Starting life as an architect’s dream of building a state of the art eco-house, Dome House was a futuristic masterpiece of design. Dome House welcomes guests looking for something unique in the Lake District.’

Stained glass windows feature throughout the home, making for a gorgeous setting when the sun sets

Stained glass windows feature throughout the home, making for a gorgeous setting when the sun sets

Two yobs with an ‘air rifle’ spark ‘lock down’ of Catholic School

Two yobs with an ‘air rifle’ spark ‘lock down’ of Catholic School: Police race to scene as pupils ‘hide under tables’

  • St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy in Lincoln was put on lockdown
  • Police descended on Catholic secondary amid reports of ‘youths with air rifle’
  • School said all students and staff are ‘safe and well’ while police remain in area 

A Catholic secondary school in Lincoln was put on lockdown for an hour today amid reports of two yobs suspected of carrying an air rifle. 

Armed officers descended on St Peter and St Paul’s Catholic Voluntary Academy at 9.30am after police received reports of armed youths.

They carried out a search but have not located any weapons and have made no arrests. A heavy police presence remains in the area. 

Frightened students tweeted that they had been hiding under tables for almost an hour and described a ‘guy outside church with an air rifle’.  

Another posted: ‘I’m so scared even though it’s probably nothing.’ The school has confirmed all students and staff are ‘safe and well’.  

Armed officers descended on St Peter and St Paul’s Catholic Voluntary Academy at 9.30am after police received reports of armed youths. No weapons have been found 

In a statement, Lincolnshire Police said it received a report of two youths, ‘one of whom was thought to be carrying what may have been be an air rifle’, near St Peter and St Paul’s Catholic Academy.

Armed officers were deployed to the area and carried out a thorough search following the report just before 9.30am, a spokesperson said. 

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Davison said: ‘We understand this incident may have been very concerning for the pupils at the school, parents and local residents. 

‘We do not believe there is any ongoing risk to the public. We take any reports of this nature extremely seriously and will always deploy specialist trained officers as a precautionary measure.

‘Local officers will be in the area throughout the day to offer reassurance to the public and they will be happy to speak with anyone who may have any concerns.

‘We would like to thank the public for their support with our inquiries.’

Lincolnshire Police said it received a report of two youths, 'one of whom was thought to be carrying what may have been be an air rifle', near St Peter and St Paul's Catholic Academy

Lincolnshire Police said it received a report of two youths, ‘one of whom was thought to be carrying what may have been be an air rifle’, near St Peter and St Paul’s Catholic Academy 

In a statement released on Facebook, acting headteacher Matthew Turton said: ‘Please be aware that the Police directed St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy to go into a lockdown at 9:30am this morning due to suspicious activity outside of, but in the vicinity to, the school grounds. 

‘This lockdown lasted for one hour when, under Police direction, we were informed to come out of the lockdown at 10:30am. 

‘There has been, and will continue to be, a Police presence in the area. 

‘All students and staff in the school are safe and well; please be assured that the safety of everyone connected to the Academy is my paramount priority at all times. Education will now continue as normal for the rest of the day.’

The school declined to comment further when approached by MailOnline. 

St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy, which was founded in 1959, is home to some 660 pupils and also has a sixth firm.

It is located to the south of Lincoln in the Boultham Moor area.   

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Police put Catholic school on ‘lock down’ due to ‘man firing air rifle’

Police put Catholic school on ‘lock down’ due to ‘man firing air rifle’: Head reveals officers raced to scene due to ‘suspicious activity in the vicinity’ 

A Catholic secondary school in Lincoln was put on lockdown today for an hour amid reports of a man firing an air rifle. 

Officers descended on St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy at 9.30am ‘due to suspicious activity outside of, but in the vicinity to, the school grounds’. 

All students and staff in the school are reported as safe and well. 

One student had tweeted: ‘Our school is on lockdown and we’ve been hiding under the tables for almost an hour.’  

MailOnline has contacted Lincolnshire Police for further information. 

In a statement released on Facebook, acting headteacher Matthew Turton said: ‘Please be aware that the Police directed St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy to go into a lockdown at 9:30am this morning due to suspicious activity outside of, but in the vicinity to, the school grounds. 

‘This lockdown lasted for one hour when, under Police direction, we were informed to come out of the lockdown at 10:30am. 

‘There has been, and will continue to be, a Police presence in the area. 

‘All students and staff in the school are safe and well; please be assured that the safety of everyone connected to the Academy is my paramount priority at all times. 

‘Education will now continue as normal for the rest of the day.’ 

This is a breaking news story. More to follow… 

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Chelsea Flower Show will recognise veranda displays for the first time

Balconies in bloom! Chelsea Flower Show will recognise veranda displays for the first time after flat-dwellers discovered gardening during lockdown

  • Balconies to be recognised for first time in a nod to flat-dwellers in lockdown  
  • The Royal Horticultural Society also introduced a ‘container garden’ category
  • The event will take place in the autumn which is the first time in 108 years 

We’re used to seeing designers pushing boundaries to scoop a coveted medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. This year they might not even need a garden to stand a chance of winning.

Balconies will be recognised for the first time in a nod to flat-dwellers who discovered their green-fingers during lockdown. It is something of a contrast to the huge designs at Chelsea in recent years including the reproduction of a Tuscan quarry and another that came with a canal lock.

The Royal Horticultural Society, which organises the show, has also introduced a ‘container garden’ category for those lacking outdoor space – but not ambition. The new categories will feature in this year’s event, which will take place in autumn for the first time in 108 years.

Balconies will be recognised for the first time in a nod to flat-dwellers who discovered their green-fingers during lockdown

The showcase, from September 21-26, will also feature several gardens with a medical theme, including a tribute to modern-day nursing.

While for many blocks of flats the balcony is a blank spot where an old ironing board or maybe a rusty bike takes centre stage, in countries such as Japan and Singapore, apartment-dwellers make great efforts to have pockets of green several storeys up.

Gemma Lake, show manager for Chelsea, said: ‘A lot of people who have become interested in gardening love to see show gardens, but have very small gardens.

‘We noticed a huge increase in people who have become interested in gardening, a lot of whom are new home owners or renting in cities so we thought it would be really nice to have a balcony gardens category as a great inspiration for people starting out in their own properties.

It is something of a contrast to the huge designs at Chelsea in recent years. (Pictured, Lupins (Lupinus) at Chelsea Flower Show)

It is something of a contrast to the huge designs at Chelsea in recent years. (Pictured, Lupins (Lupinus) at Chelsea Flower Show)

‘It will be an opportunity for people to see what they can do.’

There will be five balcony gardens which will be 5 metres by 2 (16.5ft x 6.5 ft) and they will appear to look as though they are balconies on the side of a block of flats.

The containers category is another nod to younger people on the move – featuring a 4 metre by 3 metre (14ft by 10ft) space which will feature plants in pots and boxes.

The RHS has already introduced a houseplants category in a nod to the many people who garden indoors.

Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Shows & Gardens: ‘Millions more people turned to gardening this year so we have introduced these two new categories to ensure there is something for everyone at this year’s show.’

The flower show will also feature several gardens with a medical theme. They will include The Florence Nightingale Garden – A Celebration of Modern Day Nursing by Robert Myers which will highlight how plants can aid recovery from illness, and an NHS Tribute Garden designed by Naomi Ferrett Cohen.

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How to turn your cosmetics into carnations thanks to the growing eco trend that’s really taken root

With an unwavering spotlight on the environment, the quiet months of lockdown have resulted in some ingenious, climate-friendly inventions.

The latest eco-craze is plantable seed-infused materials. Cover them in a sprinkling of earth, water them, and in a few weeks you are rewarded with a crop of fresh flowers or herbs. Here are some of the most innovative options…

PLANT OUT YOUR WEDDING INVITE

Greeting cards, from £3.95, theseedcardcompany.com

PLANT OUT YOUR WEDDING INVITE: Recycled paper embedded with wildflower or herb seeds and used for wedding invites, confetti, business cards, greetings cards (pictured)

What is it? Recycled paper embedded with wildflower or herb seeds and used for wedding invites, confetti, business cards, greetings cards.

The story behind it: The Seed Card Company uses upcycled paper waste printed with vegan ink (so it doesn’t introduce toxins into the earth) embedded with wildflower seeds such as bird’s eye, black-eyed Susan, catchfly, snapdragon and sweet alyssum to create a variety of cards and printable stationery.

‘There’s been a sharp increase in awareness of sustainable products and packaging,’ says co-founder Kay Patel.

‘The pandemic means people have had time to think about the environment and different ways of living, and this seeded paper is part of that process. Every sheet you plant tells a story.’

The Seed Card Company team is also planting trees in order to offset the carbon footprint of production.

GROWTH MARKET IN PENCIL PLANTING

Sprout Plant Your Pencil kit of five pencils, £9, amazon.co.uk

GROWTH MARKET IN PENCIL PLANTING: Ordinary pencils made from wood and graphite but which have a cellulose ‘pouch’ at the end (where the eraser would be), filled with seeds such as basil, cherry tomato, chia, sage, thyme, coriander, carnation, daisy and forget-me-nots

GROWTH MARKET IN PENCIL PLANTING: Ordinary pencils made from wood and graphite but which have a cellulose ‘pouch’ at the end (where the eraser would be), filled with seeds such as basil, cherry tomato, chia, sage, thyme, coriander, carnation, daisy and forget-me-nots

What is it? Ordinary pencils made from wood and graphite but which have a cellulose ‘pouch’ at the end (where the eraser would be), filled with seeds such as basil, cherry tomato, chia, sage, thyme, coriander, carnation, daisy and forget-me-nots.

The story behind it: The main manufacturer, Sprout World, is based in Denmark and also sells plantable eyeliner pencils.

It is developing a plantable lip liner, too (available in the UK later this year, shop.sproutworld.com). Founder Michael Stausholm says: ‘A plantable pencil is a great way to make sustainability easy to understand for everyone. Instead of throwing something out, you are literally using it to give new life.’

Guess jeans recently gave a sprouting pencil to everyone who bought jeans from its eco-denim range.

To plant your pencil, simply stick the seed capsule end into a pot of soil at a 30-degree angle, place in a warm spot and keep the soil moist.

FLOWERS FROM A FACE MASK

Marie Bee Bloom Face Masks, 15 euros (£13) for five, mariebeebloom.com, Currently only available in the EU, but there are plans to ship worldwide soon

Marie Bee Bloom Face Masks, 15 euros (£13) for five, mariebeebloom.com, Currently only available in the EU, but there are plans to ship worldwide soon

Marie Bee Bloom Face Masks, 15 euros (£13) for five, mariebeebloom.com, Currently only available in the EU, but there are plans to ship worldwide soon

What is it? A compostable face covering made from seed-infused rice paper with sheep’s wool ties and stamped with biodegradable ink. Expect a Dutch meadow mix of asters, cornflower, coreopsis, gilia, gypsophila and dill.

The story behind it: These are created by Marianne de Groot-Pons, a graphic designer with the Pons Ontwerp agency based in Utrecht, in the Netherlands.

She says: ‘After weeks of tripping over all the blue disposable masks on the street, I woke up one morning to the idea of a biodegradable face mask with flower seeds in it.’

FRESH HERB CANDLE COVERS

FRESH HERB CANDLE COVERS: Each of the two candles (made from organic soy wax with cotton wicks) in the Plant A Tree collection comes with a recycled seed paper ‘dust cover’ embedded with basil seeds

FRESH HERB CANDLE COVERS: Each of the two candles (made from organic soy wax with cotton wicks) in the Plant A Tree collection comes with a recycled seed paper ‘dust cover’ embedded with basil seeds

Plant A Tree collection candle, £13.99, thelighthouseuk.com

What is it? Each of the two candles (made from organic soy wax with cotton wicks) in the Plant A Tree collection comes with a recycled seed paper ‘dust cover’ embedded with basil seeds.

The story behind it: The discs of recycled paper keep dust off the candle when not in use and carry planting instructions for when the candle is finished. Simply fill the glass jar with a layer of pebbles, then soil, and plant the paper disc. Water and the seeds will grow.

The same basil-seeded dust covers are also available with Lilyreedcandles (£15 from etsy.com).

BEAUTY THAT TRULY BLOOMS

BEAUTY THAT TRULY BLOOMS: This clay mask comes in a glass jar inside a compostable and plantable box, which is embedded with wildflower seeds

BEAUTY THAT TRULY BLOOMS: This clay mask comes in a glass jar inside a compostable and plantable box, which is embedded with wildflower seeds

The Detox face mask, £39.99, loopeco.com

What is it? A super-hydrating face mask packaged in cardboard that is embedded with wild chrysanthemum seeds.

The story behind it: This clay mask comes in a glass jar inside a compostable and plantable box, which is embedded with wildflower seeds. The face mask is 100 per cent natural, too.

Simply tear the box up and cover with 3mm of soil, place in a sunny spot, water often and watch flowers bloom.

‘Our product range contains wildflower extracts and oils chosen for their skin healing and replenishing properties,’ says Loopeco founder James Skipper. ‘So we were keen to construct a unique form of packaging that has the ability to give back to nature.’

Gwyneth Paltrow admits she ‘was drinking seven nights a week’ during quarantine

Gwyneth Paltrow admits she ‘was drinking seven nights a week’ during quarantine: ‘I went totally off the rails’

Everyone found different ways to cope during the brunt of the pandemic lockdown, and she was no different.

Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she indulged in ‘multiple drinks seven nights a week’ during the last year or so as she quarantined with her family, according to The Mirror.

The actress-turned-entrepreneur, 48, dubbed her drink of choice a ‘Buster Paltrow,’ which she named after her grandfather and contains ‘great quinoa whiskey.’

Hitting the sauce: Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she hit the bottle quite hard during the last year or so during the pandemic, with Goop quinoa whiskey cocktails

‘I drank alcohol during quarantine,’ the Oscar winner said.

‘I was drinking seven nights a week and making pasta and eating bread. I went totally off the rails.  

‘I mean, who drinks multiple drinks seven nights a week?’ she continued. ‘Like that’s not healthy. I love whiskey and I make this fantastic drink called the Buster Paltrow, which I named after my grandfather who loved whiskey sours.’

Seen in 2019: The actress-turned-entrepreneur, 48, dubbed her drink of choice a 'Buster Paltrow' and admitted that she would partake in alcohol seven nights a week

Seen in 2019: The actress-turned-entrepreneur, 48, dubbed her drink of choice a ‘Buster Paltrow’ and admitted that she would partake in alcohol seven nights a week

‘It’s this great quinoa whiskey from this distillery in Tennessee with maple syrup and lemon juice. It’s just heaven. I would have two of those every night of quarantine.’ 

Gwyneth specified she was ‘not, like, black-out’ drunk, but she admitted she still craves a cigarette when drinking. 

‘I miss it,’ she added. In the past, Paltrow had been known to indulge in just one cigarette a week amid all of her healthy living practices, in a show of moderation.

'I mean, who drinks multiple drinks seven nights a week?' she sais. 'Like that’s not healthy'; seen here in 2012

‘I mean, who drinks multiple drinks seven nights a week?’ she sais. ‘Like that’s not healthy’; seen here in 2012

Meanwhile, the Great Expectations star’s Netflix show The Goop Lab is currently prepping its second season, after being renewed by the streamer ‘by the skin of its teeth,’ according to a source at the publication.

The show premiered last January and created somewhat of a sensation with episodes describing mushroom trips and the like.

The series, which started off with six episodes in its first season, will unveil the second season later this year. 

Meanwhile: The Great Expectations star’s Netflix show The Goop Lab is currently prepping its second season, after being renewed by the streamer 'by the skin of its teeth'

Meanwhile: The Great Expectations star’s Netflix show The Goop Lab is currently prepping its second season, after being renewed by the streamer ‘by the skin of its teeth’

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Woman transforms her basic rooms into luxury living spaces

Changing rooms! Time lapse footage shows woman’s home change from bland living space to luxury abode after she took up DIY during lockdown

  • Woman transforms ordinary rooms into luxury living spaces in time-lapse clip
  • Lucy Tallyn, from Surrey, has a keen eye for decor which she showcases online
  • Footage shows Lucy taking basic rooms and completely transforming them

This talented woman transforms ordinary rooms into luxury living spaces in stunning time-lapse footage.

Lucy Tallyn, 33, from Surrey Hills, Surrey, has a keen eye for decor and after eight years in the fashion industry she is now a content creator, showcasing her room-transforming prowess on social media. 

Time-lapse videos show artistic Lucy taking basic living spaces and completely transforming them into unrecognisable luxury rooms.

The satisfying footage was captured through a large portion of the past year as Lucy utilised the lockdown to renovate her home and garden and the results speak for themselves.

Lucy's house after she decorated it

This talented woman transforms ordinary rooms (pictured left) into luxury living spaces (pictured right) in stunning time-lapse footage

Lucy Tallyn, 33, from Surrey Hills, Surrey, has a keen eye for decor and after eight years in the fashion industry she is now a content creator, showcasing her room-transforming prowess on social media

Pictured, her stairs after the renovation

Lucy Tallyn, 33, from Surrey Hills, Surrey, has a keen eye for decor and after eight years in the fashion industry she is now a content creator, showcasing her room-transforming prowess on social media. Pictured left and right, her stairs before and after the renovation

Thousands of Lucy’s followers on Instagram page @lucys-hillside-house have been amazed and inspired by the incredible renovations.

Lucy said: ‘I was furloughed for a large portion of 2020 and decided to use this time to renovate my home and garden. 

‘I filmed everything I did and posted it to social media. I love all of the projects that I’ve done and I’m so pleased with the finish given that I am a novice.

‘I have to say my garden is my favourite, even though it’s not finished and probably won’t be for a long time.

‘Renovating the garden has given us an outdoor space that we can use, which has been particularly useful during lockdown and the rule of six.’ 

Time-lapse videos show artistic Lucy (pictured) taking basic living spaces and completely transforming them into unrecognisable luxury rooms

Time-lapse videos show artistic Lucy (pictured) taking basic living spaces and completely transforming them into unrecognisable luxury rooms

The satisfying footage was captured through a large portion of the past year as Lucy utilised the lockdown to renovate her home and garden and the results speak for themselves. Pictured, Lucy's kitchen before the renovation

Lucy's kitchen after the renovation

The satisfying footage was captured through a large portion of the past year as Lucy utilised the lockdown to renovate her home and garden and the results speak for themselves. Pictured left and right, Lucy’s kitchen before and after the renovation 

Thousands of Lucy's followers on Instagram page @lucys-hillside-house have been amazed and inspired by the incredible renovations. Pictured, Lucy's garden before the makeover

Lucy's garden after the makeover

Thousands of Lucy’s followers on Instagram page @lucys-hillside-house have been amazed and inspired by the incredible renovations. Pictured left to right, Lucy’s garden before and after the makeover

She continued: ‘Usually the biggest challenge would be finding the time to do the projects, especially when you have a full time job. I was lucky that I had been furloughed for most of my projects.

Speaking about the reaction she has received so far, Lucy said: ‘Friends, family and my Instagram community always seem so excited to see what I’ve been up to and are so supportive.

‘After steadily growing my social media accounts over the last year, I am shocked at how I’ve suddenly gained 45,000 Instagram followers in three weeks because of my videos.

‘It is amazing to think that I have a following of such warm and caring people who I enjoy interacting with on a daily basis.

‘My videos are about sharing ideas on what you can do with a space and showing people that if I can do it with zero experience then so can they. It just takes a bit of research, planning and prep work.’ 

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