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Enjoy a splendid real tree from Pines & Needles

Whether you like your decorations refined and glamorous, folksy and natural or bright and kitsch, there’s something wonderful about these upcoming few weeks of the year when we stumble bleary-eyed out of bed and find ourselves in a winter wonderland. Kay Hill puts on her elf hat and offers some decorating advice.

Tesla Powerwall2 allows you to store energy from your PV panels

If you have solar PV panels, as actor, TV presenter and renewable energy enthusiast Robert Llewellyn does, have you looked into storing the electricity they generate using a battery such as the Tesla Powerwall2?

Family room at the Wilton Street house by Residence One

Come on, we all like a bit of vicarious luxury, since most of us don't live in it ourselves! And if you want to know whether eco issues do arise when designing for the super rich, interior designer Emily Carlisle at Laura Hammett Interiors says yes, they do

Putting up decorations is one of the joys of Christmas. But given that tinsel is made from PVC and so doesn't score highly on the eco points chart, how should we deck the halls? Kay Hill has some sustainable suggestions

Steel figures from Origami Steel

Christmas in a pandemic isn't anyone's idea of fun. But if we can't get together with family and friends for large jolly gatherings at least we can cheer each other up with an appealing gift or two. Eco of course.

Check out the Government's £2bn Green Homes Grant Scheme and see if you're eligible for help to make energy saving improvements to your property

hand folded paper baubles Kate Colin Design

Lovely for Christmas but perfect for year-round use, these Kate Colin Design baubles are made from hand-folded paper

Asters - easy to grow and prolific

Is your garden or outside space in need of some colourful autumn blooms? The HTA suggests planting Asters, as they flower pretty much up to Christmas.

Flint: toxic tap water ruins lives of poor mainly black residents

Residents in the Michigan town of Flint suffered for years due to contaminated drinking water. The scandal of this man-made disaster is the subject of a documentary by British director Anthony Baxter, narrated by actor Alec Baldwin. It shows on BBC Scotland and iPlayer on 1 December. 

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