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LifestyleGarden thanks keyworkers with special furniture giveaway


It’s hard to think of a way that will truly demonstrate our gratitude for all the keyworkers that are holding this country together during the Covid-19 lockdown. LifestyleGarden – one of the UK’s leading outdoor furniture suppliers – knew they couldn’t sit back and do nothing which is why the company recently launched a special #FeetUpWithLifestyle Gardengiveaway as a way of showing their thanks for these incredible human beings. Running across the company’s social media platforms, the LifestyleGarden team asked its followers to nominate the keyworkers in their life for the chance to win a set of the company’s rainbow-inspired Nassau dining sets. Ten sets were up for grabs and followers made nominations


TV’s Helen George, also known as Trixie from the popular BBC drama, Call the Midwife. In a short video, Helen congratulated all the winners and thanked them for everything they have done and continue to do as we work to navigate this pandemic. Paul Cohen,


sales director


in their droves, with over 60 entries received. A random winner generator selected the lucky recipients who were


quickly informed of their win. However, saying thank you from the team just didn’t feel enough so they also enlisted the help of


at LifestyleGarden, said: “Keyworkers deserve every bit of praise we can give them, but they also deserve to have somewhere they can put their feet up and relax after a long shift helping on the frontline or keeping our essential businesses functioning. We selected our Nassau sets as they are available in peony pink, pastel green and honey yellow, reminiscent of the rainbow emblem that has become synonymous with the nation’s support of keyworkers.”


John Lewis announces shop reopening plan


John Lewis will begin to reopen its shops for customers as part of a gradual approach from Monday 15 June, starting with its Poole and Kingston department stores, followed by 11 others on Thursday 18 June. Depending on the response


from customers


and Partners to our new ways of operating with respect to social distancing, more shops will open throughout the summer. The decision follows the Government’s guidance earlier this week on easing


restrictions for non-essential retailers. Learning from the social distancing measures the Partnership has taken in Waitrose shops, John Lewis plans initially to open just under a quarter of its shops as part of a steady, gradual approach with rigorous safety and social distancing measures in place. Branches selected to open have been chosen primarily because of their accessibility by car. The business will undertake an on-going assessment of the effectiveness of each of


the operational changes it


implements during this initial phase of reopening, making adjustments as it goes to ensure the best and safest customer and Partner possible.


experience


DIY expert Craig Phillips drills home a mental health message


As self-isolation and staying physical at


home become the new norm, there are concerns that the measures in place to protect our


health may have


an adverse affect on our mental wellbeing. Mental health charities, including SANE, have noted a spike in calls from people suffering from anxiety, depression, panic and


obsessive compulsive


disorder seeking help and advice. And, with NHS resources already being stretched to treat patients of the virus, many people struggling with their mental wellbeing are hesitant about adding pressure to the service.


Although not a permanent treatment, the benefits of


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John Lewis temporarily closed its 50 department stores on 23 March for the first time in its 155- year history. However, johnlewis. com has continued to operate successfully, experiencing a significant uplift in sales.


arts, crafts and DIY on mental wellbeing have been recognised by many experts. This has already been seen during the pandemic as people across the word decorate their windows with artful rainbows. Whatever the medium or creation may be, focusing your mind on DIY or a piece of art can give you a sense of satisfaction, purpose and joy, all of which are feelings that boost your mental wellbeing. The environment in which you live can also have a massive impact on your mental health. As we are confined to our houses for the foreseeable future, ensuring our surroundings make us feel happy and comfortable is vital. TV DIY expert, Craig Phillips explains how the benefits of getting creative by building a better living space are what many people need at this time. “From my experience with 60 minute makeover, where we went in for only a short space


HTA


Launches Virtual New Plant Awards


The HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) has announced today that it will be hosting its New Plant Awards as a ‘virtual’ event this year.


The New Plant Awards are usually one of the highlights of the National Plant Show, held by the HTA in June each year. Due to the coronavirus crisis, the plant show was cancelled, but the HTA has decided to run the New Plant Awards as an independent online event in 2020. HTA President, Boyd Douglas- Davies said: “We are so excited to be able to launch a virtual version of the New Plant Awards. The Awards are an important and eagerly anticipated event within the horticulture calendar, and they allow our UK growers and plant suppliers to showcase the wonderful new plants they have been cultivating. We hope that running the event, despite the current circumstances, will provide a much-needed boost for the industry, and provide a positive focus for the horticulture community.” The Awards will include both


a professionally judged and an online visitor vote award.


In


each category the judges will be deciding Bronze, Silver and Gold winners. Best in Category winners will be put forward for Best Overall Winner. ‘Virtual visitors’ will be able to vote on their favourite plants via a link which will be publicised on 15 June. Winners will be announced on 17 June.


of time, just by painting up walls or putting laminate down, it completely changed lives. People get into a rut and can’t afford house makeovers, but everyone wants to have their house give them the feel good factor. “Seeing the reactions to the


home reveals and how uplifting it was for people made it


all


worthwhile for me. I loved seeing the changes it made to the families and how it changed their lives for the better. “In the situation we’re in at the moment, you need something to give you a lift. We are contained, so make the best of it. Whether it’s cleaning, DIY or maintenance, keeping your mind busy, your body active and making your house look and feel better will help you to get through it.” Although this is undoubtedly


a challenging time for many, remaining positive and productive will certainly make things a little easier.


MAY 2020 DIY WEEK 7


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