Why Is Country Living So Good?

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The country life has often been portrayed as a relaxing and calming experience, but does living in the country really live up to its reputation? Fortunately, the answer is yes. While country life can be sometimes isolating, it’s often this, as well as all the other benefits, that encourage many people to move to the country in the first place.

Embrace the Peaceful Surroundings

Authors always seem to disappear into the countryside if they’re looking for that all-important inspiration and thinking space, and it’s not surprising to see why. Whereas city life delivers a daily dose of noise, stress and congestion, the country life offers something a little more laid back.

The open area of the countryside allows its dwellers to really enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. Only here can the singing of the birds and the blowing of the wind really be appreciated.

Live Within a Safer Environment

While a safe environment can be based on a number of factors, the country life provides less threat than that of the city. Wide open spaces means children can run free without fear of traffic. There is also the clean air to consider. Any air within the countryside will be fresher and purer than the smog-ridden air found in the city.

Feel Like Part of the Community

City life can feel pretty rushed most of the time, leaving very little time for the social interaction we all crave. This means that people pass each other daily without acknowledging anyone, instead focusing on the busy day ahead.

That’s not to say those who live in the country aren’t busy, farmers for example can work long hours. It’s more the environment they work within that makes their working life more relaxed when compared to that of a city dwellers, and as such, are much more approachable.

Living within the country means that you are likely to have a minimum number of neighbours, which means getting to know them all is a much easier affair. Whether you’re popping down to the shops, or knocking to borrow a cup of sugar, more often than not, you will be greeted with a welcoming smile.

Is Living In The Country Suited to Everyone?

No environment is right for everybody. For example, many crave the city life. They simply adore the late-night bars, the hustle and bustle and the general busy vibe the city provides. But those who crave a lifestyle that is decorated by beautiful surroundings, peace and quiet and scenic walks will simply fall in love with the country side.

Of course people may enjoy aspects of both, so it’s not uncommon for people to have two separate homes. One based in the countryside, and one based in the city. This means that people are able to enjoy the benefits that city life has to give, while still having a haven where they can go and relax as and when the time arises.

While some may not want to commit to the country life on a full-time basis, it is something that should at least be explored at some point during a person’s life.

Your Home & Trees

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There’s no doubt that a big part of having a country house is the associated grounds and a central feature of these grounds are its trees. Here in the UK we have many amazing species of tree as well as a range of foreign species that have become popular and common sights. These trees are a great pleasure to have around and add feature to any gardens but they do require some help to keep in top condition and to avoid them having a negative effect on your home. With the help of Tree Clinic West London, we’ve pulled together some useful information about how to manage and maintain the trees on and around your country property.

Tree Facts

The majority of trees don’t cause damage to houses but their roots can extend up to three times their height. While modern buildings are less likely to be affected by trees, older period homes can face some potential problems. The land on which the house is built and the tree stands can also have an impact on this while problems such as subsidence tend to worse in dry years.

Other problems that can be caused by trees in proximity to a house or also just on the ground are physical threats such as falling limbs or even the risk of the whole tree toppling in high winds, of which we have had rather a lot in recent times.

Trees can also cause issues with blocked drains as well as forming cavities in the soil that changes the flow of the water. Again on older properties such as country houses, older techniques and materials will have been used that are more at risk than modern versions.

Finally, tree roots can cause problems to other elements around the gardens as well as the house. Breaking up paving and paths, interfering with lightweight garden structures such as sheds and garages and generally spoiling the look of the grounds can all occur.

Legal Stuff

Country houses don’t face issues such as neighbours complaining about trees the way that some properties do but there may be issues if the tree overhangs a public highway. It is also necessary to let insurance companies know about any trees close to the property as this can affect the validity of your policy in the event of a claim.

Dealing With Your Trees

No-one wants to get rid of trees but they do require some maintenance and care to prevent these worst-case scenarios coming true. With the country home, the planting of the trees may well have been done before an awareness of the problems they can create was common and the trees may also be protected by a Tree Preservation Order.

 

It can be a good idea to employ the services of a professional to help with bigger or taller trees as specialist equipment will often be needed to care for them. Tree surgeons are able to help the tree stay strong and upright, removing any parts that are dead or dying and ensuring that the tree has a solid root system. They will be able to track the roots to see if they are causing any additional problems under the ground. Smaller trees can be gently pruned and monitored to ensure they don’t become too sizeable and cause a problem for the house or gardens.