Gazumping is back with a vengeance as greed takes hold but it can sometimes be averted or avoided

It is something that the right-minded among us would like to slam the door on but a red hot property market and a lack of stock have combined to fuel a rise in gazumping.

US B&B's life-size look-a-like Swaledale ram is a remarkable woolly wonder and a world first

Em Fountain knew she had cracked one of her most challenging commissions when a neighbouring sheep farmer delivered his verdict on the remarkable life-size Swaledale ram she had crafted from needle felted wool and fleece. Not one to mince his words, he declared: “Looks like one. Feet are a bit big”, which was high praise indeed from someone who knows what he’s talking about.

Gardening – jobs for the week ahead

Prune Forsythia as soon as it has finished flowering, cutting back to strong, young shoots.Trim winter-flowering heathers as the flowers disappear, to prevent plants becoming leggy.

Meet the US master crafting makeover experts who star in BBC2’s Saved and Remade

Once we were a nation of shopkeepers. Now, not least because needs must, we are fast becoming a nation of upcyclers, espousing a make-do-and-mend mentality not witnessed since the Second World War and the enforced privations of its aftermath. To match our growing interest, recent years have brought us a wealth of television programmes following seasoned upcycling experts and designer-makers as they pass on their skills to the viewing public.

These are the 5 cheapest and 5 most expensive UK cities for single renters

If you are a single renter, some cities across the UK are more affordable than others, so it’s worth doing your research before you move. Research from Thomas Sanderson has assessed property prices across the country, along with the cost of utilities, groceries and average salary to determine where single renters will get the most for their money. Listed are the five UK cities which ranked as the cheapest, followed by the five most expensive places to rent.

Gardening jobs for the week ahead

Prick out or pot up all those seedlings before they grow long and leggy.Start planting summer-flowering bulbs (pictured) if you haven’t already.

Garden essentials for spring: these gardening tools will help you keep your backyard in great shape

Get outdoors and get your garden in shape with these excellent, hard-wearing gardening tools This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on items purchased through this article, but that does not affect our editorial judgement.

The 10 best cities in the UK to raise a family

Choosing where you want to live can be dependent on various things, from house prices and bills, to local schools and attractions in the area. CIA Landlord has conducted a study to determine the best UK cities to raise a family, based on metrics such as number of attractions, number of local schools, rent, cost of childcare and monthly bills. Listed are the 10 cities which ranked the highest.

The owners of a Leeds apartment block with flammable cladding have spent £6m making it safe

It is almost four years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy and yet the flammable cladding that caused devastation and 72 deaths is still present on hundreds of residential buildings.

Wonderful US Dales estate offers leisure, farming, tourism and forestry opportunities

Swarthghyll is located on the Dales Way footpath and, according to estate agent Carter Jonas, in its listing on property website Rightmove, “offers unparalleled opportunities for a buyer wishing for a complete lifestyle change or to expand an existing business”.