THE BENYON ESTATE

News & Insights

From community events and business news to tips on maintaining your garden over the winter, here we have something for everyone. Our community is a busy, active one. We support residents in their own events as well as host special seasonal events in the park at De Beauvoir Square and in the De Beauvoir Block. We also get involved in wider community events such as the Hackney Half Marathon.

Our 'Insights' are written by our expert in-house team and our special monthly guest bloggers who cover some first-hand stories from people in De Beauvoir town. Our news will keep on coming - at The Benyon Estate there is never a dull day!

 

 

 

FROM THE ESTATE

De Beauvoir Town’s Living Waterway (Part 2)

Local residents, Gideon Corby and Esther Adelman, are in the process of transforming the canal which runs through the southern end of De Beauvoir Town.

FROM THE ESTATE

The Haphazard Gardener - A Gift of a Garden (Part 2)

After my father-in-law Sir William Benyon died in the Intensive Care Unit in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and we had had the idea to make a garden in his memory in a grim little courtyard outside the hospital cafe, it was another two years before the project was announced and two more before work started.

FROM THE ESTATE

21st Century Refurbishment for 19th Century Home

For almost five decades, 64 Southgate Road was home to a former Regent Street dressmaker and her family. Now the property is about to welcome new tenants after a comprehensive six-month refurbishment which has given it a 21st century revamp whilst reviving its 19th century architectural heritage.

17 September 2018

FROM THE ESTATE

New hospital garden in Reading bears a Hackney hallmark

A new garden has officially opened at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, designed by Jennifer Benyon of the Benyon Estate and featuring a sculpture by Hackney-based Sophie Dickens, the great granddaughter of Charles Dickens.

FROM THE ESTATE

De Beauvoir Town’s Living Waterway (Part 1)

The Regent’s Canal Living Waterway project has an ambitious goal: to create an attractive waterway which brims with wildlife all year long at the southern end of De Beauvoir Town.

FROM THE ESTATE

The Haphazard Gardener - A Gift of a Garden (Part 1)

A little over four years ago, my father-in-law, Bill, was in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. The second-storey ICU wraps around an internal first floor courtyard. The staff room, offices, visitors waiting room and corridor all look down onto this space.

FROM THE ESTATE

Keeping your home safe while on holiday

Your summer holiday is fast approaching and you have lots to do before you leave. Passports, travel insurance, luggage labels, bookings, transfers...

FROM THE ESTATE

Hospital garden created in memory of Sir William Benyon

Englefield Estate gardeners have been putting the finishing touches to a courtyard garden at the Royal Berkshire Hospital which has been transformed into a colourful haven for patients, their families and staff.

28 June 2018

FROM THE ESTATE

The Haphazard Gardener - A Joyful Reunion

This year I feel as if beloved spring, having deserted us, suddenly had a change of heart and flew North to fling itself into our arms. Oh, the joy! Within a week my tulips have gone from sullenly peeping the tips of their leaves through the sodden earth, to stretching themselves as close to the sun as they can - almost as if they are standing on their tiptoes.

24 May 2018

FROM THE ESTATE

Picnic season is nearly upon us!

Founder of the De Beauvoir Deli Co Harry Davies is sharing his thoughts about picnic season in UK with some inspiring salad tips!

FROM THE ESTATE

Pets in rented home

Renting for the long-term is a growing phenomenon, particularly for those who fall into the bracket of millennials or Generation Rent. And, if you’re a tenant renting for the long-term, you will be all the more eager to make your rental property feel like a home, adding your own personal touches to turn it into as comfortable a living space as possible.

11 April 2018

FROM THE ESTATE

The Haphazard Gardener - Inspiring Containers of Instant Spring

A dear friend invited me to celebrate her birthday by attending a container planting workshop at Petersham Nursery in Richmond. She was apologetic about it being a busman’s holiday, but I don’t need an excuse to visit any nursery, and Petersham is particularly dreamy.

FROM THE ESTATE

Bring colour and texture into your rented home

Succesful designer and our tenant Ella Doran has prepared an inspirational piece for our readers about how to bring colour and texture to your rented home.

FROM THE ESTATE

House moving checklist

We understand how stressful it can be moving a house, with this in mind we've prepared a house moving checklist that includes everything you will need in preparation for, during and after your move.

8 March 2018

FROM THE ESTATE

How to child-proof your rental home

Whether you are expecting a baby or your bundle of joy has just arrived, it is time to ensure your home is as safe for your child as it can be.

FROM THE ESTATE

Swift action for our feathered friends

Swift nesting season is approaching and the Benyon Estate has been working with Hackney Swifts Group to ensure that when the birds return from Africa in May to nest, they have a safe place to do so.

FROM THE ESTATE

How to find the perfect rental property

Trying to find a new home can be tricky, with lots of factors to consider before you make your decision. Here’s our advice on how to find a home that suits you.

FROM THE ESTATE

Smart energy meters at your rented house

With the growth of renewables as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels, the dangers of climate change and the impact of global warming, there is a need for all of us to be more energy efficient. 

FROM THE ESTATE

The Haphazard Gardener - The Blessings of Trees

With the winter solstice and Christmas past us and the New Year welcomed in, I should be pouring over spring catalogues allowing my dreams to run riot.