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From hairdresser to property enthusiast: a new style that turns heads

imageA hairdresser with a flair for renovation tells Zoe Dare Hall about doing up homes from rural England to Tuscany

As the founder of the Mahogany hairdressing chain, which has counted Samantha Cameron, Cheryl Cole and Greta Scaachi as clients, Richard Thompson has made some striking statements with his curling tongs.

But in the past 15 years, as his hair business has grown to include branches in London, Oxford, Bath and Manchester, Thompson has found another outlet for his creativity: property renovations. These have proven equally popular with celebrities, and include a penthouse in an old Highbury match factory, which Richard sold to the Alan Davies, the comedian, and a Georgian house in Hampstead that was bought by the singer David Gray.

Gardening Against the Odds entries

A ravishing display of potted flowers in a Notting Hill street, a community oasis in Haringey and a ”therapeutic” organic market garden for disadvantaged people are among the entries coming in for this year’s Sunday Telegraph Life Gardening Against the Odds awards.


Prescila Bisa’s colourful display near Portobello Market delights neighbours and tourists alike. Despite undergoing an operation for breast cancer and radiotherapy, Prescila helps three other neighbours with their gardens. “I would like to encourage people to keep planting in every space we can. We can have a greener London and a beautiful neighbourhood,” she says.

On the other side of the capital in Haringey, a derelict site next to the railway line was a magnet for vandalism, rubbish dumping and prostitution. Now the Gardens Community Garden at Doncaster Gardens features tree ferns, perennials, shrubs, mosaic and willow sculptures. It is nominated for an award by Andrew Newman, who says the garden provides a safe and secure area for local activities such Easter Egg Hunts, Carols by Candlelight, christenings and even funerals.

And in Sandwell, a borough of the Black Country, the Salop Drive Market Garden has been nominated for providing gardening therapy for the lonely, bereaved, those with learning disabilities or suffering long-term illness.

London’s rich sell as foreign money pours in

Britain’s rich and famous are moving out of central London’s most up-market districts and being replaced by wealthy overseas buyers, according to new research.

imageSavills, the estate agent, says £3.7bn of foreign money is pouring into the prime London housing market every year and especially into areas such as Mayfair, Kensington, Notting Hill and Chelsea.

The demand is leading to UK owners selling their homes and moving to outer London, creating a “champagne tower effect” with the distribution of wealth in the capital.

Savills’ report, called World in London and published on Friday, says British sellers of homes in central London have outnumbered British buyers by 30pc this year, compared with 5pc in 2008. Meanwhile, foreign buyers have outnumbered foreign sellers by 58pc in 2011, up from 23pc in 2008.

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