Rebecca Lees Writer

My Work

Roof repairs and what to look out for –

The thought of carrying out roof repairs can be daunting but, as with many things in life, ignoring small niggles can lead to bigger – and more costly – problems. Read my tips for roof repairs for

UK holidays without the hurry –

As travellers started to take heed of their carbon impact on the environment, ‘slow travel’ was already emerging before Coronavirus. Here’s my article for on this sustainable holiday trend.

Home Energy Savings for Tenants –

Energy costs are due to soar from April and, unfortunately, the increases are set to be worse for tenants than those who own their property. Here’s how to keep costs down if you rent your home.

Pen-pych Waterfall Trail – Country Walking

My latest article for Country Walking magazine is a stunning waterfall trail high in the Rhondda Valley (March 2022 ed.).

Detox Your Home This January –

It’s time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new year with these tips to get your home sparkling for 2022! Read my article for

The biggest trends for post-pandemic wellness –

There’s never been a greater need to look after our wellbeing but, post-lockdown, we need to find new ways to give our health that essential boost. Here’s the updated version of my wellness trends article initially written for Admiral in 2019.

Exploring the life of Sarah Sophia Banks – The Royal Mint

I thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing this article in my role at The Royal Mint, exploring the life of Sarah Sophia Banks – a remarkable female collector ahead of her time!

Eight thrill-seeking activities you might not have tried –

The outdoors is open again – and here are some activities you might not have tried! Read the post-pandemic update of my article initially written for Admiral in 2019. 

Boost your home with biophilic design –

With the need to reconnect with the outside world arguably never being greater, biophilia in our homes and workspaces could be the answer. Read my article for Admiral on this emerging interior trend.

2 Wish Upon a Star – Cwm Taf Morgannwg

It was a privilege to meet 2 Wish Upon a Star founder Rhian Mannings MBE and share the story of how she has supported hundreds of families following the deaths of her husband, Paul, and baby son, George.

How to buy a home in a seller’s market –

If you’ve been house hunting this year, chances are you’ve been pipped to the post in securing your dream home at least once. But what can you do to improve your chances? Read my article for

Living in harmony with those next door-

Forget keeping up with the Joneses, it’s enough to get on with them these days. Whereas neighbourly niggles might once have been confined to a Sunday afternoon, lockdown restrictions and working from home have magnified many a minor disagreement.

Wild camping – BBC Wales X-Ray

Filming in the Brecon Beacons for BBC Wales X-Ray, I chat to Steffan Powell about how to enjoy wild camping while taking care of our beautiful landscape.

Camping essentials for your summer staycation –

UK holidays are set to boom in 2021, in particular, there are predictions of a surge in camping. So, with that perfect ‘peg’ for an article, here’s what you need to know.

An interview with Patrick Jones – RCPsych Wales

I chat with poet and author Patrick Jones about the benefits of spending time outside for our mental health and wellbeing. Watch my video interview for the Reconnect podcast for The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales here.

Environmentally-friendly garden trends of 2021 –

If one thing has bloomed in the last year, it’s our gardens. So before you visit the garden centre, read my article for for the 2021 trends that can help.

Wheely Tots podcast – guest contributor

I chat to Rhiannon from charity Wheely Tots about my love of the outdoors and my role as an Ordnance Survey ambassador. Tune in to A Wheely Good Listen here!

A video clip for World Mental Health Day – Cwm Taf Morgannwg

Starting my day outside helps me solve problems and calms my mind. To find out why the outdoors sets me up for the day so well, watch this video clip I made for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board to… Continue Reading →

The best of Britain’s Campervan road trips –

When taking to the open road in your campervan, it’s hard to beat Britain for a memorable trip. Whether you’re able to travel this autumn or you’re planning ahead for less locked-down times, read my favourite UK roadtrips to take… Continue Reading →

10 best routes for coffee and cake – Ordnance Survey

Walkers and cyclists alike are renowned for their love of hot drinks and sweet treats to fuel their journey, and what better excuse to get outside than to visit your favourite café and support a local business! Discover Ordnance Survey’s… Continue Reading →

A beginner’s guide to cycling –

If you took up cycling during lockdown, you’re far from alone. Whether you’re a bicycle newbie or getting back in the saddle for the first time since school, read my beginner’s guide to cycling for

Moving home after lockdown –

In all the highs and lows of housing market history, it will be hard to find a stranger year than 2020! Here’s my article for on what you need to know if you’re moving home after lockdown.

How to sell a car –

As we move into a ‘new normal’ after the Coronavirus lockdown, thousands of employees continue to work from home and many of us are tempted to go car-free! Read my top tips for selling your car for

Best UK cycling holidays –

There’s nothing like a British cycling break to see the glorious countryside, improve your fitness and boost your eco-credentials. Read my article for to find the best UK cycling spots.

Find the path less trodden with Ordnance Survey’s greenspace secrets

The world has taken us on a road less travelled in 2020, but we’re still able to enjoy the outdoors. Ordnance Survey’s Get Outside Champions can help you do this safely and away from crowds, with our favourite secluded greenspace… Continue Reading →

Earn an extra income during Coronavirus –

With the Covid pandemic having far-reaching implications for household finances, read my guide to topping up your income during lockdown, written for

Travel from your kitchen table –

With lockdown here for at least a few weeks longer, here’s how to see the world – from the comfort of your own home! My virtual travel ideas from your kitchen table for

A landlord’s guide to stamp duty –

Buying a second home to let can be exciting, but there’s a lot more to it than simply collecting the rent! Read my guide to landlord stamp duty for

Buy to let tax changes –

A look at the buy-to-let tax changes facing private landlords from April 2020, and the potential knock-on effect for tenants. Written for

Cambrian Escapes – Revealing Britain

Read my review of the gorgeous Reading Room at Cambrian Escapes. A blissful retreat deep in Carmarthenshire countryside… children are welcome, but you might not want to take them!

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