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Written in collaboration with Rosana Beechum 

Whether you love or hate the colder weather it brings, there’s no denying that winter can sometimes be a challenging time of the year to get through. That’s especially the case in rural areas where there’s typically less heat and where snowfall can cause people to get cut off from others.

Luckily, if you live somewhere that’s more fields than houses, there are certain ways that you can prepare for the chilly season.

Stock up

stock up the pantry

When bad winter weather hits rural areas, the impact is far greater than in more urban parts of the country. Depending on where your house is situated, you could find yourself without access to shops and other places for a while. While this can be annoying, it’s not usually a major issue provided that you stock up beforehand.

The most important things you’ll want to consider buying in advance include food, first aid supplies, and sanitation products. Provided that you always have access to these at home, you should be fine if the weather forces you indoors for a day or two. However, it may be worth stocking up on all these other essentials too, just in case.

Hire a gritting service

Snowfall might not be exceedingly common in the UK, but when it does happen, it can be a nightmare for those in rural areas. It can block roads and cause massive amounts of disruption, which is why gritting services are so vital. It’s with their assistance that people can stop from being isolated after a blizzard.

Although councils offer gritting services to help with this, these typically only focus on the main roads. For assistance in accessing the more rural back roads, it’s worth speaking to Hill View Farm. Able to help those in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Oxfordshire, they’re there to ensure that rural areas don’t become blocked off in the snow. This is particularly useful for anyone who owns a farm and relies on constant access to rural roads throughout the year.

Buy blankets

Country houses and log fires

When winters at its worst, it can cause power cuts, particularly in rural areas. Not only can that be a nuisance, but it can also leave you cold if you rely on gas central heating. Some rural properties have wood-burning fires, so if this is the case in your home, make sure you have all the essentials to get that running. Otherwise, you’ll want to invest in some heavy-duty blankets that can help fight off the cold when the temperature starts to drop.

Although these won’t be much help in a power cut, it could also be worth investing in an electric heater. These are useful if your home is quite old and/or spacious, and so the central heating doesn’t always warm you up as much as you’d like. A heater can be useful to keep you from freezing over throughout the winter months.

Check the exterior

The older your home is, the more at risk it is of damage during the winter. There’s every chance that your property may be a new build, and therefore in good condition. However, a lot of rural homes have been around for decades and so might show signs of age.

A smart idea is to check the exterior of your home, paying particular attention to the roof, gutters, and drains. If there are holes in your roof, they’re bound to cause leaks and damage as the weather starts to worsen. You face similar issues if your gutters and drains are clogged, so be sure to remove any debris from these areas too. If you do that, you shouldn’t have to worry about damp or mould causing issues for you during the winter.

A rural winter can be quite a beautiful thing to be a part of. However, it can be hard to enjoy it when you and your home pay the price for the change of season. Just make sure you’re prepared for the months ahead, and everything should be fine.

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