Be wary of subsidence during hot summer

Following two of the wettest summers on records, Brits will finally be able to get the best out of their garden and conservatory this year.

However, with hot temperatures and dry weather predicted, Halifax has urged people not to neglect the signs of subsidence.

It warned warmer weather and clay-based soil can lead to problems, especially in the south east of England.

"There are ways homeowners can help to reduce the risk of such damage to their home to avoid the costs, inconvenience and inevitable worry that subsidence damage brings," explained Halifax senior structural claims manager Neil Curling.

Homeowners who want to protect buildings and any new installations – such as conservatories – should ensure any moisture-sapping trees are a safe distance from the structure.

Apple and pear varieties should be kept at least 21 metres from the home, while willows should be even further at 40 metres.

Safer bets are yews, which are fine outwith five metres of any foundations, according to the Halifax.

One area not worried about subsidence this weekend is Glastonbury. The music festival site is set to experience thunder storms, according to the Met Office.