I know of two extensive properties that have a very pressing maintenance problem in each. One has masses of wood panelling throughout the ground floor rooms and presumably the upper storeys too. This is now causing the trust that owns it a tremendous problem because the delicate nature of the wood that’s left needs to be treated with a pretty aggressive wood worm killer. There is a definite aroma that comes with this kind of treatment too. I volunteer in one of these houses – taking a discrete seat in the corner of the room and jumping to life when any visitor needs further information on a particular area of the room or floor. Knowing how much effort the holding trust has to go to every year makes me doubly careful about looking out for dangerous issues in my own humbe abode. It will be so much easier for me to deal with too.