With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
Outdoor storage is particularly useful during the autumn when you have limited house space. David Coton reviews the best ways of protecting your belongings and tidying the garden.
There is a wide choice of storage solutions in which you can stowaway children's play toys, summer furniture, tools and other gardening equipment, making sure they are not ruined by bad weather and safeguarding them from theft.
The Suncast range of high quality plastic stores is particularly impressive. These good looking benches, deck boxes and seats, some with a wicker work or rattan appearance, are attractive, very durable, need little or no maintenance. They have a storage capacity of up to nine cubic metres and are perfect if you want to tidy the garden.
Biohort Leisure Time boxes come in four sizes and are large enough to conceal sun beds, seat cushions, folding chairs and many other garden items. Lockable, sturdy and ventilated, they are fitted with an integral steel floor.
Trimetals have been manufacturing metal stores for over thirty years, the painted galvanized metal is strong, rigid and comes with a 15 year panel guarantee. Their Sentinel, Storeguard and Stowaway garden stores have two secure padlock points, they are fire resistant and all the contents can be easily accessed from an opening front and roof.
Secure Asgard storage units are waterproof and constructed from galvanised steel, ideal if you have a caravan or holiday home and will fit into limited space. Very sturdy, they offer 'storage for life' and can be used to accommodate a huge variety of items.
For specialist bicycle sheds, that can also be used for to protect other expensive equipment, refer to our guide to Secure Storage Solutions.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.