Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
As closely run as any Olympic event, Martyn Loach saw how the 2016 Shed Of The Year was won by the 'West Wing' Eco Shed, the perfect hideaway at the bottom of a Berkshire garden.
Fending off stiff competition from amongst others, a recreation of a village smithy, a rotating shed that follows the path of the sun and an Anglo-Saxon longhouse, the West Wing emerged triumphant from nearly 3000 entries for Shed Of The Year.
Featuring several distinct sections, the West Wing has a loft for sleeping, rest and recuperation, a workshop area and also a hidden games room specifically for children accessed from behind a moveable bookcase.
Awarding it the equivalent of a gold medal, the judges form Channel Four's Amazing Spaces admired the determination it took to build over eight years and remarked on its quirky, cosy characteristics.
Taking inspiration from building tree houses as a child, winner Kevin Herbert used several tons of turf and top soil to create the impressive green roof and 99% of the building materials including wood and glazing are recycled.
Although practically finished, there's still work to be done as the stairs are currently being re-aligned and there has to be a shelf erected to accommodate the winner's trophy.
As with many sheds, the West Wing is seen as another room for the house, somewhere to work and relax away from the distractions of the home.
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.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.