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.
Regular readers of The Gardener blog will remember the workshop GardenSite supplied to the Gracechurch Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield earlier in the year. David Coton now reports that it has now been donated to a local school in Birmingham.
Originally used to house a themed exhibition to mark the centre's birthday, it will become a shop to help Wylde Green Primary School's fundraising.
From all the local community groups, charities and other organisations who sent in applications after the exhibition, the school in Green Lanes, Sutton Coldfield, was judged to be the most deserving.
The 10ft x 8ft Standard Shiplap Shed is part of the Hall's range and, with four glazed windows and double doors, will be ideal during the summer used as the school's playground shop.
It will also be great for storage during the winter, as there's lots of space for the school's tents and other equipment to be stored safely under lock and key.
GardenSite's Nathan Dodd delivered the shed then installed it at the school, together with Gracechuch Security Officer Phil Duggan. The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association was delighted with the gift.
Victoria Sayn, who had submitted the application, said that the shed would become the focal point for PTFA's activities in the playground.
Everyone agreed that it was a very successful when used for the exhibition, and will now greatly benefit the school and its pupils.
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.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
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.