The Forest Log and Tool Store is a handsome garden structure and, now that winter is approaching, a very useful acquisition. Martyn Loach purchased one recently and here he explains how it is assembled.
The humble garden fence panel is in high demand due to the winter storms. Now the press is talking about shortages and higher prices. I talk to the fencing team at Gardensite to find out the facts.
You may have been concerned about recent media reports regarding the shortage and rocketing price of garden fence panels. Not good news, especially if you suffered storm damage suring the recent winter bad weather.
So I set out to discover the facts, and whether these were just scare stories.
Although prices did go up at the turn of the year, I can't find any evidence that the increase was anything like the fourfold rise reported by one newspaper over the Easter weekend.
And GardenSite certainly hasn't followed the lead of at least one retailer who placed a prominent notice on their website warning customers that prices are increasing daily, perhaps by as much as 50% in one week.
Delivery lead times have increased slightly due to a rise in demand caused by bad weather and a house building boom.
But GardenSite can guarantee to have fence panels in stock due to their very close working relationship with the UK's leading fencing manufacturers Forest and Grange.
GardenSite Senior Partner, Robert Hall visited Forest Garden Products factory in Hartlebury near Worcester last year, learning how all their fencing is UK sourced from their own Scottish sawmill and further developing an excellent business relationship. Whilst David Coton and Nathan Dodd visited Grange fencing last November to see their fence panels being made first hand.
Such close ties with major suppliers means GardenSite have fencing in stock ready for delivery and prices remain steady – with prices starting under £20.00.
So the message is, don't panic, don't buy from retailers who are taking advantage of the increase in demand and using it as an excuse to push up prices.
There is no reason to be worried about price hikes and lengthy delivery times if you buy your fencing through the UK's leading online gardening retailer, GardenSite, who guarantee the best prices and fastest delivery.
If you need to replace your fence panels then have a look at the wide selection of Garden Fencing on offer at GardenSite.co.uk to suit every budget.
If you have any fencing queries for Forest or Grange fencing your contact Nathan Dodd or David Coton. Both can be reached on 0121 355 7701.
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