With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Although we all like to encourage wildlife into the garden, creatures of a more inanimate nature can populate the landscape. Not all are native to the British Isles and Nathan James Dodd describes how your outdoor space can become quite a menagerie.
Resin puppies and full size dogs meticulously crafted by Toscano and Vivid Arts, are waterproof and beautifully painted. They can be located inside or out, and many different breeds are available in a variety of naturalistic poses.
Among this impressively large collection are an Airedale, Boxer and Labradors sitting, a Highland Terrier playing, Winston the Bulldog guarding, and even a Pug and Boston Terrier peeing.
Farmyard animals abound, lambs are a favourite and cockerels will strut around but not wake you in the morning. Pigs can be introduced without their endearing agricultural aroma, and Curly the Ram shows off a splendid pair of horns.
British wildlife is represented by hedgehogs and frogs, deer, badgers and, for any mollusc lovers, a large aluminium snail. Look above and a wise owl spies a fox on the prowl for any ducks who have left the safety of their pond..
Metal statuary is well represented by elegant deer, statuesque herons and rutting stags, in addition to a sun bathing otter. A doe rests in the long grass while rabbits with bronze effect rabbits dash past a kingfisher eyeing prey from a branch.
African wildlife may seem an anachronism in a British garden but they're certainly attention grabbers. Not every suburban garden is host to gorillas and elephants, with a stalking black panther, rhinos and hippos sharing water holes with a collection of flamingos. It's also a given that the meerkat and lemur families will endear themselves to any children.
Another well loved animal not from these parts is the bear and whatever type you prefer: panda, koala, black, brown or polar, you'll be amazed at how accurately they are crafted in high quality resin that is resistant to frost, chipping and cracking.
Flying in from all parts of the world are parrots, including the predictably named Polly, pelicans and penguins. Hooting Howie is only one of a large number of owls, a raven can add its dark presence, and a peacock will be notably regal.
Whether you go for native species or something a little more exotic, there's no doubting that these extremely well made resin and metal animals add interest to a landscape, used individually or in groups they will loved by children and adults alike.
Nathan James Dodd
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
April, particularly if you are on holiday over Easter, is the time when gardeners, whatever their level of enthusiasm and skill, want to get into the garden. Andy Taylor looks at the gardening jobs that can be achieved this month.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.