Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
Icicle lights are among the most popular Christmas decorations. Andy Taylor is using them to decorate the interior and outside of his house this year and here he explains why.
Icicles hanging from roof tops and guttering are integral to what we perceive as a 'proper' winter, so it is no surprise that they feature in our Christmas decorations.
Konstsmide replicate the real thing with a 500cm (16ft 5ins) length of 50 warm white highly realistic acrylic icicles. You can extend the effect as the set is compatible with the Konstsmide 24v extendable LED light system, and the icicles can also be linked to different lights within that system.
Premier's Chasing Icicle Lights consist of 24 icicles strung over 7m (23ft) of cable. With a built in chasing effect, the LEDs may be mesmerising and long lasting but they are also very energy and cost efficient.
The same manufacturer's Snowing Icicles are available in several different sets. The most basic has a choice of 5 or 7 metre strings of 180 or 240 LEDs regulated by a control box.
Their low voltage Supabrights set is intensely colourful and fitted with a speed controller, you can choose from lengths between 4.8 metres and 23.8 metres with 180 to 960 LEDs.
Premier Multi-Action Nite Lites are available in the same lengths as their Supabrights and the warm white, ice white and multi-coloured LEDs can be controlled either remotely or by a light sensor
The effects that can be achieved include fading, slow glowing, twinkling and flashing, or a combination of these. There's a timer function to activate the lights automatically at sunset and also a memory function.
See for yourself how Icicle Lights can transform your home and garden with superb effects, proving that it doesn't have to be a freezing cold winter outside to enjoy a traditional Christmas landscape..
For full information go to our Icicle Lights page.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.