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.
This is Andy Taylor's guide on how to decorate your garden with Christmas during the festive season, creating a beautiful, sometimes stunning display of brightness and colour.
Christmas decorations can brighten the deepest mid-winter and it’s not difficult to achieve a stunning show that will cheer up the cold dark nights and a spectacle that will complete your celebrations.
Welcoming animal figures that can populate your garden include penguins, polar bears and reindeer taking time off from ferrying Santa in his sleigh.
Your children will also love the bright 'Santa Stop Here!' sign, just in case he misses your house, especially when there's a collection of neatly wrapped illuminated presents near by,.
Solar powered star shaped pathway lights are a colourful addition to the garden where cables can’t be accommodated. Blue, multi-coloured or white, each bunch is laden with stars and can shine brilliantly where mains power isn't possible.
Hanging lanterns and festoon lights can be deployed along a path or hung in trees and bushes. Net lights are innovative ways to cover bushes and trees with a mass of multi-function, multi-coloured, lights that can wave, glow, chase, flash and fade.
Beautifully designed in a variety of styles and sizes, brightly lit Twig Trees will add light and magic to the garden. Brown or shimmering white willow trees create an ethereal feel, others have delicate tracery of frosted branches that are stunning in their simplicity.
The illuminated white twig tree features a sprinkling of white fairy lights resembling a glittering firework, while topiary style trees are more naturalistic. Flowering Japanese cherry trees possess an intricate framework of twigs and branches brought to life with bright crystal effect blossoms.
Many people will only think of decorating the inside of their house, but these fabulous products make you realise that there are now huge opportunities to turn your garden into something very colourful, bright and welcoming.
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.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.