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.
Building a Hutch Company Starter Chicken Coop is easy by following the detailed instructions that are supplied, it is a practical design that uses excellent quality wooden panels and requires only a screwdriver for assembly.
With a view to introducing their impressive range of timber products to GardenSite, David Coton recently visited Churnet Valley Garden Furniture to look around their manufacturing facility.
GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show, David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event at the NEC in Birmingham to catch up with the news, visit current and potential suppliers and evaluate new products we can offer on GardenSIte in the coming year.
With a La Hacienda chimenea or firepit providing light and heat whatever the thermometer says, David Coton discovers that you can continue savouring an outdoor lifestyle even in late summer and the cool of an autumn evening.