In these uncertain times it's reassuring to know that Barlow Tyrie have been designing and manufacturing top quality teak furniture for nearly a century, and they have announced several new ranges to coincide with their one hundredth birthday.
Forest Schools are inspiring places, designed to give children the opportunity to develop confidence and increase self-esteem in natural woodland. Nathan James Dodd suggests ten items that will useful in such an environment.
In a Forest School each child is inspired to engage in tasks and achieve goals in a positive natural environment. GardenSite offers many items of equipment and structures that can contribute to their success.
Benches are clearly useful for the children to sit while engaged in many activities. This can be a simple sleeper bench, something more ornate or, possibly most appropriate to a forest school, a half circle tree seat.
There are tables of many different sizes, square rectangular or circular. Sturdy stand alone styles or picnic tables that can seat ten children or more, either on benches or stools around a generously sized table top.
Covers are available to protect the tables, benches and chairs during bad weather but these are not entirely necessary as pressure treated timber is guaranteed to last for many years.
Sheds must be almost obligatory to secure tools and equipment of all sorts, and there is a tremendous choice constructed from metal, plastic and timber.
To fit in with the surroundings, timber security sheds are available with small high windows or none at all that keep contents out of view. High value items, perhaps mountain bikes, can also be stored safely in specialist high security lockers.
Greenhouses will encourage horticultural interest and there have been several reports from various credible sources showing evidence that gardening has many very positive benefits including increasing self-esteem.
Pergolas and gazebos are useful structures for any activity that needs to take place under cover. The large Kalahari Oval Pavilion Gazebo is a fine example of how substantial these can be, accommodating a large number of people.
Although artificial grass might seem an anachronism in this environment, it is very useful in high traffic areas. This might well be the case when the Buschbeck masonry barbecue is fired up, especially as it can be used as a log burner once the food has been eaten.
In normal circumstances with warmer weather and Easter coming along soon, you should be stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets. However, even though the garden centre is currently closed, we are still trading online and, while you may be confined to home, there are plenty of garden jobs for you to tackle during April. David Coton has these suggestions.
Sustainability and a growing awareness of wildlife are two of the key gardening trends identified by the Royal Horticultural Society for 2020, with gardeners in a position where they can make a substantial impact regarding environmental issues.
Robert Hall explains how getting out into the garden can help us to exercise, get out into the open air, enjoy time with nature and to help keep our minds occupied during these overwhelming Covid-19 times.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2020.