David Coton was delighted to recently meet with Frank Honald, President and Owner of Henri Studio USA, who had flown in from Chicago to discuss the opportunity of bringing their products back into the UK next year.
With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different forms of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Peace and privacy, that's what most people want from a garden and the latest innovative fencing from Forest guarantees that from now on any outside space can be a much quieter place in which to relax.
Forest's brand new Noise Reduction Fence Panel features Triform Technology, although the panels appear to be conventional they have a specially developed profile containing multiple angles that disperse noise and reduce its intensity.
How effective are these panels in reducing the impact of barking dogs, loud music and noisy neighbours? The answer is very effective, making your environment a much calmer and enjoyable space.
This is achieved by the new technology reflecting, diffusing and absorbing noise, and a 45mm gap-free frame ensuring that no noise passes through. Everyday distractions such as a neighbour's lawnmower are reduced to the level of a conversation.
Independent tests carried out in accordance with British Standards show a 30-decibel difference, with each successive 10dB reduction halving the noise level, this is quite a result if you value your garden's tranquillity.
Groundbreaking technology does not adversely affect the fencing's appearance and Forest claim that their noise reduction fence panels are more attractive and affordable than any comparable product.
The standard 6ft panels feature a smooth planed finish to highlight the timber's natural beauty and are made from pressure treated 17mm interlocking tongue & groove timber.
They can replace existing panels or used to build a new fence and, as a 15-year guarantee is offered against rot, there's no doubt that they present a long term and very effective enhancement to your garden.
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.