Forest have been making high quality timber garden products for over half a century and at GLEE David Coton had the chance to see their brand new storage range that has recently been launched.
Regular readers of The Gardener blog will remember the workshop GardenSite supplied to the Gracechurch Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield earlier in the year. David Coton now reports that it has subsequently been donated to a local school in north Birmingham.
Originally used to house a themed exhibition to mark the Gracechurch Centre's birthday, the shed that we supplied will become a shop to help Wylde Green Primary School's fundraising.
This is the result of a competition that we held encouraging all the local community groups, charities and other organisations to let us know why they should have the shed after the exhibition had finished.
We received many applications outlining and choosing the winner was a close call. However a choice had to be made and Wylde Green School in Green Lanes, Sutton Coldfield, was judged to be the most deserving.
The 10ft x 8ft Standard Shiplap Shed is part of the Hall's range and, with four polycarbonate glazed windows and excellent access through double doors, will be ideal during the summer when used as the school's playground shop.
There's plenty of space inside and the OSB floor is very robust. Black sand felt covers the roof and the square cut overlap timber cladding ensures a dry interior.
The shed will also be great for storage during the winter, as there's lots of room for the school's tents and other equipment to be stowed safely under lock and key.
GardenSite's Marketing Manager Nathan Dodd delivered the shed to the school and then installed it with Gracechuch Security Officer Phil Duggan.
The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association was delighted with the gift and Victoria Sayn, who had submitted the application, said that the shed would become the focal point for PTFA's activities in the playground.
GardenSite values its ties to the community and makes every effort to help local projects. Everyone agreed that the shed was an excellent exhibition space and now it will greatly benefit the school and its pupils.
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