Stone Bird Baths and Sundials make handsome features in any garden, as with their other cast stone ornaments they are an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary styles, all finely crafted and expertly designed
Burbage metal and wooden gates, fencing and railing have recently been added to GardenSite, and last week David Coton took the opportunity to visit their Cannock base.
David was shown around the showroom and factory, where an impressive 20,000 gates alone are produced every year, by account manager Steph Forder and Director Julie Turnbull
They explained that Burbage Iron Craft, to give the company its full name, was established in 1978, and is looking forward to celebrating its ruby anniversary this year
Although now under the ownership of Argent, a South African conglomerate, all their market leading products continue to be hand made using time-honoured skills in Staffordshire.
David learnt that BIC are the UK's largest manufacturer and supplier of handcrafted wooden and metal gates, with a range that will enhance gardens and drives with traditional and contemporary designs.
All the materials for the gates and other products are of the highest quality with corrosion free galvanized and powder coated metal ensuring longevity.
Hardwearing and attractively coloured Scandinavian redwood is used for their substantial timber gates and combines wonderfully well with the delightful metal work.
Their railing is particularly useful to decorate brickwork, introducing interest and elaboration, while metal fencing can provide a traditional and very handsome border for your property.
Popular ball and spear top designs stand alongside fleur-de-lys, scroll and gothic metal work, all hand crafted with remarkable skill to provide exceptionally pleasing results.
From what David was shown, it's clear that the gate, railing and fence panels that Burbage manufacture will effortlessly transform the appearance of any garden or open space.
See their products for yourself on the GardenSite Burbage page.
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.
Keeping everything we offer on GardenSite fresh with the widest choice is always important, that's why David Coton recently paid a visit to Royalcraft, who offer an impressive selection of high quality outdoor furniture that we will feature next year.
It's autumn and David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that we should also now be planning ahead for next year.
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 2019.