Timber garden decking never seems to lose its popularity, and why should it, when it's such a useful way of extending your living and entertaining space. Andy Taylor explains why decking is so easy to install and how best to look after it.
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.
Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
An iced over pond will have a detrimental effect on animal and plant pond life, although fish and amphibians will survive under a frozen surface for some time, ice traps gases escaping from decaying material and prevents oxygen from entering the water.