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.
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 Burbage (Iron Craft) is 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 metalwork.
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 metalwork, all handcrafted 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 fencing page.
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.
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.
Gardening is such a popular activity with interest only increasing over recent years that the magazine rack in your local newsagent or supermarket is packed with publications offering inspiration and practical advice.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is dull and overcast, David Coton suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.