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.
With a view to introducing their impressive range of timber products to GardenSite, David Coton recently visited Churnet Valley Garden Furniture to look around their manufacturing facility.
Churnet Valley manufacture their high quality products from a base at Leek in Staffordshire. It's a family business that employs expert carpentry skills to produce beautifully designed and very practical furniture.
Showing David around the busy workshop was UK Account Manager Nathan Oddy, who explained that all their garden furniture is very carefully hand made from responsibly sourced Scandinavian redwood which has been pressure treated to guarantee an exceptionally long life span.
Nathan stressed that their furniture is a great investment as it's hand crafted from top class timber. He also pointed out that this emphasis on quality throughout the manufacturing process was far more beneficial to the environment than a cheaper mass produced product, and will save the customer money in the long run.
The first products appearing on GardenSite will include Swing Seats that vary from child friendly single and double swings to the more adult and very relaxing covered and pergola style models. There's also the Missouri Porch Glider that is uniquely and strikingly designed to imitate a rocking chair.
Furniture Sets range from heavy duty and very practical bench and table combinations that are perfect for young families to more stylish arrangements which are beautifully designed and will prove to be attractive garden enhancements particularly when accompanied by a luxuriously wide parasol.
There's a fabulous choice of Arbours, from the traditional two seat structures to the eye-catching Riviera Seated Pergola which is ideal for entertaining, as is the top of the range Grande Valley Gazebo which has a shingle roof and is equipped with a coffee table and ergonomically designed benches.
After having another chance to catch up with Churnet Valley at Glee, the garden retail industry's annual show, David is convinced that you'll agree that the entire range, that also features Sheds, Log Stores, Picnic Tables and Planters, will be a popular addition to GardenSite as it is 'sustainable, natural and desirable'.
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.
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