Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.
The Love Your Garden Team travelled to Durham for their latest project and Nathan James Dodd saw them use another Grange timber product as an integral part of the renovated garden
Alan Titchmarsh has used several Grange products in the current series and this time one of their wide range of contemporary screens became an essential part of a garden transformation.
Sam, whose husband had recently died, and her two sons, one of whom had learning difficulties, were the subjects of the programme.
Her garden was relatively small but had one great advantage, it looked out onto a nature reserve.
So immediately the tall fencing and hedge at the end of the garden was taken down, so the adjacent hills and lake came into full view.
One addition to the garden that Sam had always wanted was a hot tub, and for reasons of privacy this needed to be hidden from the surrounding countryside.
However, something more adaptable than a traditional screen was required, one which would not block the view when the hot tub was not in use.
An Adjustable Screen from Grange was the ideal solution as the slats can be opened and closed just like a Venetian blind.
Perfect as a patio or garden partition, when closed the screen will protect your privacy but, when opened, light will stream through the open slats and visually extend your outside space.
The team could have also considered a timber canopy to guard the hot tub from the elements and enable it to be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Sam's sons were not forgotten as a vegetable patch was developed for the youngest and her eldest son, who is a keen naturalist, can now observe wildlife on the nature reserve from a newly installed studio.
A bug box and small water garden was also put in place to encourage insects and frogs into the garden.
The result was a wonderful garden that could be enjoyed by the whole family with tradition mixed with contemporary design, flower beds and paved areas side by side with innovative products such as the adjustable screen.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.