Grange are introducing several new fence panels and gates in 2017 and Andy Taylor has been looking at these fresh additions to their already impressive collection of timber products.
In the second episode of the new series, the Love Your Garden team chose two Grange products to help transform the life of a disabled child in Nottingham. Nathan James Dodd saw how the family's garden changed from a neglected space to become a fully accessible area that's full of interest.
Tilly is a young girl from Nottingham who is disabled following a domestic accident six years ago. Due to the amount of time that has to be spent looking after her, the family garden had become neglected and also a dumping ground for building materials following the construction of an extension.
Asked what she most wanted in the garden, the answer was a trampoline and a little house. Alan Titchmarsh and the team then set about reshaping the garden to include these features and much more.
Centre stage was a red and white summer house. It gave the garden personality and could be used in a number of ways including somewhere to eat or play in bad weather.
Next to it, a Grange Pergola was installed made from pressure treated wood with sturdy uprights and cross bearers. Part of an extensive range of pergolas, it provides a shaded area where children can play outside but away from the damaging glare of intense sunlight.
A football pitch was laid at the bottom of the garden using artificial grass. Separating the pitch from the other play areas, including the trampoline that was built over a pit, are Grange Urban Screens.
The panels have different sized slats and are part of their new 'Urban Range' that includes several complementary landscaping products, Giving the garden a contemporary feel, the urban panels are preferable to a solid fence as the children can still be seen playing and parents can keep an eye on them.
Finally, a set of outdoor furniture was introduced to bring the comfort of the home out into the garden, There's now an impressive range of all weather sofas, tables and chairs to choose from, made from quality materials that are UV resistant and do not deteriorate. This fabulous furniture has the effect of extending your lounge into the garden.
Completely safe, Tilly's garden is now an attractive space with hard and soft landscaping that can be enjoyed by children of all ages as well as adults.
Nathan James Dodd
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.
The weather forecast is for a sizzling summer and David Coton is already looking forward to preparing delicious barbecued food for his family and friends. Barbecues have become incredibly popular over recent years and here is David's guide on what to look out for when choosing one of these summer essentials.
Sheds of any kind are ubiquitous in the British garden and, due to their popularity, there are plenty to choose from. David Coton explores the basic considerations that need to be taken into account before purchasing one.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.