Log burners and open fires have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Andy Taylor explains how you can have a continuous supply of dry, well seasoned, wood by investing in a log store.
The latest episode of Love Your Garden took took us to Bolton, where Nathan James Dodd saw the team use a Grange Urban Arch and Rowlinson Raised Planters to completely transform the garden of a wheelchair bound RSPCA officer.
Alan Titchmarsh and his team took the inaccessible wasteland that Caroline Hall called her garden and turned it into a animal centred haven around which she could easily move.
A log cabin became the garden's focal point, a social hub for dining and entertaining, as well as offering a storage area for gardening equipment. As was emphasized, log cabins can also be the ideal place for hobbies and range of other activities that get you away from domestic distractions.
The garden was quite long and not very wide, and a Grange Urban Arch was used to divide it into different sections with separate themes. The arch is part of their new urban range which feature complementary contemporary items, and a bench was placed underneath where Caroline could rest and admire the team's handiwork.
Raised beds are a boon to anyone who cannot for any reason bend while tending their garden. So Rowlinsons 4' x 4' Raised Planters were installed in order that fresh vegetables could be picked for the kitchen from Caroline's wheelchair. Easy to assemble, the timber is pressure treated against rot and can be stained or painted.
The garden was completed with a traditional timber framed greenhouse and a fire pit, The latter is a rectangular steel frame containing blazing logs around which people can gather and stay warm on cool evenings. Weather resistant, the pit develops a film of rust that protects it against corrosion.
Once again the Love Your Garden team had taken an unloved and neglected piece of land and, by using innovative design and top quality landscaping materials, created a superb and very practical garden.
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.