David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.
The increasing trend for eating and entertaining outdoors seems set to continue and La Hacienda wood fired ovens, that can be used to cook and grill an impressive range of food, have caught the attention of Nathan James Dodd.
Manufactured from highly durable materials that remain robust even when subjected to intense heat, these La Hacienda products are ideal if you enjoy delicious home cooked food.
Perhaps the 'best BBQ accessory you'll ever buy' is how the award winning BakerStone Box has been described. By using convective, conductive and radiant heat, the box cooks a gourmet rustic pizza in under four minutes
Presented with the Best Outdoor Garden Leisure Product at the Glee 2014 trade show, the BakerStone Box comes in two sizes for 12" and 14" pizzas and converts a BBQ into a oven. It can additionally be used to bake bread, cookies, roast meat, vegetables and fish.
If you love pizzas there's also the La Hacienda Pizza Firepit that consists simply of a log fire over which a separate steel stand is positioned with a cordeorite stone on which the pizza is cooked. At other times the black steel firepit can be used as a patio heater.
The Romana Wood Fired Oven is a fine and very useful garden focal point that cooks pizzas in minutes using wood or charcoal. Its design is both contemporary and reassuringly traditional with double ovens, side tables, a firebrick base to radiate heat evenly, and a temperature dial. The La Hacienda San Carlos Wood Fired Oven is a smaller less elaborate version.
With a design reminiscent of its South American origins, the Geometric Chimenea With Grill is hand crafted from Mexican clay and will add character, colour and warmth to your garden.
Each one is unique and contains a chrome cooking grill and stands on a steel base. the chimenea can be used as a patio heater but if the lid is removed it converts into a grill for any foodstuff that benefits from the smoky heat of a log fire.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2018.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and here at the Garden Centre we are already receiving new stock in readiness for spring which is just around the corner. David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.