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.
Eating outside is one of summer's pleasures and Nathan James Dodd thinks there's nothing better or more simple than a picnic table on which to share a meal with family and friends.
Suitable for both adults and children, there's plenty of choice of picnic tables, and they are all quality products that are very easy to assemble.
Rowlinson make a huge variety of timber garden products so it's only natural that they have two different sized picnic tables on offer, one 4ft long bench suitable for four people, the other 5ft bench for up to six people.
They are both very sturdy and large enough to accommodate plenty of plates and dishes. The natural timber finish can be painted or stained, and the timber is pressure treated to be rot resistant.
Grange are another company that use only the best environmentally friendly materials and their 6½ft picnic table has space saving folding seats. Again the timber is guaranteed against rot and, with the seats folded, can be used just as a useful table.
Top quality furniture in the Pine Collection from Alexander Rose has a natural yellow/green grain that mellows to silver grey. Their Woburn 5ft and 6ft picnic tables are traditionally designed and carry a three year warranty. The Gleneagles table is chunkily styled with eight stools around a round table, and thoughtfully there is a support to keep your parasol upright in breezy weather.
If you are planning a large get together then Alexander Rose's 6ft Farmers Dining Table with accompanying stools should fit the bill, a fantastic way for all the family to gather on a sunny summer's Sunday afternoon.
Also somewhat rustic are the two Refectory Bench and Tables from Forest. These are very substantial, made up from sleeper benches and a refectory type table taht can be bought separately, and guaranteed for 15 years.
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.
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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.