With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Many gardens have magical qualities and, using Toscano resin figurines, David Hall has transformed his garden into a place that will truly enchant children and adults alike.
Design Toscano offer a remarkable series of attractive resin representations of angels, animals, gothic and classical figures. Some of their most popular pieces feature the fairies that delightfully populate our folklore.
Two of the most charming are the Fairy Dust Twins. Beautifully hand coloured, one of the golden haired fairies sits on a flower while the other leans on a mushroom in a coy pose. Exquisitely crafted, this is a fine example of the standard to which Toscano craft their pieces, a wonderful high quality resin creation.
Other resin fairies are authentically finished to resemble intricately carved stone. The Secret Garden Fairies designed by the artist Evelyn Myers Hartley, one pondering and the other gazing into the distance, are superb examples of a realistic stone effect.
The Fairy of the West Wind and the Celtic Fairy both feature subtley different tones with a charming emphasis on intricate detail.
Toscano's collection can be augmented by fairies in bronzed resin such as the charming Woodland Fairy. The Large Standing Fairy is an impressive 93cm in height and the Large Sitting Fairy both have wonderfully outstretched butterfly wings and a meticulously detailed body.
Whatever you choose, beauty and durability will be guaranteed due to the outstanding nature of the craftsmanship and the excellent materials used in their production. As many people remark, these figurines are 'beautifully made' and will 'enhance any garden'.
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.