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.
Walls, whether they mark a boundary or support your house, are on the whole functional and unappealing. Nathan James Dodd suggests using wall plaques and ornaments to improve their appearance.
Whether classical, contemporary or comic, these enhancements break up a wall's monotony, adding interest that will transform and add character to a garden or patio space.
Haddonstone's Parthenon Friezes are the epitome of classical design. They are reproductions of originals that date from 443BC and depict the Panathenaic Procession. As can be expected, the detail is superb and the reconstituted stone will weather beautifully with age.
Also from Haddonstone are plaques reflecting the characteristics of the four seasons, each one decorated with imagery of a particular time of the year with garlands of flowers, sheaves of corn, cornucopia of fruit and fire & ice, all finely captured in high quality stone work.
There are several masks to choose from. The fabled Green Woman, or a Cherub, and at the opposite end of the spectrum a Brelgian Wall Mask that is either grotesque or amusing depending on your disposition. Somewhat more spiritual would be a depiction of the Buddha or a Cham Plaque that originates from ancient south east Asian culture.
Toscano also have a Demon on the Loose and Gaston the Gothic Gargoyle who normally is seen taunting passers by from high up on the walls of European cathedrals.
More flippant and colourfully entertaining are Citron the Cockatoo and Phineas the Flapping Macaw, high quality resin depictions of exotic birds that will surprise guests even before their first mojito.
However, most appropriate would be Haddonstone's Tradescant Wall Plaque. This is a splendid portrait of King Charles II's gardener who introduced several new plant species from America. Based on a 17th century original, John Tradescant is pictured with trowel and spade at the ready.
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.