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4 Ways to Protect Your Deck

You’ve got to love having a deck when the sun’s out. As soon as that brilliant yellow ball bursts through the clouds it’s time to break out the deck chairs, fire up the barbecue and pop open the champagne (or more usually a Tennent’s!). On days like this there’s nothing better to than sitting back […]

10 Tips For Getting the Most out of a Small Garden

You don’t need a garden the size of a football pitch in order to have a stunning green place to relax in. Behind every specific tip on our list is the aim of economising space. When it comes to furniture, think Japanese minimalism – live within your means and eliminate clutter. Why do you have […]

A Fire Sale With A Difference

The 8 July 1984 was one of those stifling days, the sky charged, hyperreal, when the world feels like it’s holding its breath. The storm hit in the late evening. Fire crew from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue watched the lightning streak across the sky as they made their way to their headquarters in Northallerton, […]

How to Make Shabby-Chic Furniture

I love making shabby-chic furniture. You get a brilliant historic look in hours instead of years, it saves good furniture from the skip and its cracking fun to do. What’s not to like? To share this passion with others, I’ve written this ‘How To..’ to guide you through the process and show you just how […]

Seven Simple Yet Innovative Ideas For Your Garden

Colour and Contrast  Traditionally, we Brits will keep our timber unpainted or only paint it neutral colours. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, but if you have an artistic flare and skill with a brush, why not be a bit more outlandish? Bring a summery feel to your garden all year round with bold, […]

China’s Addiction to Illegal Timber

Timber can be a green, sustainable product, but illegal logging, fuelled by China’s insatiable appetite for timber, is precipitating environmental and economic disasters across the world. A recent report, for example, revealed that a flabbergasting 93% of Mozambique’s logging is illegal (and largely unsustainable), destroying the country’s forest resources and costing around $146m in lost […]

Scottish Timber – A Growth Industry?

The world is recovering from the global financial crisis and this could be good news for the Scottish timber industry. According to Clive Suckling, a senior advisor to the timber sector, this is a matter of basic economics. There is a huge, global demand for timber and not enough supply. Asia, with its massively expanding […]

How to Build a Raised Bed

Raised beds are great. They boost drainage. They can easily introduce new soil types. They’re at an easier working height. The soil is consistently warmer. You can easily move them. They even add a bit of sculpture to your garden. What’s not to love? In this helpful guide we’ll talk you through the construction process […]

A Shed for Every Garden

So you want a shed? Well you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a whole range of quality-built sheds for every conceivable garden. Here’s a rundown of some of the big ones.   Workshop Sheds Next up is one for all you budding craftsmen out there. With our heavy duty workshops  we can construct […]

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