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Our Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning Teak Furniture!

Teak Furniture at the Garden Furniture Centre

Our Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning Teak Furniture!

Here at the Garden Furniture Centre, we take great pride in supplying the best grade A teak furniture for all our customers to enjoy over many years! Recently, we took it upon ourselves to recondition our FSC Certified Malvern teak bench at yew tree farm which is 17 years old! By using our own teak cleaning products and a bit of TLC, this bench now looks just as good as it did 17 years ago. So, for this blog post we are going to take you through the stages of how we made our Malvern bench go from rags to riches in just a few easy steps!

The main question on everyone’s lips is what is the best way to treat teak outdoor furniture? Notably, it is thought that applying teak protector or oil whilst it is new will make your teak furniture shine and flourish for years to come, however this is not the case. The oil content in the teak wood is already extremely high so the products added will ruin the finish of the wood. So, for this reason, here is a breakdown of how to properly care and treat your teak furniture to make it last a lifetime!

 

Step 1: Jet Wash

To begin the cleaning process, it is best to get rid of any dirt and grime build up with a power jet wash which will get into all the tight and hard-to-reach places to prepare it for the next stage. As you can see, the colour of the bench has already started to transform into its original soft walnut brown hue that has been hidden for many years!

 

Step 2: Sanding

After the bench has dried from the jet washing, the next vital stage is to sand the wood down to restore the original colour of the wood. Here we have used a sanding machine to buff out the marks and dents on the larger areas to re-establish the delicate engraving on the top panel. Keep in mind that the sanding process is an extremely crucial part of restoring any teak furniture and must be completed with the upmost care. It is also important to follow the grain of the wood to ensure there are no additional markings made by the sandpaper or sand machine.

 

Step 3: Cleaner

After the sanding is complete, it is time to apply the teak cleaner to kill any mould or mildew bacteria that may have built up inside the teak over the years. It is imperative to clear off any excess sawdust that may have collected on the furniture with a damp cloth to ensure the surface is prepped and ready for the teak cleaner. You can apply our Golden Care Teak Cleaner to the bench with a dry sponge and lightly work the product into the wood to remove any excess dirt and oil. Fundamentally, the superior teak quality is very much evident in this bench as there is no appearance of rotting or splitting within the wood!

 

Step 4: Protector

The final stage in restoring your teak furniture is to carefully apply the teak protector which is available in either a blonde or honey brown shade to replenish the lost colour of the wood. For this restoration, we have chosen to apply our Golden Care Blonde Teak Protector with a soft bristle brush to further enhance the warm hue and detail of the grain. This ultimately seals the wood to create an extra layer of protection against water or mildew, as well as providing 100% protection against any sun damage! The difference with a water-based teak protector versus an oil is that the protector allows the wood to breath and keep its original colour whereas a teak oil will typically alter the colour of the wood into a darker brown or even orange tinge, as well as attracting moisture and mildew into the teak. 

 

The Finished Product!

And there you have it! Our 17-year-old Malvern bench has been completely restored with just a few simple steps and some much needed love and attention! Make sure to tag us in your own teak furniture restorations so we can see your amazing transformations just like ours!

The Pergolux: Our Installation at Spot-On Wake!

The Pergolux: Our Installation at Spot-On Wake!

At the Garden Furniture Centre, we have a versatile selection of gazebos that can be tailored to your every need! Our extensive range of bespoke and fitted gazebos are a great way to add style and character to any outdoor space. Our most recent installation at water sports centre Spot-On Wake in Wootton Wawen demonstrates how our Pergolux gazebo has many beneficial uses for the public and commercial venues.

The Pergolux

But what is a pergola? Firstly, let us break down the key components of the Pergolux gazebo that makes it so desirable! The main feature of this gazebo is the remote-controlled motorised louvered roof which is fitted with our warm LED lights that are delicately positioned to give your gazebo a calming and stylish atmosphere! This motorised roof can fully open with minimal effort when you want to regulate the temperature, or even to enjoy the hot summer sun.

 

 

Another main feature of our Pergola design is the drainage system which is manufactured to remove any excess rainwater through our innovative drainage channels located within the front two legs. This allows you to have the option of using your garden space whatever the weather and to make the most out of your outdoor area all year round! The drainage system is also familiar on our Galaxy gazebos as this design allows the rainwater to drain effortlessly from the roof and out through the feet. Combined with the watertight and waterproof louvered roof, our Pergolux gazebos are perfect at preventing any harsh weather conditions from spoiling your garden furniture!

 

An optional extra that is included with our Pergola designs is the addition of our glass sliding doors which can lock in place to create a stunning glass wall! These glass sliding doors are extremely durable and will undeniably withstand any weather conditions whilst providing elegance and style to your outdoor area. Fitted with a locking system, these glass doors are safe and secure for you to leave personal belongings or furniture unattended so there is no worry about theft or damage.

 

Spot-On Wake

Recently, our brilliant installations team fitted our bespoke 3.5m x 5m Pergolux gazebo for water sports centre Spot-On Wake! Located in the stunning village of Wootton Wawen, this centre is a hub of thrill and excitement for any water loving fan. The activities on offer are endless; from wake and paddle boarding to open water swimming and obstacle courses, Spot-On Wake will certainly have what you are looking for!

 

This Pergolux is primarily their control centre to monitor the water sport activities as it overlooks both lakes, but it also functions as a lounge area with our garden furniture for visitors to enjoy the magnificent views of the park! This gazebo is fitted with our optional sliding glass doors for maximum protection and privacy when customers want to leave belongings or possessions nearby whilst enjoying their activities. As standard, it also includes our LED motorised louvered roof and anthracite grey frame which looks spectacular beside the action-packed lakes!

 

Take a look at our video below featuring Nathalie who talks you through the Pergolux gazebo at Spot-On Wake!

 

Welcoming Our Home-Grown Hemlock Picnic Table

Picnic tables at the garden furniture centre

Welcoming Our Home-Grown Hemlock Picnic Table!

At the Garden Furniture Centre, we are always passionate about locally sourced products to ensure that we can keep our surrounding community close to the heart. Our latest project is one that is extremely close to the GFC family and will certainly play a big part in the future for our business. With this is mind, we are welcoming a new range of picnic tables manufactured out of Western Hemlock wood which is sourced and manufactured in our woodland on the family farm! Partnered with the brilliant skills of Coppice Creation, these picnic tables are a unique and sustainable design for our extensive garden furniture collection!

Coppice Creations

This locally run family business is one of the last remaining places that use the method of coppicing to create the most magnificent designs! All their products are carefully crafted on their site within the Wyre Forest area which allows the sourcing of the wood to be extremely sustainable and safe for the surrounding woodland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wyre Forest area is the largest woodland National Nature Reserve in England meaning that it is nationally protected to preserve wildlife, habitats, orchards, and valleys! Notably, this area is known for being a popular hunting spot around 900 years ago, which makes this forest rich in history.

With these unique coppicing methods used by Coppice Creations for over 45 years, this ultimately protects and shelters not just the wildlife and species within the forest, but also the history that is embedded within the area.

What is Western Hemlock?

This tree was initially introduced to Britain in the mid-1800s and is now one of the most used woods in the UK today! Interestingly, Western Hemlock was a very important herb for female warriors in the Kwakwaka’wakw tribes at the turn of the century. They would use the wood and leaves to make head dresses to perform ceremonial dances for the community and tribe members.

These trees live for around 500 years with a dark, reddish-brown bark colour which looks magnificent as it begins to age. The wood is generally used for decking, building construction, flooring, and of course garden furniture!

Our Brand-New Hemlock Picnic Table

With all the amazing benefits and history of Western Hemlock, we thought this would be the perfect material to create our new range of picnic tables! Crafted on site at our own farm by Coppice Creations, these A-frame picnic tables are sustainably and locally sourced from start to finish to encase the deep, rich history of the forest and the community. Whether you are using this commercially or domestically, this unique table will comfortably seat 6 to 8 people for you to relax and unwind with friends and family in time for the hot summer season!

 

What makes this table so unique and special to us is its representation of locally sourced materials and businesses coming together to produce products to be enjoyed by everyone over the country, and the world!

Why not come to our showroom at Yew Tree Farm in Wootton Wawen to have a look at our new Western Hemlock picnic table as well as many other fantastic products we have on display!

UPF Ratings: Why Does It Matter?

Parasols at the Garden Furniture Centre

UPF Ratings: Why Does It Matter?

With the hot weather fast approaching, you might be wondering how you are going to shade yourself from the blazing sun to enjoy your garden parties or just to relax with friends and family. At the Garden Furniture Centre, we listen to all our customers’ queries about sun and UV protection. So, to ensure we can answer all your questions we have laboratory tested our products to give you the most accurate answers. All our parasol canopies are fitted with a 50+ UPF rating which will give you an excellent protection against harsh UV exposure! In this blog post, we shall explore what exactly is a UPF rating, why it is important, and why you need to take precautions to protect yourself from harsh UV rays in the summer.

 

What is UPF?

UPF is the acronym for ‘Ultraviolet Protection Factor’ which basically shows how much UV radiation can reach your skin through certain fabrics. For example, a UPF rating of 30 to 49 will give you a very good protection from UV rays, whereas a UPF rating of 50+ is regarded as an excellent protection and can block out 98% of the sun’s rays. Notably, it is a requirement from The Skin Cancer Foundation that fabrics needs to have a UPF rating of at least 30 to meet their Seal of Recommendation.

It is important however that you know the difference between UPF and SPF, as it does become confusing with so many different variations! The main points to know are that UPF measures the amount of UV radiation that can infiltrate the fabric to eventually reach your skin. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) on the other hand actually considers how long it takes for skin that is exposed to UV rays to become red, for example if you begin to have sunburn after 20 minutes exposed to the sun, then a sun cream with an SPF of 15 will protect your skin for 15 times longer than without it!

 

But what is UV radiation?

UV radiation is the natural energy produced by the sun and is not visible to the naked eye, but your skin can sense it. Ultimately, there are two types of UV radiation that can contribute to the development of skin cancer: Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA is typically associated with the ageing of skin, whereas UVB is linked to skin burning. When you are unprotected and exposed to both these radiations, the damage can be detrimental to your skin as the DNA in your skin cells become damaged, resulting in genetic defects or mutations which can all cause skin cancer.

 

What is more, severe UV exposure that causes sunburn does have a major role in producing melanoma, which is one of the most well-known types of skin cancer. Consequently, UV radiation is an extremely powerful way to attack your skin and can cause issues that range from just a few wrinkles to possibly a critical case of skin cancer.

 

So, what can I do to protect myself from harsh UV rays?

In short, it is important that you do everything you can to protect yourself from harsh exposure to UV radiation so you can prevent any harmful developments to your skin in the future. The main way is to wear sun-safe clothing and sun cream to let your skin have the best protection. Notably, you might want to host dinner or summer events in your garden and will need extra shade for your friends or guests to sit under. As previously mentioned, our range of parasols are fitted with canopies that have been laboratory tested and have been approved of having a 50+ UPF rating, meaning that these canopies will prevent 98% of UV rays coming into contact with your skin! Placing any of our parasols in your garden will give you the best defence against the harsh summer sun whilst adding a great element of style to your dining or lounge area.

 

Why not check out our amazing range of parasols? Click the links below to view them on our website:

Cantilever Parasols

Wall Mounted Parasols

Stand Alone Parasols

Commercial Parasols

LED Parasols

Parasol Canopies and Covers

We would love to see your parasol pictures in your garden, so please share them with us on our socials and you might get featured!

Here Is What No One Is Telling You About Teak Root Furniture!

Teak Root Furniture at the garden furniture centre

Here is What No One Is Telling You About Teak Root Furniture!

 

Teak wood is notably one of the most popular materials for manufacturing garden furniture due to its durability and rot resistant qualities. Significantly, it is teak root which possesses the most unusual and artistically delicate character when manufactured into furniture. The obscure shaping and unique design of teak root will certainly enhance the character of your indoor or outdoor space, as well as having the additional benefit of being magnificent to look at! Well, in this blog post we are going to delve into the art of how teak root furniture is manufactured as well as demonstrating the benefits and care you should be aware of when purchasing any teak root product!

 

What makes Indonesian teak root furniture special?

Indonesian reclaimed teak is undoubtably the most desired material for manufacturers due to its versatility and striking appeal. Typically, teak trees are grown in warm tropical rainforests due to their high temperatures and rich soil benefits. Harvested from disused teak trees, manufacturers use the roof section to produce tables, benches and much more due to its strength and weather resistant qualities.

 

With the age and complexity of the root, these products are uniquely crafted so each one is completely different! This is achieved through its dense grain, which is not only appealing to any wood lover, but is also a reflection of the brilliant quality these trees are so well-known for! This particular part of the tree is rot resistant and organically shaped, so it is perfect for making furniture into artistic and intricate sculptures for everyone to admire!

 

How do I know the quality of outdoor teak furniture?

With our teak root furniture, it is sourced from small villages in Indonesia to ensure all of our products are full of character and individuality! However, to measure the quality of teak root, then we have the main points for you to look out for!

 

 

Firstly, it is the colour that is the main indication to distinguish the quality of the teak wood. If it is deeper and richer, this highlights that the level of natural oil content is extremely high. Another way to check the quality is to look for any splitting or cracks which should not be visible when the teak wood is of an exceptional level. What is more, the wood should not be stained, coloured, or treated with any additional protectors before or after purchasing as the raw materials found within the wood are already enough to protect it for years to come!

 

However, you might be wondering what the best way might be to treat outdoor teak furniture? Well, the main factor to remember is that teak furniture is extremely low maintenance and requires little to no treatment in the first few years. However, as the natural ageing process begins, the teak wood will transform into a silver-grey patina. This will happen with any teak furniture when left to age gracefully, and some agree that this change in colour actually begins to give the furniture its character! However, if you do not wish to have this gradual change in colour, then it is best to use a teak protector to maintain its golden hue.

 

 

Teak Root Furniture at The Garden Furniture Centre

At the Garden Furniture Centre, we are proud to have a great selection of teak root furniture that is sustainable and artistic to suit everyone’s personal tastes! Notably, our Naga, Regina, and Ace ranges are a favourite with our customers due to their intricate designs and unique formation to create the most impressive sculptures! These tables all come complete with a tempered glass top for you to place your food and drink which is perfect for entertaining friends and family.

 

Alternatively, you can match your teak root table with our reclaimed teak root lamps which emulate style and sophistication with their sculpturesque stature! With an essence of individuality, these lamps will certainly fit and look the part in any indoor or outdoor area to add elegance and originality for you to admire. What is more, our teak root furniture stretches further with items such as our root benches, Xilon Root Bottle Stand and Ikal Planters showing that teak roots can be manufactured into just about anything!

 

So why not come and see our magnificent selection of teak root furniture at our showroom in Wootton Wawen! Make sure to share all your photos with us on our socials of your favourite teak root item!

 

Click here to check out our teak root range!

 

Why Bamboo is Taking Over Garden Furniture!

Bamboo Furniture Range at the Garden Furniture Centre

Why Bamboo is Taking Over Garden Furniture!

 

With the demand for sustainable resources and eco-friendly materials to build on the rise, it is important that companies find alternative ways to manufacture furniture with an environmental mindset. With this, the Garden Furniture Centre has many products that are constructed from upcycled materials or plastic waste to make the important steps to tackle our serious climate issues. However, we also take pride in producing and supplying garden furniture that has been carefully crafted out of bamboo due to its versatility! So, here is a rundown of how bamboo is a brilliant alternative to other raw materials, and the incredible benefits it holds for our planet and wildlife!

How eco-friendly is Bamboo?

 

Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly materials available for manufacturing and building all over the world. Without any chemical processing, it absorbs five times more carbon dioxide than other raw materials, as well as producing 35% more oxygen than any other similar plants! Due to this, bamboo is an extremely sought-after alternative material to create many different products.

This is especially apparent in the textile industry to make clothes, yarn, and cloth! What is more, bamboo can also be used to make cooking utensils and kitchen equipment (check out our Ooni range bamboo pizza peels), as it is heat-resistant, lightweight, and fantastically durable!

 

Building with Bamboo

 

Fundamentally, bamboo is widely used by businesses to construct shelters or larger items for structural support due to its robust and strong exterior. The main advantages when building with bamboo is that it is cost effective and extremely flexible which makes it easier to mould and work with. Equally, it poses no danger or threat to your health or any surroundings unlike cement and asbestos as it is a natural material. What is more, the strength of bamboo is what makes this material so popular. Due to the fibres running vertically, this allows it to form a durability that is stronger than steel! With this, it allows companies to ensure that their buildings are safer for the environment with the added reassurance that their tenants or buyers are protected from any health risks.

 

 

Notably, bamboo can withstand heat from up to 4000 degrees due to the high value silicate acid and water content! This is reassuring for anyone wanting to use or purchase bamboo for shelter or even protection for their outdoor space, as there is no worry about having a naked flame close to the building or structure.

 

Bamboo at the Garden Furniture Centre

 

Our bamboo range at the Garden Furniture Centre includes some of our most popular and sustainable products that we have to offer! Our Bambrella parasols are perfect for any outdoor area due to their fantastic manufacturing. These are crafted out of laminated bamboo, which is not only high-quality but is also eco-friendly! The best part about having some of our products made out of bamboo is that its growth is rapid, as well as requiring little to no maintenance.

 

As well as our Bambrella parasols, we also have our range of magnificent bamboo gazebos! With an essence of style and sophistication, these gazebos are a fabulous and sustainable addition to your outdoor space. These gazebos are crafted from treated bamboo and is finished with a gorgeous lattice design weaved along the panels. What is more, the roof is lined with strips of plaited bamboo and finished with a thatched roof that is completely waterproof! And there is no need to worry about maintenance with these gazebos either, as the roof is coated with synthetic mesh which repels water, allowing it to run off the roof with no residue. There is also the inclusion of the inner table which is made of the same treated bamboo that can be placed anywhere you desire!

 

Now that you know a little more about the use of bamboo, maybe you should come to our showroom in Wootton Wawen to see our magnificent bamboo products for yourself!

The Power of Pizza Ovens

Ooni Pizza Oven Range from the Garden Furniture Centre

The Power of Pizza Ovens

As our competition for the Ooni Karu pizza oven has a few days left, we thought we would share our tips and tricks for you to make the most of your Ooni pizza oven! From ovens to accessories, the Ooni range will make your outdoor cooking experience even more special. So, whether you are a professional chef or an amateur cook, we have all your pizza needs covered to impress your guests and family!

 

At the Garden Furniture Centre, we have three of the Ooni pizza ovens available right now! So, lets break down each one to see what they have to offer…

 

Ooni Karu 12 Pizza Oven

 

 

This pizza oven is a magnificent piece of equipment to add to your outdoor cooking experience! With a multi-fuel option, this can be compatible with gas or wood pellets. This attachment will not only maximise your cooking experience but will also give you a mess free space. What’s more, its lightweight transportability will make it even easier for you to impress your friends and family when hosting your evening soirée! The main fascination with all the Ooni pizza ovens is the sleek design and stylish appearance it evokes with its stainless-steel craftsmanship! This not only looks innovative, but also practical at keeping the heat trapped within the oven so your pizzas come out fresh and fast!

 

Ooni Koda 16 Pizza Oven

 

The Ooni Koda pizza oven is a sleek and streamlined piece of kit which is powered by gas. This design is perfect for wanting to cook any larger items including fish, steaks and vegetables! With its large baking board situated inside the oven and a cleverly designed L-shaped flame, your food will be cooked to perfection! As the oven is only powered by gas, this makes it even more desirable as it will not leave any ash or residue for you to clean up! Ready to cook in 20 minutes, this oven is perfect to widen your cooking experience outdoors!

 

Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven

 

This powerful oven is ready to get you cooking in only 15 minutes! With its wood-fuelled pellets, it will give your cooking a smoky live fire experience. With this, it will create succulent flavours without you having to make any effort whatsoever! The hardwood pellets used to fuel the oven are the main reason for your food to taste delicious. Made from birch and oak wood, the pellets allow the oven to penetrate your food with an earthy and smoky infusion. Much like the other ovens in the Ooni family, this is lightweight and fully portable for you to cook incredible meals for your friends and family.

 

Ooni Accessories

As well as the pizza ovens, the Ooni range comes complete with a variety of magnificent accessories! From covers to bamboo boards, you will find all your cooking essentials at your fingertips. You might be thinking how you can make your meals presentable to your guests, which is why the bamboo pizza reel is the perfect addition for your outdoor cooking experience! Furthermore, our fabulous range of skillets and pans, you will be able to make the most out of your oven to cook some tasty creations in no time at all! Use the skillet and sizzler pans to make your food taste and look incredible with the easy-to-use handle which you can slide in and out of your oven with no fuss.

So why not have a look at our Ooni range on our website or in our showroom at Yew Tree Farm in Wootton Wawen! Be sure to tag us on our socials with your Ooni creations and outdoor cooking set up!

 

Understanding the Benefits of Bird Feeding

Understanding the Benefits of Bird Feeding...

Bird feeding is one of the most rewarding activities that you can do for your local wildlife and even for yourself. It is a well-known fact that bird feeding is widely popular around the world as it brings nature and beauty into your outdoor space, as well as having educational benefits to identify with our surrounding wildlife! With the modern world everchanging and climate crisis talks becoming more frequent, it is important that we do everything we can to ensure our wildlife and environment is protected and nurtured through a few simple acts. So, this post will talk you through the ins and outs of how bird feeding is one of these key changes that we can do to make a difference!

Why do people enjoy feeding birds?

Just like many things in life, there will be certain people who might think that bird feeding is not as satisfying as others may say. However, it has been recorded in various studies that we as human beings earn great pleasure to look after our wildlife. With that said, the actual process of bird feeding and finding that desirable instinct to help our wildlife is what makes this activity so attractive to many people across the world. What you may not know however is how bird feeding can act as an organic way to control the pests and insects in your garden! This is a great way to keep any harsh chemicals out of your garden and will also attract more birds and wildlife to your outdoor space.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Bird Feeding

Fundamentally, there are many advantages to feeding birds which contribute to the important changes needed to protect and support our wildlife. One of the main benefits is that it provides birds with a vital source of energy, especially during the winter months. With the correct foods and nutrients, this will give your visiting birds an assured certainty that they will be able to have access to foods that they usually might be deprived of!

However, it is not so much just the visiting birds that are benefiting from the food you put out for them, but also their young. During the winter months, this is especially important as it will allow birds and their young to thrive and have a better chance of making it through to the next winter. Typically, the correct food will provide insulation and warmth during the winter, which will increase the possibilities for birds to reproduce and ultimately have a higher survival rate!

Although bird feeding seems to be highly positive, there are a few consequences that can occur if it is not done properly. Primarily, it is important that large or indigestible foods are avoided as this can cause birds to choke or develop long-term health problems. Birds are notorious at eating anything that appears edible, so it is imperative that you make sure the food you are leaving in the bird feeder is not harmful to their digestive system.

Additionally, food that is left out in the bird feeder can begin to rot or even spoil which can attract rodents and other pests if the feeder is not properly maintained. This can cause detrimental effects to the birds who may eat the rotted food as the dangerous bacteria will poison them, ultimately resulting in fatal sicknesses. Consequently, bacteria can spread to other wildlife, and as a result will cause illnesses amongst other species in your surrounding area. To avoid this, it is recommended to make sure food is changed every few days, as well as regularly cleaning the bird feeder to ensure there is no threat to the visiting birds or local wildlife.

What are the best foods to feed birds?

A lot of research has gone into finding which particular foods are the most beneficial for birds in order for them to live a healthy and fulfilled life. However, when deciding which foods will be the most advantageous for birds to thrive, it is important to consider the seasonal effects upon their bodies. For example, during the winter months, it is recommended that you should put out foods which are high in fats as they can store and conserve this for energy to survive the colder temperatures. This can be found in Black Sunflower Seeds, Nyjer Seeds, breadcrumbs, cereal, and rice.

Alternatively, the summer months require birds to conserve more protein due to it being their moulting season. With the sun being more prominent, it is vital that the hygiene of the bird feeder is maintained as the hot temperatures will perish the food quicker than in the winter. Foods such as mealworms, waxworms, sultanas, bananas, grapes, soaked raisins, and currants are a great source of protein for birds and will help them prepare for the winter months ahead!

Where to buy bird feeders?

At the Garden Furniture Centre, we have a wonderful selection of bird feeders that will be an innovative addition to your garden and to feed your local wildlife! Our Think Outside range of bird feeders are a unique creation manufactured from upcycled metal and are designed by artist Aaron Jackson! Not only do they look fun and stylish, but they provide so much support to your surrounding environment. These small steps are fundamental for our wildlife to survive and to become the healthiest they can be!

So why not have a go at bird feeding for yourself! You might be surprised at how beneficial bird feeding can be and how many extraordinary species of birds there are just outside your door! Be sure to tag us or share on our socials with your best bird snaps!

 

The Reasons Why We Love Recycled Garden Furniture...

The Reasons Why We Love Recycled Garden Furniture...

When we think of recycling, we often assume that it is just putting some plastic bottles into a separate bin in the kitchen, right? Well, there is so much more to recycling than you might think! There are so many advantages to recycling which are beneficial economically and socially within society. As we live in a consumer-driven environment, our vision can become clouded with the issues that are arising around climate change and mass-producing waste. So, you might be wondering where garden furniture comes into this? In this blog post, we will delve into the ins and outs of recycling and why it is important for us to keep our planet protected one milk container at a time!

Why is recycling important?

Recycling is the best way to make a drastic change to our planet and to tackle many environmental issues such as climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. As plastic waste has not been sourced from raw materials, this cuts down the energy far less due to the absence of mining, quarrying, and logging for alternative resources.

What is more, upcycling plastic waste in large quantities allows businesses and factories to save expenses as it is six times cheaper to discard recycled waste than domestic rubbish. The main important reason for recycling is how we can ethically source and create new products to use without the danger of harming ecosystems and wildlife. With that said, recycling plastic waste will conserve natural sources, without the fear of harming or endangering any natural habitats.

What recycled materials are used to manufacture garden furniture?

Fundamentally, the best plastic that is used for constructing garden furniture is synthetic resin due to its light weight and strong structure as well as its economical and low-cost value! This plastic waste can range from anything you would recognise in your household from crisp packets to bottle caps to grocery bags!

Finding ways to produce products from plastic waste is the way forward to tackle the ever-present issue of climate change and cutting down greenhouse gasses. Since we only use plastic packaging only once before throwing it away, this means that the levels of waste are climbing within landfills and as such these do not break down or biodegrade quick enough. The percentage of waste which we produce is 75% recyclable, meaning that it is easy for us to reuse this waste to create something sustainable and practical.

Our Eco Furniture Range..

At the Garden Furniture Centre, we take pride in making a change to save our planet through the manufacturing of our products, especially with our Eco Park Bench and Picnic Table Range. This fantastic selection of picnic tables and park benches are composed of recycled components such as Tupperware, yoghurt pots, disposable cups, milk containers and so much more! Fundamentally, this range is perfect for any large venues, parks, or personal use as they require little maintenance and cannot be vandalised! The main benefit of having these park benches and picnic tables made from recycled plastic is that they will never fade, splinter, or crack and can last up to 50 plus years.

Notably, these park benches and picnic tables come with three different colours, with the added grain detail to achieve a wooden appearance. These are all complete in a brown, grey and green finish to suit any outdoor space! As well as this, these park benches can be engraved, so you can make them even more personal for a loved one or for your business. These picnic tables and park benches are all made from recycled commercial grade plastic waste which is perfect for making that important step to tackle our climate crisis. What is more, this range is perfect for any outdoor use with its rot resistant material and low maintenance allowing you to enjoy having a place to sit all year round! Why not see them for yourself at Mortons in Dickens Heath and Rockfish in Plymouth!

So, there you have it! Why not come and see them for yourself at our showroom at the Yew Tree Craft Centre in Wootton Wawen! Our Eco Range is a perfect example of how we can use excess plastic waste and turn it into something innovative and practical for our planet!

The Perfect Home for Your Hot Tub...

The Perfect Home for Your Hot Tub...

As the months grow colder and the days become darker, the pleasure of sitting in your warm hot tub feels even more special. But you might be wondering how you can make the most out of your hot tub experience, or even where to put it in your outdoor space. Well, at Garden Furniture Centre we offer a wide range of Gazebos and Pergolas which are perfect for protecting your hot tub area, as well as enhancing your garden setting.

But first, let’s start with the main question that is on everyone’s lips is… ‘What is the actual difference between a gazebo and a pergola?’

Well, there are many benefits with having a gazebo or pergola in your outdoor space, and here at Garden Furniture Centre we offer a variety of both to fit all your personal needs! In fact, it is known that gazebos have been around far longer than the pergola. Originally, gazebos date back to 1400 BC where it was discovered that Egyptian gardens had gazebos to provide a luxury for people to sit and enjoy their marvellous views. So, let’s have a look at the main differences that both these products have to offer!

Galaxy and Star Gazer Gazebo

Firstly, it is important to consider the structures of each gazebo. At Garden Furniture Centre, we have our range of Galaxy Gazebos and Star Gazer Gazebos which are perfect for protecting your hot tub in any weather conditions! These gazebos are manufactured to be extremely durable and weather resistant, so there is no need to worry about rust or weather damage affecting the roof or mainframe! Fundamentally, when placing your hot tub underneath, you will not have to worry about being disturbed by the rain as the water will run through the ingenious guttering system and drained out through the legs of the gazebo!

What is more, the roof is cleverly designed with shutters that are equipped with a louvered mechanism, meaning that it can open and close to allow any ventilation or light into the space underneath. With that in mind, it is a perfect way to house your hot tub for privacy, or even to shield yourself from the harsh weather elements in the colder months! Additionally, it provides a brilliant source of shade when you want to relax in the daytime!

However, the main favourite feature of our Galaxy Gazebos is the textilene screens that are an amazing addition for your outdoor space! The main benefit of these screens is that they are brilliant at keeping heat contained and are moisture-resistant, so you can enjoy sitting in your hot tub with maximum privacy. Moreover, these screens project the perfect picture for you to watch your favourite TV shows and films! Simply add the projector to the projector bracket on the louvered roof so you can sit back and relax with full comfort.

 But what about Pergolas?

Now, you might be wondering what makes a pergola so different from the standard gazebo. Well, the main feature difference is that the pergola is a much more modern and sophisticated structure that will catch anyone’s eye! If we look at the structure of a pergola, its appearance is a lot more elegant due to its retractable roof and striking robust structure which can be built on pretty much any surface! With this, you can place your swim spa within the pergola gazebo to ensure you have your own individual space to enjoy with your friends and family!

Additionally, there is a lot more freedom when making decisions to build a pergola as you can choose the size, desired lighting, optional doors, side panels and so much more! The advantage this range has is the simplicity and elegance it evokes in order to fit your own taste, as well as providing protection and shelter for your hot tub or swim spa!

(If you did want to enquire about a pergola gazebo, why not visit our showroom or email our pergola specialist Chris at chris@gardenfurniturecentre.co.uk!)

What benefits do these gazebos have?

Obviously, deciding to place a gazebo in your outdoor space is a very important one. So, you might be wondering what exactly is the benefit of having such a large construct sitting in your garden? Well, it is important to consider how the gazebo will maximise the usage of your outdoor space. Maybe take some time to draw up a plan to think about the size and practical elements the gazebo will offer once in place.

The best way to decide which gazebo is best for you is to imagine which one will suit your setting more; for example, you may want to have a simpler aesthetic to house your hot tub or other garden items, or alternatively something a little more noticeable for your family and guests to compliment! However, whatever gazebo you choose will undeniably benefit any setting you have in order to give you the desired luxury you deserve!

So why not discover our fantastic range of gazebos right here on the website or even pay us a visit at our showroom at Yew Tree Farm Craft Centre in Wootton Wawen! You will be sure to find the perfect home for all your hot tub needs right here at Garden Furniture Centre!

 

 

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