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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!

 

 

A Warm Welcome to Our New Boxing Hares...

A Warm Welcome to Our New Boxing Hares... 

Whilst GFC were at the Chelsea Flower Show, there is no doubt that there were many other sculptures and stands which caught our eye. However, it was the striking boxing Hares crafted by ‘Steel Sculptures’ that really won us over! Its powerful stature and incredible detail made it hard to resist; so, now we are going to include it in our wide range of products! In order to welcome our newest additions to the GFC family, here is a little introduction and background for the inspiration behind the magnificent boxing Hares!

Background...

It is argued that the brown Hare was introduced by the Romans to Britain, or even earlier between the 5th to the 3rd centuries BC. However, it is interesting to note that the Hare could have been treated with more care than other animals, as studies have found their bodies were buried without being slaughtered. This demonstrates how valued the Hare was within society, as they were regarded to be too special to consume. Fundamentally, brown hares are notoriously known to have an enthusiastic nature, and as such they channel this energy through fighting, or boxing as we might recognise, with each other. This is predominantly done within the mating March month which sees them leap around the air and box with each other. This ultimately coins the nickname ‘Mad March Hares’ due to this erratic behaviour. The Hare is an exceptional animal, with their strong exterior and passion to survive any threat that may challenge them. Unfortunately, the sightings of hares have decreased over the years and are now rarely seen in open spaces.

Inspiration...

In an artistic light, hares are popularly used to portray different emotions. Due to their prominent stature, they provide an amazing scale for artists and sculptors to illustrate their artistic vision. The image of boxing hares has been used in a variety of paintings and sculptures for centuries due to their cultural history in literature, art, music, religion and fairy tales as well as media and advertising. The Hare itself has a variety of representations within myths and folklore which inspires many artworks and creative media. For instance, the Hare is widely considered to be sensitive and ambitious, with the added implications of being fit and full of virtue. On the other hand, the Hare does possess an element of greed and selfishness, and in some cases even deception and dishonesty. But, by having this mixture of qualities, it is what makes the Hare a favourited animal for artists, writers and creative designers to use within their work.

With our new boxing Hares’ sculpture, ingeniously crafted by Paul Richardson, they are an amazing example of how the brown Hare is used in an artistically humours point of view. These hares are fitted with comical boxing gloves and expressions, with their dominating physique dressed in boxing shorts and shoes. As well as this, the hares are encased within a large boxing ring, highlighting the similarity to a real-life boxing match scenario. Additionally, the whole presentation of the sculpture is a gesture towards our outrageous human nature of quarrelling with world leaders and the political division this causes. Paul’s ingenuity to demonstrate this political conflict is portrayed through the boxing belts on the hares, with the word ‘hare’ written in English to represent the U.S.A on one, and the other written in Russian. The subtlety of this detail is what makes the sculpture so unique and appealing for us to showcase within our showroom!

Famous Faces...

As you may well know, the Chelsea Flower Show is a place where many celebrities and famous faces gather to view all the sculptures and gardens on display. And it seems that at the show, Paul’s boxing hares certainly received a lot of star-studded attention! Dave Meyers from the Hairy Bikers made a great impression of the boxing hares with a great fighting face which would be hard to beat! There were also visits from broadcaster Ben Fogle, athlete Linford Christie and young-up-coming boxer Jordan Thompson!

So, why not come down to our showroom where you can see the boxing hares for yourself! Be sure to tag us in our socials and remember to give us your best boxing face!

 

 

 

 

 

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