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Shedstore is pleased to announce that we are proud sponsors of Shedfest @ Car Fest 2016 More and more people have realised they can create an entirely new living space in their garden and with the addition of a shed the possibilities are endless. For many years, sheds have been a male dominated area but in recent years, we have seen the rise of the ‘She-shed’ – the woman’s answer to the ‘man-cave’. Whilst most men may be content with an old rusty shed, women are looking for a “home away

Following on from our showcase of Outdoor Learning projects and funds throughout the UK, we recently spoke with the guys over at Buglife about outdoor learning and how attitudes towards it have changed over recent years.  We looked at the different aspects of outdoor learning, including the environment, wildlife, and conservation to get more of an idea about the work being carried out. Our interview with Buglife 1. How do you think attitudes towards outdoor learning have changed over recent years? After a long period of risk adverse avoidance of

We recently spoke with Alexandra over at The Middle-Sized Garden about growing techniques, gardening tips, and effective seasonal gardening. Check out what Alexandra has to say below! Our middle-sized garden interview 1. What challenges have you faced owning a middle-sized garden? The biggest challenge is that the garden is big enough to be quite a lot of work, but not quite big enough to have everything you want in it. For example, we’d love to have a greenhouse, but would have to re-design a part of the garden to get

Although the weather may not show it, we are slowly moving towards summer with warmer days and brighter skies. Because of that, we are looking at 5 of the best garden buildings to help you get your garden ready for summer. The best garden buildings 8×6 Shed-Plus Overlap Dip Treated double door shed Constructed from 8mm overlap cladding, this dip treated shed has a ten-year guarantee against rot and decay, it does require annual treatment but is a practical shed boasting many key features; Unbreakable polycarbonate windows with security screws,

We recently spoke with Clare over at Grubby Little Faces about attitudes towards gardening, seasonal planting, and the importance of people becoming more and more involved in growing their own food. Check out what Clare has to say on the matter below!   1. When did you first form an interest in gardening? I grew up amongst a family of gardeners. My parents & both sets of grandparents had beautiful gardens, which they spent a lot of time looking after. My parents used to take my brother and I around garden

As gardeners we all value the natural environment, and while our focus might be on plants, trees, lawns and flowers, it’s important not to forget that other creatures like our gardens too. Squirrels, bees, blackbirds, sparrows and starlings are all common sights in most well-kept gardens but there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other visitors who we can enjoy – and help. Hedgehogs, field mice, frogs, toads and newts, lizards, slow worms and grass snakes as well as lesser spotted birds like tawny owls will all make use of

Children are spending less and less time outdoors – and it’s having an impact on their development, well-being, and mental health. A recent study revealed that 74 percent of children spend less time outside than prison inmates. Although prisoners get at least one hour a day in the open air, the survey of parents found that nearly three-quarters of 5-12-year-olds were inside almost all the time, playing on screens. Research for Persil’s Dirt Is Good campaign shows that those children are not learning essential skills. They aren’t exploring parks or

The times when teachers take their class outside are etched in children’s memories. Escaping a hot stuffy classroom can do wonders for children’s concentration and open air learning is sure to refresh teachers as well. Schools are waking up to the idea that gardening is not just a fun way of taking the odd lesson in the summer – it can provide real benefits to children’s educational achievements. Evidence is mounting that designing, planting and maintaining a school garden can improve science results, social skills, and children’s attitude towards healthy

We all know how important it is to get children into gardening – they spend time outside, learn about nature and gain pride in seeing the fruits of their labours. But we also know that getting kids involved can be difficult. They have shorter attention spans and can be impatient for the results of their gardening efforts to appear. With that in mind, it’s useful to approach children’s gardening as a series of projects. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, you’ll find that having a plan for your children’s

With the lure of so many different sorts of screen available indoors, children are spending less and less time outside, less time being active and less time in the real world. Gardening is a great way to counter this. In the garden they’ll be spending time in the fresh air, taking pride in planting and growing their own food or flowers and learning about how nature works. So learning gardening at a young age is very important because it gives children a chance to develop green fingers. Things that might

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