Timber and Wooden Garden Sheds The garden is an important part of our life and it's important that we try to make the most of it and to be as eco-friendly as possible. By its very nature gardens tend to be eco-friendly any way as seeds planted use the natural goodness of the garden to grow, either into beautiful flowers or delicious vegetables. Just a little bit of tending and the results are there.

However there are many aspects of the modern garden which can be seen to be not so eco-friendly. These include the use of chemicals on the ground, which can help the products grow but can affect in the long term - the garden. A water sprinkler, which on one hand, sound like a good idea can waste a great of this precious commodity.

Dragging the petrol lawnmower out of the garden shed is another activity which is not eco-friendly as the amount of CO2 created is massive, even in the smallest garden. Probably time to put the lawnmower back in the shed and invest in an electric mower which is better. Or even better is the old fashioned 'push and pull' lawnmowers operated by human power. I don't think so - that is a step too far, or am I getting old?

Using peat in the garden also is not good as it can release a massive amount of CO2 into the atmosphere. Besides the use in the garden this activity is helping to destroy the natural habitat from where it comes so use with care. The usage of paving over the garden is also not very eco-friendly either but I can understand why people do it with the lack of parking spaces. By covering all the garden it stops the water draining away and makes potential flooding more likely. There is also the carbon footprint created when making the slabs.

So the key is where ever possible try not to use chemicals in the gardens, reduce the use of peat and this can be done by use of a compost bin behind your garden shed and try not to leave a sprinkler running day and night. Usage of natural materials in the garden is good and where possible try to recycle as much as possible.

Garden Sheds, Workshops and Summerhouses Brochures I followed this path when I needed a garden shed just after I got married and did not have any money. My brain wave at the time was to make a garden shed out of old wooden floorboards from a demolition site. I also bought reclaimed floor joists, which they cut into 2x2 timbers for the framework. Over a couple of weekends my garden shed took shape and whilst it was not very nice to look at it served its purpose admirably for many years. I even took my garden shed creation with me when I moved into our first owned maisonette.

A similar path was taken by a recycling enthusiast, Tim Massey, from Knutsford, who built a eco-friendly garden shed -from recycled materials. He got the idea for building a shed after helping his friend build a log cabin and his efforts earned him a nomination for a national prize. His garden shed was also made from reclaimed timber and broken glass and was a nominee in the Shed of the Year award. This shed contest normally takes place in the early part of July and is hotly contested with 'sheddies' competing for the title

Mr Massey's shed creation took him over 9 months to build with one of the biggest problem was finding the required materials. However, he said that it's a great shed where he can relax with some friends and enjoy a few drinks after work. He even spent many hours playing card one night so he can be quite proud of his eco-friendly garden shed.