When the Olympics was fast approaching athletes and competitors are training even harder trying to ensure that come that July they were at the peak of their fitness and abilities in their quest to win those coveted medals. With over 20,000 athletes descending on East London then competition will be fierce. At a different level the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) set up a contest to find the best for the site of the Olympic Park. Clearly this is something which us mere mortals had the opportunity to take part in – and it’s the taking part which is supposed to be important.
Entrants in this design competition were asked to submit a 7X6 garden design on A4 paper showing what they would like in their gardens and to give a general look of what this garden should be like. Further to this they needed to give a short explanation as to why their design would reflect the unique qualities of British gardens.
Twelve amateurs gardeners were in the final running for this from over 200 entries submitted at the Olympic Gardens. Thousands of people voted online at the organisation’s Great British Gardens web site. After careful deliberation the winners were Rachel Read in the adult category and Hannah Clegg in the Children category.
This meant that a world class team of garden designers and landscape architects will work to bring their creations to life, so their gardens could be viewed by millions. It will of course be left in place after the games as a legacy so their creative green ideas will live on. A typical garden would consist of lawns, plants, bushes and flowers and water is a feature which would appeal to a lot of people. The issues of some out door storage is also a consideration and a garden shed or possibly two smaller sheds may be implemented however a good design will blend these 7 x 6 sheds into the design or would have them hidden away.
The RHS also announced a little while ago its programme of garden events which will keep us enthusiasts busy during the winter period and leading up to spring. This advice included protecting your garden from frosts and gale force winds. Check ties, stakes and supports to ensure they are not damaged and maybe moving plants out of the inclement weather, maybe behind the garden shed or garden workshop. Also, try to feed the birds as they find it difficult at this time of year to find food.
The garden shed in the British garden tends to be a ‘jack of all trades’ as well as a ‘master of many’. It all depends on the owner but as a rule the common (if I can say such a word about the lovely garden shed) shed has to fulfil a multitude of uses with many compromises having to be met. The main reason for this is the limitation of most people’s gardens and because most people only have the space for one storage shed often no larger than 7X6.The primary object of the shed is to keep various items stored away until required freeing up the house for day to day items. Whilst the shed does this wonderfully it is called into use as a small workshop from time to time so a little area is required to be available for this.
If your shed is like mine the area reserved for using as a workshop is covered with boxes and various garden items (not mine, I hasten to add, but my good lady’s) so when I want to use it I have to clear all these items out of the way. However, as I have got older the need to use the shed for that purpose has declined significantly
However a growing use for garden sheds is to be used as a den or place of solitude away from the day to day activities. And as garden sheds are able to be made to suit your sizes, such as 7 x 6, and for your needs, certainly from companies such as 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, as they can fulfil this purpose easily.
In a report during major football competitions, such as the World Cup or European Championships men are increasingly taking over the garden shed for THEIR own use. Either they are spending out on an additional shed or renovating their existing garden shed for this purpose. In 2010 Halifax Home Insurance claimed that nearly a million men (why not ladies? who also have a great interest in football) had created a den in their home or outside in a garden building leading up to the 2010 World Cup.
They further claimed that seven million men already had a den and warned them that they should ensure are all these areas are secure, certainly if it outside in a converted shed or summerhouse.
Prior to the kick off men were clearing out their garden sheds and summerhouses and fitting them out with expensive wide screen TV’s, computers and audio systems. The estimated value of this equipment was over £2,400.
Senior claims manage, Martyn Foulds, at Halifax Insurance warned that these men who chose to spend money on these peaceful haven cost see it turn into an expensive nightmare if they hadn’t informed their insurance company about their actions. Accidents can happen and garden sheds can be broken into more easily than the home. He claims that any valuable items should not be left in any outdoor garden buildings, unless they are totally locked up and away from thieves, but taken indoors.