Ever since our 8×8 summerhouse display site was opened in 2003 we have had a vast array of visitors who are able to view the quality of these buildings which gives them peace of mind. We have, since, also added playhouses, summer houses, garages, greenhouses and various steel, concrete, wood and plastic buildings and now have about 100 buildings for viewing.
However at the weekend there was one famous visitor to the garden centre and his name was Churchill. No – not the irritating dog on the insurance ads but the awe inspiring World War Two leader, Winston Churchill. At least a look alike. This truly Great Britain was at the garden centre along with various other policemen of the time as well as other ‘Top Brass’.
This was in connection with the 1940’s revival organisation ‘The Law At War’ who staged their World War 2 Civilian Police re-enactment on Sunday alongside our 8×8 summerhouses, no less. With their authentic police station designed to show what a typical police station would have looked like and appeared to be very realistic.
Winston Churchill, who arguably was the greatest leader of our country, would have been very pleased to see the range of 8ft x 8ft summer building and many others which can be used to aid production on the land. It’s believed that Churchill said that without the efforts of the farmers and the people on the ground that our country could have been starved into defeat. The garden was an essential part of the war effort and even afterwards it played a major part of the lives of many.
Some wag on Facebook quoted ‘We shall build them on the beaches’ which probably fits 1st Choice Leisure Buildings ethos which translates into ‘Nothing shall defeat us’ so if you are looking for a bespoke 8×8 summer houses they can help. Thinking about it if they were built on the beach they could be used a beach huts – very popular I understand.
After the war digging and growing in the garden was still an essential part of everyday life. All sorts of buildings were created from any materials going. Even old Anderson shelters were implemented for usage as sheds. Besides the garden the growth in allotments at this time also steadily grew giving families even more opportunity to supplement their family budget.
When you look at the range of garden buildings available today they would have been staggered by the choice and variety available. With dedicated 8×8 garden sheds and workshops through to potting sheds and greenhouses, these all would have made it easier for them. In particular the Diamond potting sheds with their half glass roof would have been wildly welcomed as this would enable their crops to have been available for a greater part of the year.
After a lull in growing in the garden you find that more and more people are utilising their gardens for growing in the 21st century and not just because of the financial savings. Gardening has evolved into an enjoyable and healthy hobby. It has also grown into a very sociable activity as the rise in allotment owners has proved.
Even in Eastenders the allotment features greatly and Jean has even got a new man in her life because of it. However if you take a look at the size of the allotments in Eastenders you will find that after about 10 minutes all the work would have been done so even more opportunity to socialise. The 8 x 8 summerhouse in the soap features quite strongly in many story lines. In real life you would expect a decent size of ground for your produce and not the shed size plots shown in Eastenders. Anybody would think that it’s a story.
Even nowadays it’s important for the garden to play a part in the household budget so now is the time to ‘Dig for Victory’ or at least dig to reduce the household budget. By doing so you will be doing Britain proud and Winston Churchill would be smiling down at our great country.
Take a look at our 8ft x 8ft Diamond summerbuildings as well as the 8ft x 8ft Platinum summer rooms.