Ask These Questions BEFORE Buying a Shed For Your Streatham Garden
1/ Will It Suit You?
It’s important before you buy a new garden shed that you do a little legwork to ensure that it will suit you and your needs. … more
2/ Can You See The Building Beforehand?
It’s vitally important to have the opportunity to view any potential building before buying and by doing so YOU can decide whether the price you are paying reflects your expectation of what you feel you will be getting. … more
3/ What Quality Timber is Used
The grade of timber used on many shed and timber buildings accounts for a large amount of the cost, however, this cost is well worth paying if you can buy a building which will stand the test of time. … more
4/ Is Redwood or Whitewood Used?
Essentially most sheds and are made from softwood timber, either redwood or whitewood deal. You will find that decent garden buildings are made using redwood deal and the reason for this is that it is slower growing. … more
5/ Are The Floor and Roofs Made from ‘Proper’ Timber
You will find on most of the cheap sheds that the floors and roofs are made using OSB (oriental strand board), wafer board, chipboard or cheap plywood and this is totally to do with cost. … more
6/ Do You Have The Choice of Size or Style?
You will find that most garden building companies offer a range of set sizes and styles and, whilst, you may find one which ‘will do’ surely it’s better to have a building to suit YOUR needs and your location. … more
7/ Do You Have To Pay Extra For Assembly in Streatham?
It can be quite hard work erecting a garden shed and it’s not everybody’s ‘cup of tea’. And you will find that the cheap building companies claim that it’s easy to build it yourself. But it’s not. … more
8/ How Thick is the Framing?
Crucial to the strength of your new garden building is the size of the timber framing so you need to ensure it’s of a good size. In an ideal world, you should go for at least 2in x 2in (47mm x 47mm) internal vertical frame size. … more
9/ How Tall is Your Proposed New Building?
Before buying always check the height of any building you are interested in and check whether they are INTERNAL or EXTERNAL SIZES, which can vary by up to 6in (150mm) as some companies are a little misleading about this. … more
10/ What Conditions are Attached to Guarantees?
Normally with garden sheds or garden workshops, there will be a standard warranty of at least 12 months, however, you will find some web companies offering 10-year warranties, which sound great. Peace of mind included – that’s got to be good. But like most things ‘if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is’. … more
11/ Are The Buildings Made in the UK or Stockpiled?
When wooden building are made in the UK for each customer the quality can be controlled but if they are shipped in from abroad or stockpiled in open yards then they could be damaged when being moved about. … more
12/ Conclusion and Advice?
It can be quite exciting to buy a new garden shed to share with your family or a timber workshop for your hobby, however, it’s important to ask questions beforehand. By using this guide you can ask the right questions and, by doing so, are likely to be happy with your new building and not to be regretting it and thinking – why did I not check. … more
Streatham Care Home Wins Gardening Award
As anyone know nowadays the population of the UK is getting older and the problem of the correct type of care throughout the country and in Streatham is important when you have to leave your home. There are many types of care homes, the majority of them work very hard to look after their guests however some treat their residents as ‘inmates’ which is quite horrible. So it’s important to give some thought to your possible needs in plenty of time beforehand. Most men and many ladies have a garden shed where they can potter about and relax in their gardens, This shed can be a refuge from ‘the lady indoors’ or can be a store for all the garden tools which will be used to keep these gardens in tip top condition. Some buildings will be used as a workshop or craft room, in fact my wife has her own garden shed where she indulges in her hobby of card making, and many artistic items are made.
However, most care homes don’t have a garden room where you can still potter about which is a great shame. I’m sure that it is quite therapeutic being away from others and enjoying your own company. Maybe it’s something they could consider, all it would need is a small section of the garden set to one side. If the shed or summer house was large enough then it could be shared among the residents as you would expect older persons to be able to share more so than youngsters, why we could hope!
Full marks have to go to a care home in Streatham as they won a prestigious award for its garden. Charlie Dimmock, who is famous for Ground Force, the program where they go around transforming gardens in each program, presented the Barchester in Bloom national award to their superb garden. Lochduhar Care Home beat 57 other care homes in this competition and the awards ceremony was held in London at the Hurlingham Club.
These care home awards are for imaginative gardening and Lochduhar’s garden featured sensory and musical areas enabling the residents to enjoy their surroundings. This area was created by the residents and their relatives who devoted their own time to improve the garden at the home. It was a plain bare garden area and was transformed into a lively, colourful oasis for the residents of the Memory Lane dementia unit and is now a well used garden haven. I would expect that a garden shed or some form of garden building would be incorporated into the design which would be a great for the many residents who have had to give up gardening.
Lochduhar provides specialist help for persons with dementia, which is a very worrying condition, and physical disabilities. It’s located in the outskirts of the town in the Southern Uplands in Scotland. The manager of the home, Wendy Carruthers, said that it was a fantastic day and that the residents have staff have worked really hard nurturing, planting and designing this garden. She also went on to say, naturally, she was delighted to have won the final in this superb garden competition.
DNA of your Streatham Garden Shed
DNA is probably the most amazing thing discovered by man and will be responsible for understanding the meaning of life and help to find cures for many of the worlds diseases and illnesses. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid (what a catchy name), is the building blocks of all humans and pretty much all other organisms. DNA owes its discovery initially to James Watson and Francis Crick but many more scientists have been involved over the years. The work done on the DNA mapping and sequencing was a massive task and helped by many organisations working together and for the benefit of mankind. Some organisations have been trying to patent DNA sections of code but this is quite ludicrous – how can something be patented which is contained in every human being.
There are many aspects of DNA besides humans, in fact all living things have DNA, everything you can see in your Streatham garden, from the flowers, the garden plants and trees and even the wood in your garden sheds and out buildings contain DNA. In the 1st instance there was the individual trees cut down to make the sheds and then in another way the fact that garden sheds can be built up from constituent parts could be a similar type of construction. However, garden sheds can not be seen to have the most amazing construction as the building blocks of life do but it could be seen in principle. Who would have believed the shed could be seen this way.
At the National Botanic Garden genetic laboratory in Ireland biologists take the view that their analysis of DNA could save a number of indigenous species which are endangered. The researchers at the garden based in Glasnevin, just north of Dublin, are experimenting on a number of threatened plants. These include the Bull Island Liverwort of which only eight plants have been found. Whether you could find them in your garden or hiding behind your garden shed is another thing altogether, however, I’m sure these experts know what they are talking about.
They have found that by the use of DNA sampling they can study these plants without any risk to these endangered species. Another endangered garden plant is the Killarney Fern, which must be native to Irish gardens, is also being studied to find how why it is not reproducing properly.
Director of the Gardens, Dr Peter Wyse Jackson said that he realised that plant conservation work they were doing needed to have a molecular basis to it. He also said that without the genetic basis to their work you are judging the book purely by its cover. DNA technology it has important as the basics like composts and garden tools found in the average Streatham garden.
The National Botanic Gardens in Ireland were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society and is currently home to over 20,000 living plants with just a few of these residing in your garden or mine. Conservation of many garden plants plays an important role in their activities.