Monthly Archives: February 2016

  1. An interview with Stanmer Community Gardening Group

    An interview with Stanmer Community Gardening Group

    Following on from our showcase last year on community gardening projects across the UK, we have conducted an interview with Jeanne from Stanmer Community Gardening Group on the current projects they are running. They are a fantastic group of people and their project is extremely valuable to the community, so we are delighted to have been able to speak to Jeanne about it.

    The interview

    How would you describe your project and what you do?

    Stanmer Community Garden Group is a gardening group for vulnerable adults.  It is run by volunteers for volunteers, in a mutually supportive group. Growing food for ourselves and to sell to a local veg box scheme; A Share of the Crop, we fund ourselves and buy everything we need.  We invite our volunteers to give us ideas to improve and promote the group, so by these means, we now have a website, a Facebook page, days out and treats in.

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  2. How to apply for planning permission

    How to apply for planning permission

    Garden sheds, log cabins and greenhouses are great additions to nearly every garden – but the rules about what you can build can be complicated.

    Most ‘outbuildings’, as they are referred to, are considered to be ‘permitted development’ and so don’t require planning permission except in certain circumstances. This applies to houses - there are more stringent regulations for the owners of flats and apartments.

    Even for house-owners there are several conditions for permitted developments including:

    • No building in front of the line of the house
    • Maximum height is 2.5 metres and single storey only
    • No verandas or balconies allowed
    • The new outbuilding cannot cover more than half the land around the original house

    There are also more restrictions for listed buildings or houses in National Parks or similarly protected areas known as designated land. For anything beyond this, you’ll need planning permission.


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  3. A look at community garden projects in the UK

    A look at community garden projects in the UK

    Here on the Green Fingers blog we’ve been keen to draw attention to the brilliant work that gardening groups have been doing around Britain to help their communities. It’s fantastic to see the dedication of gardeners and volunteers who try to bring their communities together by working hard to improve and transform their environments.

    There were some outstanding achievements in 2015 which have really inspired us.

    Community garden projects

    RHS and It’s Your Neighbourhood

    The Royal Horticultural Society is also running a campaign to help grassroots gardening with the Its Your Neighbourhood drive. Britain in Bloom is the RHS’s long-running competition to judge which town, village or community has managed to create the most environment. It’s not just about planting and maintaining flower beds and greenery – it has become a major initiative to ‘clean up and green up’ the local area.

    While Britain in Bloom is often led by local au

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  4. Mother’s Day Giveaway

    Mother’s Day Giveaway

    Mother's Day is just around the corner and we're giving you the chance to win the perfect gift for any garden loving Mum!

    We’re hosting the giveaway on our Buy Sheds Direct Facebook page

    To be in with the chance of winning this gorgeous Slender Planter worth £89.99, all you need to do is – ‘like’ our Facebook page, ‘like’ the competition post and then ‘share’ the post on your own wall.

    Deadline is Sunday 28th Feb at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday 29th February.
    GOOD LUCK everyone!

    (Please note - Planter does not include plants, just the planter itself ready for you to paint/customise as you please and add beautiful plants!)

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is for UK residents only.
    • You must be over 21 years old to enter
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  5. Top 5 garden buildings

    With so many garden buildings to choose from it can sometimes get a little overwhelming or lead to a rash decision which can leave you disappointed with your purchase.  We took this opportunity to showcase five of our favourite garden buildings to help you along.

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  6. Can’t decide on a playhouse? Check out our new range

    Can’t decide on a playhouse? Check out our new range

    We love to see our children spending time outdoors, and playhouses give the perfect opportunity to do this as well as encouraging active and imaginative play.

    Our brand new range of attractive wooden playhouses will give children of all ages hours of fun in the garden and help to create the perfect play area. Imagine a corner shop, a beautiful dolls house, a pirate ship or an army base.  Whatever your children love you can create the ideal space for them to play with their siblings and friends and will be part of their play for years to come.

    The kids playhouses are supplied unpainted, giving you the freedom to personalise and decorate them in a colour scheme or play theme that you and your kids choose to create your perfect playhouse!

    The 4 new playhouses


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  7. Your February garden

    Your February garden

    After the relative slumbers of the first month of the year, things begin to hasten now that February has blown in. The gales have had a few fence panels down but my new greenhouse stands firm. Gusts in the Midlands have been nothing like parts of the north, so I am happy the structure is here to stay and where it was put up! I still haven't sorted the sparky out to run electricity to it yet (I'm, still recovering from the quote for the armoured cable and he has become incredibly busy) but that is now due end of this month, so I'll need to keep a careful watch on the weather with anything I do in there that might be sensitive to frost.

    Outdoors the garden is beginning to look like spring with daffodils now joining the crocus, primroses, snowdropsand hellebores. All seem to be a few weeks ahead of themselves, and here's tempting fate, the long range forecast seems to indicate relative mild conditions, so hopefully nothing will come to a cropper.

    I have noticed a few sl

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