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The British is general are a nature of garden lovers with most people wanting to make the most of their little piece of Britain, whether it's in the small gardens which newer houses seems to have, to the suburbs with the traditional reasonably sized back garden with space for a range of garden sheds, to the larger mansions where they possibly employ gardeners to look after their pride and joy and including city dwellers who may only have a window box to produce a little bit of green. In most of these situations the garden shed does play an important role with the storage of garden items and, in the case of a garden potting shed, so the gardener can enjoy a little potting inside of the plants and bringing them on.

It's well established fact that we love our garden just by the amount of money spent on them as over £7 billion pounds are spent each year on all garden related items. Naturally one on the largest items purchased for the garden is the garden shed, but if a good quality shed is bought (and this means a shed with no chipboard, OSB board or sheet material) then they provide extraordinary value if you look after the shed. If you do the garden shed can expect to last in excess of 25 years and it you take into account as the amount of storage space provided then they are a bargain.

This British love affair with gardens is alive and well if new research by HSBC is anything to go by. It reveals that we spend
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£7.7billion each year simply maintaining our outside space with green fingered gardeners spend an average £297 on the upkeep of their gardens. Although strangely the garden is used for under one third of the year even though the weather can be kinder for longer than that, maybe they should utilise the garden shed a little more on the inclement days.

An important organisation for gardeners is the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) which help gardeners in more of less everything to do with gardens. It was formed in 1804 by St Joseph Banks and John Wedgewood with the aim to collate plant information and to encourage improved horticultural practice. The early years for this garden organisation was a little up and down but in 1903 Sir Thomas Hanbury purchased Wisley Gardens in Surrey and gifted it to the society where garden experiments could be carried on and remains to this day the flagship for the society with the gardens receiving loads of gardeners each year.

There has been many presidents over the years and Giles Coode-Adams, who was elected in 2002 to the council, announced in 2009 that he would step down as president in July 2010. During his time he had become treasurer before becoming president in 2008. In his earlier life he was an investment banker after which he took up the role of head of Kew Gardens foundation and from this joined the RHS.

In 2010 the RHS made a radical decision by appointing Elizabeth Banks as the first woman president in its 206 years history. Clearly women have as much interest in the garden as men and tend to be more caring naturally so this should not have been a big shock. She was also the first president from a professional background in horticulture which seems amazing.

Gardens sheds are really practical additions to any garden and there is no reason why they can't be used for many different and creative uses. Over many years summerhouses have been increasing in popularity but a basic 'bread and butter' shed can be just as versatile. This is because not only can they store the garden tools and furniture away they can be use as places of inspiration and creativity.

Among the many people who have been inspired in sheds and to be creative was David Charles Hahn, a young man who was 17 at the time. However, he took this to the extreme by trying to build a home made breeder nuclear reactor in his backyard retreat. He became known as the 'Radioactive Boy Scout' for his pursuits in his shed which remained unpublished until a Harpers article written by journalist Ken Silverstein in 1998. Hahn also was also behind the Silverstein's book called 'The Radioactive Boy Scout' about Hahn and his infamous shed.

Hahn who was a boy scout in the Boy Scout's of America, in Commerce Township, Michigan, and conducted his experiments in the garden shed at his mother's home. This was a quiet place where he could work away from any disturbances and in peace. Whilst he was not successful, which is not surprising as Iran have all their scientists working on a nuclear reactor at the moment, his work in the garden shed attracted the attention of the local police who discovered radioactive materials in the boot of his car. As you can appreciate he was not too popular with his aims.
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About 10 months later the garden shed and his mother's home and property was cleaned by the Superfund Cleanup site to remove all radioactive materials. However, Hahn had earned the right to be Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America prior to the discovery of his experiments. I don't think there is a badge for creating a Nuclear Reactor, but I understand there is one for Atomic Energy, which is a far cry from what was available to me in the Scouts in the 1960's and I know Lord Baden Powell said that scouts should be creative but I don't think he meant to go as far as this.

A little less controversial use of a wooden shed is by Damien Hirst who uses his down in Devon for his painting. He said that with practice you can make great paintings and the perfect place for him is his garden shed. It would appear that the solitude and peace and quiet of the 'man cave' is the reason behind this creativity. Maybe the mere fact that a garden shed is often used for making things can create inspiration. Either way these buildings are well loved members of the garden community.

Many authors have used their garden sheds to write some of their best work and this includes Roald Dahl who used his shed to write his very popular children's stories. His family were very keen to preserve this building for the museum and they have raised an appeal so it can be added to their collection. In history there are many more examples where these buildings are used creatively.

So if you are asking the question where can I get sheds near me or garden sheds in the Uk then 1st Choice Leisure Buildings is the place to go. Established in 1979 and have a great track record and superb range of buildings to choose from.

You consider yourself an avid gardener, or perhaps you are still just a beginner. Either way, you are looking to build a workshop for your gardening space and needs.

You are not alone in taking gardening as a series matter. The industry has reported over $47 billion in sales within one year. Clearly, many people throughout the world consider gardening as a crucial part of a happy life at home.

You might not have an expansive background in garden workshops, but that's okay. This article is a great place for you to start.

Listed below are the top nine things you need to think about when it comes to building a garden workshop. You deserve to have the most optimized shop for your budget, your lifestyle, and your garden.

The Purpose

Before you get started on shopping for the right workshop, you need to consider why you actually want one. In other words, what are you actually going to use this space for?

Perhaps you want the shop mostly for storage. Perhaps, though, you want more of a workspace where your creativity can blossom alongside your plants. Maybe you just want a sheltered space where you can prepare the food you grow in your garden.

Food gardening has become pretty popular, especially by Millennials. Over the past ten years, Millennials have more than doubled their spending on food gardening.

Take the time to figure out exactly what you want your workshop to look like that would best suit you and your family.

Building Permits

Of course, you need to make sure you are following all of your local regulations regarding the building of sheds. For the most part, there are not too many reasons you wouldn't be able to build your workshop at all.

It might merely consist of having to pay a building fine. Either way, doing this research ahead of time will save you from headaches down the road.

Make Sure the Size of Your Shop Fits the Space

You don't want more of a shop than a garden, right? That means you need to take some accurate measurements of your yard and/or garden space. The good news is that there are all kinds of shapes and sizes of available garden workshops.

Then, think about where in relation to your garden you actually want the workshop. You don't want it to be too far away from your actual gardening space. If there is easier access to water somewhere, though, try to prioritize that.

A good rule of thumb is to not let your garden workshop exceed more than half of your lot's total area. No matter what, don't overdo the size of your shop. There's no need to waste too much fertile ground merely to store some shovels.

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If you have children, or even pets, actively running throughout the garden area, your workshop might pose a threat. A lot of times, we don't think about the sharp tools or dangerous chemicals we use when gardening.

You might want to consider locking the garden when you are not around it. Not only would this prevent theft, but your children and pets won't be able to hurt themselves by poking around.

Blending the Shop in with Its Surroundings

The design of the shop's exterior is also important. For gardening spaces, it is natural to want the shop to blend in with its natural surroundings.

If you get a wooden workshop, consider painting it an earthy or neutral tone. Another option would be to invest in a stone or class workshop, which could connect with the natural surroundings even more.

Be Intentional About Filling the Interior

After you know exactly what purpose your workshop is going to serve, it is time to map out the interior. Think about the main areas of the space, and organize them to be sensible about accessibility and space.

For example, you don't want all of your most used tools in the very back of the shop. Be intentional about putting the most commonly used item toward the doors.

Also, do your best to keep the center of the shop free of furniture. That way, everything surrounding the interior will be easily accessible. You should also do your best to keep the interior neat and tidy so that you always know where everything is.

Consider Features of Doors and Windows

As mentioned above, it can be a great investment to take the exterior design of your garden workshop seriously. You might as well make the most out of this home improvement project.

There are all kinds of door and window features that can optimize your specific usage of the workshop. For example, consider widely opening double barn doors if you think you will be moving large equipment like mowers in and out of the shop.

To keep out children or pets while working in the shop, you could even buy a barn door that closes only the bottom half. By allowing the top half to remain open, you can still keep an eye on the outside of the shop and allow the airflow to continue.

For your windows, you might want to consider storm shutters depending on certain area weather patterns.

Think About the Weather in the Area

Speaking of weather patterns, you should be sensible about what it would take to keep your workshop sturdy in your region. If you are in an area with a lot of storms, make sure you install a protective roof.

For places where the summers get really toasty, you should definitely think about having a lot of windows in your shop. This will really help keep the place cool throughout the year.

Professional Installation

No matter what, there is a lot of detail that goes into the installation of garden workshops. If you are not prepared to tackle this project alone, consider talking to professionals.

We are here to make sure you find and install the best workshop to fit your lifestyle and gardening needs. Check out our showroom today to get started on your sensible home improvement project.