Monthly Archives: January 2017

  1. An Interview with Froglife

    An Interview with Froglife

    Earlier this month, we caught up with Silviu from Froglife, to talk about amphibian conservation, habitats, and their 'Toads on the Road' project. Check out the great interview below:

    Our Interview with Frog Life

    1. Why should the public be concerned with the conservation of amphibians in the UK?

    Worldwide, amphibians have been declining at an alarming rate, faster than other vertebrate groups, such as mammals, birds or reptiles.

    In the UK, there are fewer species compared to warmer climates but, even so, the UK has very important populations at a European level for some species, such as great crested newts.

    Also, our recent data shows that once very abundant species, such as the common toad, have been affected by very serious declines in the UK over the last 30 years.&n

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  2. How to store your bike through the winter

    Looking after your bike pays off over time. If you keep it clean, store it well and repair any damage that may occur, you will be the owner of a long lasting, quality bike. You may require cleaning products to ensure your bike is spotless before storing away, it’s recommended that you use a standard cleaning soap with warm water for the exterior and then look into chain degreaser and engine cleaners, perhaps a dose of WD-40 too. You may like to go all out and use a wax to complete the cleaning stage.

    Once it’s had a good clean, get yourself a cover to keep it protected from rain and wind. This could be a specific bike cover or another breathable, fabric sheet just acting as a protector to your bike from dust and minor scratches in the shed or garage.

    Different types of bike stores

    There are many ways you can store bikes, especially in garden bike storage places, keeping them safe from damage and staying in good condition. How about a wall mount

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  3. Working from your shed: the options

    What are the benefits of working from home, especially in the shed?

    The benefits of working from home are numerous: no more early rising to factor in the commute; no traveling costs; perhaps the choice to work in casual clothes; access to homemade food rather than expensive shop bought lunches; less disturbance from unnecessary chatter in the office...

    However, if you work from home in the main area of your house you will replace these benefits with a few cons: distractions from family members; temptation to get on with household chores; sacrificing a guest room; taking over a dining table that then has to be cleared away at mealtimes. None of these makes for an optimal working environment.

    This is where the advantages of shed-working take effect. Creating a physical separation between your home and work life,

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  4. Should I buy a wooden, metal or plastic shed?

    Should I buy a wooden, metal or plastic shed?

    Which Shed Material is Right for You?

    It is so easily overlooked, but choosing the right shed material can be a big decision especially since you'll have to live with it for many years to come.

    There are many factors that can influence your decision: you may just want something that will fit in with your style of garden or house; you may also have particular secifications such as needing a shed for a caravan park; or you may want the most secure shed possible.

    Below we will discuss the advantages of wooden sheds, plastic sheds and metal shed

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  5. How to bring solar power to your garden

    Outdoor solar light has become very popular and quite practical for lighting up the garden, patio area, driveway, and other areas around the home. The environmentally friendly light is warm, subtle and provides accent light for the home. Outdoor solar lighting is generally simple to install and does not require other power sources or any wiring. Since these lights do not use electricity, there will be no addition to the electricity bill when it comes.

    Solar lighting maintenance

    Safety

    Solar power options can be very safe as they do not require power cords, making them useful in outdoor situations that include installation near ponds and/or swimming pools, and even for sheds or playhouses where children may be spending their time.

    Longevity

    The rechargeable batteries that are typically used in solar light products last about two years when they are properly cared for and allowed to recharge periodically. The replacement batteries are easy

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  6. How to build a wheelie bin shed

    How to build a wheelie bin shed

    The Need for Wheelie Bin Storage

    Though wheelie bins obviously have their purpose, they are not very attractive waiting on the kerb ready for collection, lined up on your driveway or stored in your garden. If there is one common blight on how homes look up and down the country, it is the selection of wheelie bins that simply look untidy and, let's face it, ugly. While there is not too much that can be done about how scruffy our streets look on collection days, having a wheelie bin shed to store your bins for the remainder of the week can have your home and garden once again looking tidy and pretty.

    A street with wheelie bins out for collection.It may sound strange, but wheelie bin sto

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  7. Shed Design: is apex better than pent?

    Shed Design: is apex better than pent?

    Apex Sheds vs Pent Sheds

    When selecting a shed, one of the factors you will need to consider is whether you would like an apex roof or a pent roof? Or have you conisdered a reverse apex roof? We take you through what you need to think about when it comes to shed roof design.

    (Click on images for further product details)

    What are you storing?

    8x6 Shire Apex Durham Single Door Shed

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  8. How to lay a shed floor

    One thing all gardens have in common is a shed. Sheds come in all different shapes and sizes and are standing in all different types of conditions. Some of us use our shed traditionally and store outside items such as tools, bikes and patio furniture. However, some people choose to use the shed a little differently, as a workshop, outside living space or just a general escape from the home.

    If you have a shed that isn’t really being used anymore, check out this fantastic guide that will spark ideas on how you can transform it.

    How to create and lay a shed floor

    Creating and laying a shed floor is very easy and will not break the bank as there are many budget methods you can go for.

    The first step as always is to measure the inside of your shed. Th

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  9. What is pressure treatment?

    Vacuum pressure impregnation, often simply referred to as pressure treatment, should be considered as the preferred factory treatment process for the long-term protection of softwood-based garden products; such as garden buildings, fencing, arbours and furniture.

    Once in use, the impregnated preservative will enable the timber to resist rot and insect attack, ensuring the product purchased will last longer and so enhance your enjoyment of it.

    Commonly having a green-tinge finish when new, pressure treated products are aesthetically pleasing and blend easily into a typical garden environment. The surface ageing process sees the finish pass from green to a honey-brown appearance, culminating with a silvery grey finish; all without loss of protection.

    Find out more about the different treatments for sheds by watching our video below:

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  10. How to Add a Plug to a Shed

    How to Add a Plug to a Shed

    Adding power to garden buildings

    Whether your shed is a workshop, you have a summerhouse retreat or you have turned a log cabin into a home office, power will transform your outdoor building and the time you spend in it. Here's a few tips and ideas to think about when adding power to your garden building.

    Mains Power

    An electrician working on a fuseboxEmploy a professional

    Unless you are a qualified electrician do not even think about connecting your outdoor building to mains power yourself. Regulations are far stricter nowadays plus, for safety, trying a bit of electrical DIY simpl

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