At this time of year there is a lot of talk about what the big trends for the next 12 months will be; in food, in fashion, and in gardening too. Key trends for the most fashionable gardens in 2018 have been identified by the UK’s largest manufacturer of garden and timber products, Forest Garden, and the company has the perfect product for each of them with its newly launched 2018 range.
Forest predicts that the appeal of alfresco living will continue to grow, with people even enjoying BBQs throughout the depths of winter! To celebrate this, Forest Garden has launched a new collection of premium, round timber gazebos that will create the perfect setting for open air entertaining and alfresco dining, no matter what the season. Being immersed within the landscape, the gazebos allow you to make the most of the garden all year long.
The new collection includes the Hexagonal Garden Gazebo, which is available in four sizes – from a compact 3m to a spacious 4.7m. The smaller models provide a stylish, compact shelter come rain or shine, whilst the largest will accommodate up to 19 adults, effectively bringing the inside outdoors, and dramatically increasing your living space.
For people who are fully embracing the outdoors, a hot tub is an essential, and the Square Garden Gazebo is the perfect setting for it! At 3.5m, it is perfectly proportioned to fit most sizes of hot tub and provides shelter and privacy whilst you relax.
An alternative, for those looking for a striking structure under which to dine and entertain, is the Dining Pergola, available with or without panels, or the Venetian Pavilion, which boasts a uniquely designed roof structure which lets light in but keeps rain out.
The re-wilding of the garden has also been predicted by many industry experts to be very popular this year, as people move away from straight, regimented lines, towards a more naturalistic approach to design. This reflects the way in which gardeners will be more concerned with the environment and working with nature, rather than against it. The new Plant Ladder Display from Forest ties in beautifully with this trend, with its rustic design and compact size providing the perfect setting for a tumbling display of blooms and foliage, even if your countryside retreat is really a city centre balcony!
The new Windsor Planter range is also ideal for adding a rustic twist to your planting, thanks to its rough sawn timber construction. Available in three sizes, they each come complete with shelf and liner and can be used as an attractive garden divide.
Finally, 2018 will see the embracing of the small garden. Not so much a trend as a necessity, as garden sizes continue to shrink, so too must garden storage. The new range of small storage from Forest provides all the practicality of a shed, whist being compact enough for the smallest of spaces. Within the range are a number of options, from the Shiplap Small Garden Store, which is ideal for storing wellies, dog leads and toys, to the Large Outdoor Store, which can hold bikes, lawnmowers and BBQs. Other items within the range include the Shiplap Garden Store, featuring Tongue & Groove panels and a practical and versatile Garden Storage Box. This range really does prove that good things come in small packages!
All products are designed at the company’s Worcestershire head office. The majority of the timber used is grown and felled from managed UK forests across Scotland and Wales and cut and processed at the company’s sawmill. From there the timber is taken to the Forest manufacturing operation in Worcestershire.
To ensure the longevity of products they are all professionally treated. Dip treated products have a 10-year anti-rot guarantee. Premium pressure treated ranges carry a 15-year anti-rot guarantee.
Products are available nationwide from high street multiples and garden centres. To view the entire range please visit www.forestgarden.co.uk/