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  • WoodBlocX - Featured on ITV, BBC 1 and BBC 2

    Our wooden raised beds, planters and benches have featured in a number of garden makeover TV shows and not forgetting Dragon’s Den on BBC 1 of course! We’ve compiled the best of the TV appearances from Mediterranean gardens to accessible spaces.

    Alan Titchmarsh and his team at ITV’s Love Your Garden used WoodBlocX raised beds to create a beautiful Mediterranean themed garden at a mid-terrace house that provided a place for a mother to relax and her children to play. The garden was completely flat and the team used large terracotta pots and paving, brick walls were painted and an array of vibrant and fragrant planting was included to give the garden a feeling of warmer climates. Two large WoodBlocX wooden raised beds were used, one providing extra height and the other at ground level planted out with shrubs and bushes. 

    One of our favourite TV installations has to be Glenn and Zoe’s garden which appeared on BBC 2’s Big Dreams Small Spaces with Monty Don. The couple embarked on a complete redesign of their steep garden. Determined to find an alternative to railway sleepers for building raised beds they searched and found WoodBlocX, using our modular system to create a beautiful terraced garden with raised beds, retaining walls and steps all made of WoodBlocX, whilst maximising the space they had available. The result is a truly beautiful garden.

    In 2017 we provided raised beds for BBC 1’s DIY SOS Children in Need special for a volunteer-led housing-project based in Swansea called the Roots Foundation, which aims to support young people in care, care leavers, children in need and adults who have left care with the transition period of independent living. WoodBlocX raised beds were installed in a kitchen garden area where residents at the centre can learn about growing and tending to their own produce.

    Alan Titchmarsh and his team requested WoodBlocX for another project this year to create an accessible garden in Nottinghamshire for a mother whose son was a wheelchair user with multiple disabilities, the garden included two large WoodBlocX raised beds and a WoodBlocX bench to form part of the sensory garden. Plus the Instant Garden on BBC 2 used a small L-shaped planter to rescue a garden in York affected flooding with Helen Skelton describing WoodBlocX as an ‘ingenious timesaving solution’.

    If Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh’s WoodBlocX installations and garden makeovers have given you inspiration for your own garden project check out our kits for timber raised beds, ponds, seats, edging and kerbing, garden walls, steps and more or contact our design team with your garden ideas and they will create a design that is bespoke to your garden for free.

  • WoodBlocX - shopping centres, apartments and more

    WoodBlocX timber raised beds, planters, ponds, walls and seats are not only loved by our customers for updating their gardens, patios and driveways, gardens, our strong and long-lasting structures can also be found in a number of other locations across the country.

    Our modular system can be seen in seen at one the UK’s busiest shopping centres; Westfield Stratford City, this huge retail hub attracts more than 50 million visitors a year and thousands on a daily basis. We installed a huge cascading planter at the entrance to the centre, nestled between an escalator and steps, the bespoke container is planted out with a mixture of trees and shrubs to bring a touch of nature to this urban shopping destination. You also find our raised beds around the outside of the centre providing visitors with areas to escape the hustle and bustle of the shops.

    We have also worked on roof gardens for student accommodation complexes from London to Aberdeen, creating relaxing spaces for students to unwind in that are both practical and functional. Using bespoke designs that work perfectly with the space, combining planters with integrated seating across large areas. Our raised bed designs incorporate curves and zig zags to transform the spaces along wth clever planting and lighting.

    Dundee's new Waterfront development includes a number of WoodBlocX raised beds in it's Slessor Garden, which is a multi-functional space for the the public to enjoy and for hosting events. Our raised beds were used to create the sensory and heath gardens, with one set of raised beds including three different sections and multi-level planting to allow for different soil types to be used for growing a variety of plant species.
    Our commercial work doesn’t stop there, we continue to partner with organisations across the country to provide raised beds for street planting and seating solutions for public spaces.

    If these snap-shots have given you ideas for your own garden you can shop our range over on the website or if you have an idea and you’re not quite sure how to execute it, get in touch with our design team who will work with your ideas to create a bespoke design free of charge. Click below to find out more.

  • Our sustainability story

    Wood is the heartbeat of WoodBlocX and it is our duty to ensure that the wood we use is grown ethically, sustainably and that waste is repurposed effectively. All of the wood used in our products is harvested in ‘managed forests’ which are areas of woodland where trees are felled and replanted with seedlings.

    A couple of interesting statistics…a whopping 5.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide is sequestered from the atmosphere by these types of forests in the UK, and, trees play a vital role in our economy, with the wood processing industry providing 64,000 jobs in the UK.

    So it’s important that when you buy a wood-product that it is not just from an environmentally-friendly company, but that the good ethics are present all the way back down the supply chain to where that company sources its materials, when using a company like ours you are guaranteed not only a high quality product but also the highest environmental credentials.

    Furthermore, our timber is accredited by the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council). The FSC is an international body that sets the standards for responsible forest management, and ensures that all timber products bearing its mark are from sustainably-managed woodland, so that you can be sure that your garden materials are from woodland that has its water, soil and ancient trees protected, and that the forestry operation does not use hazardous chemicals.

    The modular timber constructions from WoodBlocX – raised beds, planters, retaining walls and terracing, ponds, benches and more – are all made using mostly UK-grown timber (some shortfall is made up with Latvian timber that also meets our strict guidelines). Using UK timber drastically reduces our ‘timber miles’ and carbon footprint. The more UK-grown wood is used to make products, the more trees will be planted to meet the demand, and we all know that more trees in the world is a good thing. Imported wood can often be from areas that are not managed sustainably, causing untold damage to the earth’s wildlife and climate – WoodBlocX UK timber has none of those concerns.

    Our timber is treated using a water-based preservative (Wolmanit CX-10), so there are no nasty chemicals to leach into your garden’s soil which makes WoodBlocX raised beds and planters ideal for organic gardening and growing. WoodBlocX constructions are so strong that they don’t need foundations – even for retaining walls – so you won’t have to use any cement, which has many environmental concerns connected to it. The dowels that fix the BlocX together are even made using recycled plastic, so it’s all in all one of the greenest products on the market.

    In addition, the manufacturing the wooden blocks for our kits creates a lot of sawdust that we don’t need, to ensure that it does not go to waste, it is collected by a local energy plant based up here in the Highlands of Scotland and transformed into pellets for biomass boilers, powering homes sustainably with a by-product that we cannot use.

    A WoodBlocX installation a great addition to your garden for growing your own ornamentals and edibles, made from high-quality sustainable materials from environmentally conscious sources, plus each one goes towards creating renewable energy for homes and businesses too!

  • National Allotments Week 2018

    We asked Annabelle Padwick from Life at No.27 to tell us her allotment story and how these community growing spaces can provide much more than just fresh vegetables.

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    Happy National Allotment Week! A whole week of officially celebrating a place that mentally saved me and helped me grow as a person. A haven that brings joy, peace and calm to my crazy busy life.

    Although I like to think that I celebrate my allotment every day - by visiting the plot, growing new produce, caring for the soil and writing new blogs to inspire others to try this wonderful lifestyle. I feel us true allotmenteers shout about our passion every day of the year, whether others like it or not, we can’t help it. Everyone should have a little patch to grow their own in my view.

    Thanks to the multitude of advice, tools, equipment and high-quality raised beds available for all plot sizes, abilities and ages – there are no barriers either to being able to get outside and stuck into the soil.

    If you have your own patch of paradise, will you be celebrating? More importantly, why did you get an allotment and how has it benefitted your life?

    As I highlighted, my allotment changed my life in so many ways – it got me outdoors more, got me talking to more people, taught me patience and has given me improved confidence. The biggest gift that it has given me though is…self-belief. Oh and it reduced my shopping bill and gave my tastier veg too!

    If you know my story, you will know that after trying the usual therapy options via my doctor to help me combat my anxiety, it was the process of learning to grow my own produce that clicked that final switch and gave me the boost I needed. If I can grow a sack load of spuds, a giant marrow, pumpkin or a small but oh so juicy and delicious cherry tomato from a seed which most of the time looks like nothing, what else can I achieve in my life?!

    This exact question and the multiple benefits that GYO bought to my life, were the reasons I launched Life at No.27 back in 2015. What if I could help someone else in my situation, what if I could be that one person they could relate to?

    My motivation has never wavered and is stronger than ever to help others, inspire many and ultimately change lives. Which is why I am now working to establish Life at No.27 as a social enterprise and UK wellbeing support network - using community allotments. Creating a therapy option, I didn’t have at 21, available to anyone who needs the support - via self-referral or GP or Psychiatrist referral.

    I truly believe gardening and learning to GYO in particular, can change or at least most definitely add to your life, just as it did with mine.

    Whether you take on an allotment, have a small raised bed dedicated to vegetables in your garden or grow a few herbs from seed on a windowsill, it doesn’t matter.

    It’s about just giving it a go in a way that works for you and your lifestyle. What some people forget and need to remember, is that there is no wrong way. Buy some seeds and compost, then get going!

    The fun of gardening is that it is a never-ending adventure of learning.

    It isn’t just about what you grow, it’s how YOU grow.

    Annabelle x

    Lastly before I head straight to my patch of paradise, thank you to wonderful people at WoodBlocX for allowing to take over their blog for this very special week - sharing my passion, thoughts and vision.

    Keep up to date and get involved with all my adventures, the social enterprise and much more via the 
    website, or Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    If Annabelle’s story has inspired you to get growing you can browse our raised beds for allotments and gardens by clicking the link below.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Edible Gardening Project

    Last week we headed down to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh to catch up with the team that runs the Edible Gardening Project, a scheme that is run purely by volunteers, and a couple of years back we supplied nine of our timber raised beds which have been utilised to grow an abundance of fruit and veg.

    The project is open to anyone who is keen to grow their own produce but isn’t sure where to start and teaches people the skills and knowledge they need to get going, so individuals, local groups and schools can all benefit from the garden making it a brilliant local resource.

    Our raised beds help to make the various gardens more accessible to both children and adults, the project includes three key areas, the first is for children and is used by primary schools and groups of youngsters, these low level raised beds provide a guide, staff at the Botanical Gardens have noted that the children prefer to garden within a bordered area rather than flat ground.

    The second is used by Move More Scotland, which is a programme run by Macmillan Cancer Support, it is national campaign to ensure that people living with cancer are supported to become physically active, both before, during and after their treatment, you can read about it here.

    The third is for young adults and community groups who attend free workshops to introduce them to growing vegetables, composting and organic pest and disease control.

    As you can see from our photos, the garden is looking absolutely stunning, full of vibrant colour and some very healthy vegetables despite the lack of rainfall.

    To find out how our raised beds can be used to create an accessible garden for anyone with mobility issues and disabilities click below.

  • Garden Fest 2018 - Inverness Botanic Gardens

    On 22nd July the first ever Garden Fest took place just down the road from the WoodBlocX HQ at Inverness Botanic Gardens. We sponsored and attended the event bringing some unique WoodBlocX fun for young gardeners to get involved in!

    We challenged youngsters attending the event to a build-off using Lego to create something totally unique, which is exactly what our kits can do for gardens. Imaginations were running wild and the children came up with some very unique designs.
    When we explain how WoodBlocX works we say that it is similar to Lego, our modular system is made up of light-weight timber blocks that fit together to make strong and long lasting wooden raised beds, planters, retaining walls, ponds, steps, seats and like Lego, the design potential is limitless.

    It was great to be involved in a local initiaitive with loads of attractions for families to enjoy, live music, stalls and activities, we had a great day and its safe to say that the first Garden Fest was a great success.

    To see how WoodBlocX works head over to our information page.

  • RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

    We have not been fortunate to get down to RHS Hampton Court this year but that hasn’t stopped us checking out the gardens. There’s some real crackers and although most of us won’t be able to reach the award-winning standard of these plots, there’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from them. Here’s our top three gardens…

    The Entertaining Garden

    Designer: Anca Panait

    This was the first garden to catch our eye, especially during this time of year when the garden gets used the most with alfresco dining, World Cup BBQs and just getting home from a long day at work and sitting in the garden.

    The garden has been designed in celebration of gin, one of the UK’s favourite drinks and is filled with juniper communis, gin’s core botanical.

    This garden has built-in shelving and bar – two elements that could easily be replicated in your own garden, add some tasteful WoodBlocX garden furniture or seating and you’ve got the ultimate entertaining space.

    The Family Garden

    Designer: Lilly Gomm

    A space that keeps adults and kids happy gets a thumbs up from us. A mixture of beautiful relaxed planting with fun insect areas.

    Creating bug houses for the garden is a great activity to get children involved in and, once established bugs such as ladybirds, lacewings, mason bees, wild bees and butterflies will use them for nesting and hibernation, making the garden a hive of activity in the spring and summer helping to pollinate plants and veg. Add one or two raised beds for planting wild and edible flower seeds and leave them to do their thing.

    The wicker pod acts as a den for the kids if you can’t get hold of a wicker pod, help them to build their own little den.

    RHS Grow Your Own with the Raymond Blanc Gardening School

    Designers: Allister Dempster and Rossana Porta

    WoodBlocX customers love growing their own produce and so do we so this garden had to be in our top three. Everything in the garden is edible and the flowers selected are ideal for attracting pollinators, plus the garden combines sunny and shady areas which most of our gardens have.

    The garden is fairly big but is divided up into different sections to show what can be achieved in smaller spaces.

    If you want to grow more of your own produce raised beds are a great choice, they help keep pests out, the soil within them warms up quicker, they are accessible and kinder on your back.

    To see all of the show gardens at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show click below

    All images: RHS

  • Redesigning your garden has never been easier....

    Let us do the hard work for you with our FREE GARDEN DESIGN service. We mention our Free Garden Design service a lot. It is something we are really proud of and the designs and feedback we receive from our customers speak volumes

    Sometimes the thought of undertaking a big project in the garden can be a little daunting, especially when working out what you need for a space that might be uneven or tricky.

    To save time and to ensure you get the best possible outcome for your garden we offer all customers free designs to help generate a better picture of the project and to work out exactly what is needed.

    To simplify the process even more we have created a quick feedback form, which takes around five minutes to complete, and which will help us to gain all the information we need about the project you have in mind. All you need are some ideas of what you want from your garden and its measurements.
     

    We then ask you to tell us about the outcome you would like to achieve, such as style of garden, the soil conditions, who the garden is for and what areas you would like to create within the space you have. These quick questions help us to build a bigger picture of your project and create designs that are completely bespoke to you.

     

    Our unique modular system offers limitless design potential, so whether it’s raised beds for growing plants, veg or cut flowers, ponds for keeping fish and attracting wildlife, practical steps, garden seating, or different combinations of each, then WoodBlocX is an ideal and long-lasting option. WoodBlocX is simple to build with and will not rot and seep chemicals like railways sleepers do, nor will it warp like plain wooden boards.

     

    If you have a project in mind or you’re just not sure of exactly what you need for your garden, fill in the form and we will do the rest for you, for free.

     
  • A BBC WoodBlocX garden transformation

    In 2016 Glenn and Zoe Crockford appeared on the BBC's ‘Big Dreams   Small Spaces’ television programme with Monty Don. The couple opted to use our modular system throughout their redesign; see how they transformed their garden and how they found using WoodBlocX for their project.

     

    Tell us about your garden before its transformation

    When we first moved into our house the garden was probably the worst feature. It was incredibly steep, featureless and had very little level ground. There was a path running across the garden, which ended half-way at nothing. The grass was a nightmare to mow and quite dangerous. We had both slipped down the slope several times on our way to the compost bins. We knew we had to change it but didn’t really know how, when or what we could achieve.

    How did you get started with your plans and what was the inspiration?

    Garden design is not something either of us had done before. Our initial plans were very simplistic and we took the easy option and went with the existing landscape. We were pretty naive and spent a lot of time drawing and redrawing ideas. We made a basic scale drawing which we copied and kept drafting onto. Lots of discussion was key. We collected ideas via Pinterest which really helped. Our other big incentive was that we were getting married in the October and had talked about growing flowers to have at our wedding. Luckily for us we ended up with enough flowers for the whole thing!

    Monty Don helped with the planning, what advice did he give you that stuck with you throughout the makeover?

    His most valuable piece of advice was that we didn’t have to stick with anything that was already there and that we had a chance to totally change the layout of our garden. He gave us the push to start again, be braver and to imagine our garden as a blank canvas. Which we did. We totally changed our plan, even ignoring some of Monty’s suggestions. Ultimately, he said, it was our garden and we had to make it work for us. He also gave us really sound advice with planning the planting. I had gone overboard with planting lists, like a child in a sweetshop. I wanted everything I had ever seen that was pretty, but realistically that was never going to work.

    You included several WoodBlocX raised beds and steps within the design, what made you take the decision to use WoodBlocX? 

    We decided against wooden sleepers as they were so impractical given our situation. They would also have added too much depth to the beds and we wanted to maximise the space. Glenn was searching for small sleepers online and found a photo on Pinterest of someone using WoodBlocX. The photo was linked to the YouTube footage of ‘Dragon’s Den’ and from there the rest was easy. Glenn did massive amounts of research into whether we could make it fit our garden, and then actually make it. We quickly realised it was our best option.

    How did you find building the structures?

    It was fantastically easy; the design appeared online to be straightforward to build and it almost seemed too good to be true that it all arrived and fitted together. We had to make a couple of small adjustments due to the horrendous chalk layer that runs through the garden and which caused some digging issues. However, this gave us some spares which came in very handy as we managed to build a set of steps the entire length of the garden. The contact and support we had from WoodBlocX was brilliant and we felt very well looked after.

    The WoodBlocX raised beds have now been in place for two years, how has the garden evolved since then?

    The WoodBlocX beds are fantastic. The wood has weathered a little but is still a lovely honey colour. Everything is as sturdy as the day we built it. The garden has really come on since we first planted it out and changes every year as we continue to tweak it. It's been wonderful to see it coming into its' own and marvelling at how the perennials come back bigger and better each year. At the time we didn’t realise it, but we have two beds which are a perfect height and depth to maintain and we can get to all aspects of the garden really easily.

    With Easter a just a week away there is no better time to make plans for your garden.

    If you would like to transform your garden, simply get in touch with us and our team of in-house designers will create a FREE design that is completely bespoke to your garden. Your garden could even be transformed in time for the May Bank Holiday weekend!

  • Take a look behind the scenes of our latest video

    WoodBlocX structures are renowned for looking good and are ideal to use in place of railway sleepers, wooden boards and even bricks.

    Looks aside, one of the main benefits that our customers find is our structures are really easy to build, enabling them to update their gardens quickly without having to spend hours with complicated parts and instructions and in order for us to get this across to our customers in the most effective way we have created a brand new short video.

    We found the perfect location to film the guide, not only is the garden stunning, it is also where the majority of the garden and plant photography is shot for magazines and newspapers.

    GAP Gardens in Essex is one of the UK’s leading gardens-and-plants picture agencies, it has a collection of more than 600,000 high-quality images used by magazines and newspapers.

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    Our team installed a number of angular and rectangular raised beds to provide the backdrop for the video, being a permanent fixture in the garden now the planters are sure to be featured in new photography from the gardens so keep your eyes peeled for WoodBlocX in your favourite gardening magazines.

    This is us in action below on location at the gardens, we shot the new footage over three days and managed to enjoy a little bit of Essex sunshine too!

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