New Scotland Hill School Sensory Garden

Kebur Garden Materials recently assisted New Scotland Hill Primary school in a new sensory garden project. Regular trade customer to Kebur, Mark from MD Landscaping was also involved as Yvonne Bird, PTA School Liaison Officer explains: “New Scotland Hill Primary School and Nursery have been busy creating a new sensory garden to be enjoyed by all the children. In the Summer Term, the Eco-Coordinator, Natasha Feeney, and the Eco-Committee held a whole school competition to design a sensory garden. The winner, Jake (Year 4), had his design created along with some of the other ideas from the entries. All the children who entered the competition and the Eco-Committee helped to plant an exciting range of plants and herbs with different smells and textures. Every child in the school was also involved by decorating boards with handprints in the four house colours of red, yellow, blue and green. Tyres and benches were also painted in the house colours and chimes added to the trees. We have a wonderful music wall made from recycled pots and pans and two resident scarecrows. The whole project could not have been possible without the help and support from a number of parents, the volunteers from the Community Partners scheme at Waitrose in Sandhurst, materials donated from Kebur Garden Materials and Heathlands Garden Centre, support and material from East Berkshire Fencing and the money donated from the Crowthorne Trust. We’re all now very much enjoying our new space and look forward to developing the garden further in the future. We have also enhanced the front of our school with a new planter made with timber...

Make your own bed to grow your own veg

The rising cost of food, an increased awareness of what is going into our food and of our carbon footprint (food miles) and an active encouragement from celebrity chefs are all factors behind the growing trend of ‘grow your own’. Now is the time of year that people are turning their attention to planning their crops and sewing seeds etc.  A great way to join the ‘grow your own’ revolution is to build your own raised vegetable beds and Kebur Garden Materials can supply all the materials you need to do this.   An attractive way to build raised beds is to use railway sleepers. This will give you a sturdy base that will last for years and the sleepers can be built up to make higher beds.  Kebur supply reclaimed sleepers, new oak sleepers, new softwood sleepers and rounded garden sleepers all of which are suitable.  Alternatively you can purchase timber gravel boards or decking boards or joists and join together using timber fixing spikes or posts. Kebur can also supply the Grange Fencing range of shallow raised beds that come in easy to handle flat packs that are simple to assemble. To fill the beds Kebur supply a range of topsoils and compost.  The Norfolk Biodress, a mixture of high quality fertile Norfolk Loam and peat free compost is ideal for vegetable plots. There are a number of advantages to growing your vegetables in raised beds: Creating areas of fertile, well draining soil where that is not already the case. Keeping plants organised. You are able to fill beds with plant specific soil mixtures meaning more success....

A bright start

There has been plenty going on this winter at Kebur Garden Materials.  Traditionally in our trade it is a quiet time of the year, but there has been a lot happening in our yard on Lynchford Lane in Farnborough, culminating in this, our first ever blog! The weather has worked in the favour of the garden landscaping trade.  Other than the recent cold snap it has been a pretty mild winter with little rain and no snow (yet!).  This has meant there has been plenty of hours for landscapers and DIY enthusiasts alike to keep working outdoors.  January saw a period of strong winds which resulted in a huge demand for fencing, helping to get 2012 off to a fruitful start.  Lap panels continue to be the most popular choice and the Grange Professional Laps that we keep keep in stock are of a very high quality. We recently had some new pallet racking installed to house our decorative chippings.  It now holds more pallets than the old racking it replaced and virtually all of the racking in the yard has now been replaced over the last two years.  Last winter  new racking was put up to store the Bradstone Old Riven Paving, Thakeham Regency Paving and the coping and edging stones. The Old Fir Tree Public House located at the front of our yard is undergoing major redevelopment.  Two new flats are going in and after several months they are nearly complete, along with a new office space downstairs.  Plans are afoot for a new outdoor show area at the front of the building to display much of the...