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Support Wildlife with a Hedgehog Highway!

Did you know that creating a hole to ensure that hedgehogs can pass freely through your garden fence is one of the most important things you can do to help them?

As a responsible business, we care about how our services may affect wildlife. And, it’s a sad truth that over a third of hedgehogs in the UK have been lost since the millennium. Industrialisation and increased urbanisation of our landscapes are just a few things that have contributed. We now know that one of the main reasons why Hedgehogs are declining in Britain is because our fences and walls are becoming more secure, reducing the amount of land available for them to move freely.

While we’re sleeping, it’s an interesting fact that Hedgehogs travel around one mile every night through our gardens and open spaces, looking for food and a mate. If you have an enclosed garden, you might be getting in the way of their plans. Hedgehogs aren’t the only ones – many of our garden creatures need to move about freely between gardens.

We can make their life a little easier by removing the barriers that are within our control – for example, making holes in or under our garden fences for them to pass through. We’re always happy to assist when putting your fence in situ. A 13cm by 13cm hole is sufficient for any Hedgehog to pass through and will be too small for nearly all pets – ensuring they stay secure.

We are a family run business based in Chesterfield and we pride ourselves in providing outstanding customer care. Customers and traders are welcome to visit our workshop where we manufacture our own fence panels, stock can be viewed, and the quality of the materials can be shown. We are able to provide and deliver quality products across the whole of the UK to trade, independent and national merchants and to the public. To see our customer reviews, please take a look here.

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5 Garden Ideas for 2020

Stuck for Garden Ideas? From stunning contemporary layouts to whimsical fairyland spaces – at STF, we’ve truly seen it all when it comes to gardens. Whilst providing our services all over the UK, it’s amazing to see how creative our customers can be when it comes to their outdoor spaces and, we’ve picked up a lot of ideas and inspiration over the years.

With Spring just around the corner (it seems so far away!), it’s worth considering now how you will want your garden to look when the time comes to take that cup of tea outside and enjoy some fresh air.

Take a look at our list of ideas to have the most stylish (and useful) garden in the forthcoming year:

  1. Consider your fence first. Of course we’d say that! But, often, when thinking about garden design and layout, it’s easy to forget what surrounds your space. Creating a garden and then adding in the fencing at the end of the project is like painting the walls of a room with furniture still inside. The walls of a room are traditionally done at the start of the project, with everything else coming after – it should be the same with outdoor area planning.
  2. A place to relax. Spaces to chill and seating areas can be a downtime haven during the warmer months. They’re also often a dominant feature that sets the tone for the area – decide what you’d like at the beginning and build your theme from there.
  3. Grow grow grow! Growing your own flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs doesn’t only make your garden look and smell amazing, it’s also beneficial to the environment. Growing organically with no pesticides or chemicals, whilst avoiding the trip to the supermarket for fresh produce will help to reduce your carbon footprint. Interested? Try these fabulous guides from The Royal Horticultural Society
  4. Planting for Wildlife. Staying with a positive environmental theme, in 2020 there will be an ever-growing emphasis to create sustainable and wildlife-friendly spaces, no matter what the garden size. Professionals from the Society of Garden Designers are becoming increasingly mindful that planting is evolving to use many more ‘wild’ plants such as single roses, species plants, seed heads, grasses and nectar rich plants – encouraging wildlife to flourish.
  5. Less is more. The ‘less is more’ philosophy is set to become a prominent garden design trend in 2020. Planting multiple grasses and simple perennials enhance the lightest of garden designs to ensure a pleasant, natural space that isn’t too ‘busy’.

We’re always happy to talk garden ideas, see before and after photos, and find out more about what our customers are developing. Got a new project? Get in touch to be featured in one of our up-coming blogs!

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Here are some questions we are often asked?

Is your wood responsibly sourced?

Yes the wood we use is sourced from a saw mill which is FSC registered.

Will I have to paint your panels to preserve them?

As the timber is vacuum treated at the saw mill you do not have to paint the panels unless you wish to. Vacuum treatment penetrates the wood so is superior to ‘dipping’ which some manufacturers use. This enables the wood to be guaranteed for 15 years against rot and insect infestation.

How are the panels constructed?

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