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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Laser Engraving Video - Memorials

Laser Engraving Video - Memorials

Winston Churchill Christmas
Winston Churchill looking almost cheerful

First of all, Merry Christmas from everyone at Wheelie Bin Covers & Winston Churchill! We recently took a trip down to London, and whilst we were there we spotted the picturesque Garden of Rest on Marylebone High Street, which is full of memorials to our past British heroes. 

Garden of Rest, Marylebone High Street
The Garden of Rest - Marylebone High Street

This reminded us that whilst many people know we're the best place to get a quality hardwood bench from, there will be many of you out there who have yet to discover our fantastic laser engraving service. We also offer a traditional inlaid lettering service, but recently the laser engraving has become very popular. This is potentially down to the fact that we can now engrave text and images, so customers can now memorialise loved ones with more creative inscriptions.

 Video Showcase of our Laser Engraving Service:

Rose - laser engraving for
Rose image, laser engraved onto a Bench

The Garden of Rest in Marylebone:

As you'll see above, the Garden of Rest has some familiar names residing in its secluded grounds, and the Church itself has a wealth of history.

memorial benches and gravestones Marylebone by
Memorial Benches & Gravestones

The old Church was closed in 1926, but not demolished until bomb damage occured during WWII. The site of the old Church was then used to create the memorial gardens, in 1951, marking the foundations of the Church. The garden includes memorials to Charles Wesley which was erected in 1858 after he was buried in 1788.

Tree Bench -
Tree Bench in the Garden of Rest, Marylebone

Amongst others, the philosopher Sir Francis Bacon from Elizabethan times was married here in 1606.

So if this Christmas, you'll be missing a significant figure in your life, why not memorialise them for generations to come, with a memorial bench from

Monday, 17 December 2012

Recycled Benches - How they're made

Recycled Benches - How they're made:

Recycled Garden Bench with arms
Recycled Eco Park Bench (with arms 1.8m)

 Whilst away on a recent trip to Indonesia, we took our cameras so we could show you some of the processes involved in manufacturing the enviromentally-friendly furniture we sell. 

Recycled Plastic Factory in Indonesia
The factory we visited to oversee the bench manufacture
Recycled furniture is a great choice for the gardener who wants to remain environmentally-conscious. You need not throw comfort out the window, as these benches have been ergonomically designed to ensure that anyone who sits in them will be supported suitably. You can be guarenteed that you get only environmentally friendly products when you opt for recycled garden furniture. Recycled benches and picnic tables are ideal for private gardens but are just as at home and useful for commercial purposes. Pub gardens in particular, benefit from durable, recycled bench and table sets.

The natural grain affect on the material gives the bench a classic look, whilst maintaining the integrity of a new, more durable product. The benches are made from recycled plastic, strengthened with metal. 

In this photo showcase, we'll show you how waste polyester (shown below) is turned into hardwearing, beautiful looking benches, reducing the impact made on our forests worldwide.

waste polyester used in furniture production
Polyester in its waste form

The polyester decontaminated to a high purity level, ensuring it is safe for use and that any inpurities do not affect the integrity of the bench. During this process the polyester is crushed into smaller peices.

crushed polyester for use in furniture mould
Polyester crushed into smaller peices
The polyester is mixed with ultra-violet (UV) stabilisers and colour pigments in the header tank, and again crushed into even smaller peices. The size of the polyester affects the finish and quality of the furniture. 

Polyester mixed with UV and coloured pigments, crushed very small in order to feed into the mould.

The waste polyester then gets melted with other waste plastic into larger lumps. These lumps are fed into the the mould/extrusion machine. 

Waste polyester is mixed with other plastics to form larger lumps.
The polyester is mixed up with other waste plastic to form into larger, more maleable lumps.

The moulds contain the grain, and there are varying types of moulds for different types of furniture and finish.

Wooden grain on a bench made by plastic mould
Wood effect grain is moulded on during the manufacturing process

Here you can see the wood effect that is moulded onto the material, giving it a natural finish.  

Grain on recycled material used to make furniture
A close up of the wood effect finish

Wood effect on Recycled plastic bench
This shot shows the makeup of the durable, weather-proof panels.

The mould can do many styles of finish, this one is weathered teak!
The popular "weathered teak" like finish

Many of our benches have a weathered teak look, which makes the bench look ideal in most outdoor settings.

Polyester & Plastic moulded furniture peices
Finished peices ready for assembly

 The peices are cut to different lengths, and then assembled using sturdy mortise and tenon joints, strengthened and reinforced with metal components. range of recycled garden furniture
Our range of recycled garden furniture


The recycled material mixture is then made into the beautiful and solid furniture that you see in our showroom and on our website, eco-friendly, maintenance-free and suitable for any outdoor setting.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Winter Gardens in the UK


With a wealth of established Gardens here in the UK, we'd be silly to look elsewhere for beautiful Winter scenes now the weather has turned:

In this post, we'll show you how the gardens were looking last week as a blanket of snow hit areas all over the UK:



RHS Garden - Harlow Carr -
RHS Garden Harlow Carr in snow ( - Picture: ALAMY
The frost covered branches here at the RHS Garden in Harlow-Carr glimmer as the light catches on them. This might be a beautiful sight, but what does this mean for your garden furniture? Protection! We have a fantastic range of weather covers suitable for benches and picnic tables, which are perfect for fending off the wet and cold. 

Mottisfont Gardens, Hampshire -
Mottisfont, Hampshire ( - Picture: JASON INGRAM
The National Trust gardens in Mottisfont, Hampshire look stunning as the water sprays up over the weir, and with opening hours all the way through Christmas, theres no reason not to go and enjoy the serene beauty of this wonderful resource. 

RHS Garden Harlow-Carr -
Winter grasses at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire ( - Picture: ALAMY
The Winter grasses highlight the dew which has been transformed into brittle morning frost. 

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire -
Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire (
The manor currently has two light installations by Bruce Munro, Blue Moon on a Platter and Angel of Light open until Jan 1st. Closed Dec 24th, 25th & 26th ( 

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon -
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon ( - Picture: ALAMY
 More Winter grasses this time at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon. 

Alnwick Garden, Northumberland -
Sparkle: The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland (

This beautiful walkway is adorned with lights. When the lighting installation is activated, the hornbeam pergola will be illuminated with blue and white lights.

The Beautiful Cambridge Botanic Garden -
Cambridge University Botanic Garden (
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is one of the UK's most reknowned gardens. Open 10am-4pm November - January, the beautiful wintery hues can be viewed in peace all day.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden -
Another close up shot from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden (

Winter Walk - Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire -
The Winter Walk at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire ( - Picture: NATIONAL TRUST IMAGES 

These silver birch trees form part of the Winter Walk at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. This garden has fantastic walks and scenic places to sit and enjoy the local birds and wildlife. For opening times please check the national trust site link above!

Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales -
Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales ( - Picture: NATIONAL TRUST IMAGES
 Bridge walkers at Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Wales are enjoying the natural wonders of great british gardens. But how long until that water is frozen?!

Winter Garden - Dunham Massey, Cheshire,
The Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire ( - Picture: JONATHAN BUCKLEY

The Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire is open all year round, just like most of our favourite UK gardens.

If we stop supporting these fantastic resources, then unfortunately the gardens wont survive to be around for generations to come. We all have a responsibility to express our love for these national institutions. 

So if you're looking for a garden to attend this Christmas, then the best place for you to check out all the details is the National Trust's visit page:

If you would like more information about the beautiful gardens and walks in the Henley-in-Arden area, then give us a call or pop us an email! 

Remember that if youre intending on keeping your benches or garden furniture outdoors this winter, you can protect them from the harsh weather with our weather covers available in many sizes.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

New York Trip & Competition

The Photo Showcase:


Competition Update: The "Imagine" Bench/Picnic Table Cover competition is now closed!


 Congratulations to Suzanne ONeil from Worcester, who is our latest winner! We will be touch on Monday to organise delivery of your chosen Bench/Picnic Table cover. 


Don't despair if you didnt get lucky this time, you'll have another chance to compete in our prize draw next week so stay tuned to our Facebook / Twitter for more updates!


The beginning of our trip - Vernon Jackson Subway

In this blog post we will showcase photos taken whilst in NY, and describe some of the other influencial themes and styles that will be providing us with inspiration for the forthcoming year. 

We also will be announcing our latest competition to win a free Bench/Picnic Table Cover.

This year the Benches development team have been on a few "excursions", Thailand, Indonesia and last but not least, New York.

Our most recent trip to the Big Apple became a wonderful opportunity to let the cities wealth of inspiration sink in.

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, visited the Rockafella Center, Central Park, Bubba Gumps Restaurant and many other iconic places.

Check out the images below and go to the bottom of the post to read how to enter our latest prize giveaway competition. 

Classic Benches on Brooklyn Bridge

A perfect spot for a rest

These traditional Benches are plentiful across NY

Theres a few variations to the classic style, but most are old and weathered , giving a rustic feel.

Recognise this scene from the movies? Maid in Manhattan?

Classic detail on a large tree bench in Central Park
An inviting looking reclaimed Bench

A small but perfectly formed "tree bench"

These modern benches are simply but stylishly decorated

Many old benches have lost their place to more contemporary styles or stonework in downtown Manhattan.

Waldo Hutchin's Memorial Bench
This "Exedra" (a curved outdoor bench) is elaborately adorned with Latin writing dedicated to a State Congressman and Central Park Champion Waldo Hutchins. It was built in 1932, and the Architect included lines which mark the shadows seen at different times throughout the Autumn equinox.

Another shot of the large tree bench and other decorated benches in Central Park

One thing we noticed throughout NY was the varying textures observed on benches, this one was gorgeously finished.

These benches are more like pool-side recliners, great for sitting back and reading a book in the summer sun.

This bench was barely managing to stand up straight, but the simple traditional style is still just as relevant now.

These benches that are dotted about the highline look sleek and fit perfectly with the decor.

This innovative bench was seen in the centre of a water feature in NY, looks perfect for skaters!

What a difference a spot of colour makes in this brooding dark city!

Skating at the Rockafella Center - a center for commercial decadence

These teak benches are at the top of the Rockafella Center... Impossible to escape these wherever we go!

"I'm Forest. Forest Gump. People call me Forest Gump." - in Bubba Gumps Restaurant

This concrete bench is similar to the ones showcased on Pinterest by us a few weeks ago.

 Competition: Prize Giveaway - A Bench/Picnic Cover Worth up to £29.99

The last time we ran this competition it was hugely popular, so we've decided that considering the time of year, we best run another for all those unfortunate people who didnt win last time round! 

Now take a look at the pictures below: 

"Imagine" Memorial in Strawberry Fields

The memorial attracts huge crowds

At certain times this Memorial becomes a mecca for die hard fans.

Competition Question: Who is this memorial dedicated to?  (Strawberry Fields NY)

This time you have more chances of winning! 

  • As usual, enter your full details on the blog, and you'll get one entry into the draw.

  • If you like our business page on Facebook you'll secure yourself another chance of winning.

  • If you follow us on Twitter you'll get a further chance to win.


The competition will end on Friday 30th November 2012.  Enter now to avoid missing out.

We will endeavour to deliver the Bench/Picnic Table Cover to an agreed standard UK mainland address as arranged in advance with the winner.

Minimum age for entry is 18.

The winner will be chosen by us at random.

Automated sign-ups or clicks will not be accepted and we will reject any suspicious entries.

This competition is not associated with any other company.

Please include a current email address above, one that you check regularly, so we can contact you if you’re a winner.

The winner will be notified via the email list entry and must claim the prize within 30 days.

We reserve the right to end the competition at any time.

There’s no cash alternative – it’s a fun competition! 

Good luck!

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