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The spell of bad weather during March, made March 2013 the coldest in the last 50 years. With so much snow and frosty weather everyone has been affected from farmers to the everyday gardener. The bad weather has also had an effect on UK Garden Centres, with sales down by as much as 50%.
This is the time of year where people are usually getting their gardens prepared, buying plants, seeds, tools and everything else they need to make their garden bloom.
Because of the harsh winter weather leaking into spring, the price of flowers which should already be in full bloom, such as daffodils have increased by up to 50%. April is the most important month of the year in the garden centre calendar as spring is supposed to be in full swing and this is the time when people really start to spend money of things for their gardens, however if the bleak weather continues into April, vital sales will be lost. In the UK, 1 in 3 people are gardeners and spend around £5bn a year on their gardens.
If you have been put off from going in the garden because of the bad weather, there are still plenty of things that you can do, especially since the snow seems to be behind us. If you haven’t already, start planning what you want to add to your garden, buy seeds and tools so that you have them to hand whenever the weather brightens up. If you’ve discovered that your garden shed didn’t hold up during the harsh weather, make sure you get a new one to store all of your gardening equipment in. Asgard has a range of strong metal garden sheds that are tough enough to see you through many winters like the one we have just had! Made from strong weatherproof steel, these sheds are designed to provide the best protection from the elements. See the full range of metal garden sheds on the Asgard Website.
Data provided by the Guardian.
There comes a point in many cyclists lives where even they realise that they are pushing it with the amount of bikes they have in the house. A very tolerant wife had let my collection grow but even I knew that things were getting cosy indoors. And a load of redecorating prompted a search for somewhere outside to store some of them. Living in London it was always going to be a balance of cost, size in the already small back garden and security offered. As ever the internet gave lots of options but Asgard seemed to offer the best balance between the three. All that was left was to narrow it down to what model/ size. The 4 bike Access seemed the right one and was delivered.
In an ideal world I would have been able to wait until the warmer weather, whenever that arrived, but it was too slow in coming so I commenced on a freezing cold Sunday morning, brushing snow and ice off of the concrete base and continuing the build in very light snow.
My first recommendation is not to attempt anything in weather like this. The concrete base had been poured as per the instruction sheet and it was nice to know that the base would be the right size and more importantly level.
Drilling the holes to attach the base is hard work. A good drill bit is vital, as is some patience, all the hard work that you put in here is making it harder to remove by anyone else. This is the start of the security. Warmed up from the drilling it was time to begin the build.
The panels are well labelled and easy to navigate, via the instructions. Most of the job can be done by one person, its only when the heavy door needs adding that you need to enlist some assistance.
If you are used to certain Scandinavian flat pack builds the way things go together here will be a very different experience. You know when things are right, they tighten together nicely and there’s a satisfaction in knowing that the connections are tight.
Linked with this is the fact that the screws tap out the threads that they are being screwed into. This gives a super-tight connection which is good to have, but at some angles can make screwing in initially a bit tough. I found that with some of the hard to reach screws is was easier to run a screw in, to open up the thread a little, and then screw the two parts together. This meant that it was a little easier in the end.
Apart from drilling through the concrete the hardest part is getting the hinges on the roof lined up with the holes at the back of the shelter.
The instructions are a little vague but a bit of logic lets you see the correct order before trying to line the holes up and push the bolts through. This is the point at which any misalignment will be apparent. Even with a specifically poured base we were out and it took some pushing, coercing and a little bit of swearing to get the first hinge attached. As is often the case the first is the most difficult and the subsequent hinges got a little easier, or we got better at coercing.
With this out of the way it was a breeze to get the rest of the shelter built. Possibly due to the base being level we didn’t need to do any work to get the locking hinges lined up at the end.
How long did it take? I wasn’t really timing it as I wanted it to be correct rather than quick, but suffice to say I’ve climbed and descended Mt Ventoux quicker. My advice is not to rush it as something this sturdy should be in place for a very very long time, so why rush getting it built?
Four bikes fit comfortably inside. If you have lots of very wide-barred mountain bikes you may have trouble with the width but with a selection of drop and flat barred bikes it was no problem. And there is room around the ends for a track pump and bike stand. I’m now thinking that some of the optional extra shelves might be useful for things like tools and oil.
With the shelter the main thing is security, I live in London after all. Having built it, felt the weight/ rigidity and quality of materials I am very happy. Short of using explosives I can’t see anyway that someone is getting to my bikes. Now all I need is my fingers to defrost enough to ride one of the bikes.
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It’s a new year and that means it’s time for a new shed of the year. Are you up to the challenge? Is your shed worthy of the title? There will be some who have already been working towards this for months for a chance to win.
The shed of the year competition is part of National Shed Week, which takes place every year in July and celebrates our nation’s love of sheds. Last year’s winner was a pub shed named ‘Woodhenge’ from John Plumridge from Shrewsbury. John had spent over 4 years perfecting his shed, which just shows the sort of dedication it takes to win this competition. He has filled his shed with a beer collection of over 500 real ales and 110 ciders for anyone who wants to pop in for a swift pint.
One of the judges Sarah Beeny said “Shed of the Year is a great inspiration and clearly encourages people to get creative with their sheds. I am really happy that a pub shed has won after I created my own Kings Head pub shed for Cuprinol, which is currently on display in Rufford Park in Nottingham. Hopefully others will be inspired to create their own sheddie haven too.”
Do you think you have what it takes to compete? Take a look at this year’s entries, for shed of the year 2013 so far.
Equine crime is a real problem, especially in rural areas and every year hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of horses, ponies and equipment are stolen. These thieves specifically target stables and rural premises as they can be generally low on security and isolated.
Recent news stories have highlighted the scale of this problem. At the end of December 2012, £25,000 worth of horse tack was stolen from a Lincolnshire stable and early in January 2013 more than £50,000 pounds worth of tack were found in a property raid in Oxfordshire.
Det Sgt Steve Birchill from the Thames Valley Police said “[The thieves] are going round the areas and taking advantage of the fact that places are left unoccupied or unlocked”. Police are warning and urging people to take greater care in protecting their items.
How to keep your horses and tack secure:
- Freeze marking – This will permanently mark the horse on the saddle patch with a unique number and registration papers.
- Hoof marking – Brand your postcode onto the horses hooves, this will need redoing as the hoof grows.
- Micro-chip – Get a micro-chip implanted by a vet. The signal will help you locate your horse if it is stolen.
- Horse passport – make sure your horse passport.
Stable yard security
- Secure your stable yard with fences, hedges and gates
- Make sure gates are changed and fitted with anti-lift locks
- Put theft warning signs on display
- Fit security lighting, alarms and even CCTV
- Postcode stamp all items.
- Make sure your tack is always locked away when you aren’t around.
- Saddles and bridles should be locked to their racks.
- The doors to your tack room should be reinforced with steel and heavy duty locks.
If you are looking for a secure way to store your horse tack, the Asgard Tack Storage Box offers the best security for your tack.
“Very heavy unit, very strong. We have had it 1 month and already our horse has kicked it. Still standing though”
This is an incredibly strong metal storage unit, weighing in at 17.5 stone and made from strong weatherproof steel. It has been fitted with a tough 5 point locking system and pick resistant locking mechanism to help prevent tack theft. This tack storage box has also been approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board to Level 1, which may help to reduce insurance premiums. Visit the Asgard website for more information.
If you live in any of these areas you should be increasingly weary of how you store your bike. A new list has been complied of the top 10 worst places for bike thefts in England, from a survey carried out by Halifax Home Insurance.
- Central London
- Kingston- upon- Thames
- Richmond and Twickenham
Bike security is always important and with 440,000 bikes stolen last year, which is an increase of 10% from the previous year, there’s nothing to say that your bike won’t be next. Keeping your bike secure at home and away should become second nature, if you don’t want to lose your bike to theft.
How to keep your bike safe when you are out and about:
- Use a bike rack whenever possible and use two different kinds of locks to secure your bike.
- Leave your bike in a busy and well lit area.
- Mark your bike with your postcode on the frame.
How to keep your bike safe at home:
- Keep your bike locked in a secure shed or garage.
- Make sure your bike is always locked away when not in use.
- Never leave your shed or garage door open for passers-by to see the contents.
If you don’t have storage for your bike at home, investing in a secure bike shed is one of the best ways to guarantee your bikes security when at home. Asgard is the home of the UK’s best-selling bike storage and has a range of secure bike sheds in a variety of sizes and budgets to suit all. Made from strong weatherproof steel and fitted with features to provide the best security for your bike. Find out more about these bike security sheds on the Asgard website.
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