Why Wooden Gates Are Better Than Metal Gates

When investing in a new gate for your home, the material of the gate is a big factor to consider. Whether you’re looking to install a garden gate, a driveway gate or a side gate, the two most popular options to choose from are wood and metal.

Both materials have their pros and cons. These largely depend on where the gate is located and what it’s being used for, how it complements the current appearance of your home or garden, and your general preference when it comes to the look and feel of your gate.

 

However, wooden gates offer many advantages over metal gates. We know what you’re thinking: of course you’d say that! But from aesthetics to practicality to affordability, rest assured there are plenty of great (and unbiased) reasons to go with wood over metal when investing in a new gate.

Here are five reasons why wooden gates are better than metal gates.

Better Appearance

A wooden gate adds natural beauty and unique charm to your home. It looks and feels warmer, homelier and more welcoming than a metal gate. A wooden gate blends in especially well with gardens, accentuating the organic elegance of your trees, plants and flowers. A metal gate, on the other hand, can feel cold, unwelcoming and industrial, bringing to mind a high-security penitentiary rather than a pleasant, peaceful home.

At Village Products, we offer a wide range of high-quality, bespoke wooden gates to suit your needs, tastes and budget. Our hardwood gates are made from the finest Idigbo or Iroko wood, which are extremely eye-catching. Our softwood gates are made from high-quality Scandinavian Redwood. With a wide range of paint and stain options to choose from, you can let your creative juices flow when it comes to your new gate.

 

Easier and Cheaper to Look After

When investing in a new gate for your home or garden, you want to make sure that it will stand the test of time. Luckily, our wooden gates are highly durable and hold up in all types of weather and seasons. Through rain or shine, harsh winters or hot summers, our wooden gates won’t degrade. With a little periodic maintenance and treatment, our wooden gates can look as good as new for years after your initial purchase and installation. We recommend using Teknos as a fantastic wood preservative and treatment, allowing you to easily keep your gate looking fantastic for every season.

Metal gates, on the other hand, can be prone to corrosion and end up looking unattractive and rusty. Applying protective paint to metal gates can be particularly tricky and fiddly since you have to ensure that you paint between the bars and into all of the creases of the metal, depending on the design of the gate.

Better Privacy

A big reason people buy a gate is for privacy. A wooden gate is the perfect option for this. Metal gates (particularly those used for driveways) with bars allow people to peek into your private premises, whereas a close-boarded wooden gate completely blocks the view of people walking past your house, offering more privacy. Your children can play in peace while you can store your belongings outside without having to worry about prying eyes of potential burglars or thieves. Better yet, wooden gates still provide the level of security you need, preventing trespassers and criminals from entering your home or garden.

 

Easier to Add, Replace or Replace Fixtures

Another practical advantage that wooden gates have over metal gates is that they’re far more flexible. When it comes to adding, replacing or removing fixtures and features — such as hinges, bolts, latches and locks in a variety of materials — wooden gates are much easier to work with than metal.

More Environmentally Friendly

Wood is a more sustainable material than metal, so for those who care about the environment, wood is definitely the choice for you! A metal gate, on the other hand, requires a large amount of energy consumption to produce them, increasing your carbon footprint.

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If you’re looking for a high-quality wooden gate, look no further than Village Products. Whether you’re after a garden gate, a driveway gate or a side gate, we offer a wide range of wooden gates to suit your needs, tastes and budget. From hardwood to softwood, all of our gates are custom made and handcrafted, ensuring the highest-quality and best fitting.

Get a free quote here or contact us on 01925 967 071.

Choosing the Right Gate for Your Garden

The right garden gate is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also offers a high degree of security and privacy for your home. When it comes to choosing the right gate for your garden, it can be a challenge thinking about all the things you need to consider. We’ve got a few handy tips to help you out when it comes to ensuring you get it right.

Hardwood or Softwood Gate?

Choosing the right wood for your garden gate is the first step when it comes to ensuring you get the garden gate of your dreams. Softwood gates are a more economical choice, but do require treatment to ensure it will stand the test of time. We offer a fantastic range of Teknos treatments in colours sure to beautify your home. 

We use Scandinavian Redwood for all our softwood garden gates. Hardwood can be a more durable choice, lasting longer than softwood gates. Hardwoods are also less ‘knotty’ than softwoods which many people feel makes them more aesthetically attractive. For our hardwood gates we use Idigbo or Iroko (African Teak) and their unique markings can make for a striking look. 

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Off-the-Shelf or Made-to-Measure: Which is Best?

Because there’s no ‘standard’ width for gardens and driveways, buying a garden gate off the shelf can lead to disappointment more often than not. Readymade gates are unlikely to be as high quality as a wooden gate that has been crafted by experienced joiners to your specifications. A poorly fitting gate won’t look as attractive or offer the security you were hoping for, which is why we make all our garden gates to order in our workshop in the UK.

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How Durable Will Your New Gate Be?

Although hardwoods are more durable than softwoods, the key to a long-lasting garden gate is to ensure that you regularly treat and protect it from the elements. We offer tins of treatment as an add-on option when ordering your gate, available in a range of shades. 

It’s also important to make sure you don’t buy a gate that has flat rails. Because we live in a wet climate, water will sit on top of a flat-railed gate, leading to fungal decay and rot. Our gates are durable in all weathers, making them a wise investment.

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What Design Should You Choose?

We have a range of designs to choose from – adding style and versatility to every home. From the simple Appleton Design Garden Gate to the more elaborate Lancashire Design Hardwood Garden Gate, you’re sure to find the perfect style to suit your property.

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How Much Will Installation Cost?

We offer installation within a 30-mile radius for all gates bought from us. If you live a little further away, then don’t forget to factor the cost of installation into your gate purchase. We can provide instructions on how to do this yourself, or you can get quotes from joiners or carpenters in your area – but make sure they carry out a site visit to assess the project first!

Need some more help choosing the right gate for your garden? Get in touch with us today to find out more about our made-to-order garden gates, or to retrieve a free quotation. Our friendly and expert team has been designing and manufacturing wooden gates for over 25 years – so believe us, we know a thing or two!

Bring Wildlife Into Your Garden

These days, we’re more conscious than ever about the planet and the health of the natural environment around us. Here at Village Products, we’ve seen that more and more people are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and embrace sustainable living. With climate change and habitat erosion, a lot of natural wildlife is under pressure. However, you can take a few small steps and create a garden ecosystem that encourages birds, bugs, and bees to visit and live in your back garden! 

Boxes For The Birds

Bird boxes are fantastic for attracting a wide range of birds into your garden. Put up a nesting box or a feeding box and before long you’ll begin to see birds you’ve never seen in your garden before. Garden birds are a wonderful addition to your garden thanks to the beautiful relaxing birdsong and gorgeous colours they bring with them. 

Make sure that any nesting boxes you put up are in a sheltered spot and away from any potential predators – especially out of reach of domestic cats! Try to offer a mix of different foods such as seeds and nuts, and scatter wildflower seeds across your lawn to attract birds very quickly. 

Creating ideal nesting habitats for local wildlife is a fantastic way of encouraging garden bird populations to soar! 

Start A Compost Heap

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Compost is excellent for your garden, that’s true. What it’s also great for is attracting plenty of worms and insects which, in turn, attract birds, hedgehogs, and other local wildlife into your garden. Compost makes your soil healthy, which is good for absolutely everything living in your garden. Not only is it an excellent mulch, but it’s completely free and easy to make. 

You can compost your garden waste to help the plants and wildlife, providing an extension of their natural habitats. Also, unlike other organic matter you might purchase or import, homemade compost is completely green, coming without any packaging or fuel miles to provide shelter for small garden plants and animals year-round. 

Grow Some Wildflowers

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Want to make your garden even more beautiful and colourful, all while encouraging more local wildlife into your garden ecosystem? Consider growing and cultivating colourful wildflowers to make your garden even more appealing for bees and butterflies. Some of the best wildlife-attracting plants include buddleias (a particular favourite of butterflies), rosemary, lavender, lamiums, honeysuckles, geraniums, foxgloves, and many more. 

Wildflowers are beautiful and natural way of encouraging pollination and inviting more bees and butterflies into your garden. Native species with open structured flowers are great for bees – not only do the colours look fantastic, but the insects and wildlife love them too. 

Make A Water Feature Or Pond

If you want to bring in some entirely new and unique garden plants and garden animals into your life, then adding water might be the perfect solution! Ideally, digging a pond is the best way to introduce a vast range of new wildlife to your garden, but the truth is that even an upturned container of water will do the trick. You may attract frogs as well as insects such as dragonflies. Birds and other mammals will use the water to drink from, and you can allow water lilies, pondweed and broadleaf to further develop your unique underwater environment. 

Allow your plant life to grow and colonise naturally for the best results, and consider adding fish but remember that they will feed on the plants and insects around the water in your garden. 

Get In Touch

Interested in making the most of your outside space by engaging in wildlife gardening? We can help make the exterior of your home beautiful and stylish with our bespoke, made to measure, and natural timber wooden gates. Please get in touch with us today to discover our fantastic range and to explore how we can help you make the most out of your garden! 

How To Protect Your Wooden Gates From The Winter Weather

The harsh weather of winter is known to cause all kinds of damage to external surfaces and materials here in the UK. One of the most serious impacts it can have is on your wooden gates. If you’re here, then that means that you know that the integrity and appearance of your gate are at risk with winter approaching – with a combination of cold, rain, snow and hail, your wooden gate can easily become damaged, stained or marked.

Your wooden gate is an entryway into your home – whether installed as a driveway gate, side gate or garden gate. It invites guests into your home and is a point of pride for homeowners. If you’ve invested in a beautifully made, completely bespoke new wooden gate from Village Products, then the last thing you want is to worry about the winter weather causing expensive damage. With that in mind, here’s our guide to protecting your wooden gates from the winter weather.

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What Kind Of Damage Does Winter Weather Cause To Your Wooden Gates?

First of all, it’s important to understand the kind of damage that can be caused during winter. It’s important to be prepared and understand exactly what it is that you’re protecting your gates from. Sometimes, the damage is just cosmetic. However, the weather can sometimes damage the structure of your wooden gate, affecting its longevity and therefore its lifetime value.

  • Discolouration – Because of the barrage of rain and other bad weather, it’s very easy for your wooden gates to become discoloured during the winter months.
  • Cracked wood – When wood becomes extremely damp and then dries, the surface often becomes cracked and worn, hurting your gate’s appearance.
  • Fungus – One of the biggest threats to a timber gate in winter is the risk of fungal growth. If your domestic wooden gates are left untreated, then you might experience fungal and other growths which can harm your wood’s integrity.
  • Spongy wood – Not only can your gate become cracked and discoloured under winter conditions, but it can also become soft or spongy. This makes it much easier for the gate to become damaged and suffer from the wear and tear of general use.

Winter weather can have a big impact on your wooden gates. It can damage both the appearance and strength of the timber, which is why it’s important to protect against this. But how do you do that?

How Can I Protect My Wooden Gate From Winter Weather?

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help protect your timber gate during the winter season, including:

  • Check your gate’s condition and fix any existing damage – Make sure that you thoroughly check the state of your gate before the winter weather hits. Make sure that your gate posts are fully secured, replacing them if need be. Check for softwood, rot and insect damage to make sure that your gate’s integrity hasn’t already been damaged – these kinds of issues can only magnify the damage that winter conditions may cause.
  • Keep your gate clean of ice and snow buildup – If ice or snow are allowed to rest on the surface of your gate, you can easily find yourself ending up with spongy, discoloured and cracked timber gates. During winter, it’s a great idea to maintain your gate by clearing off any ice or snow and repeating this exercise – in particular after a storm or snowfall.
  • Protect the wood – The best way to give your gate an extra layer of protection is exactly that – to give it an extra layer of protection. Using a decent preservative will help defend your wooden gate from decay, mould and fungi during winter. Knowing which treatment is right is entirely dependent on what kind of gate you have and what timber is used. Here at Village Products, we love the Teknos range of wood treatments for different kinds of gates.

Get In Touch

Worried about your wooden gates becoming damaged in the winter months? Get in touch with us today for more information about how to protect your timber from rain, snow, ice and hail. Our friendly and expert team has been designing and manufacturing wooden gates for over 25 years – so we know a thing or two about getting through the harsher conditions of winter!

4 Reasons Why You Should By A Brilliant New Wooden Gate From Village Products

Is your garden gate looking a bit rundown? Has your driveway gate seen better days? If you’re here then that means that you’re thinking of reinvesting in a new wooden gate for your home. Here at Village Products, we manufacture and supply all of our own bespoke gate designs, giving your home a touch of elegance and natural beauty while improving your security and privacy.

Based in Warrington, Cheshire we’ve got a great selection of quality hardwoods and softwoods and we even install gates bought within 30 miles of our workshop. You might think that your old gate still does its job just fine, even if it looks a little worse for wear. Well, here are some reasons that we think you should invest in a brand new and brilliant wooden gate from Village Products:

Gorgeous Appearance

There’s nothing quite like a brand new, high quality wooden gate to give the exterior of your home a lift and a bit of a spruce up. Real wood helps give your home a touch of natural beauty and blend in with the natural space around you. Not to mention the fact that the knotting and colouration of wooden gates are all different, so you know that you’re getting a gate unique to you!

All our gates are made to measure, so your new wooden gates from Village Products will fit seamlessly into your home’s design and blend in with the style. If you’re expecting to sell your home in the coming years, a new, eye catching and attractive wooden gate can help your property make an immediate impact on potential buyers.

Bespoke Service And Design

Do you have an awkward space in which to fit your new wooden gate? We know that sometimes garden paths and driveways can be somewhat frustratingly unsymmetrical or angled to make it difficult to accurately and tightly fit a gate in. Fortunately, all the gates here at Village Products are made bespoke to your needs.

Not only do we have a wide range of timbers and designs for you to choose from, but we are also able to craft your wooden gate to be unique and fit the exterior of your home perfectly. All of the new wooden gates we produce here are bespoke and made to measure.

Durable In All Weathers With Treatment

When looking at buying a new wooden gate for your home, you want to know that your investment is going to last and be worth the money. Our timber gates are made and chosen to be durable and resistant to the wear and tear of time and the changing seasons.

With a little maintenance, your new Village Products wooden gate can look new and fresh for years to come. We recommend Teknos as a fantastic wood preservative and treatment, allowing you to easily keep your gate looking fantastic for every season.

Security For Your Home

You certainly want your new gate to look fantastic and to suit the style of your home, but it’s worth remembering that your wooden gate’s function is important. You want to make sure that your home, family and belongings are all safe, and a sturdy and resistant new wooden gate from Village Products can help provide this.

Whether you want a new garden gate, driveway gate or side gate, you want to be able to rest easy knowing that your gate is preventing intruders and potential burglars from easily entering your property. Our gates are sturdy and not easily broken – when fitted with a good lock, you can make sure that you’re better aware of everyone who is entering your home.

Get In Touch

Interested in securing a brand new wooden gate for your home? Get in touch with us here at Village Products to discover how our amazing range of wooden gates can help protect your home while giving it a great new look and style!

How To Look After Your Wood

When you choose to have a quality wooden gate installed on your property, you’re making an investment that you hope will last for years to come. Here at Village Products, our wooden gates serve a number of benefits, including looking great, protecting your home and increasing your privacy. When it comes to garden gates, driveway gates and side gates, the chances are that they are publicly visible, and you’re going to want to keep them looking great for as long as possible.

Fortunately, with a bit of love, care and maintenance, our gates will look fantastic for years. It doesn’t take a lot of treatment, but it’s worth keeping on top of things to ensure that your gates stay in top condition. With a bit of treatment, you’ll help your gates to survive the change in seasons and prevent deterioration. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to look after your wood:

 

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It’s very important to treat your softwood gates with water repellent and breathable wood preservatives. Then, hang them for a while to prevent moisture ingress. This helps to avoid any swelling or warping. We always recommend customers to use a spirit based oil or stain on their softwood gates – this is because this is more easily absorbed into the wood, helping to repel water and prevent rot.

Different treatments will come with different guidelines as to how often you should re-treat your wood. Generally speaking, we suggest giving your softwood gate a fresh coat of treatment every six months. Preferably, treat your wood during the changing seasons – before summer and winter. This allows you to benefit from fresh protection during the extreme temperature differences.

 

 

Hardwood Gates

Iroko Hardwood Side GateOne of the benefits of having your own hardwood gate designed, supplied and installed here at Village Products, is that our hardwood timbers are particularly durable and resilient. This means that there’s not as much work involved in preserving your hardwood timber. Hardwoods are much better at looking after themselves.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that hardwoods do lose their colour over time. This means that they benefit from a different kind of treatment. Hardwoods will often turn silver grey over time, so to prevent this and keep their warmer and more natural wooden colour, you should stain and oil the gate relatively often.

 

 

 

Teknos

Here at Village Products, we stock Teknos – a wood treatment option that use and love ourselves. Teknos is a trusted partner of ours, and its available in both top and base coats. It also comes in a wide range of different wood colours and shades, so you’re sure to find something suitable for your wooden gate.

Get In Touch

Interested in purchasing a bespoke, high-quality wooden gate for your garden, driveway or side of house? We design, produce, supply and install our very own gates at Village Products here in Cheshire. We specialise in both softwood and hardwood gates. Please get in touch with us today to discover our fantastic range of timbers and gate designs – there’s sure to be something perfect for your home!

Gates That Resonate With Autumn

Autumn is a time of great natural beauty. Although we all love the warmth and comfort of summer and we’re sad to see it leave, we always look forward to autumn here in the UK. Here at Village Products, we think that it might be the most beautiful time of year. From the sounds and smells to the reds, golds, yellows and oranges of the leaves, autumn is truly beautiful and it’s a wonderful time to be outside. 

The area around your house is beautiful in autumn, and we always think that wooden timber gates look fantastic at this time of year. Wooden gates fit in beautifully with the natural vibrancy of the autumn season, and we love helping to give customers garden, driveway and side gates that resonate with this time of year. There are a lot of different timbers to choose from, with a range of different colours available. Here are some of our wooden gates that we think resonate best with autumn. 

 

 

  • Scandinavian Redwood Gates

 

Scandinavian redwood is an incredibly popular softwood timber used for garden and driveway gates. Found in the mountains of Spain and the UK – particularly Scotland – it is the only true pine that is indigenous to the British Isles. Scandinavian redwood is a strong timber with tight knots which takes treatments and stains well. 

We think that Scandinavian redwood gates look great in autumn because of the colours. The sapwood is creamy-white to yellow in colour, while the heartwood is usually a pale yellow-brown to red-brown colour – resinous and distinctive compared to the sapwood. Scandinavian redwood has a classic wooden look that fits in perfectly with the colours and lighting of autumn.

 

 

  • Idigbo African Hardwood Gates

 

West African Idigbo hardwood is a versatile and strong timber with fantastic natural resistance to moisture. Harvested in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, Idigbo has only grown in popularity over the years. Part of the reason for this is its close resemblance to oak, with its looks and durability making it a fantastic and lightweight alternative to oak. 

Idigbo hardwood gates look fantastic in autumn. From the straw coloured appearance to its close similarity to oak, Idigbo hardwood is a great choice for homeowners hoping to decorate their driveway, garden or side of the house with a timber that looks great at this time of year. It has a pale and natural lightness that resonates beautifully with the natural aesthetic of autumn. 

 

 

  • Iroko African Hardwood Gates

 

We love Iroko hardwood here at Village Products. Often known as ‘African Teak,  Iroko is known for its strength and durability. In fact, it is frequently used in the boat building industry. With natural resistance to decay and insects, it’s a hardwood that gives you a garden gate that will last for years with little maintenance. 

Iroko varies in colour from light to dark brown, with irregular shading. From golden oranges to dark nut browns, you can always find an Iroko gate that not only suits your home and exterior, but looks gorgeous in autumn and other times of year. We recommend Teknos wood treatment for Iroko hardwood gates – despite their durability, the colours weather to a silver grey over time if left untreated. 

 

Contact Us

Are you looking for a new gate for your driveway, garden, or side of the house? We have a range of wooden gates, both softwood and hardwood that we make ourselves and supply straight to you. Our gates look fantastic in autumn, so if you’re looking for a gate that resonates this season, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Discover the fantastic range of unique and beautiful wooden timber gates here at Village Products. 

Protect Your Garden Gate Before The Seasons Change

It’s important to keep your garden gates healthy and looking good. Without proper maintenance, your lovely wooden gate can become bleached and stained. Here at Village Products, we always recommend giving your gates a top coat in summer, regardless of when they were purchased. Giving your gates some treatment not only prepares for winter, but protects them in summer too!

The Importance Of Gate Care

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Once you’ve got a quality, luxury garden gate you’re proud of which is perfect for the garden, you’re going to want to make sure that investment is protected so that it can continue to look good for as long as possible. If your gate is one of our high quality wooden gates, it will last for as long as you continue to maintain it. 

Most new garden gates receive initial treatment to protect the timber from wood rot and insect attacks. However, these treatments don’t provide full protection against weathering. Erosion from weather and UV rays will degrade these treatments and begin to affect the quality of your gate over time. Whether your garden gate is made from softwood or hardwood, we recommend treating the timber with a wood preservative in summer. 

Protecting Your Gate In Summer

Treating your gate in summer isn’t just going to prepare for the harsher weather of autumn and winter. Summer heat can lead to the wood swelling, and the summer rays can bleach and bow the wood. Fortunately, summer is a great time to treat your gate. Ideally, you want to be able to treat your gate in a fairly warm temperature, and the gate should be allowed to dry for a couple of days after treatment. This means not treating your gate if rain is likely within the next 48 hours. 

An additional top coat of oil, stain, paint or varnish will help even more in protecting the wood for years to come. If you want to keep things natural with the wood texture clearly visible, we recommend overcoating your preservative treatment with a clear exterior wood oil, or even decking oil. These products penetrate into the wood grain and provide excellent protection because they contain a combination of wood oils, waxes and resins. Many of these products also have UV filters that are great for retaining the timber’s natural look by protecting against the sun.

Remember to keep your garden gate clean, dry and free of any surface dirt, grease or other contaminate before you get ready for treating, coating or painting. Wipe the gate down to de-grease the surface before you start. We recommend White Spirit or Methylated Spirit. 

Teknos: Our Favourite Treatment

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Here at Village Products we love Teknos’ ‘Forest Inspirations’ wooden gate treatment collection. With resistance to bacteria, mould and UV we’ve tried Teknos ourselves and we think it’s the best, most comprehensive treatment out there. Available in a wide range of colours like Mahogany, Teak and Light, Medium and Dark Oak, the Teknos coats will minimise discolouration of your gate while maximising the resilience and durability.

The best part about Teknos? It does this while emphasizing and protecting your gate’s natural state and style. Unlike some other treatments and stains, these coats won’t crack or peel. This means they keep their appeal much longer, and we love that they show the natural grain of your gate’s timber through the colours.  

Get In Touch!

If you’re interested in buying one of our top quality garden gates, some reliable wood treatment, or if you want some advice on the matter, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Call us today on 01925 967 071 to find out how we can help you discover your perfect garden gates.

Summer Garden Party Ideas

With summer approaching, you might be thinking about how you can throw a brilliant and memorable garden party for your family and friends. It’s the best time of year for getting out and socialising in the fresh air with some tasty food and cool drinks. We love a good garden party here at Village Products, so here are our tips for making the most of the summer by throwing an elegant, laid-back outdoor party that will get everyone talking for years to come.

Decorate For Instant Party Vibes

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Get people in the mood for a party the moment they arrive in your garden! Some simple decorations like balloons and bunting are great for setting a fun tone, and adding splashes of colour around the garden immediately brightens the occasion. Bunting is easy enough to make yourself, but if you fancy something a bit different, try hanging pom poms from trees and washing lines for a quick and easy way of adding a vibrant touch to your summer party.

If you’re planning on extending your garden party into the evening, add a touch of magic by hanging fairy lights from the walls, and placing comfy blankets on the grass for people to sit on, and stare up at the stars from. We love this great idea for easily creating an unforgettable atmosphere in your otherwise ordinary outdoor space!

Use Flowers

We think that summer garden parties always benefit by simply overflowing with flowers! You can use the natural beauty and smell of flowers to capture a summer vibe throughout just about every aspect of your garden party. One of the simplest methods is to make sure you have a nice floral centrepiece for your tables. We recommend using herbal flowers like mint, rosemary and lavender for that lovely smell and atmosphere.

Other creative ways of using flowers include making small bouquets and using teacups as plant pots. If it’s a big gathering, you can place name cards in these for a summery, thoughtful way of letting people know where to sit. If you have a bit of time to prepare things, get some steel wire and a glue gun and make your very own floral messages! A welcome sign or perhaps something pointing people towards the drinks bar is a really imaginative way of enhancing your garden party with flowers. Blooming brilliant, you might say.

Get The Lawn Games Out

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Introducing lawn games into your garden party is always going to get your guests having fun, chatting amongst themselves, and enjoying the outdoor summer vibes! Bring out the classics like hoopla, skittles and bowls to get people involved. Classic wooden sets look great and last for years, meaning you can make use of them summer after summer.

Croquet is another common choice, but if you were to ask us our favourite here at Village Products, we’d have to go with giant Jenga! Great for kids and adults alike, there’s something about the tense moments and mistakes that always get people laughing together. For spectators, get some comfortable lawn chairs out so they can sit and sip their drinks while watching the others.

Get Creative With Serving Drinks

Every summer garden party needs cool drinks! Your guests want to enjoy the warm weather while keeping refreshed and perhaps getting a little tipsy. Rather than serve the ordinary, you can again use natural flowers to enhance your garden party and boost its summer vibes. Placing lavender in people’s drinks is a great trick, but we love floating edible flower blossoms in our guest’s drinks even more! They’re tasty, sweet and subtly emphasize the beauty and wonder of your event.

Fill your ice bucket with fruit and flowers so that you can keep your drinks chilled while gaining a colourful centrepiece for your garden. Using flowers as drink stirrers is a really nice way of adding to the atmosphere as well.

Get In Touch

If you want to spend time outside with your kids, friends and family in a safe, secure and beautiful garden, contact us at Village Products to get the perfect gates for your home and garden. Available in colours as summery as Teak, Mahogany and Light Oak, they can add that extra bit of magic to your home. Please call us on 01925 967 071 today to spruce up your garden ahead of your memorable garden party this summer!

What Makes Us The Right Supplier For Your Clients’ Garden Gates?

Everybody wants a high quality garden gate that is going to make their home look welcoming while keeping it safe and secure. Supplying your customers with the best gates possible will enhance your reputation and drive repeat business. At Village Products we have a wide range of handcrafted and bespoke wooden gates, created using our own unique methods to ensure their durability and beauty. As a family-run business, we pride ourselves on the high quality of our gates and the services we provide all of our customers.

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All of our gates are manufactured in house at our very own workshop, which means that we can choose the materials and methods we use ourselves. We only work with high quality hardwoods and softwoods, such as Scandinavian Redwood, Iroko Hardwood and Idigbo Hardwood. We know these woods to be sturdy and reliable, lasting a long time and dealing well with stains and treatment.

Our own experienced joiners handcraft every single gate we produce. This level of quality craftsmanship means that we can build bespoke, made to measure gates for individual needs, whether it be for a garden, driveway or the side of a house. We can consult with customers on specifications and help make decisions on the size, material, ironmongery, and more, should you or your customers require further advice.

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We offer fast delivery on all orders. Single gate deliveries can be expected 2-3 weeks after placing an order, while double gates will be 3-4 weeks from order. We’re able to do this because our joiners work hard and know their craft inside out. They’re capable of working to an order whilst never letting their high standards slide, always making sure the gates they produce are made to an excellent quality.

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We also offer an installation service for every gate we deliver within 30 miles of our Warrington workshop. We have provided this service for customers of all kinds, including developers, builders, landscapers and more. All of our gates are available for purchase throughout the UK, so if you’re not within 30 miles of us, our team will provide all the help and guidance you need on fitting our products yourselves.

If you’re interested in providing your clients with excellent quality wooden gates, Village Products has everything you need. Call us on 01925 967 071 today for a quote.