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KEY UK GARDENING EVENTS OF 2018

UK Gardening Shows and Festivals for 2018
Everything iin the garden is beautiful!

 

January & February:

January 28th to March 12th – Scottish Snowdrop Festival, multiple gardens open in Scotland (visitscotland.com or rhs.org.uk).
February 12th to 14th – RHS Early Spring Plant Fair, Lawrence and Lindley Halls (rhs.org.uk)

March:

March 15th to 2nd April – Falmouth Spring Flower Show, Cornwall, TR11 3EF. A local institution; rare and exotic flora (01326 313553 – falmouth.co.uk).
March 17th – Plant Hunter’s Fair, 10am-4pm, National Memorial Arboretum. The plant hunter’s year begins (01270 811443 – planthuntersfairs.co.uk).
March 19th – Rare Plant Fair, 10am-4pm, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset. First Rare Plant Fair of the year (0845 468 1368 – rareplantfair.co.uk).
March 20th – RHS Spring Free Day – Free Event – RHS Garden Harlow Carr, HG3 1QB (rhs.org.uk)

April:

April 7th to 8th – Spring Flower Show, Boconnoc House, Cornwall. The famous early showcase for Cornish talent, gardens and home grown produce (07734 366504 – cornwallgardensociety.org.uk).
April 13th to 15th – RHS Flower Show, Bute Park, Cardiff. Kick start your gardening year at this flower show extravaganza (0844 338 7502 – rhs.org.uk).
April 27th to 28th April – Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival, 10am-5pm, Powderham Castle, Devon. Specialist nurseries and popular Devon growers. Live music, local food and top-quality garden (tobygardenfest.co.uk).

May:

May 10th to 13th – RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Spectacular show gardens, Floral Marquee food demonstrations (0844 338 7502 – rhs.org.uk).
May 19th – 27th – Chelsea Fringe, London. Alternative garden festival celebrating community growing, outdoor performance, botanical art, walks, talks and events (chelseafringe.com).
May 22th to 26th – RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London. The pinnacle of horticultural excellence with innovative show gardens by the world’s leading designers and the finest displays of plants (0844 338 7502 – rhs.org.uk).

June:

June 1st to 3rd – Gardening Scotland, Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston. Show gardens, exhibitors, outdoor living festival and plant fair (0131 333 0965 – gardeningscotland.com).
June 6th to 8th – RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. Major event in the gardening calender. Loads to see and do (0844 995 9664 – rhs.org.uk)
June 24-26 – Grow London, House & Garden Fair, Olympia, London. An inspiring day out bursting with ideas on how to transform urban spaces (0844 412 4623 – houseandgardenfestival.com/event/grow-london).

4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling

In our latest blog you can learn how to recycle rainwater for you garden. As we all strive to make our lives more sustainable, rainwater recycling is one way in which you can reduce your environmental impact and save money at the same time.

Rainwater Harvesting or Rainwater Recycling as it’s commonly known, quite simply means the process by which rain water is collected and prepared for reuse. Rainwater Harvesting for your garden can be broken down into 4 steps, Rainwater Collection, Rainwater Storage, Rainwater Treatment and Rainwater Distribution. 

4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling

 

Install the Gutter Mate Divert & Filter

Every rainwater harvesting system should start with the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter, which applies the first phase of filtration to rainwater diverted from the downpipe. A mesh insert can also be purchased for further filtration. 50cm hose provided with purchase. 

START COLLECTING RAINWATER 

 4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling
 

Choose Your Waterbutt

We sell a wide range of waterbutts ranging from 100L up to 250L capacity. There are also plenty of different styles to choose from depending on your personal taste, garden size and shape. Slimline or wallmounted waterbutts are great for small gardens. Waterbutt prices start from £45.  If you want to collect more rainwater we also sell tanks.

START STORING RAINWATER 

4 steps to rainwater recycling
 

Waterbutt Treatment

Gutter Mate’s Water Treatment Solution ensures the rainwater collected in your waterbutt or tank is fresh and ready for use. It prevents algae, contamination & smells. One bottle of treatment costs just £9.99 and it will also help to prevent your hose from discolouring.

START TREATING RAINWATER

 4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling
 

Pump it!

If you’re happy using a good old fashioned watering can then you can skip this part, but if you’d rather connect a hosepipe and use the spray gun, then a water pump is required. The type of waterbutt pump you require will depend on the length of your hose/size of your garden.

START PUMPING RAINWATER

Start Recycling Rainwater in 2016

Gutter Mate is urging people to Go-Green by recycling rainwater for their home and garden in 2016.

With Climate Change currently at the forefront of world’s political agenda in Paris, it’s a fitting time for us all to review how we can change our own lives in order to help the environment. 

During COP21, The World Water Council has been campaigning to elevate the recognition for water and climate through the #ClimateIsWater initiative. Benedito Braga, President of The World Water Council, reminded government representatives that failing to address the relationship between water and climate puts our future in jeopardy.

As an award winning rain water recycling business, this is a sentiment that Gutter Mate shares. Company director Haydon Robinson, firmly believes that recycling rain water is one way that everyone can reduce their carbon footprint and has a positive impact on the environment and world that we live in.

“We believe that rainwater harvesting can make a real difference to the global climate change crisis. We want to see rainwater harvesting shift from being a niche practice to an everyday commodity. Every household in the UK and beyond should have a system installed by which rain water can be collected, stored and recycled.”

In 2011, Gutter Mate won Best Recycling Project at the Green Herts Awards for their Rainwater Diverter & Filter, which when installed to your downpipe diverts and filters rainwater to a storage facility like a waterbutt or tank.  Since then, thousands of Gutter Mate’s Diverters and Filters have been installed in homes and commercial buildings across the country, enabling them to recycle what falls from the sky.

Installing a basic rainwater harvesting system at your home does not have to break the bank. Having a simple system like a rainwater diverter & water butt, can virtually eliminate the need to use tap water for many outdoor and domestic uses, such as, watering the garden, washing the car, cleaning the windows and mopping the floors. We have some great deals on affordable rain water recycling packages that can be easily installed at home.

As well as having environmental benefits, people should also be motivated by the financial incentive. Using harvested rainwater means zero energy consumption.  You will be saving money on your household water bills as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

If you would like to discuss how to start recycling rainwater for your domestic home or garden or perhaps for a commercial building contact us today. Freephone: 01462 429 765. You may also find our blog 4 Steps to Rainwater Harvesting a useful starting point.

 

The Black Friday Sale at Gutter Mate

Our first ever Black Friday sale will commence at midnight on Friday November 27 and will finish at midnight on Cyber Monday November 30.

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With Black Friday set to be the UK’s biggest ever online spending day, Gutter Mate is ready to WOW you with a handpicked selection of best selling products at the BEST prices ever.

No lies, no gimmicks- just good old fashioned bargains!

 

Gutter Mate Exhibiting at BBC Gardeners World Live 2013

Gutter Mate will be at BBC Gardeners World Live – NEC Birmingham, June 12th to 16th 2013.

We will be exhibiting the Rainwater Diverter and Filter as well as our range of waterbutts, water tanks and pumps, along with some of our great new products such as the RainBowl – great for collecting water in allotments or gardens with no direct water supply or available guttering.

We will also be displaying our selection of water pumps and tanks and there to advise on complete rainwater harvesting systems. One of our most popular pumps is the GM801 great when your rain water harvesting tank has limited access and installing a submersible pump is not a practical solution. The pump can work at 4 bar pressure – ideal for watering the garden and light pressure washing jobs.

This will be our 4th year at BBC Gardeners World Live and we really enjoy it – its a fantastic show, a great day out with lots going on. This year some of the features at Gardeners World are:

Show Gardens – A central focus of the show, these gardens reflect current trends and design ideas covering a diverse range of themes.

RHS Plant Village – can be found in the outdoor area of the Show where you can explore even more nurseries and plant growers.

Edible Patches – demonstrate how you can make a small area of your garden an edible heaven

BBC Gardeners World Live 2012 – Gutter Mate Exhibiting

We have just had a fantastic few days exhibiting at the BBC Gardeners World Live and although busy on our stand discussing rainwater harvesting, selling Gutter Mates and demonstrating the new Ecoseat that we are now selling as a stylish alternative to a water butt managed to take a look round.

Combined with the BBC Good Food Show the mix of food and gardening made a perfect day out especially for families – showing where food comes from and how its grown.

Gutter Mate win the Green Apple Environment Award

Gutter Mate won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities.

The family business offers a range of rainwater recycling products, including the Gutter Mate rainwater diverter which director Haydon Robinson invented. GutterMate was entered to the prestigious Green Apple Awards after winning ‘Best Recycle Project’ at last year’s Hertfordshire Green Awards.

They competed against more than 500 other nominations and will be presented with their Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons on November 12. Gutter Mate director Mark Robinson will be attending. “We are delighted to have won this award and are looking forward to the presentation evening.”

As a result of this success they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their experience.

Gutter Mate will also be considered to represent their country in the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

Judges for the Green Apple Awards are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Gutter Mate Wins Best Recycling Project at Herts Green Awards

Gutter Mate, the UK’s No1 rainwater diverter system has won the Best Recycling Project at the Herts Green Awards 2011.

Despite being in a very competitive category, the Hitchin based business was announced as the winner at a special awards ceremony held at Knebworth Barns last Tuesday, 25th October. It was also a finalist for the Green Innovation prize.

“We are absolutely delighted” said Mark Robinson of Gutter Mate who collected the award. “We’re tremendously proud that our hard work has been recognised in this way.”

Haydon Robinson, Gutter Mate’s inventor, recognised the growing need for an affordable, practical answer to harvesting  and recycling rainwater. He also wanted to avoid using ladders to keep his own gutters clear. This gave him the idea of Gutter Mate.

Gutter Mate filters all the rain water flowing down the downpipe, protecting your drains and soakaways from debris. This is truly unique to Gutter Mate. It automatically diverts rainwater and when your water butt is full there is an automatic overflow mechanism, helping to maximise rainwater collection effortlessly . Gutter Mate’s filter is approved by the Water Technology List.

“It is such a simple yet clever idea,” adds Mark. “The filtered water can be used for jobs such as washing the car or watering the garden – it helps the environment and your water bills.”

Haydon unfortunately missed the ceremony. “We’re working hard on developing new products at the moment. I’m sure we’ll have a break to celebrate as soon as he’s back!” said Mark.