The Story behind The Love Your Garden Shed

Posted on June 28, 2016

We were thrilled when we were approached by the television programme “Love your Garden” to design and build a Posh Shed for one of their viewers.  This is the second time they have asked us to design something for them and it’s great to have a nod of approval from gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh.

The shed we designed for the programme this year (2016) was created for a worthy applicant.  A lovely lady who has been passionate about gardens, gardening and “growing things” all her life.

Mrs Newbold was born in Leeds in 1926 and spent her early childhood helping her parents grow fruit and veg in their allotment.  In the middle of the Second World war, at the age of 17 in 1942 she volunteered for the Women’s Land Army and was sent to Malton in Yorkshire where she got stuck into gardening on a much larger scale … nothing short of farming in fact, as she and others, heaved bales of hay, loaded carts and processed corn to name but a few of their responsibilities.

Gardening and growing things has always been a part of Mrs Newbold’s life and at the age of 90, she is still keen to share her gardening knowledge and regularly goes to schools and museums to talk to children about her history with the Women’s Land Army and the pleasure she has derived from gardening throughout her life. 

Sadly, in recent years, age and arthritis have made it more difficult for Mrs Newbold to garden and witnessing the distress that this caused, a friend put her name forward to the “Love your Garden” programme.  Her garden has now been revamped to create level pathways and low maintenance growing areas and includes a Posh Shed as a focal point and storage hub.

The Bespoke Posh Shed sits in a corner of the garden.  It is painted in Posh Elephant which really sets off the slate effect tiled roof.   There is double door access under a central gable which provides additional head-room and makes it easy to carry things in and out. 

There are opening windows each side of the door to let in plenty of light and provide ventilation when required.  The rear wall is window free so tall pieces of gardening equipment can be easily stored and plenty of floor space for all Mrs Newbold’s pots and tools.

We hope that this lovely lady enjoys her Posh Shed and her new garden for many years to come.