Posted on December 10, 2018
A cosy blanket, fluffy slippers and the smell of woodsmoke in the air – winter is here and it’s the very best time of year for kicking back and relaxing in front of the open fire on a chilly night.
Gone are the days when everyone and his dog owned an open fire or log stove as a matter of course; in recent times they’ve become something of a luxury item and (we’re very happy to report) are making a huge comeback as a lifestyle essential.
There are three very important things to know about producing your own wood-fuelled heat; what to burn, how to burn it, and how to store it when you’re not burning it.
Firstly, and arguably most importantly, when you buy firewood or logs you must make sure that they are well seasoned. This prevents your chimney, and the environment, getting clogged up with all that extra creosote generated by burning green wood.
The type of wood you choose to burn is all down to personal preference and what is available to you but try to look out for a sustainable local supplier to keep the delivery miles low. Softwood ignites quickly and with a hotter, briefer flame than hardwood, which tends to take longer to burn – keeping the fire going hotter for longer.
Tip: An easy way to identify if your wood is well-seasoned is by checking the end grain. If the log ends have little cracks in, then the wood is ready for the stove and should burn cleanly with minimal hissing.
Building a fire is an ancient skill which has kept humans alive for thousands of years. It should be second nature, right? Well no. Many of us grew up with gas or electric fires with no real logs in sight, so some may need a little extra help in this department.
After checking that the chimney is drawing and the fireplace or stove is nice and clean, you’re ready to lay your fire.
- First, place your firelighter or tinder in the grate, half a dozen pieces of crumpled up newspaper will do.
- Next, set the kindling. Place small pieces of dry wood (softwood is good for this) over the tinder. The smaller pieces of kindling you use the better the fire will be. Remember to leave gaps in between for air to circulate!
- Now to set more wood. Once you have a good bed of kindling over your firelighter or tinder start to add larger pieces of seasoned firewood, your fuel. With an open fire one or two criss-crossed layers of wood should do to start with.
- Ignition! Light the firelighter or tinder and stand back to appreciate your efforts. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to shut the damper of your fireplace or air controls on your stove, let the fire breathe for a few minutes.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy.
When you’re not burning the logs you’ll need somewhere to keep them – The Posh Shed Company’s range of stores have been designed to be a stylish and functional addition to the garden.
When deciding on where to put your store try not to site it between sheds, or down alley ways, where the logs will be sheltered from the weather, as this will hamper the seasoning of the logs.
The ideal spot will be South-facing in a place that catches the prevailing wind, somewhere not too far from the house, unless you enjoy slippered trips to the bottom of the garden for more wood in the middle of the night!
Posted on November 9, 2018
Through the summer months, our shed doors are open on a regular basis as we complete our constant stream of garden chores – tools, flowerpots, furniture and garden toys move in and out of the space; being used and put away, used and put away again.
As every gardener knows, as Autumn arrives and the garden begins to be packed away, this is the time of year that really tests your Posh Shed. Things that may have spent the past six months outdoors come home to roost, and we’re left questioning how on earth it all fitted in in the first place.
Maybe, you think, it’s time you got yourself a larger shed. The Posh Shed Company’s standard products in the Potting, Contemporary and Gothic styles go up to 10’ by 8’, and there’s no limit to size on the bespoke products. Room for everything!
Even if you’re happy with the size of your Posh Shed there are improvements that can be made easily and effectively; improve the lighting for those dull Autumn evenings by adding a solar panel to the roof or fit a couple of new shelves or hooks to keep all those extra bits you bought this year spick and span.
Some very simple steps can be taken to help prepare a Posh Shed for the prolonged dormant period of winter, when the Great British weather and variable outdoor conditions can take their toll on the condition of garden buildings, even posh ones.
Start with a thorough inspection, look for any signs of wear and tear and work out what repair work might need doing and get it done before it’s far too nasty to get out and do it.
1. Check the roof from both the outside and in. Make sure there are no chipped or slipped tiles, and that the lining doesn’t have and holes that may let water in.
2. Be vigilant for any signs of damp or mould. This will only get worse with the cold weather so gently remove any patches with a diluted bleach solution as soon as they’re spotted.
3. Make sure the drainage, if you have it, is all connected properly, and that any rain water runoff will be directed away from the shed. Avoid a soggy bottom at all costs.
4. Inspect the doors and windows; making sure the wood is in good condition, isn’t damaged, and that the seals are all intact with no gaps. This is also a good time to replace any broken or cracked window panes that you’ve been ignoring! Be sure to give any hinges and latches a good oiling too so you won’t be struggling with a rusty lock when spring comes around.
5. It’s vital to clear any debris, not just from the roof but from all around the shed, and to do this on a regular basis. Excess weight on the roof can cause damage, and a build-up of leaves around the base can cause unwelcome damp and rot, which isn’t nice. If you notice the snow piling up on the roof, take a few minutes to clear it off with a broom or rake. Snow and ice can weigh down the roof of a shed causing problems over time.
6. Take the time to visit your Posh Shed – open the windows and door on fair days to encourage fresh air to flow through. This will reduce the possibility of mould and ensure your Posh Shed doesn’t get too lonely through the winter.
Posted on October 1, 2018
Great British Garden Visitors
The mornings are bright and chill, the evenings are becoming shorter and the leaves are beginning to tumble from the trees. There’s definitely a nip in the air as we load our barrows with the first of many loads of fallen leaves for composting and the smell of bonfires is starting to drift through the afternoons. But what of our garden visitors? Autumn is a time of forage and preparation for many of our garden friends as they equip themselves for the long cold winter ahead and sometimes, especially in our more urban gardens, a little assistance is needed.
Bat Boxes (PSC160144)
They may have a bit of a reputation, but bats play an essential part in the biodiversity of the planet and are a sure sign of a healthy garden.
Changing farming methods and urban development have resulted in natural habitats becoming harder to find and it’s up to us to create new ones to help bats survive and thrive. A Posh Bat box is built to B.C.T. recommended specifications, designed to be draught free and thermally stable. A perfect spot to spend the winter for our furry flying friends as they look for new homes this October.
For further advice on helping bats in the garden visit the Bat Conservation Trust’s list of tips.
Bird Boxes (PSC161062)
Not all birds migrate for the winter months, so it’s important to make sure they have a cosy spot to call their own.
A Posh Bird Box offers a snug home for non-migratory birds and placed in a sheltered spot it can make a real difference to a feathery family.
Keep your birds bursting with energy with regular treats of overripe fruit, hanging feeders full of seeds and lots of suet or fat balls. Make sure you use the same place every time and keep feeders topped up – going out looking for new food spots can use a lot of precious flying time during the short winter days.
Hedgehog House (PSC180493)
Hedgehogs start looking for new homes during the months of September and October as they get ready to settle down for their nice long winter rest.
Purpose built hedgehog houses and regular feeding of tinned cat or dog food alongside “wild” areas of the garden really welcome them in to share our urban spaces with us. Make sure that the bonfire is thoroughly checked for sleepy hedgehogs before lighting and never leave milk out for them as this upsets prickly tummies.
Posted on July 19, 2018
The Posh Shed Company Just Got Posher!
2018 has been an amazing year of growth so far for The Posh Shed Company; with new options in sheds, a new range of back door stores and brand new designs for bird, bat and hedgehog houses being made available for the first time on our new-look website and officially launched at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July.
We’re incredibly proud, and more than a little excited, to be able to announce that all of The Posh Shed Company products, from the smallest birdboxes to the largest bespoke sheds and all the backdoor stores in between, have received official endorsement from the Royal Horticultural Society.
So what does this mean?
The RHS has been absolutely committed to bringing the joy of gardening to everyone for over 150 years and works with carefully selected companies, often the best in their fields, to develop products meeting the highest standards of quality and design. The RHS has been licensing products for more than a decade, so they know what they’re about when choosing companies to produce high-quality, beautifully designed products for gardeners.
Receiving endorsement across our whole range of products, rather than just one, is great recognition for all the work, care and dedication that goes into to designing and making a Posh Shed product; from the initial idea, through the lengthy design process and all the way to final production in the best quality materials by experienced woodworkers before the delivery and installation takes place by the very same people who made the product in our Herefordshire workshop.
A few words from our CEO, Richard Frost: “We, like the RHS, believe that gardening enriches lives and we express that through our products which, we feel, both support gardening as enhance the garden environment. We’re thrilled to receive the endorsement of the UK’s best loved gardening charity”
Posted on June 26, 2018
Regular visitors to The Posh Shed Company may have noticed some changes afoot. As well as having a bit of a facelift we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to create some great new products which we’re certain will get your interest piqued!
So, what’s new?
We’ve added a whole new dimension to the Posh Shed range – you can now choose just how posh you want to go with your garden architecture. Like a bit of DIY? No problem, the new “Posh” option gives you the chance to build your very own Posh Shed using a pre-treated, ready to build kit delivered straight to your back door.
Prefer the job done for you? The “Very Posh” option includes both delivery and installation along with a few extra options such as paint colour and roof choices.
“Now you can choose to install your own Posh Shed”
If you’re “Unbelievably Posh” you can just sit back and enjoy our top-spec package – full insulation and lining, guttering, double glazing, solar panel and even a stylish weathervane to adorn your beautiful building.
“Backdoor stores are bigger and offer a greater range of styles”
The BackDoor Stores have had a bit of a rethink too, we’ve given the cupboard stores a little more in the way of depth and width, so you’ve got more internal space for all those muddy boots and gardening bits without losing too much extra space around the outside.
Is anything the same?
The changes bring a whole new feel to both the Posh Shed and Back Door Store ranges but what we’re never going to change is our excellent quality and inimitable style. You can absolutely depend on each and every item that leaves our Herefordshire workshop being of the very best workmanship.
Our great bespoke service remains the same – if you don’t see quite what you need on the website or in the brochure let us know! If you can imagine it, we can build it to your specifications.
Posted on May 31, 2018
The Posh Shed Company at Hampton Court
Posh Sheds have always been just that bit special. It’s something that the team here at The Posh Shed Company are incredibly proud of and we’re always looking for great ways to bring that special-ness out of the workshop for all to admire.
Which is why we’re returning to the brilliant RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for the 4th year running.
This year promises to be the biggest show yet; with hundreds of exhibitors showing off their gardens, plants, accessories and gardening gadgets from around the globe, more than 20 gorgeous gardens and some new things too!
What’s New at Hampton for 2018?
Horticultural Heroes- A new feature which celebrates amazing horticulturalists from around the world. This year influential Dutch garden designer and a leading figure of the New Perennial type of planting, Piet Oudolf, will be creating a whimsical walk-through feature for our delight and enjoyment.
The beautiful border will sit opposite the Palace, using favourite plants such as Astilbe, Schizachyrium and Monarda - all coming together in a romantic display of colour and texture.
“Piet’s design features matrix planting of Stipa barbata, better known as feather grass”
The Roots of Time- Ever wondered what the first plants on earth were or pondered how we have such a rich diversity of plants today? To answer these questions, a theatrical and interactive feature has been created to explore the evolution of plants through the ages.
From the earliest organisms, through ferns and to the rich flora we enjoy today, this fascinating display will take you on an incredible journey telling the story of plants – from seedling to leafy giant.
Shopping- As well as taking in the brilliant variety of inspirational gardens and, of course, the annual Festival of Roses, if we’re not on our stand we’ll be off shopping in the fabulous Floral Marquee. We’re promised a host of brand new floral exhibitors for this year as well as a veritable bouquet of choice in the Plant Village too.
“You can find us on Stand no.448 with a selection of Posh Sheds and gardening goodies”
If you’re heading to Hampton (3rd-8th July 2018) please do call by Stand 448 and take a look through our marvellous selection of Posh Sheds. This year we’re bringing along the NGS, The Southwold, Gothic and Potting sheds as well as the Gothic Boot Store, Gardener’s Chair, Back Door Store and our beautiful Bird Boxes.
See you there!
Posted on May 26, 2018
TREAT DAD TO SOMETHING POSH THIS FATHERS’ DAY
Dads are important too – so this Fathers’ Day, why not treat him to something a bit posher than the usual pair of socks or bottle of wine.
If your Dad is a keen gardener, with a taste for the finer things in life, a gift for the garden for the whole family to enjoy could be just the thing to show him how much you care.
It’s not just sheds that The Posh Shed Company specialise in, there is something for every budget, from planters to sheds, so every Dad can have a posh gift this year!
Posh Planters are made from FSC preserved timber, are extremely hard wearing and are available in a great range of colours. There are three sizes available and they are supplied with an internal plastic pot and slatted tanolised bases.
The Garden Chair is the perfect spot for Dad to rest his weary self after a hard day’s gardening.
Available with a variety of messages, the customised treated wood throne is ideal for giving Dad his well-deserved place in the garden for years to come.
The posh Gothic Boot Store is perfect for stowing away muddy boots before they have a chance to traipse through the house!
Designed to fit against a house or garden wall without being obtrusive, this understated design will add both style and practicality the garden. Made from pre-treated tanalised timber that is guaranteed against rot for 3 years, the store also has a raised, solid tanalised decking floor to prevent damp. The cedar shingle roofs have waterproof membranes, protecting the store, and its contents from downpours.
A bespoke design just for Dad!
Your Dad’s one of a kind, so why not have something completely unique made just for him?
Posted on March 6, 2018
Over on our Facebook page, we’ve teamed up with Town & Country to offer one lucky mum some Posh Shed purple themed gardening goodies.
We’re giving away a limited edition version of our 2017 Posh Bird Box, painted purple. The prize also includes a pair of Master Gardener gloves from Town & Country, in aubergine to complement the bird box!
Head over to our Facebook page to win! All you have to do is comment on the competition post telling us why your mum deserves to win.
The competition closes at midnight on Mother’s Day and the winner will be notified soon after.
The winner must a UK resident.
Posted on February 18, 2018
The garden shed is the Mary Poppin’s handbag of the garden. A seemingly endless treasure trove of tools, lawnmowers, bikes, garden furniture and anything else that won’t fit in the loft, a shed plays a vital role. Because of that, choosing the right one can often be tricky and there’s a lot of pressure to make sure you invest in the correct one that stands the test of time!
The Posh Shed Company has five top tips to ensure your new shed is just right.
1. Size is everything!
The first thing to decide is how much storage space you need, not only that but also what would still be in-keeping with your garden. You may think you need the world’s largest shed to store everything, but you also need to consider what looks the most natural. Alternatively, if space is limited, perhaps look into move unique solutions like the Allotment Shed which has a plantable roof to add greenery for those with smaller spaces. Posh Sheds are available from 6’ x 3’ to 10’ x 8’, or bespoke creations can be made to your exact measurements and specifications.
When positioning your shed, bear access in mind to ensure you can easily get to its contents – (even in the rain). It may be helpful too to place it near a path to save walking over the lawn. If your shed is to serve a practical purpose then you will appreciate it being nearer the house, but if it’s to be your new sanctuary or an additional room for some peace and quiet, or even a home office, then you’ll soon thank yourself for having it as far away from the house as possible!
Planning permission is not usually required for a new shed, however if you are concerned we recommend contacting your local planning authority just to check.
A sturdy base is the foundation of all great sheds! Below the base of the shed, you will require a sub-base, i.e. something for it to stand on. This can be gravel, slabs, concrete or tarmac, and we can assist with this. If the sub-base is larger than shed’s footprint then guttering is recommended.
3. Built to last
Your shed should be built to last. It should be durable, strong and ready to take on the elements. We always use a high quality redwood timber to give superior strength, which is then pinned together for additional resilience and fully treated with timber protection.
Posh Sheds’ floors are made with an 18mm plywood, with the upper surface having a coat of preservative, tanolised timber bearers and a waterproof membrane are added for extra protection. Our walls are uniquely built using a triple wall construction, not available from any other shed manufacturer. We use a redwood timber frame, then a 6mm WBP Plywood skin fitted to the inside, with cladding, again made of redwood timber, on the outside. A fully waterproof and breathable membrane is also fitted between layers.
4. Style – our forte!
A shed is no longer just a wooden construction that people want to hide. It should be the star of the garden, a perfect way to add some extra style. Whether it’s for storage, practical gardening and potting, or something entirely different, there is a shed style for you.
From traditional to potting or gothic to beach hut inspired; with built-in storage, facias and windows there are many things to choose from. That’s before you get to the roof! Our roofs are all finished with a layer of weatherproof membrane and then either slate effect tiles, wooden cedar shingles or felt shingles.
People spend hours deliberating over the paint choice for inside their house so why not have the same approach for your shed? We use high-end paint brands to give our sheds a perfect finish in a whole variety of colours to really help personalise your shed.
You can personalise your shed through accessorising. A bespoke creation allows you the freedom to pick your windows, the placement of them and the fittings for them. Likewise, you can choose the details for your doors with our furniture available in black, chrome or brass effect. Our windows and doors, with the option of toughened glass, are in robust frames, hinged to keep the elements out. We recommend guttering to extend the longevity of your shed and to protect the wood from the varied British weather.
Inside the shed you can add shelving, work benches, hooks, racks and cupboards. You can even now have solar power, so you can stay outdoors longer by powering a lamp and even your phone charger.
Posted on January 30, 2018
12 Ways Gardening Can Help You Keep Your News Year’s Resolution
The most common New years resolution, for people are:
- Exercise more
- Lose Weight
- Eat More Healthily
- Save money
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Spend more time on personal wellbeing
- Spend more time with family and friends.
Did you know you can achieve all these from the comfort of your own garden!
Resolution 1: Exercise more and Lose weight.
Whether this means losing weight or exercising more, gardening can help! There’s plenty to do in the garden that will give you a good workout. In addition to burning calories, gardening can strengthen muscle, improve balance, and build endurance.
Digging – wielding a spade can burn upwards of 500 calories an hour
Pulling weeds – bending squatting and pulling weeds burns about 230 calories an hour
Raking – raking leaves and garden debris burns about 220 calories an hour
Resolution 2: Eat Healthier
Thousands of people make new year’s resolutions because most of us want to do better in some way with each new year.
Resolution 3: Save more money
Growing your own will save money on fresh organic produce for your family. Plus, if you’re spending days out in the garden, you’re not out spending money on activities and shopping for things you don’t really need.
Resolution 4: Learn a new skill or hobby
Gardening is a fantastic, healthy hobby; and its fun for those who like to experiment. With gardening, you’re always learning.
Resolution 5: Spend more time on personal wellbeing
We all want to get more done in the day. And you might wonder how adding garden tasks to your to-do list could possibly help you get more done. Gardening will improve your mood, help you clear your mind, and calm your nerves so you are more productive. Plus, gardening is a very productive hobby all on its own. A garden needs to be tended, and completing garden chores is a perfect opportunity for some peace and quiet. Or maybe you prefer to play music and dance while you work in the garden.
Resolution 6: Spend more time with family.
During busy work, school, and sports schedules, perhaps you don’t get to spend time with your family. The garden is a great place to gather and work together. Show the kids all the bugs. Taste test different types of fruits and vegetables and talk about which ones you like and don’t like. Give them their own set of garden tools for playing in the dirt.
Posted on November 15, 2017
Winter maintenance for your Posh Shed
Our top tips to ensure that your shed stands the test of time, and survives whatever weather winter decides to throw at it.
Firstly, ensure that the air gap is maintained under the base and around all sides; check on an annual basis to make sure that there is not a build-up of debris growing around it. Open doors and windows whenever possible to keep an airflow going. If do you notice any small mould growths appearing on the inside of your shed, wipe down with a diluted bleach solution as soon as you can to prevent it from spreading. Also, a quick squirt of oil in the lock will mean that you won’t be struggling with a rusty lock when spring comes around.
If you notice the snow piling up on the roof of your shed, take a few minutes to clear it off with a broom or rake. Snow and ice can weigh down the roof of a shed causing problems over time. Remember, do some winter maintenance to avoid unpleasant surprises in the spring.
It is important that sheds are given a bit of TLC as winter arrives. All of our sheds are built to last but, being a wooden product in an English climate, there will be a little maintenance needed to ensure that your product remains in tip top condition. Provided this is the case, we would expect your shed to last for many, many years.
The paint that is used contains a wood preservative, this will need repainting every 2-4 years.
Posted on August 30, 2017
THE POSH SHED COMPANY PARTNER WITH ITV’S LOVE YOUR HOME & GARDEN
The Posh Shed Company has donated one of its bespoke Potting Sheds to a remarkable couple in the latest series of Love Your Home & Garden.
The television show, presented by Alan Titchmarsh, follows Alan and other gardeners as they visit locations all over the UK where they help deserving people to transform their gardens.
Measuring, 10ft deep by 8ft wide, The Potting Shed features in the garden of Richard and Ann, at their home in Upton, Chester. This admirable couple have given up vast amounts of their time over the years to helping others. Richard has been a volunteer with the Samaritans for 42 years and now volunteers at Samaritans’ Chester where he is also Branch Prison Support Officer and has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to the Samaritans.
Richard and Ann have also fostered more than 20 children over the last 10 years. They are also volunteers and puppy trainers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, so are incredibly deserving recipients of the Posh Shed in their newly renovated garden, which will provide a much-needed sanctuary for them.
It has been an honour to donate one of our bespoke pieces to such a lovely, charitable couple. The team on Love Your Home & Garden definitely did an amazing job with the garden and we hope that Richard and Ann love their new shed!
We have donated to this show multiple times and we think that it is a great idea to help give something back to those that have already contributed so much themselves. We hope to continue being involved with the show.
Tune in on 13th September 2017 to see the full transformation.
Posted on February 21, 2017
Reward hard working Mums with their own Posh Shed this Mother’s Day
The trend of 'She Sheds' has swept through gardens across the nation, attracting the attention of women wanting their own haven in their garden. So, we have joined forces with Plantabox, who create personalised, handmade wooden crates, after realising a shared customer base.
To celebrate the partnership, this Mother’s Day, The Posh Shed Company and Plantabox are giving away the ultimate Mother's Day gift, a Patio Store in Dusky Pink, worth £1,450. Five runners up will win a Plantabox She Shed Accessory Collection worth £79.95 each that contains three personalised FSC pine products.
The competition will close on Friday 17th March. To take part please click in the link below
Posted on January 26, 2017
At The Posh Shed Company, we receive lots of enquiries from people who want to have electrical power in their sheds. This is not a service we offer so we always recommend that people get in touch with electricians and carpenters in their local area who are best placed to arrange this for them.
It can, however, often be an expensive and intrusive undertaking and neither is it the most ecologically friendly. We have been looking for an alternative to offer to our customers and we are pleased to introduce this solar hub from Solar technology. We can now offer to supply and install their Hubi 2k lighting and power system with any Posh Shed order.
The Hubi comes with a small solar panel, the main Hubi unit, 2 12v lights with mounting hooks and all connecting cables and can be fitted to any of our sheds. It works by collecting and storing daylight and sunlight and is great for providing electrical light and has two USB ports for mobile phones and other devices.
We are happy to fit a 2k Hubi unit while installing your Posh Shed. This would incur a cost of £195 and would include installing the panel, connecting the lights and Hubi unit as well as an internal shelf for the unit.
For more information, please look at Solar Technology’s own site
Posted on December 6, 2016
It’s the most wonderful time of the year...yes, The Posh Shed Winter Sale has arrived! And now we have an even wider range products to snap up at discounted prices from beautiful bird boxes to luxurious log stores to help keep those log fires burning.
We are offering a 10% discount on all Posh Shed orders received in December and January, so that’s 10% off our Posh Sheds, Posh Garden Stores, Posh Gardening range and Posh Shed accessories. *
To make sure you take advantage of this offer just
- Get in touch by phone or email and let us know your requirements
- Place your order before the 31st of January 2017 for delivery before the 31st March 2017
- Pay a 50% deposit on ordering (the balance will be due on the day of installation)
* Please note that delivery costs are not included in the winter sale.
Posted on August 19, 2015
She Sheds are the latest buzz word in the shed world but here at the Posh Shed Company we have been making sheds for women to use as their own private haven for many years; the majority of these commissions have come from women seeking work space outside the confines of the home, for whom it makes practical sense to turn their garden sheds into office or craft spaces.
These so called “she sheds” have elevated the humble garden shed to new heights in terms of both comfort and design .
A beautiful example of one of our sheds that was then decorated by its owner and turned into a “She Shed” won a bronze award at RHS Malvern this year.
“The Perfect Commute” designed by Deborah Bird of “Beholder’s Eye”, featured a 9 ft. x 7 ft. Posh Gothic Shed with slate effect roof that had been transformed into a home office and reflects the aspiration of many people to escape from the daily grind of commuting to the office.
She Sheds have however been around in all but name for a long time.
In I915 the first ever British Women’s Institute meeting was held in a garden shed in Anglesey; could that have been the first “she shed”?
A recent television programme by Lucy Worsley “Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers” did much to counter the image of the WI as outdated and its members as “busy bodies”. It reminded us that the origins of the WI were very closely linked to the suffragette movement and that the slow hand clapping of Tony Blair in 2000 was far from the first time the WI had refused to be patronised.
The WI’s ethos has always been about empowerment and equality; it’s been called the “first social network” because most of its early groups were established in rural communities where women were often lonely and isolated so it wouldn’t seem to far a leap to credit these ladies far-sighted and socially aware women with the invention of the she shed!
The WI centennial Fair is taking place in Harrogate from the 3rd to 6th of September. www.thewishow.com/NFWI