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GWR benches make a comeback

By Amanda McCaw on Monday 8th May, 2017
Lovers of the iconic Great Western Railway bench will be delighted to hear that it's still in production. The Great Western Railway (GWR) was founded in 1833 and linked London with the south west, the Midlands and Wales. It was affectionately known as 'God's Wonderful Railway', the 'Great Way Round', and also the 'Holiday Line' serving as it did resorts such as Torquay, Minehead and St Ives. The original cast iron and wooden GWR benches can still be seen at some railway stations. But an English company is now producing reproduction benches. We're incredibly pleased to announce that Streetwise Environmental has partnered with GWR Benches Ltd. We are the sole distributors of the reproduction benches for all Local Authorities and Parish Councils in the UK. We'll be supplying and installing these strong, functional and stylish benches for everyone to enjoy in public gardens and open spaces, cafes and pubs, parks, communal areas and social activity spaces all over the country. As well as the original design benches that feature the well-known GWR button design dating from 1934, and the earlier scroll pattern in use from 1904, we can provide a customised design incorporating elements such as a company logo, branding, or a commemoration. We can provide castings only or completed benches in painted pine or natural hardwood seating which are made to a high level of craftsmanship. There is also a 'junior' bench featuring cast iron ends with traditional 1934 deco motif and wooden painted bench timbers. Partnering with GWR Benches Ltd has enabled us to deliver these to our customers at the best possible price, whilst still retaining the quality workmanship which they stand for. - Choice of design - original, or bespoke - Choice of long lasting hard wood seating or painted softwood. - 10 year warranty on cast iron ends - Your own colour schemes - Very low maintenance - Insurance guarantee - Strong, heavy and secure - 100% British made We are committed to distributing these in the most economical way and the customer service which we provide is at the heart of everything that we do. For more information, please contact Emily Neary on 0115 9148408 or eneary@streetwiseenvironmental.co.uk John Scott-Lee, Managing Director

Proud to be Hedgehog Heroes

By Amanda McCaw on Thursday 30th March, 2017
We're supporting Hedgehog Awareness Week, and hedgehogs generally, by making sure our operatives check for hedgehogs before using mowers, strimmers, and other machinery that threatens this protected species. Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 30th April to 6th May '17. Organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society it highlights the problems hedgehogs face and how they can be helped. The British hedgehog population is in serious decline. Research indicates that populations have fallen by 30% in towns, and 50% in the country, since the turn of the century. So how can we all help? The British Hedgehog Preservation Society says that the best way of helping hedgehogs is to help them avoid man-made hazards, and providing them with suitable places to nest. Hedgehogs love slugs, beetles and caterpillers, and they do no harm, so if you're lucky enough to have a hedgehog population in your garden, do your best to look after them, and prevent them from harm. - Avoid using slug pellets which will poison your hedgehog visitors. Or if you can't accept the slugs, place pellets in a spot inaccessible to hedgehogs, and remove dead slugs daily. - Use other garden pesticides as sparingly as possible. - Provide hedgehogs with an exit from garden ponds by creating sloping slipways around the edge of the water. Cover swimming pools at night time, and place floats near the side for hedgehogs to clamber onto. - Take care when tidying piles of leaves and other garden debris that you're not disturbing a hedgehog nest. - Hedgehogs can get their heads stuck in tins and pots put out in the rubbish. Keep refuse bags off the ground so they can't get in! - Keep outbuildings, garages and greenhouses closed at night so hedgehogs don't become trapped. - Make sure there's an access hole in fences and walls allowing hedgehogs to move freely garden to garden. - Cover drains and deep holes - Keep netting at a safe height to prevent hedgehogs becoming tangled and trapped. - Make sure your dog is hedgehog friendly, or kept under control! And don't worry ? hedgehog fleas are specific to hedgehogs and won't infest your pets. - A suitable hedgehog diet includes hedgehog food, meaty cat or dog food or cat biscuits. They need plenty of water, NOT cow's milk. - Hedgehogs hibernation period is roughly November to March. It's important to check there are no nests under garden bonfires, or to move rubbish to a new site before setting fire to it. To find out more about Hedgehog Awareness Week, how you can get involved, and for masses of hedgehog-related information, visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society's website. The Streetwise Team

Spring into Spring...

By Amanda McCaw on Wednesday 15th March, 2017
The evenings are getting lighter, and our dormant gardens are starting to show signs of life. Spring is just around the corner. Gardens that have had the curtains drawn against them during the long dark winter may need a little attention. Some of the jobs you should be thinking about over the next six weeks include: * Choose a dry day to give your lawn the first mow of the season. Ensure the blades are set high. * New turf can be laid if the ground isn?t frozen or waterlogged. * Pressure wash or scrub patios and paths * Add plenty of organic matter to heavy soils to improve their drainage * Add fresh compost to containers, and top up raised beds too * Catch any pests or diseases early to avoid an infestation later Some garden jobs can just seem too difficult, or may need specialist skills or machinery and kit. If you need help with your outdoor jobs, you can give us a call. We have a great team with all the skills and equipment to get the structure of your garden ready for the warmer months, leaving it ready for you to do the more interesting and less labour-intensive chores. If you call us quoting the voucher number below, you?ll get a 10% discount. Services offered: Fencing:     * We can repair or replace broken or damaged areas of fencing, repair or replace gates, and give your wooden structures a new coat of wood preservative or paint. Gutter clearance:     * Clear your gutters of accumulated winter debris. Our team use a powerful wet and dry vacuum system that has an immense reach without the need for expensive scaffolding or ladders. Garden maintenance:     * Give your lawn a good start to the growing season with a professional cut, or let us lay new turf in areas that need a face lift. Now is the time to plant new trees, shrubs and bulbs ? our team is ready! Tree works:     * Our expert tree team is on hand to prune, pollard, manage and train your existing trees, plan and plant new ones and remove trees or stumps. Garage and shed clearance:     * Sometimes there?s too little junk for a skip, but too much for a trip to the recycling centre. We?ll come and take single items, or large quantities of rubbish to help you with your spring clear up. Call us for a quote. Do give us a call to discuss your requirements. No job is too large or small and we?re trustworthy, reliable, adaptive and responsive. We?re environmentally aware and we put our customers at the heart of everything we do. We offer competitive rates and a free, no obligation quotation.     * We carry out an on-site risk assessment for all contracts to ensure safety for staff and customers     * We operate under a quality assurance scheme having attained ISO9001, and have Public Liability Insurance, Products Liability Insurance and Employer's Liability Insurance, all to £10m Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote on 0115 914 8408 / streetwise@streetwiseenvironmental.co.uk QUOTE SPRBL2017 FOR A 10% DISCOUNT Happy gardening The Streetwise Team