Category Archives: News

Garden Thefts – One Every Eight Minutes

Garden items ranging from power tools to turf are stolen in the UK approximately every eight minutes, police figures suggest.

Figures compiled from 38 police forces suggest there were more than 60,000 thefts from gardens last year, the study by insurer LV= based on freedom of information requests found.

Crime Scene Image

One Theft From Gardens Every 8 Minutes

Bicycles and power tools are the most commonly stolen items, as well as garden furniture, ornaments and plants.

But more obscure thefts reported last year included a window, turf, fireworks, gold bullion and a headstone.

Security equipment, padlocks and other anti-theft items were also reported as stolen.

The highest number of thefts took place in May and June, with culprits apparently taking advantage of the longer hours of daylight after the clocks go back at the end of March.

LV= home insurance managing director Selwyn Fernandes said: “As the weather warms up Brits spend more time in their gardens and often leave property in the garden that might usually be locked up.

“These figures from the police serve as a timely reminder to homeowners to check that they have a home insurance policy that covers their garden and belongings left outside, just in case.”

LV= issued a freedom of information request to all 45 UK police forces in March, with 38 responding by the point of compilation.

What Is Polywood Garden Furniture?

Put in the simplest terms Polywood® is a plastic timber and the name Polywood®1 is a registered trade mark of Poly-Wood, Inc, USA.

It is manufactured from recycled plastic bottle waste such as plastic milk bottles, detergent bottles and or other HDPE2 waste material. It has been developed to resemble and replace real wood in many outdoor applications such as furniture, signage, moulding and garden decking.

Image of Polywood Bench

Polywood Garden Bench

Polywood® is resistant to cracking, splitting, fading and is rot resistant; with these features it’s clear why it is fast becoming the standard for plastic timber products to replace real wood. It is also available with or without the wood grain effect.

Plastic timber is more environmentally friendly and requires very little maintenance when compared to wood/plastic composites or rot-resistant wood. Unlike wood/plastic composites, plastic timber is 100% recyclable after its original intended use.

Why Use Polywood®?

We have started using Polywood® as a replacement for our glass topped outdoor tables. Although we used toughened glass it was still prone to breakage used in an outdoor setting where children run and games are played. We feel the safety of your garden is the most important factor but as a bonus Polywood® actually looks and feels better outdoor.

Can Polywood® Be Painted?
It does not require painting, sealing or staining. The colour in which the item is made is the same right through and not just on the surface.

Does It Contain Any Real Wood?
No it is 100% recycled waste material which in the past would have gone into landfill sites.

Will It Blow Around My Garden On a Windy Day?
It weighs roughly the same as your average hardwood furniture so the wind should not be an issue.

How Do I Clean Polywood®?
Simply wash down with a mild soap and water. A pressure washer can be used but do not exceed 1000psi. A soft brush can be used where your furniture has creases. Small minor scratches can be gently sanded with fine sandpaper.

What Polywood® Products Do You Stock?
We are currently just replacing our glass table tops for Polywood®. We are looking and testing garden benches and tables for our summer 2014 ranges.

1. Polywood is a registered trademark of Poly-Wood, Inc
2. HDPE is High-density polyethylene