Glee Review: Eco-friendly weed control solution and space-saving tools among new products at this year's show

Maingate used the show to launch its updated range of County Wheelbarrows, including a lipstick-pink version of its Clipper barrow.

The barrow is UV stabilised, to protect the shocking pink colouring, and it is supplied with a galvanised chassis and solid steel skids.

TV builder and landscaper Tommy Walsh lent his face to Dansard's Joint Filling Sand launch at Glee. The sand was shortlisted in the Landscape Innovation Award for its environmentally friendly approach to preventing weed growth in newly laid or renovated block paving, patios and driveways.

The product contains a growth-inhibiting combination of dried silica sand and minerals with a high pH that create desert-like conditions to help prevent weed growth and germination in the sand.

Garden wood-product maker Forest presented a Be Inspired theme with focus on grow-your-own and space saving. Head of marketing Vicky Nuttall said that, for smaller gardens, a small storage planter with a storage unit underneath it could be ideal.

Gardman, meanwhile, launched a colossal 150 new products at the exhibition, including a much-expanded Grow It brand and new Cole- and Bright-branded utility outdoor living and celebration ranges.

The company also launched six designs into its WallArt range, including a traditional Berry Leaf Frame style finished with red berry effect beads, and a more modern Tropical Leaf design.

Fiskars has spent £2m on its branding and product range following the expiry of the Finnish garden-tool maker's deal with Wilkinson Sword.

Head of marketing Fran Kershaw launched a range of telescopic tools and lightweight aluminium digging and cutting tools. She said all new Fiskars gardening tools will bear the Fiskars brand from this month.

Town & Country has increased the rubber content of its wellington boots from 47 per cent to 52 per cent, and the Garden Retail Award sponsor has also made its boots taller and slimmer.

Cloggies are now PVC rather than EVA and a new mid-range boot offer is available at £24.99.


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