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I was recently contacted asking if I would like to review a garden bench from Garden Benches. Whilst we have a fairly small garden, we are always round Steve’s parents along with many other members of the family so knew that a garden bench would be perfect for their garden so we could sit out and enjoy the sunshine.
After much perusal, we finally opted for the Winchester Double Oval Back Teak Garden Bench. At 120cm, the bench is a little more diminutive than perhaps other benches but it still looks great in any garden. Retailing at £245 but currently on sale for £199, there are a vast number of extra product options (waterproof cover, teak oil, anchor kit grass, anchor kit hard surface and plaque engraving) and the option for free next day delivery is also available. There is even the choice between three different coloured bench cushions for an extra £35 each.
As with most benches from the site (apart from a select few), the bench arrived flat packed for self assembly. The bench arrived quickly after I was informed of the order being placed. The bench was be cardboard wrapped, then covered with high density polythene for water resistant protection. It came in a cardboard box, sealed and then delivered by a courier. If you would like your bench assembled, you would need to contact the company, pay an increment of £30 and your bench will be delivered on a pallet.
With regards to assembly, I let Steve do the hard labour. I have never been handy with tools so left it to him to put it together. Whilst you would think putting together a bench was quite simple, it wasn’t as simple as could have been and the instructions were a little confusing however Steve managed it in the end. It would be great if the instructions could be a little clearer.
Once finally put together, it was time to see how it looked in the garden and to get everyone’s thoughts. Jack was the first to try it out and was very happy – I can tell this will be his favourite place to sit in Nanny and Grandad’s garden in the sunshine. The bench is described as a two seater but we can fit more depending on the size of the person sitting down. I’m regretting the decision not to get a plaque created for the bench as I do think that would have been a nice extra touch.
As with all of the company’s products, this bench comes with a 12 month Manufacturer’s Warranty which is great. All of the wood used in the construction of their garden benches is sourced from the Trees 4 Trees Stewardship Council (T4T). Each of their garden benches also comes with a unique hang tag that carries a World Identification Number (WIN). You can simply logon to trees4trees.org website, enter your WIN number and you can see their contribution to the program.
So what are our thoughts on the bench? Well not only is the wood great quality and sourced from the T4T, the bench is sturdy and holds well. We haven’t yet decided the perfect place in the garden for it but I am sure we will find it soon. For now, we have it towards the bottom of the garden near the house but I can see it moving towards the top end or onto the patio. I’ll leave the decision up to my in laws but it is a great addition to the garden and we are very pleased with it. It is a lovely place to sit in the sunshine and chat to family and will be great for any family garden parties that should occur.
It has also stood up to the elements that our summer have had to offer so far which is a big plus point from us.
If we finally move into a bigger property with a bigger garden, I’ll definitely be looking for a garden bench for our garden and will be heading to gardenbenches.com to find one – they’re good quality, affordable and can be delivered the next day if ordered before 2pm. What could be better?
What seating do you have in your garden?