OUTDOORS: Gifts for a green-fingered dad
Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 18. Whether he’s digging, pruning, weeding, watering or just sitting enjoying the garden, there are plenty of gifts out there for your green-fingered father
A stay in Snowdonia or another National Park:
Or for dads who want to get away from it all, plump for a voucher to treat him to a luxurious night at a National Park in the UK, from the Forest of Dean to Snowdonia (£89.99, www.buyagift.com).
Stainless steel claw cultivator:
For dads who like to get weeding this new claw from Wilkinson Sword, made from rustresistant polished stainless steel, is just the job. With a weatherproofed ash handle, it’s also ideal for aerating heavy soil (£9.99, for stockists visit www.wilkinsonswordtools.co.uk).
Hozelock Ultramax multi spray:
This sturdy new addition from Hozelock, which has seven spray patterns, should prove invaluable during watering season. The solid zinc alloy body of each Ultramax spray gun is designed to withstand really rugged environments and has been tested in extreme conditions, should last longer than many of its competitors and comes with a five-year guarantee (RRP £35, for stockists visit www.hozelock.com).
Novelty wooden sign:
Whatever type of gardener he is, your garden centre is sure to stock a wooden hanging sign to suit him. Each of these is made of hardwood painted with external paint. Most signs are printed on one side, but some are double-sided (£6 for one, £11 for two, £15.50 for three or £5 if you buy four or more, www.giftsandgardens.com).
Five Lose Dad In The Garden Centre book:
This fun, personalised gift, written and illustrated in the classic Enid Blyton style and featuring the original characters, is personalised for dad with his name and a message (£14.99, www. gettingpersonal.co.uk).
Gardener’s nail brush:
This is more than just a bog-standard nailbrush to remove soil and other debris from under your nails. It’s altogether more classy, made from oiled beechwood and Tampico fibre, a durable, porous fibre from the agave plant, and will show him how much you love him (£12.95, www.oxfordbrushcompany.com).
If your dad has limited space, this wooden trough is great for creating extra growing areas to get vegetables or herbs going. The pressure-treated timber can be painted to compliment any garden colour scheme (£104.99, available nationwide from high street stores and garden centres. For stockists visit www.forestgarden.co.uk).
EGO Power Cordless hedge trimmer:
This latest addition from EGO is quiet, smooth and really easy to use, slicing through hedging thanks to its dual knife edge laser-cut diamond ground blades. Two-speed selector lets you adjust to match each task (RRP £219 excluding battery and charger. For stockists, visit egopowerplus.co.uk).
Want to warm him up when the nights turn cold? This fiery feature will keep him outside long after the sun has gone down. Load it up with logs for an evening with friends. Rust-free and with a rain drain (£895, www.Prezzybox.com).