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

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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).

Cale­do­nian trough:

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).

Dragon fire­ball:

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).

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