One man and his shed: Why the humble garden retreat could help men live longer

It’s long been cherished by men as a refuge to get on with some DIY, tackle a crossword, or even just for some peace and quiet away from the family. But now it would seem the humble garden shed has an even more valuable role – it could actually help men live longer, according to a health expert.

The therapeutic effects of pottering around doing odd jobs relieves stress, which lowers blood pressure, and even boosts self-esteem.

Haven: For many men it’s a welcome retreat, but a health expert believes the garden shed could be a life-saver

Leeds Metropolitan University’s Alan White – the first professor of men’s health – believes the effects could add years to a man’s life. He told the Telegraph: ‘Men find doing things relaxing and that in itself is good for their health. ‘There’s a sense of achievement that men get from starting a task and seeing it through to completion. It’s good for self-esteem.’

Professor White’s research is due to be published in the British Medical Journal .

Health experts are so convinced of the benefits that ‘men’s shed’ groups have sprung up in the UK – a place where men can meet and get on with some DIY. There are already 20 such groups – focusing mainly on the retired – up and down the country.

Pottering about: Men find completing tasks relaxing, which is good for their health, it has been claimed

Professor White believes because men feel so at ease in sheds that they are more likely to listen to home truths about their health. The concept of the sheds scheme came from Australia and it is being backed in this country by the Men’s Health Forum, as well as other voluntary organisations.

Peter Baker, chief executive of the charity, told the Telegraph: ‘I think they’ve caught the men’s imagination. Men like to potter. These are from a generation who, on a Sunday afternoon, like to pull apart a car and put it back together with a Haynes manual. ‘It is hoped the scheme will offer a comfortable environment for men to talk about any health issues they might be having.

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Brand New To Taylors Garden Buildings……

Our Lotus metal shed range is growing! 

Our ever popular Lotus metal shed range has been a runaway success for Taylors, since we introduced this model last year we have seen sales of the building continue to grow and have had a steady stream of positive feedback from our customers.

We are now very happy to announce that these sheds are now available in a stylish pent model.

This robust range of metal sheds is manufactured using high tensile, hot dipped galvanised steel throughout and is the perfect storage solution for your garden or outdoor space.

All of the usual features are included on this shed including rigid profiled panels, side ventilated gables and a large opening door which is ideal for storage of larger items such as bicycles and lawn mowers. This door is also lockable with a padlock (this is not supplied).

There are 5 sizes available (5×3, 6×3, 6×4, 8×3 and 8×4) and two colour schemes to choose from heritage green or slate grey). 

Heritage Green

Slate Grey




The Lotus Metal Shed Range

Our popular Lotus Metal Shed Range is enjoying healthy sales and continual positive feedback from our customers, both new and returning. With Spring now finally on our doorsteps and the likelihood of better weather on it’s way we have decided to give more of our customers the opportunity to own one of these magnificent buildings by introducing our new “pre-easter” special offer.
These buildings are perfect for storage of garden machinery and implements as well as deck chairs and cushions, maybe even bicycles – the list is endless!

Features of this fantastic range include the following;

  • Ventilated gables
  • .3mm hot dipped galvanised steel
  • Straight forward assembly
  • Solid heavy gauge galvanised steel frame and base rails

Ventilated Gables

Solid heavy gauge galvanised steel frame and base rails



Padlockable Steel Door Handles













This special price is running until April 1st 2015, get yours while you can!

Taylors Terms and Conditions

Things are speeding up on the Taylors website! Spring is on its way and the rapidly approaching new season has inspired many of you to get out in to your gardens and prepare for the new season to come.

As well as our returning regulars we have gained a lot of new faces amongst our clientele, so for those of you who are new to our “family” we have added links to all of our products which will take you to our terms and conditions and make it easier to understand them.

These are here for everybody. As well as making your transaction easier and hassle free it also helps us to make sure that our customers are fully aware of their rights as a consumer and will get the very best in customer service.

In addition to this every time you place an order with us you will be sent an order confirmation with our T&Cs attached!

Lifetime Dual Entrance Storage Shed

Introducing the brand new all singing all dancing Lifetime 10x8ft dual entrance storage shed!

This fabulous new 10-foot wide Outdoor Storage Shed has several innovative features, including skylights to maximize natural lighting. They also include single-hinged double doors that open nearly 180 degrees, a slip-resistant polyethylene floor and low-maintenance, steel-reinforced construction.

  • Nominal size 10×8
  • Roof size 305x243cm
  • Base size 295x234cm
  • Overall height 244cm
  • Wall height 180cm
  • Weight 232kg
Standard features
  • 2 large skylights
  • 4 small skylights
  • 2 windows
  • HDPE floor
    Please click HERE to see this amazing new building!!

Why every man needs time in a shed

The humble shed. For generations men have retired there to pot plants, repair lawnmowers, and perhaps escape ‘her indoors’.

Men are getting together in sheds to bang nails, weld metal, shape wood, tinker with engines and drink tea

But now health experts say there is real benefit in letting men escape to their simple sanctuaries, that could even help them live longer.

As a result a network of communal ‘men’s sheds’ that provide a place for them to meet and be – or rather do – is springing up across the English-speaking world.

Men are getting together in them to bang nails, weld metal, shape wood, tinker with engines and drink tea. Talking is optional.

Born in the sweaty heartlands of Australia, the idea has been to create somewhere men might be more willing to listen to a few home truths about their own health than the stifling confines of a GP’s surgery.

Now they are catching on here, with some 20 already up and running across the UK, from the Lake District to south London.

“I think they’ve caught men’s imagination,” said Peter Baker, chief executive of the Men’s Health Forum, a charity involved in the initiative, which is mainly aimed at the retired.

“People have really got behind it. Men like to potter. These are from a generation who, on a Sunday afternoon, like to pull a car apart and put it together with a Haynes manual.”

The covert plan is to get men in one place to target them with health messages. Men, particular those over 60, tend to be slower at going to the doctor for problems that might turn out to be serious.

They are often sceptical and cynical of healthy eating messages, let alone do-gooding advice that they should cut down on the amount they drink.

The result is that men suffer disproportionately from big killers including bowel cancer, lung cancer and heart disease, and not only for biological reasons.

But Baker said: “It’s a myth that men are not interested in their health or health services.

“However, they have to be presented in the right way.

“We have to find creative solutions to these problems. Just doing the old stuff isn’t working.”

“We have to go where men are or create activities that appeal to them.”

Alan White from Leeds Metropolitan University, the world’s first professor of men’s health, explained why the communal sheds were good for men’s health.

He said: “The idea of a shed is something that fits with the male psyche. It’s a very relaxing way of spending time.”

Men found it therapeutic to potter around doing odd jobs, he said.

After active lives spent in work, most did not want to “sit around talking”.

“Women talk to each other; men like to talk while immersing themselves in a task,” he said.

“That’s the way they deal with emotional and practical issues.”

“They know what a shed means and they feel comfortable in that setting.

“Men find doing things relaxing, and that in itself is good for their health.”

He touched on the benefits of communal men’s sheds in an article about men’s health, published today in the British Medical Journal.

They were “an important setting for challenging men’s stereotypical beliefs about masculinity and healthcare”, he wrote.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he continued: “Men are also happier talking shoulder to shoulder, doing a job, than face to face. In that environment men will talk about all sorts of things.”

He argued social care systems had to some extend failed to focus on the needs of older men.

“With more and more working men reaching retirement age, we have got to be thinking how we cater for them,” he said.

Age UK, the charity, has helped set up one men’s shed project in Eltham, south London, that is open three days a week.

More than 30 men from their late 50s to their 80s now attend, making window boxes, bird boxes and garden benches that they sell for charity.

John Fleming, 82, a retired architect, said: “It keeps us out of mischief, and out of our four walls.”

He attends every Tuesday with five or six others, and said he had made some good friends.

He thought the shed particularly appealed to men in urban areas, who might not have a garden themselves.

Pauline Cahill, 40, the Age UK organiser, explained why she thought the shed project, which has been open a year, was proving so popular.

She said: “When people are retired a lot of people feel like they are on the scrap heap. This gives people a new lease of life.”

“It’s so popular there’s a waiting list.

“We’ve had talks on prostate cancer and bowel cancer. It’s a very informal atmosphee. Nothing is forced on the group.

“We give out leaflets and on one occassion a bowel cancer survivor came in as a guest.”

Mr Fleming remained to be convinced about the health talks, however.

“To be honest I’m not very keen on sitting around and talking about whether I’ve got three left legs,” he said. “But I’ve probably learnt something.”

Terry Oliver, 65, described why he came along.

“I come here for camaraderie, and to get out of the housework,” said the retired carpenter.

“There’s plenty to get on with and I’m much more active. If I wasn’t doing this I wouldn’t be doing anything, I’d just be at home, especially during the winter.”

“If an issue comes up, then we sit down and have a cup of tea.

“You do find things out by talking to each other.”



Creating more space with a log cabin

Do you often find yourself thinking about the need for extra space, maybe for a growing family, overnight guests, vast amounts of toys or a quite place to work? You may think that moving to a larger house or building a costly extension are the only answers but could a log cabin be what you’re looking for?

Log cabins are manufactured in a range of different log thicknesses and designs and with the right aftercare and maintenance can last for over 20 years. Choosing the right thickness for your cabin is the key; 28 to 44mm logs are ideal if your cabin is to be used during the warmer months as an extra day room, play room or for all year round storage, whilst 58 to 70mm cabins with insulation can be used all year round, 68 – 70mm log cabins can even be used overnight as a guests rooms.

Many log cabins can be delivered and installed within 4 -5 weeks and without the need for planning permission, depending on their height and the proximity of neighbouring boundaries, making them a relativity cheap and quick alternative to a brick built extension. What’s more, you also get the added benefit of no mess in the house while construction is taking place and if you do choose to move in the future, a log cabin can be dismantled and rebuilt at your new property.

Woodmeadow Garden Centre home of great customer service!

As many of our most loyal customers are aware, our garden centre in Northamptonshire has been going through a period of regeneration and expansion in the past few months.

The layout of our shop has been vastly improved and made more user friendly, our range has also been broadened to include many new lines such as gifts, greetings cards and garden tools / accessories.

One very recent addition to our site is the Bugtopia show which has showings during weekends and school holidays. For a very reasonable entrance fee you can see and learn about many different animals such as snakes, tarantulas and other small creatures. You can also have the opportunity to hold some if you are brave enough.

Pre-booking for this show is essential (show times are normally 11,1 and 3pm) and anyone wishing to reserve a space needs to call them on 01536 799778.

This show is a real crowd pleaser and is a fun experience for all the family.

After the show you can skip along to our tea room. Like the rest of Woodmeadow, this popular venue has been improved and now offers a variety of drinks as well as cold snacks and hot meals. There is a different meal on offer everyday and there is also a vegetarian option!

There is a very friendly atmosphere in out tea room and people often comment on this! Come and pay us a visit!

Condensation In Metal Sheds – advice from one of our top manufacturers


Metal Garden Sheds are an incredibly popular alternative to traditional timber sheds and outdoor buildings, they are more weather resistant, secure, fire retardant and virtually maintenance free. Although metal sheds suffer from very few of the labour intensive problems associated with other types of shed, they can sometimes be affected by the condition of their surroundings. In a word ‘condensation’!

A high quality metal shed will incorporate design features like ventilation, which should avoid the issue of condensation, however occasionally dampness can be caused by external sources. If there is any moisture in the foundations, the warmer air inside the shed will rise and settle on the cold metal panels. The damp will then condense and drip down, creating a cycle, and once this process is established it is not terribly easy to halt, making prevention rather than cure, a better idea. If you have yet to create the foundation for your metal shed, there are few rules to ensure that condensation never raises its ugly head.

Make your base whether concrete or slab, a few inches larger than the base rail of the shed,


  • Place a damp-proof membrane into the foundations at least two inches higher than ground level.
  • Ensure that the newly laid foundations of your shed are allowed to cure for around 3-7 days, or longer if conditions are damp. This will avoid creating possible water related problems caused by insufficiently dried concrete.
  • When ready, bolt down your shed to the base and apply a silicone or mastic sealant to the inside shed base rails. By applying this to the inside you will facilitate trouble free drainage, while preventing water seepage into the shed.

If you have already constructed your metal shed and base and are currently faced with the problem of condensation, there are still ways of tackling this.

  • Remove your shed from its base and place a timber floor which is a few inches larger than the shed base measurements on raised bearers.
  • Secure the shed to the wooden floor using wood screws, and mastic seal the inside base rails of the shed.
  • Ensure regularly that water cannot stop ventilation by collecting underneath the floor.


  • Wait for a nice warm day, and begin by wiping down the underside of the roof panels with methylated spirits.
  • When dry attach polystyrene tiles to the underside with spray glue which is designed to bond polystyrene to metal and is impervious to heat and cold.
  • This insulation cannot eradicate moisture within your shed, however condensation should no longer be an issue.

This blog was originally published on one of our manufacturers pages, with years of experience behind them we are more than confident in sharing their tips and advice.