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Protek on Summer Tour

Protek on Summer Tour


Earlier in the year we were asked to make some new colours for our customer the Picnic Table Company from Devon, little did we all know then what a huge impact they would have. First seen at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, the picnic tables have since been to the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship in Guildford and are now residing at the Olympic Village for the World Para Athletic Championships.


Such has been the feedback for these very modern vibrant colours we can’t resist adding them to our range……watch this space!

Fairwood Lakes Holiday Park

Fairwood Lakes Holiday Park


Ralph and Tinkerbell have been regular visitors to the Protek factory over the past months. They have been buying an array of Protek wood stains for the newly installed luxury lakeside lodges and café at Fairwood Lakes Holiday Park.


Ralph and TinkerbellWe were very pleased to be invited to the Open Day and see what we had been hearing all about. The park is in a beautiful setting just over the Somerset border into Wiltshire (close to Longleat Safari Park), there are 6 acres of Fishing Lakes in 17 acres of immaculate grounds, with the new spacious lodges set around the lake. The big lodges had been moved to this site and the meticulous refurbishment is complete, with beautiful spacious interiors and each lodge enjoying its own privacy. Ralph told us how good Protek Wood Stain & Protector in Dark Oak was at treating the lodges as it went on so well over the old existing coating and has left a beautiful finish. 


The party was in full swing at the new café painted in Silver Fir (from the Wood Stain & Protector range) with families enjoying Fairwood’s hospitality, and children having fun playing in the many play areas. 


What a lovely afternoon seeing another local family run business enjoying all their hard work. 

Love Your Garden 2017 - Episode 3

Love Your Garden - Episode 3 2017


The team then headed to Chandlers Ford in Hampshire for Episode 3 to help the Richardson family, who are facing a very difficult future. Father of two Jason survives only by the means of a portable external machine which keeps his heart working and three weekly sessions of kidney dialysis. The whole family are now tied to their home and desperately need an outdoor space on their doorstep that can become an escape. 


It rained and rained and then rained some more but somehow they managed to create a beautiful restful garden for all the family. We were particularly excited to see the brave use of Royal Cashmere on the fences and shed picked out with the lively Royal Spring Green.

Love Your Garden 2017 - Episode 2

Love Your Garden - Episode 2 2017


Royal Exterior Mendip Mist stole the show in Episode 2 as Alan and his team transformed a grim concrete yard in Salford into a classic cottage garden for 87-year-old twins Rita and Betty Mills. Having lived in Salford all of their lives, the twins recently moved into their new bungalow for health reasons and have never wavered in devoting their lives to helping others, so Alan and his team work to transform their concrete patch of dismal cracked pavers and hard edges into a beautiful cottage-style outdoor space where they can relax.


A beautiful garden with a retro feel was created and Mendip Mist was used on the arbour and summerhouse to help enhance the soft peaceful atmosphere. Protek Wood Stain & Protector in Whitewash was used to paint the fences to stunning effect.

Love Your Garden 2017 - Episode 1

Love Your Garden - Episode 1 2017


Alan Titchmarsh and his team transformed a garden in Plymouth into a show-stopping contemporary outdoor space for ex-Marine Mark Ormrod, who lost both his legs and an arm in Afghanistan, and his young family. The team show how lush tropical planting can work well in a low maintenance garden, and create a contemporary space for Mark and his family and friends to enjoy quality time together.  


Protek Royal in Taupe was used to lighten the old existing fence with a solid paint finish; this created a simple sophisticated canvas for the rest of the garden. An astonishing outdoor living space was created. For the children’s playhouse Royal Slate Grey was used to enhance the nautical feeling of the garden.

Chill Out

Love your garden with Protek Royal Exterior in Taupe

Royal Exterior Finish - Taupe In Episode 1 of the new series of Love your Garden (Wednesday evening ITV) Alan and the team created a beautiful relaxing garden designed for chiling out with the family and a great space to entertain with friends.

Protek Royal in Taupe was used to lighten the old exiting fence with a solid paint finish, this created a simple sophisticated canvas for the rest of the garden. An astonishing outdoor living space was created.


If you wish to achieve the same look in your garden we recommend using our excellent versatile Wood Stain & Protector as it is more cost effective if large areas such as fencing want to be transformed.

WarmstoneParsonage Cream, Fawn and Whitewash


Wood Stain and Protector - Warm Stone    Wood Stain and Protector - Parsonage Cream     Wood Stain and Protector - Fawn     Wood Stain and Protector - White Wash   

This month's colours – July – Let it grow!

Protek Wood Stain - Let it Grow

As wet and warm June comes to an end we witness exuberant green with the perfect growing conditions for grass and plants. The heatwave saw the highest temperatures for 4 decades along with it being amongst the wettest months on record. 


From the versatile Wood Stain & Protector range we have chosen Pale Sage, Soft Sage, Willow and Grass Green. Lighten dark old timbers with this top quality, economical garden paint that waterproofs, nourishes and protects external vertical timbers, providing your garden with all year-round colour and protection.


The superior formulation of this product allows it to be applied to terracotta pots and masonry (will adhere to any material that is porous).


So why not have a go and cheer up those tired pots and old walls as well as your fences and shed. Be adventurous and give your garden a complete make over.

Wood Stain and Protector - Pale Sage     Wood Stain and Protector - Soft Sage     Wood Stain and Protector - Willow    Wood Stain and Protector - Grass Green

DIY SOS “The Big Build”

Protek donated their fabulous Stable Coat wood treatment in Black to a deserving family from the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, featured on the BBC One series 'DIY SOS: The Big Build'. Protek Stable Coat was used as part of a life changing transformation to their home.


The Ratcliffe’s are an amazing and unique family lead by partners Garry and Kyle who have four adopted children, each with very complex and life limiting medical conditions. The couple who originally fostered the children went on to adopt them and open up their home to help the children flourish in a safe environment. Garry works as a head teacher and Kyle a former social worker is now a full time carer for all four children. 


DIY SOS “The Big Build”


They lived in a cramped 3 bedroom bungalow with 1 bathroom. The house was completely unsuitable and they desperately needed serious work done but with four children with complex needs, the family not only could not afford the work but the time it would take to do it on their own and the impact it would have on their family. 


The DIY SOS team completely demolished the house and then built a purpose built home from scratch in just 9 days that was spacious and suitable for their specific needs. 


Protek Stable Coat in Black that was used to treat the timber cladding for the house.


DIY SOS “The Big Build” The Stages

This month's colours – June - Chelsea Cheer

Protek May Colours


The RHS Chelsea Flower is always a highlight of the year as it beckons in the British summer. We are always keen to see what colour trends emerge as increasingly the hard landscaping reflect the soft planting. For us the stand out garden was Silk Road Garden, Chengdu, China. A garden of contrasts, with colourful sloping beds of rhododendrons and peonies on one side and foliage, shrubs and grasses on the other intersected by a spine of red blades representing the mountainous landscape of the Sichuan Province.


The inspiration for this month’s colours comes from Chelsea’s beautiful logo,  violet, pink and purple in a vibrant, stylish colour mix.


Protek Royal Exterior - Antique Rose     Protek Royal Exterior - Fuchsia Pink     Protek Royal Exterior - Mauveine Purple    Protek Royal Exterior - Lavender

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