MOTORISTS in Weston-super-Mare are invited this month (October, 2016) to take advantage of a free tyre safety check at a vehicle maintenance and car care company in the town.
Autoserv Car & Bike is supporting TyreSafe’s Tyre Safety Month and is offering free tyre safety checks for car, van and motorbike users from October 1 until 31.
Steve White, Director of Autoserv, which is located on Pottery Close, said: “Tyre Safety Month highlights the dangers of driving on tyres that have insufficient tread depth, making them both illegal and dangerous.
“We always recommend drivers check their tyres regularly and it is especially important when the seasons change. Last year was one of the wettest winters on record so it is essential to make sure your vehicle’s tyres are safe as we head into the new season.
“Vehicles with tyres that do not have the legal amount of tread pose a danger to the driver and to other road users. Stopping distances are increased, cornering ability is reduced and the chance of aquaplaning is a higher risk, all as a result of illegal tread depth.”
The current law states that tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre, around its whole circumference. Drivers with tyres that fail to meet these standards face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per illegal tyre.
Steve added: “Throughout October we will be offering drivers a free five-point tyre safety check.
“Our fully trained staff will check the vehicle’s tread depth, tyre pressures, general condition of tyres, age of tyres and alignment. All of these areas are important to make sure tyres are in a safe and roadworthy condition.”
TyreSafe is an organisation set up to raise awareness of the importance of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.
Autoserv Car & Bike specialises in providing customers with tyres, exhausts, batteries, MOTs, fixed price servicing and vehicle repair work.
To find out more about Autoserv Car & Bike on Pottery Close in Weston-super-Mare, please call 01934 620 160 or visit www.autoservwsm.co.uk.
A SOMERSET Christmas tree farm is on the hunt for a seasonal helper to take up residence in its festive shop in the run up to Christmas (2016).
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville near Wellington, is looking for someone with a jolly personality and a red suit.
Reg Hendy, owner of Langford Lakes, which has starred on the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ programme, explained: “At this time of year an important vacancy always crops up so we’re looking for that special someone to step up and help us entertain our visitors both young and old in the run up to Christmas.
“We’re looking for someone who is friendly and full of character, as well as being great when meeting new people. The chosen candidate will be here for our launch day on Saturday, November 19 and every weekend in December alongside our other festive helpers to make the season extra special for all our visitors who come here to choose their fresh, traditional cut trees.”
Anyone who would like to apply for the position should call the Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm on 01823 400476 or email email@example.com. The deadline for enquires is October 7.
Reg added: “We would love to hear from anyone who has the time and character to fulfil this very important position. A red suit and white beard will be provided if the applicant doesn’t have their own suitable attire for the role.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is well-known for its home grown, freshly cut Christmas trees, is a family run 40-acre farm that is located close to the nature reserve Langford Heathfield, a mile outside of Langford Budville in Somerset.
It is a family-run farm, owned and run by Reg and his wife Ann and their two sons, Shaun and Nick. The family has been growing and selling Christmas trees for more than 20 years.
“Back in 1993, I took a risk and decided to diversify away from the traditional cash crops of wheat and potatoes, and chose to plant and farm Christmas trees. My next decision was what type of tree to go for. With dozens of potential firs and spruces available, I opted to specialise in the Nordman Fir variety, which was then, relatively rare and slow growing.
“The Nordman Fir provides one huge benefit to its main competition, the Norway Spruce, that is its needle retention. The soft fir needles of the Nordman Fir have even been known to remain green and still attached to the tree into May.”
Since the early days, Reg has planted an increasing number of trees year-on-year and is now cultivating a much larger stock to meet public demand.
“As growers we pride ourselves on offering a quality, fresh product at a very competitive price. We can provide cut trees from three to 30 feet in size and have a superb array of low needle drop Nordman, Fraser Fir and Norway Spruce. We can also supply container grown trees, which have a much higher chance of surviving after Christmas and for future years if kept outdoors and cared for.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm is open from Friday, November 18 until Friday, December 23, 2016.
For further details about Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville near Wellington, please call 01823 400476, visit www.langfordlakes.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LangfordLakes or log on to www.facebook.com/LangfordLakesChristmasTreeFarm/.
TWO AWARD-WINNING garden designers have recently (September, 2016) announced that they will be working in the future with one of the UK’s leading nurseries.
Caroline Tatham and Kate Durr will be collaborating with the team at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford on a series of projects that are currently confidential.
Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “The talented duo partnered with us to host our hugely successful Open Day earlier this year, designing and planting displays inspired by the key new horticultural trends seen at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. They also gave talks about their experiences working with us as design professionals.
“The busy pair have used our plants for large-scale private client work and the celebrity speaker stages at both Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Malvern and The Highgrove Garden Festival for HRH The Prince of Wales. Kate also worked with us on her show garden, ‘Constraining Nature’, which won both an RHS Gold Medal and the Best Festival Garden Award at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in 2015.
“We’re delighted that Caroline and Kate will be working with us on future projects. We have a great working relationship with them and are very pleased we can continue our relationship in to 2017.”
In demand as lecturers and guest speakers, Caroline and Kate will be appearing at The Landscape Show in London later this month and will be teaching at a series of spring workshops at The Royal Gardens at Highgrove early in 2017.
Kate added: “Wyevale Nurseries have their fingers on the pulse and know what’s ‘hot’ in the plant world right now, with wonderful new products in the pipeline.
“We are thrilled to be harnessing our design talents with Wyevale’s horticultural excellence and their fantastic range of plants, so watch this space for exciting news soon.”
Caroline is a qualified lecturer with many years’ experience teaching professional garden design and planting design as well as practical horticulture. She is also a well-recognised garden and planting designer, who runs Cotswold Garden Design. She has mentored aspiring garden designers in the Festival Show Garden category at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
Kate has a diploma in professional garden design after studying at the Cotswold Gardening School. She designed and built her first RHS show garden at the Malvern Spring Festival in May 2015, after winning a national RHS competition.
Wyevale Nurseries is one of the largest family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK. It was established in 1930 by Harry Williamson, a horticulturist and entrepreneur. It became the company it is today under the leadership of his son, Peter, who passed away in 2011.
The Williamsons’ saw the opportunity to sell their product to an undeveloped retail market, creating one of the first garden centres, followed by a chain. In 1987, the retail side needed to expand, and the 19 garden centres were sold as a PLC.
The family then turned its focus to Wyevale Nurseries Ltd. It continues to be a family-run business with ownership and joint chairmanship currently being held by the third generation, Heather and Simeon Williamson, with plans for the fourth generation to takeover in the future.
Wyevale Nurseries has a significant product range and is regularly introducing new plants. It offers a large variety of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants to garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners.
For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.
Porcupine PR team