GardenSite Garden Bench Review & Competition

It’s been a little while since I talked about the garden. This is no doubt because IT HAS BEEN THE LONGEST WINTER EVER!!! But, I am hopeful that spring is now emerging as we have had a handful of warmer sunnier days, which has meant that we have managed to spruce up a little area of the garden with its newest addition, a lovely garden bench thanks to the folks over at GardenSite, so today I am sharing my GardenSite Garden Bench Review.

GardenSite has over 12,000 home and garden products available to buy online, from greenhouses to ponds, and from swing sets to planters, they have a huge range on offer and most are available with free delivery, so do take a look around.

GardenSite Garden Bench Review

A garden bench has been an idea lurking in my mind for ages, and I do mean ages. I was checking a few out at the Gardener’s World show last year but didn’t quite get round to it, and I am pleased I have finally got a bench in situ otherwise I’d be scouring the show again next month looking for one that I like!

We have a little paved area at the top of our garden that was created when we took down some sheds and moved things around up there. It’s just been crying out for some seating, giving it a purpose and creating a usable space for us all.

This is the bench that we have received, the ‘Zest Abbey 3 Seater Bench’.

“A stylish bench with angles and curves, the Abbey 3 Seater Garden Bench is as comfortable as it looks. Traditionally-styled but with contemporary elements, a great deal of thought has gone into the design of this bench. Just the place to relax with friends, or perhaps take a cushion and a good book and lie back in the sunshine. This is a Zest4Leisure product that uses pressure treated timber from managed forests, it comes with a 10 year guarantee.”

And here it is!

It arrived flat-packed and took the Husband around half an hour to assemble it. The instructions were on just two sheets of A4 and easy to follow.

I like the style and it feels chunky and solid. It’s not too heavy to move around, as Boo and I managed to move it together, so it’ll be great for moving in and out of the sunshine to suit us when we spend more time out there in the summer.

We’re really pleased with it, it manages to transform the top of our garden and it’s great looking out of my kitchen window and seeing it. It calls to me to go out there, when I really should be doing things inside! It’s perfectly timed as I plan to be out there gardening and tidying everything up from next week as my university course ends and my time is freed up. I will now start with the top of the garden, weeding the beds and giving the paved area a clean just in time for everything to start flowering. Behind the bench there is a beautiful rambling rose, a bright rhododendron, a couple of peonies and a honeysuckle so it should all look and smell gorgeous in a month or so. Can’t wait!

Competition Time!

It’s now your chance to win the Zest Abbey 3 Seater Bench thanks to GardenSite! To be in with a chance, enter using the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to UK entrants only and closes at 12am 5th June 2018. Good luck!

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411 thoughts on “GardenSite Garden Bench Review & Competition”

  1. I lobe the Grange Round Picnic Table would be lovely to eat outside in the good weather we hope to get thsi summer

  2. I love their water features, especially the Hamac Aqua Creations 5 Fall Open Woodland Falls Water Feature!

  3. A garden bench brings your garden alive truly making your garden another room in your house. The romantic notion of a garden bench was a favourite subject for many artists including Monet, Manet and Van Gogh. You will find many excuses to escape out into the garden and I am sure you will experience feelings of deep relaxation and satisfaction sitting on your garden bench!

    1. You are so right! We’ve only had it for a few days, yet we have all enjoyed sitting there and it has me wondering what we did before?!

  4. They have a lovely ‘zest’ potting table in their sale and their forest rose wooden arch is really nice and big!

  5. Fiona Sanderson

    Love the Forest 1.8m Sleeper Bench and Refectory Table Set!

    We are just getting our garden sorted as we moved into a new house and the garden was terrible! Excited to start furnishing it 😀

  6. If I had the room I’d love a pergola, they have some fantastic ones, but there is also some great furniture on there too so I’d love some of that to add to my garden!

  7. Valerie Harbut

    So many fantastic garden benches – they are all great but would really love to win the Zest Abbey 3-seater.

  8. William Gould

    The Forest 3ft x 2ft Tall Sentry Shed is a great idea! It will easily fit down the side of our house and would be perfect for storing all the tools!

  9. Sharon Saunders

    I love the Grange Herb Wheel Planter because I’ve wanted something to grow herbs in for ages and this is just perfect. I think the kids would prefer the Sand and Picnic table though! 🙂

  10. Karen Robinson

    There are 2 items that I love – the summerhouses & the benches. This is a fabulous giveaway – I’d paint it a bright colour (I’m fancying a peacock blue) to make my garden ‘pop’

  11. Hayworth Granite Garden Bench, Garden Swing, etc. Garden furniture can impact on lifestyle, quality of lifestyle, etc. As can improve leisure and family life by being able to make the most of garden space availability.

  12. Margaret Clarkson

    The summer houses and sheds, especially Shedlands Conistone 8ft x 8ft Summerhouse, which looks great.

  13. The Rowlinson Balmoral Corner Arbour
    has definitely caught my eye, would look amazing in the garden

  14. Lindsey stuart

    There is lots of nice garden furniture I have my eye on but I really like the sheds especially the Forest 6ft x 4ft shiplapdip treated pent shed, perfect.

  15. Jacqui Graham

    I would love the Forest Garden Products Forest Lyon Wooden Arbour for my garden, it’s perfect for the bottom of my garden, sitting in and relaxing.

  16. i love the Grange Valencia Corner Arbour. it would be amazing to come home after a long day and sit out in that with a wine and my book!!!

  17. Libby Alexander

    I love all the swing seats but especially the Rowlinson Dartmouth one. I also like the Stone Roman sundial and the patio canopies. In fact, so many gorgeous things, just in time for Summer.

  18. This looks delightful and rustic, would look perfect on my decking and with me drapped on it too.

  19. What a lovely bench, you can tell it was built to last. I was sitting on our old bench and my husband decided to join me and it just collapsed! there was tea everywhere! Really could do with a new bench.

  20. Love thier website, they have some stunning items, if I had to pick! It would be Forest 1.8m Sleeper Bench and Refectory Table Set

  21. Liam Fitzpatrick

    I really like the garden furniture they have, it would look lovely on my empty garden decking

  22. Sadiyya Maryam

    Doing our overgrown garden takes top priority tags summer! The garden bench would be a perfect addition. I also love the summer houses.

  23. Bernie Egerton

    I love the Elite Windsor lean to greenhouse it is just what I’ve been looking for size wise for our kitchen wall. it’s spacious, practical and would fit well with into our existing scheme.

  24. Hayley Colburn

    I love the Zest Brighton Corner Arbour, can see myself having many a relaxing chill in one of those

  25. Jayne Townson

    I really like the Rowlinson Haven Corner Arbour and the Rowlinson Ryton 8ft x 8ft Octagonal Summerhouse.

  26. The Rowlinson Dartmouth Swing Seat is gorgeous, I would love to have this beauty in my garden xx

  27. Megan Williams

    I love the Forest Lyon Wooden Arbour, such a stand out piece that would make the garden even more special!

  28. Martha Chisholm

    Ooh…I loved the water features. They’ve got a huge range from small decorative indoor fountains right up to spectacular garden features….beautiful. All I need to do is make a space in the garden for one…

  29. We’re looking to buy a garden shed right now, so the sheds here definitely caught my eye. Will take a closer look.

  30. The summerhouses on GardenSite are simply beautiful, and visualising them in my garden was more than easy! I also loved the myriad of water features, so many to choose from, and such a varied collection, something to suit all tastes, although I personally prefer the more traditional styles, especially the barrel pump.

  31. There are a lot of items on their website that I’m interested in, particularly their wooden swing seats.

  32. Our garden is in progress at the moment, we won’t be here forever so everything is being done on a budget/things we can take with us. The Zest Forest Arbour with storage box is lovely and storage box is one of my favourite things, obviously.
    If this was our forever home I’d 100% have a log cabin that I would Zen up to the max and escape to regularly – I would install a wine cooler and everything! Busy, needing a break mummas welcome!

  33. I love the range of planters and raised beds. I love to grow our own vegetables but find that I cant manage ‘low level’ gardening anymore. The raised beds would certainly ease my back and then I could rest on the lovely garden bench!

  34. The pergolas on the Garden Site website look lovely, perfect for growing honeysuckle up!!! Nice planters too 😃 the bench in your garden looks lovely, nice for a summers evening!

  35. I love the garden benches and the summer houses are fantastic they look such good quality and made to last

  36. Which products have caught your eye on GardenSite? . . . . l love the Rowlinson Palermo Swing Seat

  37. There are some gorgeous items on there, we are currently mid-way through redoing our garden up. I like the look of the Forest Lyon Wooden Arbour.

  38. Love the Forest Lyon Arbour, and a new bench would be good after my 20 year old one has just disintergrated!!

  39. oh! for endless days sittig in the sun, just me , a book, and a cuppa….love to win, thanks for the chance, i have a corner in mind!!

  40. Rachael Medley

    I have recently been updating my garden so I’m interested in their range of year – round furniture.

  41. I would love a nice small bench to put outside as I live on a balcony upstairs and there’s not a lot of room!

  42. I really love the Intalogs Flatback Wishing Well Fountain, it would look wonderful in our new garden 🙂

  43. It’s this bench I have my eye on. but the article ‘my garden – my extra room’ reminded me that I’ve done just this. After trying to downsize and de-clutter, all the shells, ornaments, balls etc are now part of the garden decor.

  44. Joanne Matthews

    I’ve been re-landscaping my garden (assisted by my two year old) since we moved house last year. I got rid of a rather verocious growing ivy that took over everything to now a Mediterranean blue and pink oasis, complete with Little Tikes slides, cars, football goals and scooters. What I don’t have is a bench. Or any seating other than a towel on the grass! So, I’d truly love a new bench! My dream prize 🙂

  45. Joanne Matthews

    I’d love the bench. I’ve seen similar ones handcrafted in my local garden centre and they just make you want to sit down and enjoy the garden.

  46. I love the summer houses. It would be wonderful to have a little place, especially for the kids to play in and use as a bolt hole. But unfortunately our garden is not big enough

  47. Tracey S Anderson

    I absolutely LOVE Arbours and arches and the ‘Forest Rose’ is a beautiful example. Although, i have to say the choice of garden furniture, ornamentals and otherwise is simply stunning!

  48. I always wanted a proper summer house, so I am usually checking them – these are lovely, I would be happy to have any of them 🙂

  49. I liked the oriental garden ornaments but did like the planters especially the ‘Forest Caledonian Planter’ it allows even small gardens a chance to grow vegetables & easy on the back ,Great for wheelchair bound people.

  50. Sophie Marie Cartwright

    The Grange Round Picnic Table is lovely! I can just see the kiddies sat around eating a picnic on it 🙂 x

  51. There are so many lovely products but, if I could choose, I would love the Eaton summerhouse. A quiet sanctuary to relax – sheer bliss!

  52. The large log cast stone fountain looks beautiful. I’d imagine it is a very tranquil addition to any garden!

  53. I love the arbours particularly the Forest Venetian Corner Arbour which looks a cosy place to sit.

  54. Lorraine Langham

    I really liked their garden storage section – the Rowlinson double wheelie bin store looks sturdy and very useful.

  55. I love their ornaments, especially the mythical range with the fairies and pixies. My favourite though is the statement piece Mystical Unicorn Of AValon sculpture

  56. Catriona Hutchinson

    The bird baths really caught my eye. Like you say, it’s been such a long winter. Seeing the birds now changes the whole feel of the garden. So, my point is, I think a bird bath is the next thing to save for.

  57. Victoria Prince

    The Forest Caledonian Corner Raised Bed caught my eye! Also the Oase Floating Fountain Illumination RGB Set 🙂

  58. I’d love a summer house for our dark corner of our garden. There is almost no point to it, we use it for nothing at the moment! Well the dogs use it for there…business, but other than that it sits there sad lonely and dark. A summer house would look fab there!

  59. I like the look of the Jagram Ludlow carport – it would be great to get out of the car without getting soaked in the rain!

  60. I like the Rowlinson Plastic Tall Store. My wooden shed is falling down and not waterproof so this would be a great replacement!

  61. So many things! the green houses and the summer houses the wonderful garden orniments, the swing seats and the bird baths…..

  62. Oh I am so pleased I found this as I really need some garden furniture and found a gorgeous picnic bench that would be amazing in my garden! Would love to win this bench too x

  63. Sandra Jo Siddall

    I absolutely love the Summertime Fairy on a Swing Sculpture and The Enchanted Unicorn Statue they are gorgeous!

    1. The Forest Lyon Wooden Arbour looks stylish, comfortable and natural – very nice for a peaceful break in the garden.

  64. Niki Marie Wardle

    Some beautiful garden pieces, I especially love the extended Whitby arch, I can just imagine it covered in jasmine or honeysuckle, transforming it into a scented tunnel.

  65. Any of the garden or picnic benches would be perfect for us as I am desperate for one for our garden

  66. That bench looks just the perfect thing for my allotment, my wife can read her book while I work the plot!

  67. Shedlands Country 6ft x 10ft Kennel, Rowlinson Large Chicken Coop and the Swallow Kingfisher 6ft x 4ft ThermoWood Greenhouse.

  68. This bench, to be fair. I also love the ponds, summer houses and the bird baths. I have just moved into a new house and for the first time in 20 years I have a garden!!!

  69. Fab site with so many lovely items….the summer houses are gorgeous and would really make a great feature. A garden bench has been on our list for a while. My mum and dad have one in their garden and it is the perfect place to just sit and relax or read a book and is a natural part of their garden.

  70. Carousel Pergola Looks fabulous imagine it draped in fairy lights and lots of cushions and bean bags

  71. We have been looking at large garden planters to try to ease aches and pains while also trying to keep a tidy garden. GardenSite has a great range and will be taking a closer look for our garden refurb

  72. Fiona Johnstone

    I love the arbours. Particularly the Zest Devon Arbour. How lovely it would be to have this in my garden, next to my lovely new garden bench.

  73. debbie jayne davies

    theres so many things that catch my eye but i have always wanted a swing seat and the Zest Miami Swing Seat looks fab!

  74. Elizabeth Smith

    Love the Grange Carousel Garden Pergola. When I win the lottery and buy a house with a decent size garden…

  75. This would look good on my wee patio, I love the fact it is low maintenance, no having to repaint it every year.

  76. Bridgette West

    Loving the picnic tables always wanted one of these in my garden instead of table and chairs but have issues getting out of them and end up on the floor most of the time 😀

  77. I love the water features I’ve wanted one on my garden for a while! May have to see about getting one 😀

  78. Absolutely adore the Blagdon Affinity Pond Water Features struggling to pick a favourite, they have so many amazing products!

  79. Judith MacInnes

    Love the look of the budget composter – it’s something we keep saying we’ll start doing, but haven’t so far! This looks like a great entry level composter.

  80. Gemma Shonfeld

    the alexander rose san marino serving bar. it is a dream of mine to have a bar in my garden for parties and BBQs!! My dad has just built his own so I am hoping he will build me one next 😀

  81. Herbert Appleby

    Lugarde Dubai B36 16ft x 16ft Log Cabin looks bamazing but i’d need an amazing house and garden for it

  82. Any benches and seats – trying to sort out the old veggie patch and would love a hidden seat to while away an hour or so <3

  83. helen rosbotham

    I like the deep root vegetable planters. Perfect for growing salad vegetable without the backache!

  84. Our kids have their own playhouse… it’d be nice to have some adult space… your summer houses are ideal and beautiful too!

  85. We inherited a lovely garden bench when we moved into our house but it has seen better days and would gladly put a Zest Abbey one i its place so yes, love to win it.

  86. Jessica Slater

    Other than that gorgeous bench I really like the Pair of Ducks Metal Garden Ornaments. They would look lovely in our garden along with our other pets rabbits and chickens.

  87. I like the Medium Buddha (Crystal Ball) Fountain Water Feature, would look great in the garden. I also like the Zest Daria Garden Arch.

  88. Rowlinson Garden Potting Store and Shed would be amazing on our allotment. It’s the only outdoor space we have!! So making full use of our 11 rods is really important!

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