Best buy 19/20

Acacia Frame

£104.90 (inc p&p)

Mr Fothergills

Tel. 0845 3710518

Build: 5

Acacia wood frame, polycarbonate glazing and steel fittings.

Features: 4

The Acacia wood is kiln-dried and the glazing is twin-skinned. Measures:  3ft 2in (100cm) wide x 231/2in (60cm) wide x 153/4in (40cm) high at the back. Has a micro-adjustable lid for ventilation and watering.

Performance: 5

Light and easy enough to move around and looked great. Especially useful was the way the sliding bars allowed  the lid to be opened to the correct amount for ventilation purposes. It’s recommended that it be treated with teak oil once a year but a slight worry is the lack of an anti-rot guarantee. Having said that this frame felt absolutely rock solid.

Value: 5

Worth paying more for this frame as it’s a delight to use and should make an attractive addition to any garden.

Others on test were:

SINGLE FRAME 9/20 £49.90 (inc p&p), Marshalls, Tel. 01480 443090,

GALVANISED FRAME 14/20 £81.37 (inc p&p), LBS Garden Warehouse, Tel. 01282 873370

ACCESS LEAN-TO 17/20 £148.95 (inc p&p), Harrod Horticultural, Tel. 0845 402 5300