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New Colour Chart for Protek Royal

Protek Colour Chart - Royal 2017Protek Royal has an updated new colour chart for Spring/Summer 17. We hope the new layout will make it easier to choose your perfect colour. Sample pots are available in all the colours if you still can’t quite decide which would works best in your garden design.


Full range of Sample Pots

Writtle University College wins the 2017 Young Gardeners of the Year Award at 10th Ideal Home Show

Protek were pleased to be involved with the competition again this year, Writtle University College who won a gold award for their garden were crowned the 2017 ‘Young Gardeners of the Year ‘. In their design, they used Restol Wood Oil in Natural UV Extra to create the desired finish on their charred timbers.


2017 Young Gardeners of the Year Award at 109th Ideal Home Show


Each competing college was given a 5.5m x 4m plot to both plan and design a front garden that will demonstrate an understanding of harmony and sustainability. The young gardeners used clever plant combinations, incorporating a sense of proportion with clever use of the important vertical dimension in small, urban gardens, whilst incorporating an innovative way to store a wheelie bin. The show gardens inspired visitors of the Ideal Home Show with clever ideas they can try at home and this year the focus has been on making Britain's front gardens green again, in line with David Domoney's work on the Cultivation Street Community Gardening campaign. 


Writtle University College's garden provides you with a journey to the front door that is elegant and aesthetically pleasing, with sculpture in the form of handmade planters, and dramatic multi-stemmed trees to provide year round interest.


Clean lines and block planting set against dark timbers and non-slip porcelain paving make this an attractive environment to invite community spirit to engage in social integration and promote the front garden as a space to be proud of again.  The seating near the front means that you can talk with your neighbours or simply watch the world drive by; with no gate we make it an inviting home that welcomes, while the location of the planters still provide privacy and security to the front of the house.


The annual awards, which are organised by TV gardener David Domoney in association with the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, offer students a great opportunity to showcase their work and celebrate the best of sustainable British gardening. The competition, now in its seventh year, has given over 500 students the opportunity to create show gardens before they even leave the college gates. 


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has voiced his support for the competing colleges, saying: "This competition is a great opportunity for talented young people to use their ’green fingers’ to design a garden thousands of visitors will enjoy. It could also be the start of a fantastic career in landscaping and design. In London our much loved green spaces boost the environment, improve air quality and enhance our neighbourhoods and I wish all entrants the best of luck in creating the best sustainable garden.”


2017 Young Gardeners of the Year Award at 109th Ideal Home Show


The winning garden showed homeowners all that can be achieved with a front garden, giving pleasure to those visiting the house and also brightening up the local community. It created a walkway which takes visitors away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, providing a beautiful, stress-free environment before they even walk through the door. 


The annual competition, in association with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, celebrates young ‘green’ talent and whittled down entries from six of the UK’s leading horticultural colleges who then went head-to-head to create a show stopping sustainable garden that was seen by a quarter of a million visitors at the Ideal Home Show. Writtle University College was awarded Gold and Best in Show, Capel Manor College awarded Gold, Chichester College awarded Silver Gilt,  Shuttleworth College and Pershore College awarded Silver and Askham Bryan College awarded Bronze. 


The 2017 participating colleges were:

  • Chichester college, Sussex (2012, 2013 & 2014 Champions)
  • Capel Manor, Middlesex (2011 Champions)
  • Askham Bryan College, North Yorkshire (2016 Champions)
  • Pershore College, Part of the Warwickshire College Group
  • Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire
  • Writtle University College, Essex (2015 & 2017 Champions)


David Domoney, organiser of the competition, said: "I’m immensely proud to work with The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, along with the Cultivation Street Community Gardening campaign. The Young Gardener of the Year competition offers students the opportunity to build show gardens at a national event before they even leave the college gates, which is not only fantastic practice for them, but also a great confidence-booster. These young garden designers and landscape stars of the future are encouraged to use sustainable practices, which they will confidently pass on through generations. The careful planning, hard work and effort that goes into each of the show gardens is truly inspiring, and Writtle University College's garden highlighted to the public just what can be achieved in a small front garden."  

This month's colours – May Neutrals

Protek May Colours


Create a canvas for your garden


When talking about colours, neutral means without colour. It has long been the go to palette for Interior Designers when they are looking to create light and sophistication in living spaces. The same principles can be used outside. A tired faded fence can be painted in a neutral colour to create a lighter feeling of space within a garden and subtlety show off the beautiful plants.  Although being Protek our neutrals have of course, hints of colours to add warmth and depth.


For this month’s colours we have chosen Warm Stone in our Wood Stain and Protector range (perfect for fences and sheds, see the photo above) and Royal Cashmere, Warm Clay and China Clay would make any timber building look irresistibly chic!


Wood Stain and Protector - Warm Stone     Protek Royal Exterior - Cashmere     Protek Royal Exterior - Warm Clay    Protek Royal Exterior - China Clay

Renew tired looking timber

Protek stable coat - greensWinter can be harsh on the appearance of pressure treated timbers. Your garden furniture and buildings can look faded and older than their years. A quick way to revitalise them is to apply Protek Stable Coat. This extremely easy to use product brushes or sprays on to leave a light stain finish that is also extremely water repellent, this then protects your timber from further degradation of UV rays and the British weather.


Stable Coat Pale Green is a light translucent coating that is the pale straw light green colour of freshly pressure treated timbers. On this bench, from Hutton Garden Products we painted on Light Green as it is a bluer green colour the same as the old pressure treated colour. We used this because the bench was very faded and we wanted to fully revitalise it. The finished result is beautiful and looks stunning against this old red brick cottage. Also, it was a joy to see the rain ping off it the following day!


Protek Stable Coat - Bench easy makeover

Earnshaws take on Protek

Protek have just put their comprehensive range of retail products into the 3 well placed sites of Earnshaws, Brigg in North Lincolnshire, Wentworth in South Yorkshire and Midgely in West Yorkshire.


Earnshaws is still owned and managed by descendants of the founders and they still maintain the same service tradition that was so important back in the 1860s. Protek are also a family run business and they share the ethos of offering excellent customer service and quality products.


Protek Sales Manager, Darren Stanley spent an informative day training the staff at all three sites. Darren feels it is hugely beneficial to inform the companies selling Protek’s range of all the advantages of using their products and how good knowledge will increase sales.


“With an established reputation for service and quality, a partnership with Protek was the natural choice for us. The excellent product training provided allowed us to seamlessly introduce the range into our centres - our staff started selling with knowledge and confidence from day one.” said Richard Earnshaw


Earnshaws take on Protek


Protek’s retail range has developed from the industrial products they still make for the timber trade. They are technical coatings designed for wood but offer a modern vibrant alternative to the more traditional brands.


Darren commented “We are delighted that Earnshaws are stocking the full Protek range in all three of their stores, they are the perfect stockists for us. We are concentrating on increasing our distribution network across the UK this year. Protek is now becoming a well-known brand to consumers, due to a high visibility in home and garden magazines and is widely used on television in such shows as ITV’s Love your Garden.” 


Photos: Darren Stanley (Protek, Left) & Jim Scott (Earnshaws)

New Spring Arrivals

Protek Puppies ArriveWe are happy to announce the arrival of Asa’s (the office dog) puppies.


I would like to report that the three pups, Poppy, Primrose and Marigold (from the Wood Stain & Protector range) are doing well but they have in truth been named, Harry, Ron and Hermione!


We are all missing Asa while she is busy at home on maternity leave.


Asa and pups

This month's colours – APRIL 2017

Protek April Colours


Easter Parade


Spring is finally on its way, with longer, warmer days and perhaps a glimmer of sunshine. We have many gorgeous colours that stand out at this time of year. We predict a strong demand for Spring Green (Royal Exterior) this season. It is a soft, fresh green is like the new shoots of spring grass and plant growth. Summerhouses and timber garden structures would look particularly good painted in this green, surrounded by shrubs and flowers. It works really well with Cornish Cream, Lemon Yellow and Lavender. These colours also stand alone bringing a fresh and new look to the garden.


Protek Royal Exterior - Spring Green     Protek Royal Exterior - Cornish Cream     Protek Royal Exterior - Lemon Yellow    Protek Royal Exterior - Lavender

Spring is on its way!

Protek Royal Exterior

An easy way to refresh your garden for the coming year is to add some colour from the Protek Woodcare range. We make ecofriendly stains that enhance the wood’s natural beauty and gorgeous wood paints that come in a full range of heritage and contemporary colours. All our products are based on the same water-based low VOC technology and have evolved into products that meet modern tastes while remaining a technical wood treatment.


Protek Decking Stain, Stable Coat and Shed & Fence offer appealing natural wood stain finishes in the traditional browns and greens. Royal Superior is a micro-porous coating that is a high build formula, after 2-3 coats the Natural Stains part of the range build to give a long-lasting varnish like finish.


Protek Royal Off Whites and Soft Colours

If it is the painted wood finish you want then look to the Protek Royal Off Whites and Soft Colours sections of the range, it is the perfect product. It is so much more than a paint, it is a high grade water repelling timber treatment which is also micro-porous, allowing the wood to breathe.  This makes it perfect to use on conservatories, summerhouses, gates, cladding and garden furniture. The unique formulation is a water-based acrylic and alkyd hybrid that incorporates a polyurethane dispersion based on linseed oil.


The ingenious thing about our wood stain-paint hybrid products is that you can just put one thin coat on if you want to achieve a light touch finish and each extra coat increases colour and sheen.


Protek is just so nice and easy to use, very low odour, easy water wash up, brilliant finish.

Make your timber products last longer

Protek Wood Preserver

Protek manufacture a proper Wood Preservative that is available to buy for DIY use. It has passed all the stringent EU testing and is fully approved to preserve your timber. Some timber is already pre-treated when you buy it so there is no need to use a brush on preservative but some is sold un-treated.


Protek Wood Preserver is a clear brush on pre-treatment that protects timber against wood destroying rot and discolouring fungi. It is moisture regulating and provides an adhesive surface making it a great primer preparation that can be easily over painted or stained with Protek Wood Stain and Protector, Royal Exterior and Restol Wood Oil.


Protek Wood Preserver penetrates wood easily and thereby gets deep into the wood’s inner layers and has the huge advantage of being low VOC. Protek Wood Preserver is suitable for use on outside timbers that are not in direct ground contact.

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