It’s turning into a real scorcher of a summer!

England’s positive performance at the World Cup and weeks of barbecue weather have had us all spending more and more time outside in the garden. Extend the celebrations and make more from your garden throughout the year, with a fabulous summerhouse or gazebo from Keen Gardener.

In this post, we look at what you need to look out for when choosing a summerhouse, and introduce our fantastic range of garden structures from Forest Gardens.

What to look for in a summerhouse?

There has never been so much choice when it comes to garden structures – from small open pavilions and gazebos, to expansive log cabins and summer houses.

Whether you want somewhere to relax, work, play or dine, you’ll need to think about the following:


Think about what you are going to be using the summer house for, and where it’s going to go. You want to strike a balance between usability and suitability for the space. To ensure you get the right size, it’s best to plan out exactly where you’re going to put it. Use string, pegs or markers to map out the footprint, to get a good idea of how big your new summerhouse is going to be.


Summerhouses and gazebos come in a range of shapes and sizes, from simple squares and rectangles, to corner units and hexagons. Hexagons tend to work better in the centre of spaces, with some breathing room around them. Square and rectangular summerhouses look best at the edge of spaces, or against fences. Corner units are the most space efficient solution for corner areas.

Timber Treatment

Summer houses come either untreated or pre-treated – with pre-treated timber requiring less maintenance. At Keen Gardener, all our summerhouses come either dip treated or pressure treated to protect them against the weather. All timber will require some form of re-treatment eventually to maximise its lifespan.


Wherever possible, it’s best to choose summerhouses made from sustainable, FSC approved timber – (grown and processed the UK if possible). This means the wood has been ethically sourced from well managed forests, providing an environmentally friendly solution.

All Keen Gardener summerhouses from Forest Garden are manufactured in the UK from 100% FSC accredited timber.


Your summer house will have to stand up to the worst the British weather can throw at it, so it’s best to choose a model with a good guarantee against rot. Our dip treated summerhouses and gazebos come with a 10 year guarantee, and our pressure treated timber summerhouses are supplied with a 15 year guarantee.

Introducing Forest Garden Summer Houses

At Keen Gardener, we stock a comprehensive range of summerhouses and log cabins from Forest Garden – a UK-based manufacturer with more than half a century of experience producing high quality garden structures.

All Forest Garden summer houses are designed and manufactured in the UK, using 100% FSC approved, pre-treated timber (mostly sourced from UK forests) These are versatile, premium quality structures that are made to last – and are available in sizes, shapes and style to suit any garden.

Browse through our complete range of fabulous Forest Gardens summer houses and gazebos today.

Spectacular summer houses from Keen Gardener

You’ll find a fantastic range of summer houses and gazebos at Keen Gardener, with Forest Garden structures to suit every space and requirement. They’re all available at unbeatable prices, and backed up by our Lowest Price Promise – so you’re guaranteed the best deal around.

For further information about any of our summer houses, call our team today on 01789 763 336, or email [email protected].