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NOW CLOSED Do you have an unloved garden? Sign up here to transform it with B&Q and receive a £300 gift card

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 16:51:52

As part of our partnership with B&Q, we're looking for 20 MNers who want to wave farewell to their unloved garden. Is it more of a jungle than a lawn? A patio that's seen better days? Or just a wizened window box?

Here is what B&Q say about their unloved gardens initiative: "This summer, we're launching a new initiative to help Britain say goodbye to its unloved rooms and gardens. Most homes have one - a spare room that's more of a cupboard, a tired and broken bathroom from a different era, even an overgrown garden that's become a jungle. With our vast range of home decoration products and simple expert advice, we want more people to see that making a big difference doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Whether it's picking the right look, choosing the right products, at the right price or simply finding out how to make it happen, we're making sure you'll find it all under one roof at B&Q."

If you're selected to take part you'll:
- Be sent a £300 B&Q gift card to spend as you wish on materials to transform your unloved garden
- Need to be available to complete your garden revamp between 5-21 July (we appreciate that's not tonnes of time so please only sign up if you're up for the challenge!)
- Write feedback on how your revamp is going during that time on a thread on MN
- Need to send in photos to MNHQ of before, during and after the revamp

10 of the 20 participants may also need to film their revamp process on their smartphone (via an app we'll need you to download). Those MNers will receive an additional £25 B&Q gift card as a thank you for doing filming.

B&Q would also like participants to attend a You Can Do It class in store if possible - this would be free of charge but they're only available in certain stores. This isn't essential to taking part but please indicate on the sign up form (link below) which store you could get to if you would like to attend.

If you'd like to take part, please sign up here.

Any queries, please post them here.

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Jul-13 12:38:32

The feedback thread is now live here, so you can continue discussions about your plans/progress there, and non-testers - feel free to get involved too smile

Openyourheart Wed 10-Jul-13 11:07:40

Got the card. Yay! I've bought an incinerator to burn the twigs and dead branches, a sprinkler to water the veg that I will grow, and a nozzle for my hose. £70 gone. I'm thinking that mine is sounding very dull so far....

lissieloo Wed 10-Jul-13 08:01:48

I am indeed. I have my list all ready!

OpheliaBumps Tue 09-Jul-13 21:59:41

Lissie haha your poor DH! Are you going to take a photo of all of your shopping before you start using it?

I'm hoping mine arrives tomorrow, I'm so impatient grin

lissieloo Tue 09-Jul-13 21:29:42

Mine was a card too, I had to sign for it.

Dh and I are going shopping tomorrow. I'm rather excited, poor dh will be knackered when I'm done with him grin

Does anyone know if the videos you upload need to be in chronological order?
Because I could shoot before footage of the garden tonight, but would rather shoot my introductory piece to camera tomorrow (when I've showered and don't look like a sweaty lump)

Roma2013 Tue 09-Jul-13 19:56:45

Mine came as a gift card, not a voucher

Roma2013 Tue 09-Jul-13 19:55:46

Completion date s now 28 July I think

Mine didnt come sad
Am in the Scottish highlands, so hopefully tomorrow.

No worries, b&q said they'll keep my order until the weekend anyway.

Openyourheart Tue 09-Jul-13 19:34:08

Did you have to sign for the voucher? I have to collect something from the post office. I'm excited now. I could collect it tomorrow and start shopping as I have a day off!!!

OpheliaBumps Tue 09-Jul-13 18:05:26

roma when is the completion date now? Am so relieved as I was concerned I wouldn't get it all done on time.

cremola our front garden is unmakeoverable, it's a 6 foot lawn on a 1 in 3 gradient, with a small flower bed at the bottom. That'll never be lovable! I'm doing the back garden,adding in some plants and a seat and making an adult space as it's currently end to end outdoor toys for the kids.

Cremolafoam Tue 09-Jul-13 16:41:48

Our makeover is the front garden too ophelia. It's not huge but in this heat( 28.2• ) planting anything is just daft .i am daunted and hotconfused

lissieloo Tue 09-Jul-13 16:12:37

I mean delivery will be free. they deliver over £100.

Roma, it's not open yet, I've created a folder for my pics in the meantime.

Roma2013 Tue 09-Jul-13 16:09:28

Received my gift voucher today and they've extended the date for completion... which is good. Does anyone know where we put the 'before' pics up? (Took me ages to find where THIS thread had been put!)

lissieloo Tue 09-Jul-13 16:06:41

I have just called the store because I was worrying about getting everything home. If I spend over £250 they will deliver, I'm so relieved.

Whoohoo happy spending lissieloo.

lissieloo Tue 09-Jul-13 09:46:55

It's just come!!!

OpheliaBumps Mon 08-Jul-13 23:22:29

Ooh babies I've seen a lovely playhouse in b&q for £200, it's called kitty and it's huge!

I think we might look at one of these for my DTs 4th birthday in August, as they're outgrowing their old one and their grandparents always send money for us to choose a gift.

Babieseverywhere Mon 08-Jul-13 23:17:20

We have been working hard this weekend...well my DH has. Poor man spent many hours in this hot weather, clearing the bottom third of the garden, which is never used and just a dumping ground. The idea is to sort out the paving and situate our shed and trampoline on this bottom area.

Then do something with the middle area, paint fencing, fit water feature and some pots with flowers.

We have several days of cleaning/clearing to be done before we can start doing the positive things.

Debating about a new playhouse for the children or sticking with what we have got.

OpheliaBumps Mon 08-Jul-13 22:33:03

ween I think we were all picked for different reasons, I think B&Q are hoping to see loads of different ideas, not just 20 identikit gardens.

Front gardens are often neglected, so I love the idea of making that space more loved, rather than just a route to/from the house.

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Mon 08-Jul-13 22:07:11

Ok, my plan is forming.

Our unloved garden is our front patch. I'll go into more detail on the feedback thread, but my plan is to go for hardcore building materials I think, rather than prettifying touches. I hope his is ok with mn and the b&q bods

We need a path and I think railway sleepers to form a defined sidey bit rather than the heap of weed and stones that we've got

I'm just a bit concerned that blowing the whole budget on just a few materials isn't quite in the spirit of this thing....

Openyourheart Mon 08-Jul-13 21:55:29

Perhaps I should buy a garden incinerator with the vouchers. smile

Cremolafoam Mon 08-Jul-13 21:25:16

It is de riguer to have a bonfire here on the 11th July.grin

OpheliaBumps Mon 08-Jul-13 21:11:24

I'm sure you can burn garden waste, as long as it's an occasional activity, and no harmful substances are being burned.

I would suggest not to do it when everyone has their washing out/windows open, so ideally early morning or late evening.

Openyourheart Mon 08-Jul-13 20:57:57

I have been filling the skip. It is a mini one and I fear it is way too small. Some of the rubbish is dried out twigs and branches. Is it against the law to make a bonfire? I could pretend I am having an early Guy Fawkes party maybe? wink

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