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Benefits of Gardening & Outdoor Living

How gardening can help you feel good

While a bit of weeding and pruning might not seem like the most energetic of activities, studies show that gardening goes beyond providing a good workout, as it can also be therapeutic and reduce anxiety as well as physical pain.

Research has shown that prolonged light exercise, such as gardening, can burn more calories than a gym session, in spite of feeling much easier to do. This physical exercise, in combination with spending time outdoors being creative and productive, can also improve mood and self-esteem. Amazingly, images and recordings of natural environments alone have been proven to reduce feelings of pain and even improve healing times in hospital wards.

The therapeutic value of gardening is becoming more and more recognised, according to the Royal Horticultural Society, which promoted the positive impact of horticulture and green spaces at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show, with two Chelsea gardens pledged to NHS patients.

Garden tweaks to improve wellbeing

Aside from green-fingered tasks, there a few tweaks that can make your outdoor space reach its full wellbeing potential:

  • Create space to sit in
    It’s really important to find a place in your garden to enjoy its beauty and serenity. You can choose garden furniture to reflect your taste, making it an elegant and useful part of your living space. Whether it’s with al-fresco meals at a dining set, basking in the glorious sun on a lounger or enjoying some tranquillity with a good book on an outdoor sofa, take the time to relax in your outdoor space.
  • Grow from seed
    Grow plants from seed either on your own or as a fun way to get children to experience the joys of gardening. The enjoyment you get is timeless, and people of all ages will not grow tired of seeing their seedlings germinate and then grow on in the garden.
  • Try your hand at growing fruit and veg
    There’s nothing more exciting and rewarding than nurturing tasty fruit and vegetables to put on the kitchen table. Buying vegetable seeds and planting them with your children is an affordable and easy activity for the school holidays and teaches them how food is grown.
  • Fill your garden with plants that welcome wildlife
    By growing flora that attracts bees and butterflies, your garden will become a hive of activity. Plants from the Lamiaceae family, including lavender, rosemary and sage are best as they’re also low maintenance and easy to keep.

For more useful advice, have a look at these handy tips on creating a feel-good garden from RHS award-winning designer Matt Keightley.

The health benefits

Whether you have a lifetime of gardening experience or are just getting started, we’ve created a handy visual guide. From the physical health benefits to improved mental wellbeing, our guide covers the benefits of outdoor living across all age groups.

The benefits of outdoor living don’t stop there either. Having created a beautiful garden, it can be enjoyed in many different ways, from enjoying a morning coffee on a comfy garden chair to hosting BBQs for friends and family.

Solex 2019 Trade Show: What We Know

Buyers from our retailers looking at garden furniture from the Kettler range at Solex.

It is that time of the year where we prepare next year’s garden furniture range ready for Solex, the annual outdoor trade show. The exhibition gives buyers from our retailers a sneak peek at what’s to come in our industry for 2020.

No Sleep ‘Til Solex 2019

This year our stand is bigger than ever, with fresh ranges, expanding collections and NEW BRANDS! Yes, Kettler will be distributing more than ever in 2020, and we cannot wait to show what we’ve been working on to the staff from garden centres from across the UK.

Our teams are working hard finalising the ranges as well as putting together the most ambitious show we’ve ever done.

Our 2020 Vision

We plan to start the new decade with a bang!

As the Palma collection continues to grow in popularity, we are bringing in new additions to expand the range. This will include more ways to relax and dine.

Our aluminium range will also see further growth; however, it comes with the usual Kettler twist. These contemporary designs mix materials and use modern colours to push the latest garden trends.

Not Just Kettler Garden Furniture

The Kettler world is growing. We aim to make outdoor living as comfortable as possible, keeping you in your garden for even longer. How do we do this? By bringing in even more garden accessories.

The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range will be making a return to the show, including the new 4K charcoal BBQ. After a successful launch in London as well as coverage in many national publications, we believe the 4K will be a hit at Solex.

We will also be showing Jati & Kebon garden furniture as well as the luxury RHS by Kettler wood and wicker ranges.

We cannot wait for Solex 2019 to begin! To all buyers and staff coming to the event from garden centres and department stores…get ready!

Win for the Weekend

Cricketers Jeff Thomson and Alec Stewart wearing BBQ aprons, with Fat Duck chef, Ashley Hatton stood between them outdoors.

We’re offering one lucky fan the chance to win a cricket bat signed by two legends of the cricketing world, Alec Stewart and Jeff Thomson following our recent Ashes BBQ-Off.

To enter, head to our Facebook page and simply like and comment with your signature BBQ dish and why you like it so much! Before entering, please see the below Terms and Conditions.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This competition closes on Monday 10th June at 10.00 GMT.
  • The winner will be chosen at the discretion of Kettler GB Ltd and notified via Facebook message.
  • UK entrants only.
  • Entrants must be able to supply full address details to allow for delivery of prize.
  • You are not allowed to enter this competition if you currently or have previously worked for Kettler – this also applies to the families of current employees.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Get Garden Party Ready with Kettler’s Top BBQ Tips

A cooked chicken on a rotisserie rod from a HUB Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ with other ingredients.

Whether you’re looking to throw together an intimate dinner with a bit of panache or hosting a birthday and catering for a dozen, no garden party is complete without the delicious taste of chargrilled BBQ food.

Whether you’re cooking on gas or grilling on charcoal this summer, getting it just right can seem a daunting task. That’s why, as the exclusive distributor of Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQs in the UK, we have provided some expert tips to make sure everyone can create their own spectacular BBQ spread.

Start Properly

Taking your time to start the charcoal fire properly using kindling, newspaper or card as a kick-start is essential. Buy natural lumpwood charcoal without chemicals, additives or artificial flavourings and don’t be tempted to reach for the lighter-fluid as nobody appreciates the taste of a gasoline-scented kebab or burger. Instead, use a single match to light some newspaper surrounded by coals and nurse the flame to full ignition.


Don’t over-do it on the heat

Flames and over-heated grills do not make for more thorough-cooking. If you cook your meat when the flames are too high you’ll end up with blackened meat that may not be thoroughly cooked. Remember, smoke is your friend, flame is your enemy. Create two zones of charcoal with one dense, high pile and another with none or only a thin layer to give you more control over cooking temperatures – we call this “charcoal management”.

Don’t play it too cool

Your natural instinct may be to take meat straight from the fridge to the BBQ, but you must resist! Allow meat at least half an hour out of the fridge before cooking to allow it to reach room temperature and be perfectly ready for thorough, even cooking. Click here for more tips on food safety.


Rest is crucial

No matter how hungry your baying crowd is, going straight from the grill to the plate is missing a trick. If you allow your meat to ‘rest’ for five minutes the food is able to relax, soaking up juices and adding another level to the taste.

Enjoy the experience

Going back to the caveman era, cooking over fire has been a social experience that brings people together. Make sure that you enjoy the BBQ experience this summer with friends and family – get them involved in the cooking; let them smell the food, watch the browning and taste the flavours. Remember to entertain and socialize and you’ll have the perfect garden party.

Everdure by Heston Wins BBQ of the Year 2019

The Honest John Product of the Year award for BBQs in front of an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal CUBE BBQ.

The CUBE™ portable BBQ from Everdure by Heston Blumenthal received the Honest John BBQ of the Year award for 2019. The small grill designed with the three Michelin starred chef received a glowing review from the product testing site.

Product of the Year

The CUBE BBQ received an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 and Honest John awarded it the product of the year in its category. The review commented on its practicality as well as the style. Clever features, such as the cool to touch handles and the plastic storage tray was also highlighted.

Award Winning BBQ’s

Also this year, the Force™ Gas BBQ received the award of Which? Best Buy for BBQ’s. With the launch of the new 4K outdoor oven, the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ range is looking to continue their growth and inspire people to cook outdoors.

Heston Blumenthal standing in front of the full range of Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ's.

The range of BBQ accessories are available through Kettler, or to shop the full range, find your local retailer.

Mesquite BBQ Beef Brisket – 4K BBQ Recipe

Grilled Mesquite BBQ Beef Brisket on a cutting board.

Feed up to 8 people in your garden with this unique BBQ recipe designed by The Fat Duck chefs for the 4K charcoal outdoor oven from Everdure by Heston Blumenthal.


For the brine
80g salt
1kg brisket

For the rub
5 tsp unsmoked paprika
1 ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander

To cook the brisket
reserved brined brisket
25g reserved rub
mesquite smoking chips
200g elderflower vinegar,

Serves 6 – 8


  1. To brine the brisket, bring 1 litre of water to the boil and remove from the heat. Whisk in the salt until it has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool completely. Add the brisket to the brine, cover and place in the fridge for 24 hours.
  2. For the rub, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. To cook, preheat the 4K BBQ with 150g charcoal and fill the water container. Light the charcoal and stack it to one side of the BBQ. Place one of the cast-iron grills on the side over the hot coals and the riser grill over the cold side.
  4. Remove the brisket from the brine and pat dry. Coat all sides with the rub and insert the meat probe into the centre of the thickest part of the brisket.
  5. Place the brisket onto the riser grill of the BBQ. Add 1 tablespoon mesquite smoking chips onto the hot coals and spray the brisket with elderflower vinegar. Close the hood and continue to top up the mesquite chips and spray the brisket at 30 – 45- minute intervals.
  6. Maintain an ambient temperature of 90-110°C, topping up the coals from the side, as necessary.
  7. After about 4 hours, a crust should have formed on the outside and the brisket should have reached an internal temperature of 65°C. Spray the brisket generously with vinegar one last time and cover the brisket with aluminium foil.
  8. Cook for an additional 2 hours, or until an internal temperature of 75°C has been reached.
  9. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 1 hour before serving.

For further inspiration or to view the full range, visit the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal website.

The Great BBQ-Off

Cricketers Jeff Thomson and Alec Stewart with Fat Duck chef, Ashley Hatton, holding up their plate of grilled food.

What better way to showcase our award-winning furniture, BBQ and accessories this season than to host an Ashes-themed garden party.

With England and Australia set to go to battle with bat and ball in the coming months and the intense rivalry between the nations reaching fever-pitch, we brought in the best of both nations for a head-to-head BBQ-off.

Alec Stewart, who played for England from 1989 to 2003, and Aussie bowler Jeff Thomson – known widely as the fastest bowler in the world – didn’t mince words as the grills fired up, but who was going to be BBQ-master and who was going to be left stumped?

Each sportsman chose their own dish to prepare, with Stewart opting for a stacked burger, and Thomson choosing a traditional steak and prawn combo.

Download the recipes for the stacked burger or the steak and prawn combo to create your own BBQ feast.

The pair’s efforts were overseen by professional chef Ashley Hatton, who holds the position of Head of Development at Michelin-starred Fat Duck Group. In the interest of fair play, the competitors were given identical charcoal BBQs – a Hub from Heston Blumenthal’s Everdure collection.

Whilst Alec and Jeff were experts with a bat and ball, with over 180 Test Match appearances between the pair, it was clear to see that they were out of their comfort zone and not wanting to let their country down. As we powered up the Fast Flame Ignition System™ on the HUB both Alec and Jeff were giving Ashley a grilling of their own to try and secure top BBQ cooking tips and gain an advantage ahead of the culinary clash.

View our video to find out who would triumph in the Kettler Ashes BBQ Off!

Get The Look – if you’re feeling inspired and looking to get your outdoor space ready for a summer garden party, here’s our products as featured.

Get set for summer in style with the latest, luxurious garden furniture from Kettler

One of our most popular ranges, the Palma Collection is part of the modern Casual Dining concept. The outdoor wicker furniture gives you flexibility with wicker and rattan furniture for both the garden and conservatory. Enjoy sofas for lounging and tables for dining on. Palma sets come in a choice of sizes, with the Palma Corner to the Palma Cube as well as individual armchairs and benches for additional seating.

With comfort at its absolute core, the Palma collection features ultra-soft cushioning on all seating with double piping for extra support. The cushions are UV, stain and shower resistant, and all furniture pieces are made from weather-proof wicker, handwoven with a 5mm half-round weave on square-tube aluminium frames for low maintenance and strength. This season’s must-have is available in your choice of rattan or white wash.

For more information or to find stockists click here.

Become the ultimate outdoor entertainer with the Everdure HUB BBQ

For the ultimate charcoal cooking experience, look no further than the HUB BBQ from Everdure by Heston Blumenthal. With its Fast Flame Ignition System, you can get your charcoal burning at the perfect temperature in just ten minutes.

The ideal balance of function and form, the HUB comes with a subtly integrated rotisserie that means you can perfectly cook that show-stopping suckling pig or a whole chicken for all to enjoy!

For more information or to find stockists click here.

Roast Leg of Lamb – 4K BBQ Recipe

Roast Leg of Lamb cooking on a 4K BBQ from Everdure by Heston Blumenthal.

Get the most out of your 4K Charcoal BBQ with this fantastic, tasty recipe from Heston Blumenthal.

Serves 6 – 8.


For the lamb.

  • 1.8-2.2kg whole leg of lamb, bone-in.
  • Grapeseed oil.
  • Salt.


  1. Preheat the 4K BBQ by placing 150g charcoal on top of the charcoal grid. Press the fast flame ignition and wait for 7 minutes with the hood open.
  2. Aim to preheat the 4K to ambient temperature of 100-130°C. Monitor the ambient temperature and top up with no more than a small piece of charcoal at a time, only if required to reach the ambient temperature.
  3. Season the lamb with grapeseed oil and salt before cooking. With both high grills in place, insert the meat probe into the centre of the thickest part of the lamb leg and place the lamb onto the high grill. Aim for an ambient temperature of 100-130°C by topping up the coals and adjusting the vents as needed.
  4. Once the lamb has reached a core temperature of 58°C, remove it from the grill and place on a cooling rack set over a tray. Cover with foil and leave to rest.
  5. Top up the coals with 250g charcoal and allow to fully-ignite with the hood closed, allowing the ambient temperature to increase to 280°C.
  6. In the meantime, coat the lamb with grapeseed oil and season with salt again. Brown the lamb on the hot grill bars with the hood closed for 5 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
  7. Allow the lamb to rest of 8 minutes before carving. Do this by holding the leg by the bone vertically in front of you. Trim the meat from either side of the bone so you are left with two large pieces. Slice each piece (while flat-side down) across the grain using a sharp knife. This will ensure maximum tenderness.

Heston Blumenthal loading charcoal into a 4K BBQ against a grey backdrop.

For further recipes, visit the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal website.

Force Gas BBQ Awarded Which? Best Buy

Mint Force 2 Burner Gas BBQ with the Which? Best Buy Barbecues April 2019 logo on a grey background.

We are thrilled to announce that the FORCE™ Gas BBQ from the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range has been awarded the Which? Magazine Best Buy for April 2019. The 2-burner gas BBQ received an “Excellent” Verdict from the trusted review site.

Independent BBQ Review

Which? has been offering independent reviews since 1957 and their coveted Best Buy gives consumers a great indication of top market leaders. Which? have found that 7 out of 10 consumers are more likely to choose a product when it comes with the trusted Best Buy logo.

The FORCE™ 2-burner gas BBQ received Best Buy after its review which you can read, as a member, on their website. Which? praised the quick pre-heating, the large cooking area and the sleek curves in the design.

Award Winning BBQ’s

The FORCE™ BBQ is one of two gas BBQ’s from the award-winning Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range. The FORCE™ is a versatile gas barbeque made with power and grace. The seamless shape is designed for a smooth airflow for an even cook. Interchangeable cast-iron grills and flat plates mean you can adjust your set-up to suit your recipes.

This collection also includes charcoal BBQ’s and accessories. We saw the launch of the 4K charcoal oven in the Spring of 2019. The 4K BBQ includes the latest in modern outdoor cooking design, including Fast Flame Ignition™ and Touch Screen control.

You can find out more at your local Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Retailer.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 2019 BBQ Tour

Steak being salted on a chopping board next to an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal HUB charcoal BBQ.

After a successful tour around UK garden centres in 2018, Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ’s are heading back on the road. Specially trained teams will be cooking on charcoal and gas BBQ’s at different locations across the nation.

Free BBQ Demos

You will have the chance to taste unique recipes designed by chefs from The Fat Duck Group for free. Try the coffee rub steak or a tasty vegetarian BBQ option and get cooking tips to improve your grill skills.

Demo Day Offers

Enjoy special demo day offers on Everdure By Heston Blumenthal BBQ’s and accessories, including the new 4K outdoor oven (T&Cs apply). The Everdure range includes both charcoal and gas BBQ’s with modern features that revolutionise outdoor cooking.

Garden Centre Tour

Below is the list of Everdure by Heston Blumenthal retailers we will be visiting over May and June.


Saturday 11th May 2019
Squires Garden Centre (Cobham)
10am – 4pm

Saturday 11th May 2019
Webbs Garden Centre (Droitwich)
10am – 4pm

Sunday 12th May 2019
Garsons Garden Centre (Esher)
10am – 4pm

Sunday 12th May 2019
Radway Bridge Garden Centre
10am – 4pm

Saturday 18th May 2019
Squires Garden Centre (Twickenham)
9am – 6pm

Saturday 18th May 2019
Hilltop Garden Centre (Oxon)
9am – 5.30pm

Sunday 19th May 2019
Morden Hall Park

Sunday 19th May 2019
Frosts Garden Centre – Millets Farm
10am – 4.30pm

Saturday 25th May 2019
St Johns Garden Centre (Ashford)
9am – 5.30pm

Saturday 25th May 2019
Norwich Camping
9am – 5.30pm

Sunday 26th May 2019
Cambridge Home and Garden
10am – 4pm




Saturday 1st June 2019
Oaktree Garden Centre
8am – 6pm

Saturday 1st June 2019
Frosts Garden Centre (Woburn Sands)
9am – 6pm

Sunday 2nd June 2019
Squires Garden Centre (Shepperton)
10am – 4.30pm

Sunday 2nd June 2019
Bedfordshire BBQ Centre

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019
Hydropool – Cheltenham Food Festival

Saturday 15th June 2019
John Lewis Southampton

Saturday 22nd June 2019
Haskins Garden Centre (West End)
9am – 6pm

Saturday 22nd June 2019
Bourne End Garden Centre
9am – 6pm

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Squires Garden Centre (Woking)
10.30am – 4.30pm

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Haddenham Garden Centre
10.30am – 4.30pm

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K Launch Event

Otto Romer, from The Fat Duck Group, cooking on a 4K BBQ at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K Launch Event.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal officially launched the 4K Charcoal BBQ in the UK and Ireland in April. The occasion was marked by a special event in London which saw chefs from The Fat Duck Group cook on the new BBQ. Heston Blumenthal himself made an appearance to celebrate the launch.

4K Charcoal BBQ

Top chefs from The Fat Duck Group cooked on the 4K charcoal BBQ on location in London’s bustling Canary Wharf. Bloggers and journalists tasted unique recipes designed by the chefs and picked up BBQ cooking tips.

Representatives from The Times, Ideal Homes and The Independent attended the event as well as bloggers and influencers. Ex-cricketer and BBQ enthusiast Matthew Hoggard, ex-England rugby player David Flatman and 2018 Great British Bake Off contestant Ruby Bhogal were among the guests invited to the one-off event.

Ruby Bhogal and bloggers drinking cocktails at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K BBQ launch.

Ex-cricketer and BBQ enthusiast Matthew Hoggard attending the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K Launch party.

Ex-England rugby player David Flatman talking to guests at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K Launch party.

The BBQ recipes cooked on the new outdoor oven include the harissa baked scallops, Asian ribs with Yuzu coleslaw and the smoked milk ice-cream, black cherry and meringue. Guests watched as the food was cooked in the kamado-style BBQ and saw features such as the touch glass display and new Airflow Control in action.

Meet & Greet with Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal made a special appearance at the event to mark the launch. Journalists and bloggers were able to put their cooking questions to the three Michelin star chef and discover more about the range he developed with Everdure.

In the afternoon, competition winners were able to meet and greet Heston. Guests, who entered a competition on Kettler’s Facebook account, took selfies with the world-renowned chef and tasted the food cooked on the 4K.

The event was a total success and we are excited for the summer ahead of us. Find your nearest Everdure by Heston Blumenthal retailer to find the future of BBQing, now.

Basic Gardening Tips for the Easter Weekend

A little girl running to her brother in a garden.

The long Easter weekend is the best time to get into your garden. There is no better time to roll up your sleeves and make your outdoor space beautiful.

Here are some gardening tips to improve your outdoor space this Easter break.

Mow the Lawn

Mowing the grass becomes a weekly job at the end of spring and if you haven’t already, the Easter weekend is the perfect time to start. Cut the grass to an inch and trim the edges with a half-moon tool.

Repair lawns and re-seed bare patches in March or April. Using fertilizer gives grass that lush green appearance. Spike the lawn for drainage and to let the roots breathe.

Wooden basket containing fresh vegetables.

Plant Vegetables and Sow Seeds

Carrots, cauliflower, peas, and potatoes should be on your list of vegetables to plant in April. Sow tomatoes from seed and prepare for the incoming rhubarb stems. Plant summer-flowering bulbs in pots and borders (3 times their depth), throwing away any bulbs from the winter that have rotted.

Introduce kids to the fun world of gardening, taking your children or grandchildren to your local garden centre to buy some seed packets. Show children how to sprinkle the seeds onto well-drained soil in sunny spots in beds and borders. Then rake the seeds into the surface.

2 RHS By Kettler Rosemoor Director's Chairs with a Rosemoor Bistro Table on a patio.

Spring Clean Your Garden Furniture

Take the protective covers off your garden furniture and dust away any leaves or dirt. Wash your garden furniture with warm soapy water and a sponge. Check your cushions, which should be stored indoors over the wet and winter months, so they are ready for the warm weather.

Check your BBQ, cleaning away any old charcoal or grease that may have been missed in the Autumn BBQ clean. Don’t forget to clean the outside of the BBQ too. People respect a good-looking Barbie.

Snail on a stone or wall.

The Garden Dirty Work

Yes, unfortunately, you may need to get your hands dirty this Easter bank holiday. April is the time when weeds begin to show – remove all unwanted weeds by hand or with a hoe. Smother weeds with mulch or use groundcover fabrics to suppress re-growth and be sure to read the labels If you’re using chemical weed killer.

Slugs and snails arrive in the garden with the April showers and warmer temperatures. Use liquid slug killer or wood ash around your plants. Alternatively, if you own chickens, let them protect your garden.

The Easter weekend is a time for relaxing and enjoying a family barbecue or hosting a garden party. However, these quick and simple gardening tips will have your garden looking great in no time. For more gardening tips for April, take a look at the RHS advice pages.

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