Real Radio – The Big Breakfast Blag




Pendlewood blagged by Real Radio.   –    Real Radio PDF


 We must warn other like minded business owners of a recent blagg that we happily fell victim of.

       Our local radio station real radio 105.4 fm spotted a local nursery that had fallen down on its luck and needed help with their premises in order to  stay open.

The two presenters (Sam and Lorna) were enthused to say the least as they approached our MD Alan Pendlewood to see if he could help out on this   worthy cause.

The seeds were set and after there visit to our school playground manufacturing unit in sunny Lancashire. Alan and his team dreamt up two mad           ideas. One of which being a large play table that would be great in any school playground or nursery playground.  The outside class room is so important when it comes to schools and pupils education.

if the play ground was to have a massive school bespoke designed table to look like        King Arthurs round table then a very unusual chair would be needed too.

Our design team relished the challenge. The starting point was a story telling chair.

But as with all magical products that Pendlewood design build and install into school playgrounds this one was themed around a mystical thrown that all pupils and teachers would be blown away by.

Handcrafted school furniture can give the added magic to tell a story from or just let the pupils use it as a treat for playground fun.

The Story teller chair was handcrafted from sustainably produced red wood timber treated with Tanalith E , giving the chair and table top a life span of around 25 year

All the team at Pendlewood got involved making the experience and playground magical.

Unfortunately most of our team were tied up on other Jobs on the day but Alan, Ainsley and Kim happily volunteered to come out of their warm beds on the early hours of a cold November morning to deliver and install the school playground equipment and to help out with various repairs.

They even let Alan Pendlewood loose with a screw gun and a paint brush!

The pupils, teachers and local community were all amazed with the Story teller chair and king Arthurs round table and in seeing their smile, the Pendlewood team could not have been happier.

Even in hard trading time’s business can make a big difference in the local community. As well as buinsesses like Pendlewood donating goods free of charge, local schools and nurseries can work in partnership by buying from local companies, creating local jobs for local people.

Thus helping our future generations thrive and prosper.

To see more information on Real Radio and the Breakfast Blag, please click here

Real Radio – The Big Breakfast Blag

Can Quality Outdoor Provision In Schools Improve Attendance?

Can Quality Outdoor Provision In Schools Improve Attendance? - Asks Terry Gould, experienced and respected early years and primary consultant.


From the moment the structure went up attendance went up with it !!  Children  began coming to school earlier to get more time on the challenging structure and guess what …it was many of the boys as well as  some of the girls. It hadn’t been planned as a strategy for boosting attendance and it wasn’t in any NPQH programme or Ofsted suggestion handbook but it worked. Now the school has a thriving playground area before school begins .It has further developed provision through the  introduction of  “wake up and shake up” sessions and a host of other activities and games designed to appeal; and that only take place before school. They have also included a huge performance stage area and a large shelter structure so that parents and siblings and children can shelter if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Could you think out of the box like this school did  and consider what you could do to your  invest in your outdoor area that might attract children into school a little earlier and not only will you be combating disaffection and improving attendance but also helping to keep the children fitter and healthier and probably happier  through greater amounts of physical exercise, challenge and enjoyment !!

“This case study goes to show the validity of  Pendlewood’ s claim  to be more that just a company supplying outdoor play products products but  an active partner in developing  outdoor spaces that really do support learning and development  in motivational and measurable ways ”  Alan Pendlewood Managing Director Pendlewood  

Terry will be now be writing a monthly BLOG  for the Pendlewood website every month. Next month it will be on “Powering ahead through developing  a quality, sustainable  EYFS outdoor learning environment” Through  a linked competition we will be giving away FREE  six of Terry’s  acclaimed book   “Effective Practice  in Outdoor Learning” which was recently given a prestigious  silver award by the Practical Pre-School  school organisation

If you would like your school to receive features from our next blog – please click HERE and send us your details


The Rhino

Pendlewood are pleased to support the campaign for Rhino preservation.

 One of Pendlewoods long standing street furniture ranges is named after this amazing endangered creature – The rhino.  So we as a street furniture manufacturer will be doing our bit to try and save this amazing creature.   A donation of a percentage of the profits from the Rhino range of street furniture will be donated to  

Please help save the Rhino by signing this powerful petition.

The rhino is being hunted into extinction and could disappear forever unless we act now. Shocking new statistics show 440 rhinos were brutally killed last year in South Africa alone — a massive increase on five years ago when just 13 had their horns hacked off.

European nations could lead the world to a new plan to save these amazing creatures but they need to hear from us first! Fuelling this devastation is a huge spike in demand for rhino horns, used for bogus cancer cures, hangover remedies and good luck charms in China and Vietnam. Protests from South Africa have so far been ignored by the authorities, but Europe has the power to change this by calling for a ban on all rhino trade — from anywhere, to anywhere — when countries meet at the next crucial international wildlife trade summit in July.

Let’s raise a giant outcry and urge Europe to push for new protections to save rhinos from extinction. When we reach 100,000 signers, our call will be delivered in Brussels, the decision-making heart of Europe, with a crash of cardboard rhinos. Every 50,000 signatures will add a rhino to the crash — bringing the size of our movement right to the door of EU delegates as they decide their position.

Sign the petition below then forward the link widely: So far this year one rhino has been killed every day in South Africa, home to at least 80% of the world’s remaining wild rhinos. Horns now have a street value of over $65,000 a kilo — more expensive than gold or platinum. The South African Environment Minister has pledged to take action by putting 150 extra wardens and even an electric fence along the Mozambique border to try and stem the attacks – but the scale of the threat is so severe that global action is required.

Unless we act today we may lose this magnificent and ancient animal species permanently. Some Chinese are loudly lobbying for the trade in horn to be relaxed, but banning the trade in all rhinos will silence them. With the EU’s leadership, we can bring these international gangsters to justice, put the poachers in prison, and push for public awareness programmes in key Asian countries — and end this horn horror show for good.

The Twister Range

The Twister Range continues to Grow…..

 Street furniture that is contemporary and surprisingly and works in all environments – from urban streets to woodland settings.

Hand crafted in Great Britain from sustainably produced upper gulf redwood timber.

The timber is impregnated with Tanalith E, an eco friendly wood preservative.

 This gives our products a long life span that can compete and even beat many of the exotichardwoods that are used in street furniture.

Many of these street seats and tables are being used in schools ,universities, parks and public spaces throughout the UK today.

So not just street furniture but educational street furniture.

 Robust and designed to survive and thrive in many environments.  A true eco friendly bench that will fit into any woodscape or landscape setting

 Public seating designed for parks, academies, school seating, forests, river settings, university seating, courtyards, public seating, Street furniture.

Pendlewood Charity Donation

Pendlewood are delighted to have donationed money to a local charity – The Birchwood Centre in Skelmersdale.

The Birchwood Centre provides  accommodation to Young People aged 16-25 years of age who are homeless, vulnerable and in need of support; helping them to develop and live happy, successful and independent lives

Get involved now at


Christmas Charity Donation


Pendlewood would like to thank all the staff for their personal contributions.

Pendlewood is very pleased to say that not only did the company make a generous donation,

but every single member of staff also made a personal contribution.


“Buy Cheap, Buy Twice”

As a child from the sixties, I remember the days of poor quality goods from China or South Korea, and as soon as you get them home – They Break!  Unfortunately this quality issue still remain, as many project managers and parents will find out over the festivities. But this issue is not just confined to the every day person trying to make their budgets stretch further,  as a major Brazilian mining giant found with a project involving a 400,000 ton iron ore carrier . Not quite a small toy!

The ship is part of the company’s35 ship order being built at Asian yards – a wildly ambitious multi-billion dollar plan by the (ousted) former chief executive, to cut freight costs.

On its maiden voyage, two of the ship’s ballast tanks cracked during the loading process and the grandly-named ‘Vale Beijing’ was taking on water in the balmy waters of northern Brazil. Engineers have concluded that both vessels needs major repairs. I wonder who will be paying for the repair bill. I am sure lawyers on both sides will be rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of a major international law suit.      To read more:

My Gran’s old saying “Buy cheap, buy twice” comes to mind.

The same can be said with street furniture and school playground equipment. Unfortunately there are many cheap imports flooding the European, UK and American markets.  Mainly copies of original works that were designed to a quality standard and made by quality companies that have been making products for the street furniture markets for years.

The only way to ensure quality and sustainability is to purchase off reputable companies based in travelling distance from you. You can then go and see the goods being designed and handcrafted, especially worthwhile on big budget schemes for school playgrounds or  street furniture projects.  Look for manufacturers who have a passion for what they do as they will usually offer better guarantees and back up services if any thing does go wrong. They are also within easy reach of your site, so can be with you within hours.

At Pendlewood street furniture and school playgrounds, we offer that level of service to all of our customers. They can visit our 18000 square foot workshops and see, feel and smell our handcrafted street furniture being designed and made.

We also offer a bespoke service where your design ideas can become reality. Bespoke street furniture and bespoke school playgrounds.

For School projects,  we are more than happy for pupils to visit.  We supply all the bob the builder hats and safety equipment. We even let them get “hands on” and put their own stamp on the project   – A truly personal touch,  from a truly personal company

Christmas Charity Donation

Pendlewood street furniture and school playgrounds have donated a considerable sum of money to the Shooting Star Hospice Charity as this years christmas charity Donation.

In light of the recent publicity with X Factor charity single ” Wishing On A Star ” and patron of The Shooting Star Childrens Hospice,  Simon Cowell raising awareness of this charity, we though it a suitable charity for this years donation.

Shooting Star CHASE is the children’s hospice service, supporting local families with a child or teenager not expected to reach their 19th birthday.

Please click here to donate this christmas and help a family and their children through the tough times ahead.

Shooting Star Donation


Pendlewood Quality Barge and Canal Boats



Pendlewood™ announce their latest expansion – Canal boat design and build. With eco credentials, our canal boats will be as fresh as the sea breeze.

Another dream is about to become reality for Alan Pendlewood, who remembers his Salford roots affectionately as they have shaped the man he is today, determined and creative.
As a boy he watched the large ships and barges sailing up the Manchester ship canal, delivering the raw materials from all over the world to Northwest factories and then returning the finished goods to all areas of the Globe. A time when British manufacturing was inspirational. He was inspired to one day Design and build his own barge .

This has become achievable because of the success of Pendlewood™ . A bespoke manufacturer of handcrafted and distinctive wooden furniture , along with large architectural pieces, founded in 1995 and winning the prestigious BIBA business awards 2010. Pendlewood has achieved its outstanding reputation for quality by sourcing only the finest timbers from sustainable forests and recycling quality timber, whilst training future artisans to carry on the British tradition of craftsmanship, Alan believes in apprenticeships and job creation.
From humble Salford roots, the reputation of Pendlewood™ craftsmanship, design and passion, has reached all levels of society and ages, from playgrounds countrywide to London’s financial district of Devonshire square , Pendlewood ™ will have liaised with a discerning clientele of elite Architects and designers.

Either your child will have played with or on one of their products and you will have rested on one of pendelwoods benches in the many public spaces where they have been installed . Even the worlds favourite street that launched television history , has a Pendlewood™ Emmavale bench. The stars of Coronation street, past and present have delivered many storylines whist sitting on this Street furniture .
With this experience, the founder of Pendlewood™ and his dedicated team of designers and master craftsmen are pleased to announce their new venture. Canal boat building.

With an eye on the future and their eco credentials, these vessels will break the back of traditional concepts .
These barges will have Eco keels giving low drag. This love of waterways and a boyhood dream will soon be reality and a Pendlewood™ barge will be cruising up Manchester ship canal and at the helm a proud Alan Pendlewood .That passion is now here and ready to be launched very soon.


Dream Street School Competition

My Dream street Sustrans competition

Pendlewood are pleased to work in conjunction with Sustrans and Red or Dead Founder Mark Hemmingway to spread the word that street furniture is cool.

Young adults and children either as individuals or as a school group are invited to enter the dream street competition to design their own street.

With  designs for street furniture, Street benches, Bespoke street furniture, Tree seats, Line markings or just a wild planting schemes coming through,

Pendlewood school playground and street furniture company are excited to see more weird and wonderful designs. I am sure there will be many more funky designs for street furniture coming through.

No matter how modern or traditional your street designs are, the chance to win £14,000.00 worth of prizes is as close as your imagination can get you.

Give your school the playground that you have always dreamed of by winning a Pendlewood outdoor classroom and / or a Pendlewood hissing sid snake bench.

For more information, please click the link below to be taken the  “my dream street” webpage