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North Spas Go West

When North Spas won the inaugural Arbordeck Awards back in 2018, the company’s prize included a four-day trip for two people to the US capital, Washington DC – complete with a visit to the Trex University in Virginia. North Spas directors Davy and Heather Mason have recently returned from their… Read More

Behind the scenes at the Arbordeck Awards

Simon Thomas receiving the Best of Trex award at the Arbordeck Awards 2019

This year saw dozens of entries to the expanded Arbordeck Awards, with Simon Thomas Decking taking the coveted ‘Deck of the Year’ award for his Bryntirion project. We caught up with Arbordeck Awards judge Alan Hodkinson to learn more about how the judging panel came to their decision. The secret… Read More

Simon Thomas Carpentry scoops ‘Best of Trex®‘ at the 2019 Arbordeck Awards

Simon Thomas Bryntirion decking project

Swansea-based Simon Thomas Carpentry has taken the top prize at the 2019 Arbordeck Awards, with its Bryntirion project named as ‘Best of Trex®‘ thanks to the striking star design and lighting features. The project gained the attention of our judges due to the unique central star design on the 30m2… Read More

Arbordeck Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

Arbordeck Awards shortlist announced

Yet again the Arbordeck Awards have proved to be a resounding success, with dozens of entries from decking installers the length and breadth of the country – and we’re proud and excited to reveal the 2019 category shortlists. The judges have narrowed down the shortlist to 15 installers across the… Read More

Trex: Our match made in eco-friendly heaven

Red accessories used alongside the grey tones of Trex Island Mist decking

As the desire for decking continues to grow, so does the public’s demand for sustainable products. Fortunately, we’re able to offer customers the perfect combination of the two, in the form of Trex composite decking, which offers a low maintenance decking solution. And not only is Trex low maintenance, it’s… Read More

Softwood and composite – can’t we all just get along?

Timber vs composite decking

The timber industry has long framed the landscaping market as a conflict between more traditional, earthy softwood decking and low-maintenance wood-effect composite options. As suppliers of both Arbordeck timber decking products and Trex Transcend and Trex Enhance composite decking, we’re ideally placed to settle this question once and for all…. Read More

It’s your last chance to enter the 2019 Arbordeck Awards


With a record number of entries already in all categories and the submissions deadline for 2019 Arbordeck Awards entries on Friday 27th September fast approaching, preparations for the ceremony are underway, and we’re taking a look back at last year’s award-winners. Scooping the top prize of Best of Trex in… Read More

How to make your deck shine for the Arbordeck Awards

Northspa's peffer showcase

We’re delighted to be bringing back the Arbordeck Awards this year, and as submissions start to ramp up, we’re sharing some top tips for creating a successful entry – and who better to give advice than 2018 Best of Trex winner, North Spas? Here, North Spas’ managing director Davy Mason… Read More

Sustainability in the garden

Collecting rain water in a barrel

Our gardens may feel like our own connections to nature, but are they as green as we think they are? With issues related to global warming dominating the news recently, we explain how you can make your garden as environmentally friendly as possible. Minimising water wastage Hosepipes use an average… Read More

3 reasons to Enhance your deck

Outdoor lounge decking area with integrated planter using Trex Enhance Calm Water

Earlier this year, we announced the expansion of our Trex decking collection to include the Enhance Basics and Enhance Naturals ranges, adding six new colour options to suit any outdoor space and budget. UK homeowners and businesses understand the benefits of Trex Transcend decking – and not just its durability… Read More

A professional’s guide to creating a beautiful outdoor space

Lucy's Garden - Royal Norfolk Show Garden 2019

As summer fast approaches, we asked Lucy from Lucy’s Garden, a Norfolk-based gardening services business, for her top tips on how to create the perfect outdoor space to suit you. Gardens are an extension of our homes and should offer a multipurpose space, where we can relax, dine and unwind…. Read More

Announcing the bigger and better Arbordeck Awards

The Arbordeck Awards 2019 Logo

Last year we invited decking installers from across the UK to show off their best work in the inaugural Arbordexperts Installer Awards. Newcastle-based hot-tub and Trex® decking specialists North Spas took the crown, with their inventive and beautiful Peffer project being named as Best Trex Deck – as well as… Read More

How to create an eco-friendly garden

Plastic bottle being used as a planter

More than ever before, we’re being urged to be more environmentally friendly. From food waste to energy consumption, the UK population is trying to make more responsible choices within the household – but how can you do your bit for the environment in your outdoor space? Ponds When it comes… Read More

Gardens across the world

Deck using Trex RainEscape® Deck Drainage System

We’re sure if you’ve been abroad you’ve marvelled at the buildings and how they differ from ours here in the UK, but have you ever stopped to look at the different ways people use their garden space overseas? Cultural differences are apparent in gardens as well as architecture, and it’s… Read More

Your deck and colour: Taking inspiration from Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Red accessories used alongside the grey tones of Trex Island Mist decking

With longer days and warmer weather, spring is definitely in the air. That means it’s the perfect time to plan ahead for summer: you may already have picked your ideal decking, so now it’s time to look at ways to get it ready for the sunny weather to come. Whether… Read More

Building an all-weather deck

North Spa with Trex decking and canopy

In the UK, we experience around 106 days of rainfall on average each year, leaving just 259 days to make the most of our gardens! Gardening and spending time in your own outdoor space are proven to carry both physical and mental health benefits, but with more than 100 days… Read More

Trex-panding our composite decking collection

Trex Enhance Naturals in Calm Water

The first signs of spring are starting to show and as the days get longer and the sun starts to feel a little warmer, many people are already starting to dream of a brand new deck. And for anyone planning on upgrading their garden this spring, we have good news:… Read More


ProLandscapers awards - we've been shortlisted

We’re proud to have been shortlisted in the prestigious Pro Landscaper Business Awards! The awards highlight the landscape industry’s best companies, rewarding those which are raising the standard of the UK landscaping sector, including designers, suppliers, landscapers, and arboriculturalists. We’re in contention for the Supplier of the Year category, which… Read More


Northspa's peffer showcase

The long hot summer of 2018 meant that plenty of people were able to enjoy some quality time out on the decking, and we’re expecting to see plenty of homeowners and businesses looking to revamp their outdoor space if they missed out last year. In fact, the decking trend isn’t… Read More


Winner of Arbordexperts award shaking hands with Sarah Francis

If you’ve been following the Arbordexperts Installer Awards, you’ll know that North Spas took the ‘ Best of Trex ’ title with the phenomenal ‘Peffer’ project near Gateshead. North Spas impressed the judges with the creative use of Trex decking in this multi-level project, and the company’s directors, Davy and… Read More


Arbordexperts awards winner announced

Newcastle-based North Spas has scooped the top prize at the first ever Arbordexperts Installer Awards after the company’s Peffer project was named ‘Best of Trex’, impressing with its raised level deck, complete with stairs, lighting and a central hot tub. ‘North Spas’ Davy Mason will be whisked away for a… Read More


Arbordexperts Installer Awards

Earlier this year we launched the Arbordexperts Installer Awards: a chance for Trex® installers across the UK to celebrate their best work, whether their decks were large or small, residential or commercial projects, and those tricky design challenges. Six months later and we’re just a few days away from crowning… Read More


Lucy's garden's big win at the royal Norfolk show

We were delighted to hear that Trex® decking made an appearance in a multi-award-winning show garden at the Royal Norfolk Show. Designed by local garden designer Lucy’s Garden, in collaboration with landscape gardener Darren Barnes of Kingdom Landscapes, the show garden took home three accolades, including the Gold Medal prize,… Read More

Arbordexperts Trex Installer Awards:

Meet the Arbordexpert Judges

There’s still time to enter the Arbordexperts Trex Installer Awards, with two months left to submit your decks for consideration. To give you some tips, we’ve asked our judges exactly what they’re looking for from the entries. Read on to find out! ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ We’re lucky enough to have a diverse… Read More

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