About Christine

Christine is Able Canopies' Marketing Assistant Manager and is an advocate of outdoor learning. She is a big fan of fundraising and is always looking for fresh fundraising and outdoor learning ideas to share.

Invite Authors for Remote Story Time Sessions

Summary: Invite local or upcoming authors to hold a remote story time session with your pupils Include a Q&A’s session for additional engagement and enthusiasm Make the most of your pupils’ interest by setting activities to complete afterwards Do you remember those days, when your pupils would be so excited that they’d be on their best behaviour because you’d organised someone to visit the school and talk to them? Those days are not a complete thing of the past. Whilst … Continue reading

The Most Popular Canopies of 2020

It’s officially here, we have the finalised list of the most popular canopies based on our canopy sales from 2020. If you are looking to invest in a shade and shelter structure and are unsure of what type of structure to choose, this post may help by showing the canopies that other schools and companies have been big fans of. In 2020, we supplied and installed over 30 different products from our range, with each of them installed multiple times … Continue reading

A Canopy So Big You Can See it From Space (Kind off)

Okay, so maybe you can’t see if from space, but it is visible from Google Earth and there’s no wonder, the canopy is a whopper! In 2016 we supplied and installed a 112 metre Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy at Mead Primary School in Romford and it has just come to our attention that it is visible from Google Earth even when zoomed out substantially. As shown in the photo above, the white line that you can see is the canopy … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | December 2020 | Issue 2.1

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We’ve almost made it to the end of 2020 I think I speak for almost everyone when I say it’s been a tough year! However, the kindness that has come from this year has proven that when times are hard, strangers really do rally round and do what they can to put a smile on others’ faces. The pandemic has shown whats important and what’s not and one of those things is still providing children with a safe place to … Continue reading

New: Modular Outdoor Classrooms

Have you spotted the new range we’ve added to our website? We’ve noticed a huge increase in demand for canopies with all the bells and whistles, so we have therefore added a whole new category for Modular Outdoor Classrooms to show the potential our canopies have when it comes to transforming your outside area and expanding your teaching space. Our modular outdoor classrooms consist of a selection of our most popular canopy systems with upgrades which include polycarbonate side and … Continue reading

Keep Parents Happy and Children Dry Whilst Dining Outside

You may have already read the article regarding a school in Manchester that received backlash as their pupils were eating lunch outside in the rain; Angry parents say children ‘treated like animals and made to eat in rain’ at school. I don’t know the full details so I cannot personally comment however, I am fully aware of the struggles teachers are experiencing whilst ensuring schools follow all social distancing guidelines, keeping all pupils confined to their own bubbles and teaching … Continue reading

Waiting Shelters for Veterinary Practices

Adhering to social distancing measures, whilst also seeing all the pets registered at your practice that require medical attention can be a tricky task to balance. From my experience, veterinary practices like doctor surgeries, always at full capacity – so how are you meant to keep your furry patients and their owners distanced? The best option in the current situation would be an outdoor shelter. Canopies provide shade and shelter from the weather to all those standing or sitting underneath. … Continue reading

Canopies for Chemists and Pharmacies

Pharmacies and chemists are vital services in every community across the country and during the cold and flu season, they can get extremely busy. With social distancing measures currently in place, it can be tricky keeping all customers spaced apart whilst they que for their prescriptions and purchases. Earlier this year I remember seeing the long ques outside the chemists’ as customers would wait to collect their prescriptions, not to mention the discussions on social media of how they didn’t … Continue reading

Outdoor Shelter for Doctor Surgeries and Dental Practices

Many Doctor Surgeries and Dentists are looking at ways they can welcome their patients whilst trying to minimise the spread of COVID-19 to both their patients and staff. During the summer, many practices provided outside seating areas which was a pleasant experience as patients could sit in the sunshine whilst also keeping a safe distance. However, with the welcome of the autumnal weather and with winter on its way, sitting outside doesn’t seem so enjoyable anymore. In order to keep … Continue reading

Covered Outdoor Waiting Areas for Healthcare Practices

Many healthcare settings such as doctor and dentist practices have fairly small waiting rooms which can only hold a handful of patients at a time given the 2-metre rule. This would have been fine during the summer months as some patients could wait outside however, as we are now in the colder, rainier months, more patients will be looking to book appointments; and they won’t be so keen on sitting outside whilst bearing the wintery elements. It’s important that patients … Continue reading