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.

If You’re Quick, You Can Still Bag a Summer Canopy Installation

If you’ve recently received a canopy quotation from us and you would like your canopy installed in the summer holidays, there is still time but hurry, we’re almost fully booked! The cut-off date to place your order is 17th July, this is so that we can get your canopy components delivered well in time for your installation to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you have any questions regarding your installation, or would like to give us some feedback, please contact … Continue reading

The Increasing Demand for Alfresco Dining

How Architects and Contractors can help their clients make the right choices when it comes to cover from the weather In recent years, alfresco dining has become extremely popular with UK residents opting for an outdoor lifestyle, particularly in the warmer months. This has seen an increase is demand for restaurants, pubs, café’s, hotels and holidays parks to provide outdoor spaces where their visitors can relax and enjoy spending time outside with family and friends. It’s a familiar picture; on a hot summers’ … Continue reading

Feedback Friday: Contractors and Architects that Would Recommend us

We rarely approach the contractors and architects we work with for feedback as we know you’re all extremely busy however, we are sometimes lucky enough to still receive some fantastic comments which I wanted to share with you today. If you haven’t worked with us before, please do have a read through hand hopefully when you next have a project that includes a shade and shelter structure, we will be top of your list for a quote. If on the other … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | June 2020 | Issue 1.9

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As I’m writing this, the sun is shining and it feels like summer has well and truly settled in. The last few months have been tough for many of us across the world and we’re here to try and offer some lighter content and positivity. In the June edition of Play and Learn Outside, you will notice a couple of appearances from our very own superhero Shade Man and his latest offer which is exclusive to schools and nurseries. We have been very busy … Continue reading

Architect Newsletter: Outside Comfort Zone (May 2020)

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Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of Outside Comfort Zone; your quarterly dose of building design solutions for you and your clients. This months’ issue brings you a selection of solutions to help your clients adapt to the new normal and a big Kier project we recently completed in five phases over six months. We also discuss the big upgrade UK holiday park owners are making to the facilities on their sites. Read the full newsletter here: OCZ Spring 2020 We’re sorry, your … Continue reading

Extending Dining Space with Canopies for Social Distancing

With the prospect of children gradually being introduced back into schools, Headteachers are looking for ways to extend specific spaces such as those where children will gather. One of those places is the school dining hall. You may think the most obvious option to achieve this would be to extend your school building however, that would be extremely costly, and the timeframe would too slow. A much more cost-effective option that will work perfectly with your time frame is a … Continue reading

Hand Sanitation Canopies for Schools, Colleges, Universities and Nurseries

The general public’s hygiene has improved significantly since the beginning of the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak which can only be a good thing. However, encouraging, or reminding others to wash their hands is still necessary, particularly in educational environments with children from a young age right up to their teens. That’s where our hand sanitation canopies come in; if you’re having outdoor hand washing stations installed to ensure all students, teachers and visitors wash their hands before entering the school building, … Continue reading

6 Ways to Raise School Funds During a Lockdown

The current situation has no doubt had a huge impact on your fundraising plans and therefore your funding levels. However, instead of putting your plans on-hold, have you thought about changing them? The COVID-19 pandemic has taught a lot of people, in a lot of different situations to be creative and find alternative ways of achieving their goals. So, how can you raise funds whilst adhering to social distancing during and after a lockdown? Here’s a few ideas to get … Continue reading

How to Make a Miniature Pond in Five Easy Steps

It’s fair to say that the current times have taught us a lot of things and just one of those is that it’s important, more now than ever that we make the most of our outside spaces at school and at home. As an added bonus, if we’re able to get creative within our outside space, it will have a positive impact on our children’s (and our own) mental health as well as a it being a great learning tool and … Continue reading

3 Ways a Canopy Can Help with Social Distancing

Canopies for Social Distancing

I’ve been thinking about ways that the human race may change once this pandemic is over and how we will view things differently. I think most of us have decided to appreciate the little things that it turns out are really the big things, and I also think we’ll all be a little more hygiene conscience along with a lot of other things. So, from this, I feel like we may want to keep a little distance from strangers because … Continue reading