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.

Cash Boost for Apprenticeships

Job security and the survival of companies in all sectors including construction have been at risk since the pandemic begun almost 18 months ago. Many companies are now starting to come out of the other end whilst some are still fighting their way through. If you are one of those companies that are seeing work pick up and find yourself needing more staff to handle the extra workload, have you considered employing an apprentice? The UK Government have announced that … Continue reading

Beat the Rain and Safeguard Your Plans

Make sure your event goes ahead whatever the weather. The weather so far this summer has been a varied mix of just about everything with a little sunshine thrown in here and there. However, it’s the time of year when we’re all making plans outside, and yet it seems most plans are being rained off last minute due to the unpredictability of the weather. Beat the Rain and Safeguard Your Plans There is a way that you can safeguard your … Continue reading

New RIBA Approved CPD: Bringing the Inside Out

When it comes to working on a project, there’s so many products to specify and it helps if you know a little about each of them. That’s why we’ve created our latest CPD called ‘Bringing the Inside Out’ which is fully approved by RIBA. The CPD is an easy to follow 23-minute online learning video so you can watch it in your own time at your own pace. It is currently only available to watch online via the RIBA website, … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Add Canopies to Your Projects

When it comes to designing new buildings and landscapes for your clients, the ultimate goal (besides the artistic design) is to create an environment that is convenient, comfortable and enjoyable to be within. That’s why it’s well worth considering the addition of canopies in your concept design. Weather protection may not seem like a big issue however, providing cover from the weather over entrances, storage areas, outdoor dining benches and sales areas, makes the outdoor tasks much more enjoyable and … Continue reading

Reducing Waste in a Construction Workplace

As the years go on, new research continues to be published that makes the need to recycle and reduce waste more and more fundamental for the sake of our environment and wildlife. Many companies are starting to make big changes, particularly those in the construction industry, partly due to the UK governments target of Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We have therefore put together a list of ways that you can reduce waste in the workplace which will … Continue reading

5 Benefits of Gardens in Care Settings

With the summer in full swing and the current COVID-19 situation, spending time outside has never been so popular. We’ve therefore outlined five of the greatest benefits that a canopy brings to care settings when paired with a therapy or nature garden. Socialising Outside is Safer Right now, it’s safer to spend time with others outside making your residents, staff and visitors feel much safer and at ease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “Indoor spaces … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | June 2021 | Issue 2.3


Summer is finally in full swing and time spent outside has never been more enjoyable, whether that be for recreation or taking lessons outside in schools. This edition of Play & Learn Outdoors is packed full with all the inspiration and ideas you need for teaching your pupils outside in the fresh air and raising those much needed funds for your school. So take a break, sit back, relax with a cuppa and have a read. Hopefully you’ll be able … Continue reading

Let’s Collaborate on NBS Chorus

We have been members of the NBS for quite a few years now and if you are too, then you will know all about their switch over to NBS Chorus. We’ve been looking into the changes and can only see it as a really positive move forward. If you have a membership with the NBS, you can now invite us to collaborate with your projects. NBS have a plugin which is supported by the leading CAD programmes such as Autodesk … Continue reading

Wyvern Pupils Enjoy the Outdoors Whatever the Weather

Pupils at The Wyvern School in Ashford, Kent are now enjoying spending time outside all year round thanks to the 153 sqm of canopies they had installed in April by Able Canopies Ltd. The Wvyern School is a special school for children with profound, severe and complex needs from the age of 3 through to 19. To provide their pupils with the best possible outdoor setting, they contacted Able Canopies with the hope to install two canopies within their school … Continue reading

Free Trees for Your School Via the Queens Green Canopy

To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, a tree planting initiative named ‘The Queens Green Canopy’ has been created which invites people from across the United Kingdom to plant a tree for the Jubilee. The initiative welcomes everyone including individuals, Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates to take part in enhancing our environment by planting trees from October when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee Year in … Continue reading