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

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

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

Canopies with Automated Fire Sprinklers

Assessing risk within schools in always top of the list when investing in new facilities and equipment. All risks are of course important, and the risk of fire is particularly paramount due to the devastation and emotional impact on all involved with the school. A fire within the building can cause the loss of school equipment, pupil’s work and teachers’ resources and plans which are there as a result of years of hard work. That’s without even mentioning the risk … Continue reading

Plant Power: Planting Flowers & Vegetables in Schools

Schools have been doing it for years; sending their pupils home with a sunflower plant that they’ve grown from seed however, have you ever thought about growing flowers or vegetables with your pupils on a larger scale? There’s lots of ways you can go about it depending on the usable outdoor space you and your pupils have access to, and it’s important to ensure that whatever way you do decide to go about it, that every pupil can take part. … Continue reading

Tensile Canopies: Fun, Bright, Safe and Strong

It’s no secret that the last year has highlighted the importance of time spent outdoors; it’s safer compared to time spent indoors when it comes to avoiding viruses, it has a positive impact on our mental health and it keeps our physical bodies healthy too. So, what better time is there than now to improve your outdoor area and transform it into a pleasant space that can be enjoyed all year round, no matter what the weather has to offer. … Continue reading