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How to enjoy the outdoors this winter

It’s easy to see winter as a miserable time of year. It’s dark when you wake up in the morning and already dark when you leave work in the evening. What’s more, the weather is cold wet and windy and it’s much easier to pick up colds and coughs.

When you look at winter this way, it’s tempting to stay indoors 24/7 and not venture outside until the first signs of spring appear. However, this would be a mistake, as for every negative feature of winter there’s a positive to match and there’s still plenty of fun things you can do outside.

How to enjoy the outdoors this winter

How to enjoy the outdoors this winter

Here are a few ideas for how you can make the most of the outdoors over the next few months.

Sample nature’s beauty 
You’ll need to wrap up warm, but going for a walk in the countryside during winter can be a really rewarding experience. There’s a bleak beauty about the rural landscape at this time of year, with the trees striped of their leaves and frost glistening on the ground.

What’s more the cold weather will keep a lot of people away, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy the environment in the peace and quiet nature intended.

Let it snow
After Christmas, the best thing about winter is snow. Yes it can cause havoc with the roads and transport for a day or two, but there’s something magical about the white stuff, especially if you’ve got young children.

Whether it’s snowball fights, sledding or snowmen, there’s no shortage of fun things to do outdoors when it snows.

Keep gardening
Many people say goodbye to their garden in the winter months, but this needn’t be the case. Winter is an ideal way to prepare your outdoor space for the year ahead by planting new greenery, digging new flower beds and adding new elements to the garden such as a water feature or shade sail.

Could east Asian genes help to cure skin cancer?

We’re committed to sun safety here at Shaded Nation and always like to hear about the latest research being undertaken to beat skin cancer.

As a result, we were very interested to learn about a new study that has suggested the genes of east Asian people could hold the secret to developing a treatment for the disease.

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University in the US have been investigating this link due to the fact east Asian people are far less susceptible to skin cancer than Europeans despite having a similar skin colour, the Conversation reports.

Could east-Asian genes help to cure skin cancer?

Could east-Asian genes help to cure skin cancer?

The scientists found 220 in every million Europeans contract the disease, while the figure is just 13 for east Asians. This is only slightly higher than the ten per million recorded among African people, who are more protected from the sun due to their darker skin.

In a bid to discover the reasons behind east Asians’ resistance to skin cancer, the researchers took DNA samples from the Orang Asli, an indigenous Malaysian tribe whose remote way of life means their gene pool has not been mixed with people of other races.

However, to continue their study the scientists need to collect more DNA from similarly isolated populations and are currently trying to build relations with the Kalinago people, who live on an undeveloped island within the Commonwealth of Dominica, in the hope of taking voluntary samples from the group.

“Finding the genes responsible for east Asians’ skin colour will kick off a new phase in melanoma research.

“We can compare the mechanisms and pathways of pigmentation in east Asians and Europeans, which can help find how melanoma occurs and drive the development of new treatments like gene therapy,” the researchers stated.

This is certainly an intriguing study and it will be interesting to see how it develops and hopefully it will help scientists to develop new skin cancer treatments and maybe even a cure.

How are shade sails being used across the UK and beyond?

One of the best things about shade sails is their sheer versatility. These adaptable structures can be used for a wide variety of purposes and that is reflected by the diverse client base we cater to here at Shaded Nation.

Whether it’s large outdoor events or just a family home, we’re experienced at providing either bespoke or ready-made shade solutions for all sorts of customers. Here is a rundown of some of the most common ways our shades have been used in the UK and beyond.

A look at the various ways shade sail structures can be used.

A look at the various ways shade sail structures can be used.

Outdoor events
All manner of outdoor events are able to make use of the shelter provided by a shade sail. Whether it’s a music festival, sporting occasion or village fete, these structures can really serve to enhance a day out.

As well as providing a space in which people can relax out of the sun and other elements, they can be used as ideal space to locate food and refreshment stalls and other facilities that need cover from the weather.

Retail and hospitality 
Our shade structures are commonly used in both the retail and hospitality industries. Shops are able to use them as a means of creating additional, outdoor space in which they can display their wares.

Meanwhile, restaurants, cafes, pubs and other hospitality venues use our shades to create sheltered al fresco dining areas. The semi-permanent nature of our products makes them ideal for this purpose as they can be taken down during the winter and then reassembled in the spring when demand for outdoor eating and drinking returns.

One of the most popular uses for our products is in the education sector. We have installed shade sails for schools, nurseries, day care centres and youth clubs and they can be used in a variety of ways.

For example, extending a shade structure onto the side of a building is an affordable way to create an outdoor classroom. We also regularly install playground shades, meaning kids can enjoy being outside without being exposed to the elements.

Shade structures can also fulfill more practical purposes such as providing a covered storage space for outdoor furniture or other school equipment.

It isn’t just schools and businesses that can make use of a shade sail structure, as we also cater for strong demand from residential customers.

There are more potential uses for a shade in the home then you might think. For example, they can be used to cover a koi pond, shelter a child’s sandpit, or simply create a relaxed and shaded spot in which you can sit and enjoy your garden. Shade structures can even be used as an affordable way to create a car port.

We have products to suit all household budgets and can provide ready-made or bespoke shades depending on your preference.

Not sure we will be able to provide a shade sail structure for your specific needs? We’ve years of experience in the industry and the chances are we will have created something similar in the past. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss whatever it is you have in mind.

Take a look at our DIY shade sails

Do you think you could benefit from installing a shade sail structure but are put off by the idea of a time-consuming and expensive installation process?

If so, there’s no need to worry as our DIY shade sails will be ideal for you. These canopies are surprisingly easy to set up and can be installed by just two people in a relatively short space of time.

DIY Shade Sail Structures

DIY Shade Sails

You have a wide range of shades to choose from, all of which provide the perfect blend of style and substance. Click on this page’s links to begin exploring the products we have on offer and decide which one takes your fancy.

All of our shade structures can be dispatched within a working day of placing an order, meaning you can have it set up and ready to use in no time at all.

If you’re interested in a DIY shade structure but aren’t sure you’ll be able to manage the installation we can help. Our comprehensive fitting guide is easy to read and will take you through the process every step of the way.

Want even more information? Give us a call or email and our experienced team will be more than happy to offer

Shaded protection all year round

Need a shade sail structure that can be put to use all year round? Then look no further.

Our permanent shade range provide the reliability and durability necessary to be used all year long, offering protection against sun, wind and rain.

Shade Sails Structure

Shade Sails for your home or business

Available in waterproof, fire-retardant and commercial-grade heavy-duty 340gsm fabric, these shade sails are tough enough to survive the majority of what the 12-month calendar can throw at them.

Even though they are built with all-year use in mind, our products can still be easily demounted should you choose to – something that isn’t possible with many other permanent shade sail structures.

If a shade is going to be used all year long, maintenance is particularly important. Luckily for you keeping our shades in good working order is incredibly easy.

All that’s required is cleaning with some water and mild detergent and regular re-tensioning. If you’re not sure how to do this we’ll happily provide some guidance to set you on your way.

Have you decided which of our permanent shades you’d like to invest in? Place your order today and it will be installed within no more than six weeks. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the process or our shades in general.