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IRO central to Isla’s sensory playground garden

IRO Timber featured on Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh and his team, helping transform a family garden into a magical playground area for the Simmons family.

Isla Simmons was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome when she was four months old. This is a rare neurological condition which causes severe seizures, varying degrees of learning disability and other issues, such as autism, mobility problems, speech difficulties and feeding problems.

The Simmons family were nominated to appear on the hit ITV show and saw their garden transformed into a magical sensory garden.

Rachael, Isla’s mum, said: “The decking is the centre point of the garden and its very own feature. The charcoal colour allows the greens in the plants to be shown off too.
“I’m over the moon with the shade of colour used and would highly recommend both the decking and the touch-up cream.”

Not only was IRO decking used for the central segment of the garden; it was incorporated into other elements of the play area too, ensuring a sleek and consistent look throughout.

Rachael added: “Juggling family life is hard enough without having a garden to keep on top of as well, but IRO’s low-maintenance properties mean we can juggle both. Any dirt is washed away with a hose and water and it looks brand new again!

IRO goes through a seven-step manufacturing process which includes heat enhancement and the application of a wood cream. This adds another layer of protection to the product and means it’s longer lasting than traditional timber decking.

Max Beats, Project Manager of Love Your Garden, said: “It was important for the team to find a decking product that was smooth and practical as safety was our number one priority, but within that we wanted the product to look good too.

“IRO decking was ideal for the job – it’s perfect for Isla’s mobility scooter and brought the whole garden together from a visual and practical point of view”

Rachael said: “We’ve had a lot of visitors since the garden was completed and the decking and paint have taken the footfall and the wheels on Isla’s equipment very well.”

James Brennan, Marketing Manager at IRO Timber, said: “We were thrilled to have supplied this product to another heart-warming project and even more pleased that both the Simmons family and the team at Love Your Garden found it perfect for the project.

“The feedback we’ve received since the episode aired has been unbelievable and we’re extremely proud to have been involved.”

If you have any questions about IRO, please email us at hello@irotimber.co.uk

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