10 things you didn’t know about the Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show: 100 years in pictures

1) The Chelsea Flower Show was originally called the Royal Horticultural Society’s Great Spring Show, and was held in 1862, at the RHS garden in Kensington. It was not until 1913 that the show moved to it’s current turf of the Chelsea General Hospital.

2) The flower show was cancelled during WW2 because the War Office needed the land for an anti-aircraft site. The show eventually returned in 1947.

3) 1926: the organisers decided to postpone the show due to the General Strike – it was held a week later.

4) Disaster struck in 1928 when a fierce storm hit the show the night before the grand opening. Hailstones blocked the drains of the marquees, causing serious flooding and damage but staff worked throughout the night and the show was opened as usual.

5) Today the exhibitors are inside a pavilion, but until 2000, they were housed under a giant marquee which was honoured in the Guinness Book of Records as the worlds largest tent. The old tent was later turned into 7,000 bags, aprons & jackets.

6) Paul Cooper’s ‘Cool and Sexy’ garden in 1994 has been remembered due to its controversial feature of a grille which blew jets of air up the skirts of unsuspecting women.

7) The longest-lived garden in Chelsea history is thought to be American Sherman Hoyt’s cacti garden in 1929. She donated the plants and their painted desert backdrop to Kew, who displayed the garden for over 50 years.

8) All the Flower Shows gardens are built from scratch in just 19 days and dismantled in only 5 days. Use our storage facilities to keep your belongings safe.

9) Until 2013, gnomes had been banned from the show – exhibitors would often try and smuggle them in.

10) In 2014 spectators at the show drank 1,150 glasses of champagne, 6,400 glasses of Pimms and 10,560 hot drinks and ate over 10,000 portions of fish and chips.

Have a look at our storage options available, you can keep your gnomes safe and sound in one of our many storage units!

Life changers: How to prepare for a baby and all their needs.

Not only is having a child a huge life moment, they also come with the need to create extra space around your home to fit in the new member of your family.

To remove any risk of accidents and to keep your child happily entertained, here are a few tips and tricks that would be a good start to guiding you through these special moments.

Out with the old and in with the new: creating new space
Before your baby arrives you’ll need to create extra space around your home, it may be that you need to change a bedroom into a playroom or a storage room into a bedroom. Take a look at our storage options available for those extra items you don’t need around your home – there is so much choice we’re sure there’s something there to help you out!

A baby encourages you to think about how you will store all those items you don’t want little fingers touching and how everything can be stored safety. Baskets high up on the walls or hanging baskets are a great and clever way to store toys with no risk of mess and saves even more space without the need for those dusty shelves!

Prepare for FUN!

Parents: put your creative hat on it’s half term, you’re going to need it. You’ll need to entertain the children so it’s vital that you have the kit to do fun things… why not route through your garage? You’ll no doubt have an old cardboard box! Check out these examples to give you some creative inspiration.

Children playing with cardboard box
Children playing with cardboard box car

De-cluttering is the key to a harmonious relationship.

We’re all guilty of ‘always being right’ but it seems that more than half of British couples living together regularly fight over just what constitutes clutter in the home.

Almost a clutter argument a week!

According to Anjula Mutanda, a relationship psychologist, an average of 32 rows a year are caused when co-habiting couples fight over rooms that are overloaded with possessions.

So what gives?

Anjula details that a typical couple will throw away approximately £240 of ‘stuff’ that either one or the other would rather keep – and this in the first year of living together.

And what typically has to go?

Men typically have to say goodbye to sports gear and women usually have to forego (what were once) precious sentimental items.

And Anjula’s advice…

“Inviting someone to live with you can feel a bit like being invaded by someone else’s belongings,” ………..“Any perceived violation of this by your partner can cause tensions – instead, try to negotiate as much as possible on what stays and goes, and be prepared to compromise.”


Alternatively, there’s always the opportunity to store items that ‘you just can’t bear to part with’ and Fortbox has the answer

Royal Baby Storage Issues????

So today is the day that we welcome our new Princess Charlotte into the world! Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their new addition to the royal family. Her official title is Princes Charlotte of Cambridge or Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, born at St Mary’s Hospital in London on May 2nd. The birth was announced by Kensington Palace earlier today.

This week will see London celebrating this momentous occasion by turning pink! The Tower Bridge, London Eye and Trafalgar Square fountain will be illuminated pink, and there will be a gun salute in Hyde Park and the Tower of London.

Apart from all of the ceremony and celebration that comes with a royal birth, at Fortbox, we started to think about just how many presents the new princess must be receiving. Can you even start to imagine? We know that a new baby girl usually gets spoilt rotten and lavished with lots of new toys, blankets, teddy bears and so many clothes! So for a royal princess, we assume that the number of gifts that she will receive will be quite mind boggling!

And assuming that the Duke and Duchess won’t be able to recycle anything from Prince George as it will all be blue, where do you think they will store all of his old clothes? Will they even store them for future use or will they just buy new if they did have another boy? Do they buy clothes for their babies or do their staff do it for them? Will they have kept some things for sentimental value? So many questions…….

Most parents will always face the problem of whether to recycle, store or donate old baby clothes. When babies grow up so quickly, the amount of vests, socks, trousers and tops they get through, never mind the bibs, is astounding! Most of us aren’t quite as fortunate as the royals who probably don’t face storage problems, so when it comes to trying to shoehorn the buggy, car seat, high chair, baby bouncer, trike, walking frame, play mat, changing table, cot, and goodness knows how much other baby paraphernalia, into the garage or loft, this is the time you may need to start thinking about self storage.

If you really think about it, by keeping all of these things safe for baby number 2 or 3 or even 4, will be cost effective, and you don’t need to clutter up your home or break your leg climbing into the attic.

If this sounds like a familiar situation to you, call us at Fortbox to get a quote for storing all of your baby items, until you are ready for the next one!