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Hardwood garden furniture 'a long-term investment'

01/11/2010 Those looking for ways to improve their outdoor space have been told that, while a hardwood garden furniture set can sometimes cost a little more than metal or plastic options, it is bound to be a worthwhile investment.

In a recent blog post, design expert Owen Jones said that popular hardwood varieties, such as oak, will withstand virtually any weather and, if it is well cared for, could last for several decades.

"Hardwood garden furniture is not cheap to buy … but if you take into account the joy that oak furniture will give and the fact that it will last for thirty years if you oil it or varnish it once or twice a year, it is pretty cheap certainly," he explained.

Mr Jones added that, in contrast, cheap plastic furniture may last just two or three years before a replacement set is needed.

Last week, the StylishEve blog suggested that, because of its natural composition, a hardwood garden furniture set is usually the best choice for those seeking patio items to complement their green space.

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