Bespoke Planters

Let Tinpot Alley accent your surroundings with our quality bespoke stainless steel and metal planters. Whether you’re a designer, business, or individual, we can provide a quality solution that’s just right for your needs. We offer a variety of metals and finishes along with powder coating and custom colour matching. We even offer laser inscriptions of your company logo or slogan for heightened brand awareness.

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Tinpot Alley specialises in the fabrication of custom decorative metal projects for indoor and outdoor spaces. Our clients have included Blackburn Rovers Football Club, John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, Channel 4’s Great Garden Challenge and The Sheraton Hotel at Heathrow. If you would like your next project completed by a reliable and experienced company with a love for the work they do, contact us today and we’ll happily get things started.

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You can quickly scroll through a selection of planters below or take a look at our portfolio which has some larger pictures that you can drag around in your browser. (Hit ctrl-f5 to reload.)

About Tinpot Alley

Tinpot Alley provides bespoke home decorative and architectural sheet metal fabrication services for designers and individuals alike. By all means, take a wander around to see what kind of work we can do. Even if you don’t see something along the lines of what you’re after, it’s well worth getting in touch, as we’re generally able to sort something out.

When is a metal planter not right?
When it comes to choosing a container for your garden there are a myriad to choose from. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. As well as all the colours under the rainbow. Also, they can be made from a wide range of materials, making it difficult to know which is the best. There are advantages and disadvantages for most of them, but let's consider two of the most popular. Metal and plastic containers tend to be the container of choice for a great many people. With metal being a very trendy option at present. On the surface it appears to be a durable material to choose. But there are a number of reasons why such a choice should be carefully weighed up. Because metal is not always good for the garden.

The problems associated with metal containers

There's no denying that metal containers can be a very attractive and decorative choice. They are extremely hard-wearing and it's highly unlikely they will chip or crack. However, little insulation is provided and they tend to heat up very quickly. Both of which can be serious problems for the roots inside. The soil will freeze easily and also dry out. Both of which can cause serious damage to the roots. You also need to be aware that metal will not provide any drainage and holes will need to be drilled in the bottom of the container to allow excess water to escape. Weight is another consideration to bear in mind because some metal containers can be exceedingly heavy. And when filled with soil and plants it will be difficult to move them.

Plastic containers could be a better option

We're not champions of any kind of plastic container but there are certain times when they have their advantages. To start with plastic is very versatile and can be made to look like many other materials, without the associated cost. They are also available in the complete spectrum of colours. It's a cheap material to use, which is why most plants, when bought from a commercial grower, come in a plastic container. There are few restrictions regarding shape and size, when it comes to making plastic containers and are light and easy to move around. There are, however, problems associated with plastic containers too. How many times have you read about plastic being a problem when it comes to disposal. The oceans are swimming with it, it doesn't degrade so can't be put in landfills, it can be recycled but the process is very expensive, the list goes on. Unfortunately, plastic doesn't hold up well when it's exposed to sunlight, water and high temperatures. Certain type of plastic can leach very toxic chemicals into the soil, many of which are hazardous to humans. Before you spend any money on plastic containers be sure to check the underside where there are numbers marked that indicate the type of plastic it is made from. The safest for growing edible plants are 1,2,4 and 5. So there you have it. Both metal and plastic have benefits, but they also have their issues too. It really depends on what you are looking for, the type of plants you will be planting, the location of the containers and what kind of style you're trying to create in your garden.
Beware The Tupperware Wicker Man

You might be wondering why there’s been very little mention of what’s been happening at Butler Sheetmetal and Tinpot Alley as of late.

Whilst you might be right in thinking that an ocean is quite a barrier to internal company communication, it’s had more to do with the fact that I’ve misplaced the lead to my camera and am unable to upload any of the pictures I took before I left. Either that or the dogs have been flossing with it.

In the absence of a photographic crutch I’ll just have to fall back on that other trusty canvas - wordplay.

Last month saw the Trawden Garden Festival take place for however many times it’s taken place, but this year was the first time that my sister and John had taken part. Now Trawden is a funny place owing to it being a village, albeit a rather sizeable one. And, as with all villages, it’s a law unto itself.

The Trawden Garden Festival’s main thrust is a scarecrow competition where all the natives make a scarecrow of some description and plonk it in their front garden for all and sundry to see as they drive through. Ideally your scarecrow should be a character, but so long as your Blue Peter skills are finely honed then you should be OK. Although, this past couple of years, they’ve received grants to run scarecrow building workshops.

Unfortunately, the website for the event hasn’t been updated properly for this year’s competition so I’ll just show you an older picture instead of the type of thing we’re talking about.

Michael Jackson?

Whilst Amanda and John - well Amanada and the kids - built a scarecrow Geronimo for their own display, they also entered the container competition with one of our rusty planters, which, like I mentioned before, I don’t have a picture of.

It managed to romp home in first place smashing all the other entrants to all four corners of the village.

Well two corners of the village seeming there were only three entries to the competition including John’s.

But, as they say, you have to be in it to win it.

Plantpots and Bomb Plots

Stainless steel planter ribbed

Here’s something I’ve managed to resurrect from the Tinpot Alley stainless steel planters archive. (By that I mean that I’ve found an old lead to download pictures off my camera!)

There would’ve been more but some over zealous security chap prevented me from doing so in case I was casing the joint to bomb it. I’m sure after five days of worthless exhibiting I may have felt suitably miffed, but when you’ve had a big sign saying Tinpot Alley and most of your business cards handed out, I doubt if I’d have gotten away with it.

You may recall the collective Butler Sheetmetal Ltd breakdown that took place trying to get organised for that damn Canary Wharf exhibition. Well this picture proves that it was more than worth being plonked in the middle of an underground mall whilst most people stole pebbles, booted the balls and vented their fury at us for the poor state of the ‘garden show’ in general.

Although, we did manage to flog one of the bay trees. It would’ve been two, but the guy would’ve struggled carrying them both on the tube.

John’s become very philosophical about the whole affair and his twitch is hardly noticeable as he mutters ‘You live and learn’, or ‘Just put it down to experience.’

Anyway, the above ribbed stainless steel planter was by far and away the crowd favourite from a planter and plant perspective - until the price was mentioned, of course. (For the record, it’s a John design   )

No wonder we try and stick to bespoke.