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Pop Nature Into Your Life!

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that our planet has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years. It feels like we’re bombarded almost daily by the tragic news about what we are doing to the natural environment.

William (Billy) Reilly is a 30-year serial entrepreneur originally hailing from beautiful Niagara Falls, Canada and is on a mission to change things for the better.

Through Pop-Up Garden wildlife habitats for birds, bees and butterflies, Pop-Up Garden gives people the chance to encourage wildlife back to their gardens, balconies and especially into their lives.

Billy moved from Canada to the UK over 12 years ago after enjoying a successful ice hockey and coaching career as well as achieving his Shotokan karate black belt at the University of Toronto.

In the UK, Billy set-up a green construction recycling business called the Green Grinder for large new build construction sites in London. It was at these inner city sites that Billy became aware of the lack of indigenous wildlife habitats in urban environments. As a result, he decided to come up with solutions that would be suitable for most homes, even where space is limited to a tiny balcony or a small yard.

Like many Canadians, Billy has had a passion for protecting the natural environment from a very early age. This passion combined with his great interest in design, has resulted in the creation of The Pop-Up Garden.

Ice hockey, karate and coaching have taught him many things such as discipline, determination, and a can-do attitude and a desire to succeed. But above all, it has taught him the value of teamwork and the idea that collectively we can make a difference and achieve almost anything, even when faced with overwhelming odds.

Billy’s ethos was to not only offer great products, but “products with a conscience”. Pop-Up Garden has teamed up with the International wildlife charity Buglife who will receive a wholesale royalty from all Pop-Up Garden products sold to support Buglife’s efforts To Save The Planet.

Through the Pop-Up Garden enterprise, Billy is bringing a fresh/hip new approach to nature by adding style and function to the design of much needed habitats.

Product Advantages

Here you will find information on how we believe our products are better than similar products currently on the market. Click each category to expand and read more.

Bird Houses

Inside of the Bird House is white and there are no toxic chemicals such as paint or stains to poison the birds.

PP plastic is non-toxic, waterproof, static free and the channeled PP plastic provides insulation for the chick but not over heating them.

Different birds like different shades of colours. Bright colours indicate food, health and foliage found in the garden.

Dark colours such as camouflage colours of grey, brown, dull green, as found in the Nature Series, attract birds with nervous temperaments.

Bird House size as specified by the RSPB.

Retractable roof entry for annual cleaning.

Front opening predator protection plates included (3 different sized opening plates to attract different birds – 25mm, 32mm & 40mm).

Optional raised internal floor (a box within a box for smaller species).

Internal front chick climbing mesh for easy exit.

Bottom air/drainage holes for healthy air circulation and to keep mould and mildew from multiplying.

No perch as specified by the RSPB.

No sharp edges or splinters.

All mounting hardware is included.

Front roof is extended for water and predator protection and to shade the interior on hot days.

Easy to assemble and matching flower boxes are available to complete a garden set.

A wholesale royalty goes to BugLife for every box sold and Corporate Investor in Nature Programme is available to all retailers based on volume.

Point of sale displays are available.

Butterflies

Inside of the Butterfly Box is white and there are no toxic chemicals such as paint or stains to poison the butterflies.

BugLife specified box size.

PP plastic is non-toxic, waterproof, easy to clean, static free and the channeled PP plastic provides insulation for the butterflies but not over heating them.

Butterflies are attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat topped or clustered similar to the graphics on the Butterfly Box.

Internal back wall nylon mesh allows for butterflies to roost.

Butterfly food sponge included (soak in 4 part water/1 part sugar) to attract butterflies and pollinators.

Roof opens and the Butterfly Box can be washed out annually.

Bottom air/water holes to allow for air circulation and water/moisture removal.

All mounting hardware is included.

Easy to assemble instructions.

A wholesale royalty goes to BugLife for every box sold and Corporate Investor in Nature Programme is available to all retailers based on volume.

Point of sale displays are available.

Bees

Inside of the box is white and there are no toxic chemicals such as paint or stains to poison the bees.

BugLife Specified Bee Hotel including 16 reusable nesting tubes.

PP plastic is non-toxic, waterproof, easy to clean annually, static free and the channeled PP plastic provides insulation for the bees but not over heating them.

Closed back which prevents a wind tunnel effect through nesting tubes.

Internal front wire mesh for predator protection.

Bees are attracted to bold colors (black & yellow) similar to the graphics on the Bee Hotel.

Roof opens and bee nesting tubes and holder can be cleaned out annually.

All mounting hardware is included.

Easy to assemble instructions

A wholesale royalty goes to BugLife for every box sold and Corporate Investor in Nature Programme is available to all retailers based on volume.

Point of sale displays are available.

Flower Box

Colorful & bright and the PP plastic is non-toxic, waterproof, easy to clean annually.

Optional wildflower seed mats included attracting birds, bees & bugs to your garden.

Non-lethal if free falls from a balcony.

All mounting hardware is included.

Easy to assemble instructions

A wholesale royalty goes to BugLife for every box sold and Corporate Investor in Nature Programme is available to all retailers based on volume.

Point of sale displays are available.

Herb Garden

Colorful & bright and the PP plastic is non-toxic, waterproof, easy to clean annually.

Optional herb seed mats including 8 different popular herbs and signs.

Non-lethal if free falls from a balcony.

All mounting hardware is included.

Easy to assemble instructions

A wholesale royalty goes to BugLife for every box sold and Corporate Investor in Nature Programme is available to all retailers based on volume.

Point of sale displays are available.

FAQs

An ever growing list of frequently asked questions will be added to this section. Stay tuned!

Q. Is Point of sale is available?

A. Yes! We have point of sale available for all products – contact us for more information.

Q. Does the smell of your plastic box construction turn off birds from nesting inside the boxes?

A. While most birds seem to lack much power of smell, there are some groups of birds that can locate food using their olfactory glands. Extensive research into bird senses has shown vultures, seabirds, kiwis and parrots have well-developed olfactory glands, giving them some sense of small and taste.

Q. Is the plastic and ink used on Pop-Up Garden products safe to humans and wildlife?

A. Pop-Up Garden’s PP material supplier (corrugated plastic) is ISO9001: 2008 compliant. All Pop-Up Garden materials (corrugated plastic) have undergone extensive chemical analysis and testing for the detection of hazardous materials such as cadmium, lead, mercury etc in which all have shown a result of No Detection. These materials comply with the REACH Testing protocol.

Q. What size predator protector plate should I use for my Pop-Up Garden Bird House? I see you have supplied us with three different hole size options.

A. Pop-Up Garden products will be sold Internationally and the species and their nesting habitats will vary from country to country, state to state, province to province and city to city. The plate hole size diameters are 25mm, 32mm and 40mm.

We suggest you go on-line and/or call your local or national bird conservation authority or charity for hole size guidance for the species you are trying to attract.

Q. My company would like to customize or print a Pop-Up Garden product with the company colors and logo. Does Pop-Up Garden do this and if so, how many pieces would we have to order?

A. Yes, we do customized programmes and depending on the product, artwork supplied, number of colors and the requested volumes, we suggest you go our “Get In Touch” area on our web site and submit your contact details and outline your request.

A customer service representative from Pop-Up Garden will then contact you for more information.

Q. I’m worried that some of your Pop-Up Garden products such as your bright Designer Bird House Series might frighten off some or most birds. Is this true?

A. Different birds are attracted to different colours. Individual bird species may see the “best” colours as indicating a food source, or they may be more attracted to the colours of their own plumage as those could indicate a potential mate or another bird that is surviving well.

Diumal birds that are active during the day have the best colour sense. Perceiving different colours is less crucial for nocturnal birds, and many birds that are most active at night have a greater number of rod cells in their eyes instead, which allows them to capture more light and see better in low light condition, though they may not see colours as clearly.

Most bright colours, however, can be used to attract birds, with certain bird species being attracted to particular shades.

• Red and Pink – Hummingbirds

• Orange – Orioles, hummingbirds

• Yellow – Goldfinches, warblers, hummingbirds

• Blue: Bluebirds, jays.

Camouflage colours such as grey, browns and dull green are excellent colours to attract birds with a more nervous temperament, such as doves, quail and other ground feeders, because these colours represent security and safety.

Q. I see that your Pop-Up Garden habitats are made of channeled plastic, will this plastic keep the birds and chicks warm, will they overheat and will they keep dry?

A. All Pop-up Garden products are constructed of PP, No5 corrugated 4.0mm thick plastic sheeting which is 100% recyclable. Due to the hollow structure of the PP corrugated board, this material is a better sound dampener and preserves heat better than other solid board materials. Other features include waterproof, damp proof, anti-erosion and anti-static properties. PP corrugated board also allows for easy annual cleaning with traditional soaps.

The tongue & groove construction of Pop-Up Garden habitat products and bottom drainage holes provide for the free flow of air through the habitat and all corners are soft and rounded.

It is vital for the proper placement of your habitat on your balcony or garden.

Q. I just bought one of your Pop-Up Garden birdhouses and where should I place it?

A. We suggest you go on-line and/or call your local or national bird conservation authority or charity for placement guidance for the species you are trying to attract.

Some keys guidelines are predator, wind and sun protection and making sure there is clear access to the habitat.

Q. I see that your Pop-Up habitats come with mounting screws and cable ties. Can I screw my Bee Hotel to a tree?

A. It is recommended you use the included cable ties for mounting to trees since the screw might affect the tree. This can also be overcome buy inserting  a plastic screw plug first into the drilled hole to protect the tree. We also recommend using the cable tie for attaching to poles and balconies.

The included washer and screw set are recommended for placing on wooden fences, siding, poles etc.

Q. Your habitats are made of plastic, I concerned that squirrels will chew away at he plastic to get inside the box.

A. Squirrels will be able to chew away at the plastic the same as they wood chew away at a wooden box. They have been also been know to go through wooden gable ends of houses, through vinyl siding and external render walls.

There are suggestions of using hot chilli sprays (home made or retail) on outside habitats to repel the squirrels but this process must be repeated after each rain.

Your habitat box placement is crucial and you might want to consider mounting on a circular pole with a cat/squirrel guard, non-climbing surfaces such as smooth bricks or a raised balcony.

Social Responsibility

At Pop-Up-Garden, we are committed to ensure that the products we sell to our customers are obtained from vendors and suppliers that meet all local, national as well as International laws and social responsibility issues to include slavery, child labour, prison or forced labour and human trafficking.

Pop-Up-Garden will cease all purchasing activities with suppliers that violate international law and these rules and ethical standards.

Product Material, Testing & ISO

All Pop-Up Garden products are constructed of PP, No5 corrugated 4.0mm thick plastic sheeting which is 100% recyclable.

Due to the hollow structure of the PP corrugated board, this material is better sound dampener and preserves heats better then other solid board materials. Other features include waterproof, damp proof, anti-erosion and anti-static properties. PP corrugated board also allows for easy annual cleaning with traditional soaps.

All inks used in the printing of Pop-Up Garden products are water based, non-toxic, eco-friendly and UV resistant.

Pop-Up Garden’s PP material supplier (corrugated plastic) is ISO9001: 2008 compliant. All Pop-Up Garden materials (corrugated plastic) have undergone extensive chemical analysis and testing for the detection of hazardous materials such as cadmium, lead, mercury etc in which all have shown a result of No Detection. These materials comply with the REACH Testing protocol.

Helping the creatures that help us!

Pop-Up Garden have teamed up with Buglife to bring an awareness of the plight of birds, bees, butterflies and bugs worldwide through habitat and flower box sales, retail corporate sponsorship and International support. Every purchase of any Pop-Up Garden product(s) will result in a royalty payment.

Lets not forget that you will also be providing a much-needed habitat that also enhances your garden and/or balcony and the environment.

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