NFU Mutual Cobham in collaboration with landscape gardener, Jack Dunckley

NFU Mutual Cobham are delighted to be collaborating with award-winning landscape gardener, Jack Dunckley, at the Luxury Home and Property Show: Exclusively Living. This event is a supreme new interior and design show that’s coming to Kensington Olympia on 1st-3rd December, starring more than 100 luxury brands and products.

Jack designed his first show garden at the age of 14 and has won numerous awards including 8 RHS medals at Chelsea, Hampton Court and Malvern Spring flower shows, and we’re excited to partner with him at the show.

Here at NFU Mutual Cobham, we specialise in private client offerings, including high value home & garden insurance. In 2017 NFU Mutual were a Which? Recommended Provider for home insurance and our High Net Worth Home Insurance received a 5 star rating from Defaqto, an independent researcher of financial products.

During the event, Jack Dunckley will be showcasing one of his luxury garden designs, and high net worth specialists from NFU Mutual Cobham will be available if you have any insurance enquiries.

If you would like to join us for a glass of champagne at the show, please contact rachael_collyns@nfumutual.co.uk.

We insure it, you enjoy it.

Read on to discover hints and tips to ensuring your garden is fully protected.

Insurance should cover your great outdoors

The garden has become an extension of our homes, with many homeowners investing in expensive ornaments, trees, shrubs and furniture to enhance their outdoor space.

Unfortunately, many people forget that the cost of these items can soon mount up and, in the event of a claim, some homeowners could find themselves seriously underinsured.

It's important that you treat the items in your garden and outbuildings in the same way you treat the items inside your house.

Whilst the thefts of garden ornaments, shrubs and equipment tend to grab the headlines, storms are another significant cause of damage.

Hints & tips for protecting your possessions:

  • Don’t underestimate the cost of rebuilding your garden wall. Garden walls can be vulnerable to impact from vehicles and damage from storm and flood
  • If your property is listed, don’t forget walls, sundials, dovecotes and other structures may form part of the listing and could cost more to replace or repair
  • Garden plants, trees and shrubs can be a target for thieves, particularly if planted in easily transportable pots
  • Make sure you calculate the REPLACEMENT value for garden items and check expensive trees or sculptures don’t exceed the single item limit on your insurance policy
  • Use SmartWater (a traceable liquid used to deter theft) to mark valuable possessions
  • Fit heavy-duty padlocks to garages and outbuildings
  • Keep garden gates locked
  • Keep garden tools secure and out of sight
  • Consider outside security lighting and CCTV
  • Display signs which advertise your security measures.