Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:20
Check out local skips - see if there's anything interesting in them. Alys Fowler, the gardener used to forage all over the place and get loads of things to transform her garden. Also, some of the DIY stores have a pile of damaged and broken sections of wood or out of range items which you can sometimes be lucky if they just want things taken away. Local builders yards and timber places sometimes have things they just want cleared away and have never got around to it.
Check out local papers and messages in shop windows to see if people are advertising that they just want un-used items taken away. Sometimes if there are people working on neighbours houses - replacing windows and so forth, they often have fabulous windows that can be used for the tops of coldframes etc.
Foraging locally some sometimes be very fruitful and people are often really grateful to get rid of things they have lying around and have no intention of using.
Local waste dumps can be interesting - especially if there's some workmen hanging around who can help you haul something out. People throw away the most amazing things that can transform gardens.