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Dorset inspired design at Chelsea

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

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Plankbridge Hutmakers is creating a very special shepherd’s hut to showcase at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show from Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 May 2014. The Piddlehinton-based traditional shepherd’s hut maker has also enlisted the skills, knowledge and expertise of Sherborne-based Castle Gardens, part of The Gardens Group, to add the finishing touches to its ‘gardener’s sanctuary’, which is a new design being made especially for the show.

This traditional 12ft by 6ft 6in shepherd’s hut, which will also be on sale at the show, is being crafted at Plankbridge HQ, remaining faithful to the Victorian heritage of shepherd’s huts. Plankbridge will also add some creative and contemporary twists, such as wrought-iron window boxes filled with calming lavender and vibrant marguerites which are currently being grown at Castle Gardens.

Richard Lee, owner and co-founder of Plankbridge, explains: “We want to create the ultimate sanctuary for gardeners. Ensuring that Plankbridge’s Dorset heritage is prominent in the design and build of this hut is paramount, which is why we approached Castle Gardens to recommend and provide the flowers.”

Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, said: “Lavender and marguerites were selected to sit in the window boxes as they grow very well in Dorset. What’s more, they won’t over-crowd the pots – and when the lucky owner of this hut opens the window they will be greeted with calming scents.”

For more information about shepherd’s huts from Plankbridge Hutmakers, call 01300 348414 or visit www.plankbridge.com

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