Hughie Powell, managing director of Cotswold Decorative Ironworkers
The 5,000 acre Somerleyton Estate at Lowestoft, one of East Anglia’s top stately homes, has installed six thousand five hundred metres of wrought iron parkland fencing as part of a series of ongoing grants under Defra’s higher level stewardship scheme.
The fencing has been produced and installed by a team from Cotswold Decorative Ironworkers from Warwickshire. The firm has carried out projects for the National Trust and English Heritage and the work of its blacksmiths are displayed on many public and private estates throughout Britain.
Somerleyton Hall, whose rooms and 12-acre gardens are popular with the public, receives up to 25,000 visitors year. It is widely regarded as a leading example of an archetypal Tudor-Jacobean mansion and is one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain.
Hughie Powell, managing director of Cotswold Decorative Ironworkers told The Landscaper ,“This was a large and important project for us and one that will help to establish our presence in the East of England.
“We have been active in the region previously with fencing and ornamental bridge projects at Abbots Ripton Hall in Huntingdonshire, home of Lord de Ramsey, former chairman of the Environment Agency, and the Raveningham Estate near Loddon in Norfolk, where we supplied 1,200 metres of estate fencing”.
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