With a humble hut at its heart

Draped in ivy, wildflowers and even a healthy covering of moss on the roof of a Plankbridge shepherd’s hut, a rediscovered garden design by Anne Jennings of Viridian Landscape Studio has won a Design Excellence Award in the BALI National Landscape Awards, for her work on a private residence in Chelsea.
Created in the style of a once-forgotten family haven, the garden design includes a child’s playhouse from Dorset-based master hutmaker, Plankbridge, which has been lovingly entwined into the fabric of this magical space.
One of the landscape industry’s highest accolades, this award recognises the challenges that were faced in creating an outdoor scene that looks as though it has evolved over many years, coupled with the access limitations that are synonymous with city projects. Careful planning and close working relationships with suppliers, such as Plankbridge were essential and in order to overcome a 600mm side alley access issue, Plankbridge’s master craftsmen delivered the shepherd’s hut in panels, so that the playroom could be constructed on-site.
A standard Plankbridge Classic Shepherd’s Hut, complete with painted windows and door (optional upgrade to English oak), a solid French oak floor and a Farrow & Ball painted interior, starts at £22,225.20 including VAT and measures 12′ long. Longer and bespoke designs can be quoted for.

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