Hampton Court installs shepherd's hut

Historic Royal Palaces has installed a bespoke Plankbridge shepherd's hut in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

The new Gardeners’ Hut is being used as part of an interactive mobile garden exhibition, which will travel around the formal gardens of the palace’s 700-acre estate.  The hut was commissioned to celebrate the work of the Hampton Court’s gardens team, in a year which marks the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Aileen Peirce from Historic Royal Palaces said: "To house our mobile exhibition, we wanted a vehicle appropriate for our historic gardens, so traditional design, materials and craft skills were key priorities. The Gardeners' Hut, which Plankbridge has produced enables us to showcase the work of our talented team of gardeners, right where their work takes place, whilst the hut’s ability to move around allows us to tell seasonal and location-specific stories, in a way that would have been impossible with a traditional indoor exhibition."

Richard Lee, founder and co-owner of Plankbridge, added: "Building a hut for Hampton Court Palace Gardens was a huge honour, especially during the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the palace gardener. This was a really exciting hut to build with every possible space being utilised and filled with information boards, drawers, work surfaces, fascinating artefacts and sign-written quotes on the walls. I know that visitors will enjoy exploring the hut as much as we enjoyed building it, while following the fascinating horticultural projects around the gardens."

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