Visitors to Sherborne-based garden centre, Castle Gardens, will be able to enjoy a taste of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this spring, as the garden centre is now home to the silver-medal award-winning 'writer's retreat' shepherd's hut, which is on loan from Plankbridge Hutmakers, Piddlehinton.
Richard Lee, co-owner of Plankbridge, explains: "Our carefully weathered and aged 'writer's retreat', which is a scaled-down version of our typical shepherd's huts, won many a heart at Chelsea last summer. So much so, that Tracey Chevalier retreated to it during the show to write part of her new book The Last Runaway. Later, TV presenter Kate Humble borrowed it for her farm in Monmouthshire, while she waited for us to deliver her own bespoke shepherd's hut. We are so pleased to be reunited with our award-winning hut, but we want to make sure that its intriguing journey continues. So we are thrilled that Castle Gardens has offered a place for it to sit within its Walled Garden. What's more it's a beautiful shop window for our Plankbridge huts, and we would be really pleased to make someone a copy of this special version."
Mike Burks, co-founder and managing director of The Gardens Group, adds: "We are delighted with the new addition at Castle Gardens. We are always looking for quirky ways to enhance the gardener's experience for our visitors, even if it does mean taking hinges off gates! The hut will be open daily and we will be encouraging people to hop in and look around, being careful of the steps. The little hut fits in really well next to The Butterfly House and we intend to use it extensively for many of our events throughout spring and summer."