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There’s no need to be green about hav­ing a be­spoke struc­ture in­stalled in your gar­den. Here’s all you need to get grow­ing…

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How do I de­cide where to site my new green­house?

Ba­sic con­sid­er­a­tions are good light and shel­ter from strong winds. All too of­ten green­houses are rel­e­gated to ne­glected cor­ners of the gar­den, whereas to be used ef­fec­tively, the dis­tance from the prop­erty should be min­imised, so you can sim­ply ‘pop into the green­house’ eas­ily. Make sure to have the door clos­est to the house if pos­si­ble. Run­ning the ridge east to west is rec­om­mended to al­low max­i­mum light into the green­house. En­sure the ground drains eas­ily and is level. Is the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices (wa­ter and power) a con­sid­er­a­tion? If so, make sure these are laid on prior to the ar­rival of the green­house, or make pro­vi­sion to lay them on at a later date.

With limited gar­den space, is it best to go for a lean-to at­tached to the house or a smaller free­stand­ing struc­ture? What are the pros and cons?

A lean-to is an ex­cel­lent use of space, and can be warmer than a free-stand­ing struc­ture. It is also a big plus in terms of prox­im­ity, and ease of pro­vi­sion of ser­vices (power and wa­ter). A lean-to, of course, needs an area of free space against a wall, which may not be prac­ti­cal for some peo­ple. The ad­van­tage of a free­stand­ing struc­ture is that it can be ac­com­mo­dated any­where that the cur­rent gar­den lay­out al­lows, even in smaller gar­dens.

What are the ben­e­fits of buy­ing be­spoke over ‘off-the-shelf’?

A be­spoke struc­ture, by def­i­ni­tion, is cus­tom made to an ex­act size, shape, de­sign, etc. While stan­dard-sized mod­els can some­times be a more cost­ef­fec­tive op­tion, the abil­ity to cus­tomise ev­ery as­pect of your green­house is a hugely at­trac­tive propo­si­tion. This al­lows the re-use of an ex­ist­ing base, the max­imi­sa­tion of the ex­ist­ing space avail­able or the re­al­i­sa­tion of a par­tic­u­lar de­sign. While stan­dard mod­els can of­fer value for money, a be­spoke de­sign, de­spite the cost pre­mium, can re­alise a long-held de­sire for a very spe­cific glasshouse de­sign or spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Would you gen­er­ally rec­om­mend try­ing to match the style of green­house to that of the main house, eg Vic­to­rian style next to a turn-of-the-cen­tury house, and con­tem­po­rary next to a new-build?

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, we do see this. Cus­tomers do try to match the style of the green­house to that of the prop­erty, but we do also see stun­ning ex­am­ples of the ex­act op­po­site. We do man­u­fac­ture mul­ti­ple, very dif­fer­ent, styles (we are the only man­u­fac­turer to do this). We would have very de­tailed dis­cus­sions around the cus­tomer’s de­sires and ex­pec­ta­tions from their pur­chase, to best ad­vise them. When struc­tures are hand-made to or­der, they can be mod­i­fied to pro­vide in­di­vid­ual green­houses and glasshouse­s, help­ing the client achieve their ideal de­sign.

Is it best to con­sider shelv­ing, stag­ing and shad­ing at the time of de­sign, or can I leave this un­til later?

While ac­ces­sories can be added later, it is al­ways ad­vis­able to con­sider in­ter­nal de­sign care­fully dur­ing the ini­tial dis­cus­sion. This will al­low you to get ‘up and run­ning’ as quickly as pos­si­ble, max­imis­ing the pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency of your new struc­ture.

Is it pos­si­ble to re­pair a muchloved her­itage green­house, or best to re­move and re­place?

This is not a ser­vice we of­fer, but we have decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in re­plac­ing her­itage green­houses and glasshouse­s to ex­act­ing de­sign stan­dards, al­low­ing the repli­ca­tion of orig­i­nal de­signs in mod­ern, main­te­nance-free ma­te­ri­als.

Is it ever nec­es­sary to ob­tain plan­ning ap­proval to in­stall a plan­t­house on a small brick wall?

It is un­usual to re­quire plan­ning per­mis­sion for a green­house, even sit­ting on a brick wall. How­ever, some con­di­tions do ap­ply if you live in a Listed Build­ing, are lo­cated in an AONB, a Na­tional Park or con­ser­va­tion area. It is sen­si­ble to con­tact your lo­cal plan­ning of­fice to ob­tain their opin­ion.

Hart­ley Botanic pro­duce the only alu­minium glasshouse­s and green­houses en­dorsed by the RHS, and de­liver and in­stall all over the world. All their struc­tures are hand-made to or­der, with de­liv­ery time de­pend­ing on the size and com­plex­ity. hart­ley-botanic.co.uk

 ??  ?? Vic­to­rian Ter­race from Hart­ley Botanic
Vic­to­rian Ter­race from Hart­ley Botanic
 ??  ?? Vic­to­rian Grand Lodge from Hart­ley Botanic
Vic­to­rian Grand Lodge from Hart­ley Botanic
 ??  ?? Vic­to­rian Manor from Hart­ley Botanic
Vic­to­rian Manor from Hart­ley Botanic

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