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Narford's Crane Garden Buildings enjoy RHS Chelsea success

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Narford-based Crane Garden Buildings have notched up another win at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the fifth year in a row.

Crane Garden Buildings won the 5 Star Tradestand award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week for their outstanding display consisting of two garden buildings surrounded by a bright, spring-inspired garden.

A larger stand this year meant that Crane could display their practical yet attractive 'Superior Shed' as well as the luxurious 'Pavilion Garden Room', both of which are made from high quality Scandinavian redwood and are handmade in Norfolk.

Peter Mortin of Crane Garden Buildings with the Chelsea award. (2211417)
Peter Mortin of Crane Garden Buildings with the Chelsea award. (2211417)

The buildings mirrored each design-wise with the way they were painted and the detail used for the doors, windows and veranda of the Garden Room. A rustic, country elegance was also achieved through the use of Georgian windows, cedar shingle roofing tiles, and weatherboard cladding.

The flower beds were created using low-height English grown coppiced silver birch, and inside Peter Mortin and his team chose plants to reflect the colours of spring. Plenty of fresh greens were used with various grasses, hostas and ferns, as well as bright pinks, purples, whites and yellows with flag irises, foxgloves, a Blue Star aquilegia, dianthus, primula, as well as both French and English lavenders for fragrance.

The borders were framed with wild strawberry plants, and various succulents.

Peter said: “Chelsea is such a brilliant platform because we’re able to showcase an achievable, realistic garden with our buildings, leaving our visitors inspired to create something similar in their own gardens.”

The Pavilion Garden Room has been earmarked to return to Crane’s head office in Narford, to be used as a show building.

James and Nick Crane, the company partners, thanked the hardworking teams for their fifth win in five years, praising the hard work of everyone involved in the manufacturing, installation and gardening input.

Crane Garden Building are a family run business which have been hand-making high quality timber buildings for over 40 years.

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