RHS / BBC People’s Choice Winner Chelsea 2016

RHS / BBC People’s Choice Winner Chelsea 2016

RHS / BBC People’s Choice Winner Chelsea 2016

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RHS / BBC People’s Choice Winner Chelsea (May 2016)

Few of the 157,000 visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower show who delighted at the reclining surround and mullions inspired by the medieval Great East Window from York minster on the “God’s Own County – A Garden for Yorkshire” stand realised that is was not made from natural stone.

Designer Matthew Wilson opted instead for a very 21st Century solution in his silver medal winning garden. His version was still produced in Yorkshire by UKCSA member, Garforth based Procter Cast Stone. But rather than hewing sandstone from quarries his Chelsea garden was created using a thoroughly modern mixture of dry ingredients that, when completed, looked precisely like the real thing.

Simon Tibble of Procter Cast Stone managed the project and takes up the story:
“Earlier in the year we were approached by Welcome to Yorkshire to see if we could help with the design and manufacture of the stone structure in their Chelsea garden. We’re based in Garforth in West Yorkshire, so I suppose our location along with renowned expertise in cast stone made us the perfect partner."

“Cast stone is basically created from a very precise semi-dry mix of different materials which includes sand and cement. If done properly, the end result will replicate real natural stone – and certainly that’s the case with our products. Part of the skill is in the creation of the timber moulds which the mix goes into, and for this job we started off with sketches of the proposed structure. Our experienced technical designers were able to create very accurate drawings for the mould makers to work from."

“It’s been a privilege to work on the project and I’m delighted that the garden was awarded a silver medal and especially pleased that it also won the coveted RHS / BBC People’s Choice Award.”

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