Plankbridge is the home of the best contemporary Shepherd's Huts. Richard Lee and Jane Dennison were intrigued by an ancient hut near Thomas Hardy’s cottage, not far from their home near Dorchester in Dorset. Richard, who trained as a furniture designer maker at John Makepeace’s renowned Hooke Park College, was inspired by the portable building’s heritage and traditional form. When the original was suddenly sold in the year 2000 they researched the hut's history and carefully built a reproduction on a set of old wheels.
Richard and Jane were excited by the idea of bringing an old Wessex tradition back to life, and were sure that the Victorian proportions of the shepherd’s hut were perfect to be utilised as an extra room, artist’s studio, bedroom or any number of uses.
Plankbridge have been building and restoring shepherd’s huts, and other bespoke huts, since then for customers across the UK and Europe. Customers include six huts for The National Trust, Kate Humble's 'Humble by Nature' and River Cottage HQ. You may have seen Plankbridge on the BBC’s Countryfile with John Craven, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 and in many magazine articles and features such as You magazine, Country Homes and Interiors, Country Life and the front cover of the new Shepherds' Huts and Living Vans book by David Morris.