Meet the Team – Hannah

Someone who has a truly unique angle on Plankbridge is our brilliant Social Media Manager and Marketing Coordinator Hannah Lee – her parents Richard and Jane started Plankbridge when she was just one year old, in the workshop below her childhood bedroom…

What is your role at Plankbridge?

As Social Media Manager and Marketing Coordinator, my job involves everything from running our social media accounts and creating fresh new content to writing our twice-weekly newsletters and blogs. I’m also the daughter of co-founders Richard and Jane, so I do a lot of behind-the-scenes work and meetings to ensure that Plankbridge runs smoothly.

Do you have a favourite shepherd’s hut model?

The moment I stepped into the RHS Bothy I was taken aback by its beauty and real sense of space – I’d love one as my own work-from-home office/spare bedroom in the garden. 

I equally love our fully fitted Cabin and Lodge models; they are very special and the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Hannah and comedian Josh Widdicombe outside the RHS Bothy at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

What is the best thing about working at Plankbridge?

The sense of community that we have built over the years and the creativity that flows through everything we do. My parents started building shepherd’s huts when I was just one year old, in the workshop underneath my childhood bedroom! It really is all I’ve ever known, and I basically live and breathe shepherd’s huts.

I have fond memories of our early team members having their lunch around our kitchen table, chatting to me as I drew pictures (usually of shepherd’s huts and little families). I used to hold ‘sunflower competitions’ – getting the team to see whose sunflower would grow the tallest and making fairy cakes for their tea breaks. I remember the old days very fondly and am always looking forward to new projects and opportunities.

Hannah and Richard in one of the very first Plankbridge shepherd’s huts

What are your favourite colours from the Plankbridge colour chart?

Since staying in Spindleberry hut at Tokenhill Dorset, I love our colour Spindleberry for the interior furniture. It looks especially stunning in the sunshine and is a lovely warm accent of colour. For the exterior, I would probably go for something dark like Plankbridge Green or Ivy Berry. I always love how the darker colours fit into the landscape and remind me of an old timber-clad barn in the countryside.

Shepherd’s hut kitchen painted in Spindleberry | Tokenhill Dorset

How do you like to spend your time off and weekends?

Two years ago, I moved to Bath where I now work from home most days. I am very fortunate to have met some lovely friends in the area and now feel like a real part of the community. At weekends I enjoy going on dog walks on the Bath Skyline and along the canal with my partner Cam and our 18-month-old cockapoo, Bramble. We love finding new brunch places, so a Saturday morning usually involves pancakes, cooked breakfasts and nice big mugs of coffee. On an evening we like to meet friends at one of our friendly local pubs and later catch up on a TV series on the sofa.

Hannah and Bramble at the end of a busy photoshoot day
Bramble featured in our most recent photoshoot of the Watermill interior

Favourite place to eat locally?

A trip back down to Dorset usually involves a meal at The Thimble in Piddlehinton. The owners are so friendly and the menu is top-notch. I usually go for a vegetarian pie or classic fish and chips.

A firm favourite in Bath is The Oak, which serves seasonal, sustainably sourced vegetarian small plates. The best spot is in the far corner on a private table with a view of Bath Abbey. Can’t beat it.

Autumn display at The Oak, Bath
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