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Shepherd’s huts at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the highlights of the Plankbridge calendar and each year we put everything into making our trade stand the very best it can be. Find our trade stand at stand AR 640 where you can explore our shepherd’s hut model The Cabin.

This year we also had the excitement of a brand-new shepherd’s hut design launching in the very centre of the Great Pavilion. The RHS Bothy has been created in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), designed by Plankbridge founder, Richard Lee and drawing inspiration from many different historical designs.

Plankbridge Team Lead, Rikki, who oversaw the build of the first RHS Bothy
The RHS Bothy photographed by Eva Nemeth

We also collaborated with two wonderful businesses for the interiors of our trade stand shepherd’s hut. The shepherd’s hut we took this year is The Lodge which is the largest of our suggested layouts and perfect for a whole multitude of uses, it could even be full-time living accommodation if the Tiny House movement interests you.

The two businesses we worked with are Piglet in Bed and Fierce Blooms. Piglet in Bed is a company we absolutely love and have been following on social media for a long time now. Jessica Handley founded Piglet in Bed in 2017 from her mother’s West Sussex garden shed with just a small range of linen bedding and a couple of cheeky piglets who were willing to be their first models. The company has swiftly grown, and their gorgeous linen bedding can be seen on almost every home and interior social media account.

The brand’s values intertwine given their mutual love for finding beauty in the every day, the importance of connecting with nature, as well as building sustainable practices that don’t further damage our environment. Piglet in Bed’s bed linen collections are inspired by nature’s rich colour palette, and their team has curated a charming bed linen combination to sit beautifully within the Plankbridge hut’s rustic aesthetic, further complementing the natural and rural lifestyle both brands are such strong advocates of. 

Piglet in Bed

Piglet in Bed ‘Pear check stripe’ in the Plankbridge Lodge

The other beautiful business we worked with this year is Fierceblooms, run by Kathryn Cronin, a seasonal and sustainable floral artisan. Kathryn owns her very own Plankbridge shepherd’s hut, a Snug hut that sits peacefully beside a canal in the Cheshire countryside. We are constantly blown away by the natural beauty of Kathryn’s arrangements and were absolutely delighted when she said that she would love to create some decorations for our trade stand.

After many months of planning, we settled upon a gorgeous floral garland surrounding the bed and a bouquet for the table. The hut was fit for a floral princess, and we were so excited to see it all come together.

Kathryn with her decorations for our trade stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Kathryn sat on the steps of her very own Plankbridge shepherd’s hut

I dreamt about having a shepherd’s hut, not just any old hut mind you but one from Plankbridge, where the windows are better than those of the 19th Century Wharf we live in. Our hut is obviously a true labour of love – excellence and craft matter to Richard and his Plankbridge team.

In our hut, we craft our wild garden style artisan florals from the flowers that grow in our rural Cheshire canalside cutting garden with the same care and love.

My degree in Botany was inspired by my late grandfather’s love of gardening and after a 25-year corporate career, I returned to my first love of flowers and created Fierceblooms.

Fierceblooms, is a new kind of environmentally friendly sustainable floral business using both fresh and dried flowers to create seasonal, scented designs using exclusively British-grown flowers, growing the wild edges of our garden and inspiring other floral businesses to consider using local flowers wherever you are in the world.

Fierceblooms

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Author: Hannah Lee

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