The flight of the aviary

The week after Easter, Mark Richardson and I visited Cumbria to discuss the step configuration at Kirkstone, look at some urns and containers and have the chance to see for our first time, progress on the aviary.

Nick Fecitt and his team at Kirkstone are clearly passionate about their product and work, taking the time to get all pieces of the three steps just right before cutting to shape. The warm spring weather and beautiful scenery in the Lakes added to the enjoyment of the day. After a jolly good lunch at Newby Bridge Hotel we went to Kendal to see the aviary. Tucked away in a warehouse on a trading estate next to the railway line is not the typical location you’d expect to find a key structure destined for the most prestigious horticultural show on earth! But here it was, the aviary in all it’s newly galvanised glory. This is some impressive structure and Mark and I were bowled over by the care and attention to details the guys from Cumbria have given to the building. They are now busy matching paint colour (we’re trying to get as close as possible to the aquamarine colour of the Waddesdson aviary) and finalising the ornate decorative embellishments, which will be painted in gold leaf.

Elsewhere, the slate from Kirkstone for the terrace and stone for the wall, in bags, is making it’s way down to Suffolk to Mark’s compound where the terrace will be dry constructed, each piece numbered and packed for delivery to Chelsea in just over two week’s time.

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