Christopher goes down to the woods

Christopher Bradley-Hole, Peter Clay and I went to Perrystone Estate in Herefordshire at the end of last week to look at the oak trees that will be used to make the timber ‘loggia’ in the Daily Telegraph garden at Chelsea this year. Christopher’s design is a representation of the English countryside and it seemed perfectly fitting that we should be standing in a wonderful oak woodland choosing the trees to be felled. Pete Clay’s tree surgeons Simon and Sam were on hand to choose the trees, as was Will who will be turning the ‘sticks’ into useable timber. Despite the bitter cold, it was a very special day that caught the sense of the garden perfectly.


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