New Greenhouse at Calgarth Park

New greenhouse

Calgarth a grade two listed mansion built around 1790 by the Bishop of Llandaff had a fine Foster and Pearson Greenhouse which had to be demolished for safety reasons last Autumn. Once planning permission was granted over a year ago, the structure was removed within three hours by a team brought in by Foster and Pearson.

They agreed in exchange for all the cast iron metalwork to take the metal away in their trailer and the rotting woodwork and scores of shattered glass panels was placed in a skip.

The new Aluminium structure was built up on a dwarf wall made entirely from bricks reclaimed from the original greenhouse. Two committee volunteers dismantled, cleaned and stacked almost 2000 bricks. Bricks not needed for the supporting walls were used to make a central raised bed. It was filled with fresh new soil and one can see the remarkable growth achieved by the tomato plants over the last eight weeks.

The greenhouse is over 28 ft long and gives residents a pleasant place to meet and chat while setting out their plants and flowers .

Robotic lawn mowers keep the extensive private lawns in first class condition, leaving the gardener more time to attend to the borders and smaller grassed areas.

It is a relaxing peaceful and sheltered garden to enjoy, said by some to possibly be to a Mawson design.

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