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Steel bending secures garden show award

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Barnshaw Section Benders’ steel bending expertise has helped a garden exhibit win a gold medal at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show held at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

Manchester-based brewer JW Lees 190th Anniversary garden, which featured a number of fabrications from Barnshaws, won the ‘Best Show Garden’ award.

The theme of garden was ‘From Hop to Glass’ and combined grasses and powder-coated metal sheets in a circular arrangement to represent the company’s 190th anniversary and the brewing industry in general.

The planting aimed to embody the head of a pint of beer, with a curved timber bench mirroring the comfortable layout of a bar.

A ‘lazy river’ encompassed the garden, providing a water feature. This section owed its existence to the fabrication expertise of Barnshaws, who fabricated the river channel.

Barnshaws had to deliver 14 x 80mm x 6mm steel channels, curved to suit the circular perimeter of the garden. The design also included seven 200mm x 6mm washer segments, which were sourced from a Barnshaw’s profiling company.

Barnshaws’ Manchester Regional Director Wayne Salkeld said: “Metal bending offers huge opportunities to designers, and we were very excited to work on this particular element of the garden.

“We’ve completed fabrication jobs for RHS show gardens before, but to see this recognition from gardening experts shows how far structural metal experience can promote artistic flair.”

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