Overarching Willow & Steel Canopy
We were approached by architect Emma Bannister who was working on the design of a garden for RHS Hampton Court 2016 called ‘Outside Inside’ for NAPs (National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome). We designed and manufactured the steel hoop arches to a specification set by the architect which would then be woven over in willow creating the canopy that covers the garden. The arches had to be strong enough to take the weight of a large willow structure being woven around and over it, yet delicate enough to not distract from the willow being woven around them. There were also access limitations to site which resulted in the design of the hoops being a ‘knock down’ construction to be bolted together on site. The structure was delivered on time and built with ease – and the willow weaver was able to start on schedule to complete the canopy.
The garden is inspired by the stories of those who suffer from severe premenstrual syndrome. The healthy, normal and energetic feel of the outside contrasts sharply with the solitary, maniacal and distorted mood of the inside. Visitors will first see an area of hazel woodland along the curving path with native ferns and wildflowers and the inside of the garden is hidden from view behind a Somerset willow screen. As visitors walk along the curving path, the inside gradually reveals itself through gaps in the screen until a round window reveals the central feature – a corkscrew hazel. The outside and inside areas are connected by the overarching willow and steel canopy – symbolising the effect of fluctuating hormones on the brain. The ends of the willow arches ‘snake’ around the bases of the multi-stemmed hazel trees. The garden won a silver gilt medal at the show.
“I used Harrod Horticultural as they have an excellent reputation in the industry for bespoke structure design, they interpreted my designs and brief perfectly and suggested several ideas to work around access issues on site. The structure was delivered on time and on budget and went up exactly as planned and advised.”
Emma Bannister, Munro Consulting