Trough and Weir Water Feature
"The Suffolk designer Frederic Whyte approached us with regards to designing and fabricating two bespoke water troughs with a weir for his 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The concept was inspired from the basic and rudimentary troughs used for pig farming across Suffolk, creating a water feature with two troughs and a weir for his ‘A Suffolk Retreat’ garden."
The garden was designed to offer a quiet space for young people with special educational needs, to play and engage with music. The planting palette in pastels aimed to calm and stimulate using Roses, Peonies, Irises and Yew Trees. Natural music is created by the sound of running water, bees buzzing and birds singing. The garden celebrates the work of the Pro Corda Trust which was founded in 1969 as a Suffolk-based musical and educational charity to provide musical and ensemble training across the UK for talented young musicians and children with special educational needs. After the show the garden was recreated at Pro Corda's head quaters in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk.
"After discussing various options regarding types of materials and usage the water trough and weir design was finalised to be fabricated with stainless steel and then powder coated in a bespoke RAL colour – we also agreed to accept delivery of several other products from other suppliers which we would also spray to match the water feature troughs we were manufacturing. With experience of water features we were able to design the troughs and weir with a full understanding of pumps and ancillaries required along with the flow rates and tension across the surface of the water."
Andrew Barringer, Trade Manager, Harrod Horticultural
"It was great to work alongside Harrod Horticultural on our RHS Chelsea Showgarden for Pro Corda , not only did they meet the brief perfectly but delivered on time and on budget. They have vast experience and material / product knowledge which enabled them to offer suggestions to the original design to fine tune it. The finished products were much admired by the judges with a number of commissions off the back of the water feature."
Frederic Whyte, Garden and Landscape Design, Suffolk