A Northamptonshire summerhouse manufacturer started RHS Chelsea Flower Show with an announcement that it will now be manufacturing its range of summerhouses in an ethically sourced hardwood.
The move means Scotts of Thrapston is the only manufacturer in the UK to produce an entire standard range of traditional hardwood summerhouses.
Scotts has exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for over 40 years and has listened to customers’ demands for sustainable materials with high life expectancy.
Managing Director James Scott said: “We believe Red Grandis is set to become the hardwood of the future as it is so versatile, stable and high-performing.
“Red Grandis has many benefits including great durability with an increased lifespan, is fungi and insect resistant and easy to maintain, with painting only likely to be required every five to seven years. It is also more dimensionally stable and free of knots, so it does not swell or shrink as much through the seasons.
“Customers are increasingly demanding sustainable materials with high life expectancy and our new hardwood summerhouses will meet these demands, as we offer garden buildings that can be passed on to the next generation.”
Red Grandis is native to the east coast of Australia, as it is a subspecies of the Eucalyptus family, and has since spread across the world in the form of plantations. The timber used by Scotts of Thrapston is FSC certified and comes from South America.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show plays a major part in the Scotts of Thrapston calendar and this year is no exception. The company is exhibiting five summerhouses, with an emphasis on its larger designs; the Burghley, the Newhaven and the Sun Ray Garden Room.
Scotts has also linked up with handcrafted artisan gin producers Warner’s Distillery which is similarly a Northamptonshire-based business.
In honour of this partnership, Scotts will theme its Newhaven corner summerhouse as a gin palace, in keeping with the one of the most popular drinks on the market.
James added: “RHS Chelsea has a special place in our hearts after all these years and we are looking forward to a successful event once again.”