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Lyme Regis: Craftsman roped into Chelsea Flower Show entry
A LYME Regis craftsman has been roped in to help achieve a spectacular modern-day version of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Martin Young, of Sitting Spirtually, based in Yawl Hill Lane, has made three of his bespoke wooden rope swings for what is set to be the star exhibit at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The 28m-high Westland Magical Tower Garden has been designed by celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin.
The personalised swings – two doubles and a single-seater – will sit in the towering pyramid garden, nestled among 3,000 plants, a wooden Japanese pavilion, a Victorian greenhouse and countless other features.
Martin’s company has been exhibiting their wares at Chelsea for five years and this year will be there again – and he says he can’t wait to see the swings in place.
“When we were approached and the concept was explained, I just thought that 28 metres was an incredible height,” said Martin.
“We supply a lot of rope swings, but never before anything with that length of rope.
“Diarmuid has made a series of videos of the build of the garden and when it came to the scaffolding, you really get an idea of how high it is.
“Having seen the initial designs, the garden is going to be awe-inspiring, and one of the must-see attractions and we are delighted that we have been asked to design the swings.
“We’re looking forward to seeing them in situ.
“We were quite flattered to be approached, because this garden really will be something else.”
Martin will be exhibiting a number of new products at Chelsea from May 22 to 26 on the Sitting Spiritually stand – stand PW6 – including a new wooden pergola kit, and a love-seat swing.