Nick Williams, commercial director at Burlington Stone comments “Collaborating with Old Hall Farm creates a really unusual and unique way to not only stage our show garden, but to also showcase our stone from its natural form to a finished product.”
Side by side, Old Hall Farm and Burlington Stone will stage a quarry scene from the Victorian ages which will also be the back drop to Burlington’s 2014 show garden. Looking at how stone was quarried and used in the production of roads; Old Hall Farm will demonstrate road laying from the olden days, using stone quarried from Burlington’s Baycliff limestone quarry.
This scene will naturally lead into the garden to show how the quarried stone can be used in a formal context, creating a stunning and enjoyable garden, in keeping with Victorian times. Re-creating a bygone era, the Victorian inspired garden will join together formal planting, living area and a water pool. Burlington’s garden, named ‘Oasis’ will incorporate a limestone paving area allowing for outdoor living and dining, whilst overlooking the tranquillity of a gently flowing water feature and the beauty of planting reminiscent of the Victorian period. A dining table and worktop made from 450 million year old Broughton Moor slate, will impressively define the living and eating space.
Old Hall Farm and its owners Alex and Charlotte Sharphouse were a big hit at last year’s show, giving visitors to the festival a glimpse of 19th century, working farm life. This year’s quarrying scene aims to make just as much impact, with traditional machinery including a Ruston Bucyrus face shovel digging a lime stone quarry face. Whilst the 20 tonne steam roller works to compact a traditional stone road. An authentic workman’s living van would have been on-site accommodation for the men as they work away from home.
Alex Sharphouse comments “We had great feedback from last year’s show and we’re really looking forward to our second festival. We hope to show visitors something a little different with our display and showcase just a small part of Old Hall Farm’s historic collection.”
The Holker Garden Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts. A three day summer spectacle taking place from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June 2014. Hosted by Lord and Lady Cavendish and celebrating its 22nd year, the Festival welcomes a very special guest; horticulturist and BBC The One Show’s resident gardening expert, Christine Walkden on Friday 30th May. For more information or to buy advance tickets visit the website at www.holkerfestival.co.uk or call 015395 58838. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Entrance to the festival is £15.00 for adults and £13.50 for seniors/students; discounts for advance bookings are available online. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult.
The Ilex Bar & BrasserieOpen for lunches - including a very special Sunday lunch -
This weekend’s damp weather didn’t affect the fiery fun at Holker with a full house for the chilli eating competitions hosted by Darth Naga. A packed Courtyard watched on as 10 competitors (on each day) took part in the lively competition. Saturday’s competition was the most entertaining yet with Darth commenting it was best one he had ever hosted - humorous contestants were encouraged by the lively crowd - with Jordan from Barrow taking centre stage. Joint winners took the trophy on Saturday and Ed Duffy was crowned Sunday’s winner after reaching around 250,000 scovilles.