The RHS embarked on ambitious plans to realise their 5th garden – a 154-acre site in the former Worsley New Hall grounds, on the outskirts of Salford. White Cottage Greenhouses were commissioned to design, manufacture, and install two large mono-pitch lean-to glasshouses in the new Paradise Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. The garden has been developed within a heritage landscape and is the first RHS garden in the climatic and ecological conditions of the North West of England.
White Cottage has been successfully manufacturing painted timber greenhouses for many years. Their ethos has always been to create a genuine timber-framed greenhouse whilst minimising maintenance and risk of decay. This made them the perfect fit for this project.
Over the last five years, White Cottage has shifted entirely over to Accoya wood, and so there was no other material choice for the Paradise Garden superstructures. With Accoya, excessive movement in tongue and groove boards is eliminated, meaning cracks in paint are far less likely to occur. There are time savings in the joinery manufacture, fewer defects such as knots, and better performance all round, as well as outstanding, guaranteed durability.