The Royal Horticultural Society has endorsed the entire range of Plankbridge shepherd’s huts – multi-purpose living spaces based closely on the proportions of original Victorian shepherd’s huts.
The hand-built, practical and durable accommodation once allowed shepherds to live near their flock. Today the concept has inspired modern shepherd’s huts that have been adapted for a range of contemporary uses.
The shepherd’s huts are popular with leisure and holiday businesses, including hotel groups and glamping companies, which offer them as holiday lets. Most are made to order, although Plankbridge offers some that are made to popular specifications and supplied ready to buy.
The RHS-endorsed range was made available in September. The huts can be obtained online or through in-person orders via the Plankbridge workshop.
The endorsement will be indicated by an RHS logo, which will be displayed on a small plaque on the door of each hut. Plankbridge is the only shepherd’s hut maker endorsed by the RHS.
Richard Lee founded Plankbridge along with his partner, Jane Dennison, with the aim of making the ‘finest quality huts in the UK’.
Lee said: “Having been exhibiting at RHS Chelsea Flower Show since 2012, when we did an Artisan Garden, we have been impressed with the quality and philosophy of the RHS. We see this endorsement as a significant milestone for Plankbridge, a feather in the cap for the team who work so hard and diligently and a vote of confidence in our products that will appeal enormously to our customers.”
Cathy Snow, RHS licensing manager, added: “Plankbridge is an ideal fit for the RHS, not least thanks to the craftsmanship and attention to detail of its wonderful shepherd’s huts. We are delighted to be able to endorse this example of UK heritage craft skills that has a strong appeal to a worldwide audience.”