Case Studies:   We have put together a selection of Pulhamite conservation and repair projects

Buckingham Palace
In 2008, I was commissioned by Mark Lane, the Head Gardener of Buckingham Palace to carry out a Condition Survey Report on the Pulhamite rockwork in the palace gardens. The following Spring, we returned and carried out Phase 1 of the recommended repairs and renovation work. Below are a selection of photos showing the scope of the work carried out
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Wotton House, Wotton, nr. Dorking, Surrey
In Spring 2005 we were asked by Haley Conference Centres to look at the remains of a Pulham Fernery/Grotto, at their Wotton House site. It was in very poor condition, the Fernery having once been an internal feature. The new extension to the Conference Centre now came within a few metres of the Pulham feature, and there had been calls to demolish it altogether. Thankfully English Heritage and Mole Valley County Council stepped in to ensure that something could be salvaged. This is when we were called in. After completing repairs to the Fernery/grotto, we were asked to carry out repairs to a small water-feature elsewhere in the grounds (see photos 13>
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Little Pipers, North London,
'Little Pipers' was a private commission to carry out sympathetic repairs to an ornamental garden water feature. The main areas of damage were caused by frost and freeze/thaw action over the past 50 years. Our remit was to re-waterproof the lower pool and carry out repairs to the broken, friable and missing edges to the features tiered pools.
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Pulhamite Rockery & Islet, Worth Park, Crawley
Alan Bishop carried out a 'Condition Survey Report' in Summer 2011. The conservation and repair work was carried out in early 2014. The work was complicated by the fact that the Rockery had been partially dismantled on the right hand side when a service road was built in the 1980s. Four large pieces of ”pulhamite” rockwork had been ”dumped” on top of the rockery as was evident from the relative positions of the planter pockets and strata lines.
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Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Biggleswade.
This project was our first major Pulham restoration project, and was commissioned by Bedfordshire County Coucil. The project comprised of 2 areas: the internal tufa rockwork in the fernery/grotto, and the external Pulhamite rockwork bordering the lakes, and which included an interesting Punt Station.
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Chelsea Flower Show 1993
By 1993 we had been producing top quality rockwork for several years, for both private clients, and commercially for the leisure industry. At the same time, we had discovered the work of Pulham, and had sensed the link between their work and our own. We had recently carried out the renovation of the Pulham rockwork at Swiss Garden, and had researched the major Pulham sites in the UK. This coincided with garden designer Julian Bannerman's discovery at Waddesdon Manor, home to Lord Rothschild. During clearance work behind the old Dairy his team re-discovered the Pulham rockwork which included a picturesque waterfall. We were approached by Clifton Nurseries of London, to build a replica of the Pulham waterfall. The garden was built for Harpers Bazaar Magazine, and was indeed sponsored by Lord Rothschild.
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The Rock Garden, Rosshall Park, Glasgow
We carried out an extensive Condition Survey Report on the rock garden in early 2006. In 2010, after the Glasgow City Council secured HLF, we were engaged to return and carry out the recommended repairs and renovation works. We were on site for for a total of 6 weeks.
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