PHOTO GALLERY - Chelsea gold number four for top blacksmith

The owners of a local metalworking business are thrilled to have been instrumental in another gold medal winning garden at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Husband and wife team Tim and Fran Mackereth run Anwick Forge and have been heavily involved in the creation of the award-winning Urban Retreat Garden designed by Adam Frost of Stamford.

Anwick blacksmith Tim Mackereth and garden designer Adam Frost. EMN-150522-160630001

Anwick blacksmith Tim Mackereth and garden designer Adam Frost. EMN-150522-160630001

It has been a hectic few months involved in putting the project together with 13 hour days for Tim overseeing assembly of his work with 20 tradesmen on site in London due to the large amount of metalwork involved.

This is the fifth time the forge has worked with Adam on his Chelsea gardens and they have won four golds and a silver gilt.

A thrilled Fran said: “Adam started with the smaller gardens and has progressed to the larger ones. He has used mainly Lincolnshire suppliers and wanted to use Corten weathered steel, which is mainly used in shipping containers, but has been used for the Angel of the North and sculptures by Anthony Gormley.”

The sheets of steel had to be left outside for weeks and watered to weather to a chestnut brown.

Fran said: “We started production back in February as there have been lots of elements to it including 21 big square steel planters (weighing 1,500kg) sitting on the roof of a pergola made of polished Portland cement concrete and clad with more corten steel.”

The structure weighed about 14 tons.

More corten steel was corrugated to make water features, steel edges the pathways and formed the bug hotel and bee hive roof. The other main material used was cedar.

“It has been absolutely frantic, but to get a gold certainly makes it worthwhile,” said Fran.

The wildlife-friendly garden is inspired by the work of modernist architect Marcel Breuer. It is intended to sit comfortably in the urban environment and form a place for a small inner-city community to come together.