An impressive feature, but not all good...
- Delivery: Four Stars
- Quality: Four Stars
- Price: Three Stars
This is quite a stunning feature. It has real presence in the garden and brings a significant 'wow' factor because it's so different from the normal arches and pergolas. However, it's a lot of money for what it is. The fit/finish of the wooden joints isn't great although, once up, you really don't notice the minor imperfections. Putting it up is a bit of a challenge at first and best done with several people, but my biggest concern is the lack of structural rigidity. Since there is no cross-bracing, the entire structure is vulnerable to folding lengthwise - the footings and connecting rods being no match for the long levers of the tall rings. I'm intending to solve this with small bracing cables, and accept that this may spoil the look, but better that than collapsing when blown, pushed or climbed on by a small child. Overall, I'm very pleased with the look, but have reservations about the design.
By Colin King , written on Tuesday 28th, June, 2016.