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Robert Hall recently visited the Eden Halls factory to see the new Burford, Birdlip, Blockley and Bourton Greenhouses being made and find out more about these revolutionary zero threshold F1 designed garden buildings.
I wanted to see the new range of Eden Zero Threshold Greenhouses for myself, there is no substitute!
Nathan Dodd (GardenSite PR) accompanied me on a cold January day as we headed down to Gloucester. If we are going to successfully promote and understand the new range of Eden Greenhouses we needed to get close up to them and find out what all the fuss is about.
Luckily the welcome from Steve Robert Shaw (Eden Halls MD), Will Robinson (Eden Halls General Sales Manager) and Pete Monahan (Eden Halls Marketing Manager) was far warmer than the weather that day.
Obviously, the first question I asked was where did the greenhouses names come from. According to Pete
"The new Eden Greenhouse range has been inspired by the
beautiful gardens of the Cotswold villages that can be found
in the countryside surrounding our factory and headquarters in rural Goucestershire."
And that's where the names originated from, too. The Eden Birdlip, Burford, Bourton and Blockley greenhouses all share the same characteristics in a range that starts at the 4ft wide Birdlip and extends up to the 10ft wide Blockley.
The first thing you notice is the elegant high eaves traditional stance that this new range of greenhouses has. At over 6ft tall I appreciate having that extra headroom. I was immediately drawn into the greenhouse to check out the reformed and newly designed ridge bar. Even though the cross section is a work of art in itself I still had to swing from it with all my 14st to prove to myself it was as strong as had been suggested. It did not disappoint, as it was rock solid.
Looking down confirms that there is NO threshold across the door at all. Low threshold greenhouses have been available for a few years but some of them encounter the persistent problem of small stones getting trapped at ground level causing the door action to jam or shudder. The new Eden No Threshold greenhouses were initially designed in conjunction with Randle Engineering, a company that is better known for its design initiatives with the McLaren Formula 1 team. They have certainly made a good job of it. Once the integral base is anchored to a hardstanding surface (concrete or flagstones are ideal) the structure is rock solid.
The extra wide guttering which can accommodate standard plumbing downpipes is both a clean and efficent way to gather rain water as well as being easy on the eye. The roof glass is mounted just proud of the eaves rail allowing a passage of air which stops the unsightly build up of moss as well as directing the rainwater directly into the gutters and keeping the greenhouse well vented in the summer months.
The glazing system displays a new initiative whilst the sturdy easy close lock is highly efficient. All in all this is undoubtedly a new breed of greenhouse that displays design and style initiatives at very realistic price points.
We have put our name down for a display model which we hope to get in the next month or so on show at our Sutton Coldfield garden centre.
Stocks are starting to build in the Eden warehouse ahead of the new season as we could see. Spring can't come quick enough for any of us now!
See the new range of Eden Greenhouses on Gardensite.
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