- Hedgehog-friendly steel & aluminium panels for garden fencing or screens –
Stark & Greensmith, which won the coveted “Best in Show” award at the Landscape Show for its range of laser cut architectural fence panels and garden screens for domestic and commercial use, has teamed up with Provender Nurseries at the Landscape Centre in Swanley, Kent, the respected horticultural trade wholesaler.
Stark & Greensmith, an award-winning British product design studio, has installed a 12m long permanent display of its laser cut panels within Provender’s Display Glasshouse for trade and retail customers to visit, to understand the visual impact of the screens in a physical setting. The full range of Stark & Greensmith’s products is now on sale at Provender Nurseries. The partnership was announced at a recent launch attended by garden designers and landscapers who praised the products’ strong visual aesthetic. Highly respected garden designer and project manager Claire Vokins talked of the products’ “instant impact”.
Above – The display at Provender Nurseries and the recent launch, from left to right:: Landscape contractor Robert Morley, garden designer Lucy Welsh, shop manager at Provender David Topping, garden designer Claire Vokins, Kim Streak (office manager Stark & Greensmith), Tom Lovegrove (sales Stark & Greensmith), Martine Le Gassick (creative director Stark & Greensmith), Mat Webb-Jenkins (MD of Stark & Greensmith), Provender Nurseries MD Richard McKenna, and Liz Hughes, marketing and events at Provender.
The products were designed by Creative Director and Founder, Martine Le Gassick, who became frustrated with traditional and conventional fencing products because of their disappointing aesthetic qualities, short lifespan, restricted choice of designs, susceptibility to high winds and bad weather, and visible deterioration over time. Borne of that frustration, Martine designed her range of outdoor screens.
Martine Le Gassick said: “The chance to work with Provender Nurseries is a wonderful opportunity for us. Their offering to the landscape design and construction industries is excellent – we’re delighted to have our panels so prominently on display with them, and to have them as our first UK stockist.”
She added: “We wanted to create products which perform better than traditional fencing by using recycled materials where possible, which won’t rot, are maintenance free and should last 20 years. Our panels float 11cm above the ground as well, so that hedgehogs can move freely beneath them. Hedgehog numbers are in steep decline, and we wanted to respond to that serious challenge, but with a product that is also affordable, sustainable and beautiful.”
The panel range is now available to buy at Provender Nurseries, and online at the company’s web site: www.starkandgreensmith.com. In additional to the standard range, Stark & Greensmith also undertakes bespoke commissions, with current projects ranging from single panels in domestic settings, through to major commercial, leisure, hospitality and public realm commissions.
About the product range:
The panels embody affordable, British, modern yet timeless style. Retail prices start from £208 + VAT. Standard panel dimensions are 1780x1190x3mm (approximately 6’ high, 4’ wide and 3mm thick), and are made in weathering steel and powder coated aluminium, with Martine’s unique designs laser cut onto them.
The powder-coated aluminium was chosen for its clean aesthetic quality, an appearance it maintains over time, as it will not rust or decay.
The weathering steel was selected for the beautiful auburn rusted patina which it forms on contact with the atmosphere. This patina stabilises and protects the material itself, meaning the panel stays strong, even in sandy or coastal environments.
The panels are installed using a fixing system featuring stylish dark grey aluminium posts, and powder coated steel clamps; these panels are sustainable, as they’re made from 100% recycled steel and aluminium. They are maintenance free, wind resistant and look better over time. (They mature, rather than deteriorate.)
The panels can be used in a wide range of settings, including:
Standard items are held in stock and delivered to order.
Stark & Greensmith Ltd Phone: 01737 701088 or 07920040845 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @starkgreensmith
About Martine Le Gassick:
Martine Le Gassick is Founder and Creative Director at Stark & Greensmith. She has worked as a designer and property developer in a career spanning 20 years. Martine set up The Design Boutique in 2001 selling textile designs to a range of international companies including Diane von Furstenburg, Etro and Victoria’s Secret. Following a career break to become a mum, Martine became a property developer, and has successfully completed a number of projects, during which she honed her interior design and project management skills. Her design work is influenced by both her artistic and her property development background, resulting in spaces which are creative, individual and inviting, while remaining rational, functional and user-friendly. Details of her work can be found at www.martinelegassick.com
About Provender Nurseries:
Provender Nurseries supply top quality plants alongside excellent landscaping products, soils and composts and related horticultural sundries. They can supply all your horticultural needs from one location. Working closely with designers, landscapers and all other sectors of the horticultural industry they deliver all your needs in one drop, saving you time, expense and logistics. Already providing a great service and the finest plants, tools, soils and hard materials, the 17 acre site is well stocked with everything you could need to complete a job, from replanting a simple border, planting a large tree to sleepers.