Ironart fruit cages in Gardens Illustrated magazine

Ironart are featured in Gardens Illustrated magazine this month. The magazine’s July issue which went on sale last Friday – includes a design sourcebook editorial page on “Fruit cages: made-t0-measure garden solutions to protect your fruit and vegetables”. The editors picked up on a gothic fruit and vegetable cage we made for talented Garden Designer Marion Mako, which graces a beautiful garden near Colerne on the edge of Bath. Here’s a link to that particular gothic bespoke fruit cage on our website. If you grow fruit and vegetables, have a  problem with birds and would like an elegant solution to the problem.. please get in touch.

Fruit cage design by Marion Mako Gardens   01453 872 041 
Gardens Illustrated - July 2015

Restoration of a three seat Fern Coalbrookedale bench

Martin has just finished restoring this beautiful cast iron three seat Coalbrookedale bench.  Coincidentally we have had a two seat fern Coalbrookedale in for restoration at the same time (pics of that one to follow shortly)

If you are lucky enough to have (or think you have!) an antique cast iron bench sitting in your garden in a state of disrepair, they can be very valuable and it is worth looking at getting it restored. If you would like to talk to us about restoring cast iron benches please pick up the phone. In the first instance it’s useful to have some photographs to send through on an email too so we can make an initial appraisal, please visit the Contact Us page on our website for more info.


Three Seat Fern Coalbrookedale bench - before


Three seat Fern Coalbrookedale bench - After

The Oak Leaf balustrade

We were recently commissioned to make up a sample panel for a bespoke balustrade. The design is based on hand forged oak leaves. We have yet to make the balustrade, but thought it would be fun to show you what the guys came up with.

Oak leaf balustrade detail

Oak leaf balustrade detail

Jason finishes his NHIG course

Jason has finished his National Heritage Ironwork Group One-year course (Advanced Skills of Ironwork Restoration) with flying colours.

The NHIG organising team arranged a day at Hampton Court for all the students which was an opportunity to award prizes and celebrate their achievements. Jason took his family up to London for the event and received a special award from Dave Field his course assessor for “Progress in Conservation in Heritage Iron work”.

Chris Topp NHIG Chairman, course tutors and placement sponsors were also present at the event, as well as friends and family of all the students. Everyone went on a tour of the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and the famous Tijou screens during the afternoon.

Jason is over the moon about his award (as was six-year old Olly who was very proud of his dad).  Jason said, ” It was a fantastic experience and a great way to bring closure to a year of hard work.”