Scotney greenhouse

Case Study

A Scotney Greenhouse for a 14th Century hall

11 February 2015 | Daisy Faughnan

The owners of a medieval hall in West Sussex dating back to 1340 wanted to replace an old, unused orchard with a kitchen garden that was productive, low maintenance and attractive.

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National Trust Collection

Project Overview


Scotney Greenhouse from The National Trust Collection


4m x 2.6m


Wood Sage (RAL 7032)

The National Trust Scotney Greenhouse was the ideal size for the tasks that our clients were planning to undertake in their new space. We designed cold frames along the west gable end, side vents on the south side and roof vents on the north side and ensured the positioning of this kitchen garden was optimised for the perfect growing conditions. Traditional side benching was included along the left and back edge and an internal reservoir with pump installed.

The client wanted some blue brickwork to be visible in a line under the sill of the greenhouse. Our building works department, along with the design office, were able to include this in the final design.

The rest of the garden was designed by Taylor Tripp Garden Designers; who understood the client’s needs for an aesthetically pleasing space, by adding raised beds, espalier fruit, and an ornamental fruit cage. The whole family can get involved with growing, and the customers are delighted with the new greenhouse and garden.

“We needed to restore what was marvellous about the Gardens and the glasshouse, with reference to what went before but with the benefits of modern thinking and technology. Alitex have done exactly that with the glasshouse structure.”

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