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Cumbria farm teams up with natural stone manufacturer for Victorian garden display

AN exciting collaboration between the UK’s leading manufacturer of British natural stone and one of Cumbria’s newest visitor attractions will be showcased at this year’s Holker Garden Festival.

Burlington Stone and Old Hall Farm, Bouth, have been working together for the past three months to plan an impressive Victorian quarry scene display leading in to Burlington’s 2014 festival show garden.

Nick Williams, commercial director at Burlington Stone, said: “Collaborating with Old Hall Farm creates a really unusual and unique way to not only stage our show garden, but to also showcase our stone from its natural form to a finished product.”

Side by side, Old Hall Farm and Burlington Stone will stage a quarry scene from the Victorian ages which will also be the back drop to Burlington’s 2014 show garden.

Looking at how stone was quarried and used in the production of roads, Old Hall Farm will demonstrate road laying from the olden days, using stone quarried from Burlington’s Baycliff limestone quarry.

This scene will lead into the garden to show how the quarried stone can be used to create a stunning garden, in keeping with Victorian times.

Burlington’s garden, named ‘Oasis’, will incorporate a limestone paving area allowing for outdoor living whilst overlooking a water feature.

A dining table and worktop made from 450 million year old Broughton Moor slate, will define the living and eating space.

Old Hall Farm and its owners Alex and Charlotte Sharphouse were a big hit at last year’s show, giving visitors an insight into 19th century working farm life.

This year’s quarrying scene aims to make just as much impact, with traditional machinery including a Ruston Bucyrus face shovel digging a lime stone quarry face.

Alex Sharphouse, from Old Hall Farm, Bouth, said: “We had great feedback from last year’s show and we’re really looking forward to our second festival. We hope to show visitors something a little different with our display and showcase just a small part of Old Hall Farm’s historic collection.”

The Holker Garden Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel showcases the very best of gardening, countryside, food and crafts. A three day summer spectacle will take place from Friday May 30 to Sunday June 1.

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