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The Villiers Family Moved North... And Their Glasshouse Came Too


July 2020: When Graham Villiers and his wife Stephanie moved home from Southend in Essex to North Yorkshire, one of the more unusual possessions to make the journey was his greenhouse. Graham’s Griffin Glasshouse was already 15 years old when Stephanie suggested that he contact the manufacturers to see if it would be possible to move it.

“Griffin were brilliant,” says a delighted Graham. “They had the original drawings and, as we have moved to a listed property near Richmond, they even organised the planning permission for us. All I did was organise a new base and they did the rest. “I’ve loved it since the day it first went up and the cost of moving it was considerably less than having a new one built. It’s a bit like a time warp because working in the greenhouse is just as it was all those miles down south,” he adds. The greenhouse measures 8.9 m x 3.7 plus a porch and door. Graham and Stephanie grow tomato plants and all the bedding plants for the garden and use it for over-wintering shrubs and plants.

Linda Lane, managing director of Hampshire-based Griffin Glasshouses, said: “We simply unbolted the sections and loaded them onto a flat-back trailer for the journey to Marske and put them back together. There was no difficulty at all and the greenhouse is as good a new. It still has its life-time structural guarantee.”

Visit www.griffinglasshouses.com to find out more.

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This story was published on: 03/07/2020

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