This summerhouse sits at the heart of the walled garden at Dumfries House. The Queen Elizabeth Garden is now one of the largest walled gardens in Scotland and produces vegetables for the estate’s cafe and restaurant.
The walled garden summerhouse was the 2012 Live Build project, part of the Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Apprenticeship programme.
The summerhouse was designed during the 3 week summer school by a group of students made up of architects, designers and craftspeople. I spent this first month teaching the students the basics of timber framing.
Following the 3-week summer school, the apprentices then take part in a 10 week live build, to turn their design into a real building. I oversaw the build process, a challenging balance of ensuring that the project ran to time whilst making sure the apprentices were getting a beneficial learning experience out of it!
Having been a Building Craft Apprentice myself the previous year, I jumped at the opportunity when I was asked to return as a tutor. I learnt so much through the Prince’s Foundation and am always keen to pass on my knowledge and skills, in order to keep the traditional craft of timber framing alive.