Greenhouse 5 Update – February 2018

Photo by Martin Hewer

Current state of greenhouse

(Photo by Martin Hewer)
All vegetation and roof glass has been removed. Also all the 40 rotten roof glazing bars have been removed. The sagging side horizontal beam on the east side where 2 or 3 vertical support timbers had rotted has been jacked up to remove distortion of the structure. The ridge timber has been tied to the wall at the south end with a long timber tie to stabilise the structure without any glass in the roof.
Estimates for work to be done
John Wyatt who heads up a joinery firm has had a good look at the structure and submitted estimates as below:
a) Works to stabilise the main structure – £1650
b) Supply 40 roof glazing bars and 19m condensation channel – £1200
The wood used in the above will be Accoya which is the world’s leading high technology wood with durability matching or exceeding that the best tropical hardwoods.
John writes that he is excited to be part of the project and has provided good contacts for glass supply, etc
Next steps
1) Immediate procurement of tarpaulins to enable us to dry out the structure is number 1 priority
2) Obtain quotes for supply of glass
3) Work out a safe but inexpensive means of access to the upper part of the structure
4) Work up funding application

Tim Parkinson
GH5 Facilitator

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