Newport gardener builds 26ft tall flower tower

Newport gardener builds 26ft tall flower tower

CT_575_010 Edward Hayes on top of his 26ft high flower tower he has created in his garden in Beechwood, Newport (7746289)

CT_575_001 Edward Hayes on top of his 26ft high flower tower he has created in his garden in Beechwood, Newport (7746513)

CT_575_002 Edward Hayes with his 26ft high flower tower he has created in his garden in Beechwood, Newport (7746804)

CT_575_003 Edward Hayes inside his 26ft high flower tower he has created in his garden in Beechwood, Newport (7746941)

CT_575_004 Edward Hayes on top of his 26ft high flower tower he has created in his garden in Beechwood, Newport (7747035)

CT_575_005 Edward Hayes on top of his 26ft high flower tower he has created in his garden in Beechwood, Newport (7747134)

CT_575_006 Edward Hayes on top of his 26ft high flower tower he has created in his garden in Beechwood, Newport (7747173)

First published in News

A NEWPORT gardener has taken plant pottering to the extreme as he has built a 26ft tall flower tower in front of his house.

Edward Hayes, 71, of Gibbs road, Beechwood, is the proud creator of the 5ft square and 26ft tall tower.

“It’s called the flower tower,” said the garden enthusiast.

The structure is made of six steel sections, welded together and for extra green credentials, the steel is all recycled from old office desks.

“My main job is buying and selling office furniture. I had all this steel left over and thought I’ve got to make use of it,” said Mr Hayes.

“It’s something unusual – something nobody’s got.”

It took the semi-retired 71-year-old three months to complete, around his other work.

The tower, at the end of Mr Hayes’ drive and in front of his dining room window, is made up of 128 individual flower pots, each planted with five different plants.

T o create the mixtures of colour, the pots are largely filled with geraniums and fuchsias.

Most of the plants on there are home-grown from cuttings.

About 16ft of the tower can be seen from the road, which has undoubtedly been attracting some attention.

Mr Hayes said: “The neighbours adore it. A lot of people stop by and stop the car and take pictures of it and ask me questions. It’s out of this world.”

Maintaining the tower is no easy task, with the Beechwood gardener spending up to three hours watering and trimming twice a week.

Mr Hayes has already replanted the entire tower once after originally filling it with daffodils and tulips.

He said: “I designed it, cut the metal and welded it myself.

“Everything was done by me and that’s why I’m proud of it.”

This isn’t the first time Mr Hayes has set about on an original project.

He said: “Forty years ago I picked up a shovel and built an indoor swimming pool in a terraced house. I like unusual projects.”

And it doesn’t look like it’ll be his last.

He said: “I don’t feel 71. I’ve already got another one designed in my mind for next year.”

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11:11am Wed 2 Jul 14

sooty001 says...

Nice to see someone giving pleasure to others, well done Edward.
Nice to see someone giving pleasure to others, well done Edward. sooty001
  • Score: 13

11:53am Wed 2 Jul 14

bobbajob says...

Brilliant! British eccentricity at its best!
Brilliant! British eccentricity at its best! bobbajob
  • Score: 12

11:54am Wed 2 Jul 14

snafu1 says...

D,ont want to put the mockers on your creation ,but be prepared for a visit from ncc planning dept
D,ont want to put the mockers on your creation ,but be prepared for a visit from ncc planning dept snafu1
  • Score: 16

1:12pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bobbajob says...

I am sure they will treat it as a temporary structure and exempt it - snafu, don't be a party pooper.
I am sure they will treat it as a temporary structure and exempt it - snafu, don't be a party pooper. bobbajob
  • Score: 4

3:47pm Wed 2 Jul 14

-trigg- says...

I'm not sure I'd want one of these in my neighbour's garden but if those living nearby don't mind then great.

However, if one of his neighbours does lodge a complaint, the council will have to deal with this accordingly - considering the pictures show that someone can comfortably stand on the top platform there could easily be issues regarding an expectation of privacy.
I'm not sure I'd want one of these in my neighbour's garden but if those living nearby don't mind then great. However, if one of his neighbours does lodge a complaint, the council will have to deal with this accordingly - considering the pictures show that someone can comfortably stand on the top platform there could easily be issues regarding an expectation of privacy. -trigg-
  • Score: 4

7:45pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

....and what about the safety aspect....with all the gale force winds we've had in recent times......would his and his neighbour's properties be covered if it toppled over......I doubt his house in insurance would cover it.
....and what about the safety aspect....with all the gale force winds we've had in recent times......would his and his neighbour's properties be covered if it toppled over......I doubt his house in insurance would cover it. Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bobbajob says...

I wonder what sort of compost he's using, if it peat based , is it from a sustainable source? What about working at height regulations, does he wear a harness or perhaps a parachute......LIGHT
EN UP YOU BORING SODS ( of turf editor)
I wonder what sort of compost he's using, if it peat based , is it from a sustainable source? What about working at height regulations, does he wear a harness or perhaps a parachute......LIGHT EN UP YOU BORING SODS ( of turf editor) bobbajob
  • Score: 7

9:44am Thu 3 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

snafu1 wrote:
D,ont want to put the mockers on your creation ,but be prepared for a visit from ncc planning dept
you took the words out of my mouth, 'Elf and safety brigade ' will be popping round soon with orders that it's taken down!
[quote][p][bold]snafu1[/bold] wrote: D,ont want to put the mockers on your creation ,but be prepared for a visit from ncc planning dept[/p][/quote]you took the words out of my mouth, 'Elf and safety brigade ' will be popping round soon with orders that it's taken down! inkyskin
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bobbajob says...

Health and Safety and Planning are two different entities - as different as a fushia and a geranium
Health and Safety and Planning are two different entities - as different as a fushia and a geranium bobbajob
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Thu 3 Jul 14

JanJenkins says...

Does he have planning permission? You do if you build a tree house that can been seen from off the property!
Does he have planning permission? You do if you build a tree house that can been seen from off the property! JanJenkins
  • Score: 0

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