A local Wiltshire man has received a lottery funding boost for his plans to build a summer house overlooking his rockery. Dave Charlton, 48, was said to be delighted and surprised but excited at the prospect.
"A lot of people comment on my rockery while walking up the path and I thought it would be nice to have a little place where people can sit and reflect on the rockery. It's well established, which is a gardening term for overgrown but you can still see the large rocks. We often ponder how they got the rocks from the lorry to the corner of the garden and why they were placed there. It was put in by the previous owners and although I can't accurately date it, I'd say it's over 10 years old and it catches the late evening sun," said Dave
The funding had been in doubt due to the recession but a timely intervention from Lord Young convinced the funding committee to spend 'like you're Viv Nicholson on acid'. Dave will still need to find about one third of the cost but the funding had narrowed the gap.
The proposed summer house would have wide doors with contemporary anodised bronze door handle, high internal eaves, optional double-glazing, tongue and groove roof and floor, a veranda and three chairs and a table. A small path will deviate off the main path to the summer house and there will be stepping stones from it to the rockery.
"I am tremendously grateful after two previous plans for a gazebo and conservatory respectively were turned down. There's a lot of criticism about funding and who gets it but this approval and my wife securing funding for her Lesbian Vampires Against Aromatherapy Society has certainly put my faith back in the system," added Dave