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Case Study - Garden Designer wins Gold using Western Red Cedar Slatted Screens and Decking

Having visited for information multiple times over the last 3 years studying Garden Design, Kevin Barnett knew exactly who to approach when he was using Western Red Cedar.

In early 2013, Kevin was approached by the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, with an offer to exhibit in a 6x6m stand at the centre of the exhibition. “This was a chance for me to showcase my design abilities as well as using it as a vehicle to engage visitors and promote my business”, explains Kevin. “I wanted to create a visually striking garden that would be the attraction of the show, but also a design that the visitors could realistically achieve at home.”

Since the stand was positioned in the middle of the exhibition, visual transparency was a core theme in the design. Silva Timber’s Western Red Cedar slatted screens were the perfect product to achieve a high quality aesthetic.

Using Western Red Cedar slatted screens and decking gave Kevin the attractive warm colours and contemporary look that he desired. Being very easy to work with was a key advantage, given that he was constructing it himself, with the help of some friends.


Kevin Barnett Design     

Kevin’s choice of decking was Western Red Cedar Cedardeck Clear. It is an exceptional decking material with immense aesthetic appeal.  It is virtually knot free and provides a wonderful focal point for any outdoor space.

Cedar deck and slatted screen

A perfect complementary backdrop can be achieved when using Western Red Cedar slatted screens together with cedar decking. A well-designed screen can be a wonderful focal point for an outdoor space, with a mixture of crisp horizontal lines, visually interesting shadow lines and beautiful warm tones.

Slatted Screens using Cedar 

Silva Timber holds stock for various lengths of cladding, decking and fence boards.  Kevin further explains, “Silva Timber were able to provide me with Western Red Cedar decking and fence boards in specific lengths, as well as expert advice, fasteners and wood treatment.”

Although this was Kevin’s first time exhibiting, it was extremely successful, being awarded the New Forest and Hampshire County Show Gold Medal Prize and an offer to exhibit again in 2014. 

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