RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Harris Digital captures a host of celebrities at this years 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show including Ringo Starr, Joanna Lumley, Helen Mirren, Christopher Biggins, Tommy Walsh to name just a few…

The Monument

monumentThe Monument, one of the City of London’s most outstanding landmarks and visitor attractions, will close on 30 July for an 18-month programme of improvements and repairs.

The £4.5 million project, funded by the City of London Corporation, will involve the cleaning and repair of the Monument’s stonework and the re-gilding of it’s famous golden orb. A range of new and improved facilities will be created such as a modified gallery “cage”, new lighting and, for people who do not want to climb the 311 stairs to the top, there are plans for live views to be relayed from the gallery to visitors on the ground.

Sir Christopher Wren’s flame-topped Monument to the Great Fire of 1666 is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. Completed in 1677, The Monument stands 202 ft high and is positioned 202 ft from the spot in Pudding Lane on which the Great Fire is believed to have started. Every year, over 100,000 visitors climb the 311 spiral steps to the Monument’s observation gallery to enjoy unique and exhilarating views across the Capital.

Repairs to The Monument have been carried out approximately every hundred years, with work last undertaken in 1888. The Monument is scheduled to re-open to visitors when the restoration work is completed in December 2008.

Pauline Halliday, Chief Commoner and Chairman of the City of London’s City Lands Committee, which is responsible for the Monument, said: “I am delighted that work will soon be underway to protect and enhance this historical landmark for current and future generations of visitors to the City of London”.

The restoration work will be carried out by Cathedral Works Organisation (Chichester) Ltd, which successfully completed the relocation of Temple Bar in 2004 for the City of London Corporation. Hare & Humphreys Ltd will be re-gilding the flaming orb this spring, restoring its brilliant shine with the application of over 30,000 leaves of gold.

monument-londonThe restoration is being filmed and photographed by Harris Digital Productions, who have set up the website www.themonument.info to show work in progress and updated information about the project.

Ringo Starr at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Harris Digital captures EX-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr at the official opening of the ‘Herbert Smith Garden for WaterAid’ at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Ringo Starr at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Janet Honour and Patricia Thirion of A Touch of France Garden Design with Ringo Starr

Images by John Harris of Harris Digital Productions

Ringo Starr with wife Barbara Bach on the WaterAid garden at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Ringo Starr with wife Barbara Bach on the WaterAid garden at the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Ringo Starr and Ngabaghila Chatata pumping water at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show WaterAid garden
Ringo Starr and Ngabaghila Chatata pumping water at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show WaterAid garden

ITV’s Love Your Garden

Harris Digital captures Matt James filming a feature for the new Alan Titchmarsh gardening programme on ITV.

Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh follows the nation’s favourite gardener as he travels the country with a team of esteemed experts to find some of Britain’s most beautiful domestic gardens and show viewers how to recreate the look themselves – all with minimum fuss.

Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh is on ITV1 on Fridays at 8pm

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Harris Digital visits the world’s largest flower show, which includes a huge floral marquee, roses galore and the RHS Edible Garden, set against the backdrop of Hampton Court Palace.

The show features show gardens, floral marquees and pavilions, talks and demonstrations. Erected on the north and south sides of the Long Water in Hampton Court Park, it is the second major national show after the Chelsea Flower Show but has a different character, focusing more on environmental issues, growing your own and cookery, while also opportunities to buy a whole range of gardening accessories, plants and flowers.

5–10 July 2011 –  Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


Monument wins City Heritage Award

One of London’s most historic landmarks, the Monument to the Great Fire of London, has won the annual City Heritage Award.

This prestigious award, now over 30 years old, is given each year to the best refurbishment project in the City.  Previous winners include; St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Bar and St Bartholomew’s Hospital West Wing.

The City of London Corporation’s restoration project of the Monument cost £4.5million and included a new viewing platform balustrade, cage, new telescopes, improved lighting, cleaner stonework and repairs to the architectural sculpture.  The “flaming” orb was reguilded and real-time panoramic views from the top are now relayed on a dedicated website.

The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman, Nick Anstee and Chairman of the City Heritage Society, Mr Desmond FitzPatrick

The plaque was unveiled by The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nick Anstee at a ceremony at the foot of the Monument.  The Lord Mayor said:

“More than 150,000 people visited the Monument each year before its restoration. Now the numbers are increasing exponentially.  So I am delighted the Monument has won one of the, if not the, premiere award for conservation and restoration of good buildings”.

Mr Desmond FitzPatrick, Chairman of the City Heritage Society said:  “This well loved feature of our city, now clean and beautifully restored, is again as it should be!”

For further information about the Monument visit www.themonument.info

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