Scottish Galvanizers has helped bring two commemorative sculptures back to life at an iconic landmark on behalf of the National Trust of Scotland.
The plant has provided its specialist galvanizing service free of charge to the renowned “Green Man” sculpture and accompanying bench situated in the Greenbank Garden, near Glasgow, following the damage by corrosion and rust of their original paintwork.
The pieces were commissioned in 2013 by the Friends of Greenbank Garden to commemorate the garden’s 250th anniversary, and were only in situ for 12 months before they began to show signs of damage as a result of being located permanently outdoors and open to the elements.
Greenbank House, which is situated just six miles from Glasgow’s city centre, has a decoration of a green man’s face peering from dense foliage, which is carved high on the front wall of the 250 year old house, giving a local metalworker the starting point for the Green Man sculpture situated in the gardens to mark the anniversary.
Paul Tait, Commercial Manager at Scottish Galvanizers, explained: “The National Trust for Scotland rightly wanted to celebrate this prestigious anniversary and the Friends of the Greenbank Gardens chose to do this through the creation of these sculptures. Many types of paint coatings won’t adequately protect pieces like this which are designed to be permanently outdoors, but by galvanizing them we have ensured they are brought back to their former glory.”
David Ferguson, Property Manager and Head Gardener at Greenbank Gardens, added: “We are most grateful to Scottish Galvanizers for giving our Green Man and bench a new lease of life and long-term protection free of charge. The 18th century estate is such an iconic landmark and was built for the tobacco lord, Robert Allason, remaining virtually unchanged since it was built, and we wanted to ensure that the sculpture and bench remain in the best condition possible, so we – and our many visitors – can continue to appreciate the history of the estate and gardens in the months and years to come.”
By Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd