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Welding at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park?

Usually known for being a celebration of the best in gardening, a student from a West Suffolk village brought something a little different to the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park {Cheshire} this weekend.

Welding life-sized animal sculptures from horse shoes has gained Louise Bradfield, of Wickhambrook, a lot of attention. The two welded stags were placed at the entrance gates to the flower show, ensuring they were pride of place.

Louise failed her AS Levels two years ago and her father, Tom, who is a farmer and trained welder, suggested she learn how to weld. And that she did! Based at her dad’s farm, Louise makes a collection of animals including ducks, sheep, pigs and tortoisies.

Wanting to try something new, Louise never thought her welding projects would be so successful, having exhibited her work at Game and Country Fair in Norfolk in April, Houghton Hall International Horse Trials in May and the Woburn Abbey Garden Show in June.

The horse shows are placed into a forge, where the high temperatures allow them to be manipulated into a new shape using an anvil. They are then welded onto one another.

If you’d like to purchase one of Louise’s welding sculptures, please visit: