Chelsea judges give Maxine their green seal of approval

Maxine Hunt with her Big Black House design trade stand at Chelsea flower show where she won "merit"
Maxine Hunt with her Big Black House design trade stand at Chelsea flower show where she won "merit"

DESIGNER Maxine Hunt will return home with the highest praise for her hard work – from the judges at Chelsea Flower Show.

Ironworker Maxine Hunt runs The Big Black House design company from her home at Blackshaw Clough Farm in Ripponden.

She was awarded a Merit for oustanding design of her trade stand at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Maxine specialises in designing and makes wrought iron garden goods. Maxine also makes garden sculpture, accessories as well as gates and railings.

“It’s really pretty unusual stuff,” said Maxine.

Maxine, 34, first made the trip to the world-renowned flower show in London last year and said she snapped up the chance for a return trip.

“It’s the most prestigious flower show there is so if you get in you’d be stupid not to go,” she said.

The awards were judged on press day and Maxine was overjoyed that her years of training and hard work had been recognised.

“It’s fantastic. Logistically it’s hard work to get here and set up but it’s nice to have the recognition for all the work we’ve put in,” said Maxine.

Friends Emma Breslin and Naomi Vergette D’souza volunteered their service to help her build and perfect the look of her stand.

The group spent nine days getting the stand ready to present to the judges.

Maxine was one of four West Yorkshire winners at the flower show. More than 600 exhibitors and 250 trade stands display their proud produce and designs at the show.

Maxine, who moved to Ripponden aged eight, began working with iron in 2002. She completed her degree in 3D design at the University of Central Lancashire.

She then went on to complete further college courses including in woodwork and qualified as a blacksmith.

One of her selling points is her work is now as green as possible. A wind turbine at the farm provides green energy for her working.

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