This year marks Haddonstone’s 50th anniversary. A significant achievement for any business, and certainly this family-owned company can be proud of how far it has grown over that time.
Founded in 1971, Haddonstone originally produced a modest range of six home and garden cast stone designs before exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show the following year.
Fast forward half a century and with purpose-built manufactories in both Northamptonshire, UK and Colorado, USA, Haddonstone now produces over 1,000 standard designs, including fountains, statuary and sundials as well as planters, garden furniture and balustrading. This is in addition to offering standard and bespoke stonework for a broad range of impressive architectural projects.
The company has been involved in many high-profile projects, including the Royal Pavilion, the centrepiece of the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury development in Dorset. It has also supplied its stonework to numerous Royal Horticultural Society gardens, the Royal School of Music, National Trust properties, hotels, religious buildings and residential developments across the UK and globally.
The pandemic saw orders for Haddonstone’s aspirational garden designs increase considerably. Many clients rediscovered their love of gardening during the national lockdowns and Haddonstone’s beautiful stonework was chosen to add personality, charm and structure.
‘Haddonstone was created by my father, working out of our garage. Now, 50 years later, we’re an international company with clients around the globe,’ says the company’s Managing Director, David Barrow. ‘I’m exceptionally proud of Haddonstone; not only of what we’ve achieved over this time, but of the fantastic people who’ve made this company what it is and of what we’ll achieve together in the future.’
Despite the challenges of the past two years, Haddonstone has continued to develop the skills of its workforce and has recruited several new members of staff from the local area for both its head office and manufactory. The company has also significantly invested in its production facilities over the past year – visibly signalling its confidence in the future.
Haddonstone is also committed to supporting various charitable causes. A team takes part in an annual sponsored cycle event for the local Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Last year it supported Horatio’s Garden, a national charity that creates beautiful gardens at NHS spinal injury centres.
David is clearly positive about the future: ‘We are committed to supporting longterm sustainability across everything we do. We source the highest-grade, British natural limestone from an environmentally conscious supplier and sustainability policies are embedded across our production, including energy and resource conservation, reducing pollution and waste, recycling, and minimising our use of hazardous substances. We are also currently partnering with Cranfield University to assess cast stone manufacturing’s carbon footprint, implementing better efficiencies and working towards achieving carbon neutrality.
‘We are continually growing as a brand,’ he says, ‘and I look forward to Haddonstone’s next chapter.’