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Erecting marquees on bumpy or uneven surfaces
In an ideal world all gardens would be level as bowling greens and have vehicular access right next door. In reality gardens come in all shapes and sizes and most of the time marquees are erected well away from car parking.
Most garden surfaces can be covered one way or another but there are a few that are unrealistic for marquees. Unless they are prepared to pay for a scaffolder to build a temporary level platform then it’s time to regretfully and politely walk away. This happens very rarely, people who have incredibly uneven gardens generally know that they’re not suitable for marquees.
Some tips and tricks on marquees over uneven ground:
- Customers are often concerned about sloped gardens. The marquee will go up easily but they’re concerned about furniture. An easy solution, take their garden furniture and test the slope. If they’re happy to sit on it then it’s fine to use a marquee for a sit down meal.
- Avoid chocking up table legs. Chairs are a set height in comparison to tables, chocking up a table makes the guest look like a toddler at an over sized dinner.
- Fill any holes in the garden before laying flooring. We used bark chippings as they’re garden friendly, cheap and easy to have a bag of in the van though can be a little spongy in large quantities. Alternatives are sand or newspaper. Lay plastic first to make it easy to clean up afterwards.
- Remember you can always go over flower beds and small trees/bushes to make them a feature in the marquee. You lose a bit in useable floor space but it might give you a flatter area to erect the marquee.
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