Barn Cloche

A modern twist on an old and well proven cloche.   This is a barn cloche - or more correctly, the Chase barn cloche - was used extensively in market gardening for fruit, vegetable and salad production before the advent of polytunnels.  They are ideal for growers with veg plots, allotments and if very lucky, walled kitchen gardens.  Each cloche provides a growing area of little more than 4 sq.ft with a max height to the apex of 19”.

Availability:  These are made in batches and to order.  Please get in touch of you are interested.   They are a long term investment for the serious grower looking to produce early, top quality vegetables, fruit, salad crops and also cut flowers.  The more that are bought, the better the unit price.  The cloches are delivered free to the UK main post code areas, flat packed in a cardboard box with assembly instructions.  The prices are VAT inclusive.  Please ask if you need a VAT receipt.   Delivery is 4 working weeks.

Each cloche or set of cloches are delivered with a pair of end closure panes.  This means a single cloche with end panes will have a higher unit price than a multiple row of cloches with a pair of end closure panes.

Tel:   +44 (0) 792 1147865  or  01295 533230 email:  steven@spiraclimb.co.uk   Or use the contact link for here Contact

Price List Feb 2021 complete with untreated mild steel metal frame and galvanised metal clips and 4 pieces of acyrilc glaszing panes each 610 x 305 x 4 mm thick:

Price List Feb Ver 2 2021


If you have access to 3mm horticultural glass or wish to purchase the glazing panes yourself, we sell just the metal frame and clips alone.

Price List Feb 2021  for only the cloches' galvanised metal frame and clips:

Frame and Clips Prices


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The morning after a hard night’s frost and the grass inside the cloche remains free of frost.  


The advantages of using a cloche or a row of continous cloches are:

1.  The warm up the soil early in the season and produce an earlier crop.  Also, cropping later in the year is possible with the chance of two crops a year.

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2. The plants, especially young plants, are protected from harsh weather and also animal damage such as rabbits, pigeons and cats.  Full protection is provided by adding end closure panes to prevent access.  These are shaped to fit the cloch gable and simply held against the cloche ends by bamboo canes.  A pair of end panes is needed for a single cloche or a row of multiple cloches set up adjacent to one another.

end pane

3. Rain water and irrigation water fall off the cloche roof and side and soaks into the ground around the cloche.  However, the soil surface inside the cloche tend to remain dry and contrary to thinking, this has the very great advantage of helping prevent fingal disease in young plants.  There should  be no need to water inside the cloche.  By allowing the rain and irrigation water to surround the soil around the cloche, enough will migrate to the roots of the plants within the cloche and also those roots will ‘reach out’ towards the wetter soil aound the cloche making for stronger plants.

4.  Each cloche is nominally 610mm long, 630mm wide and 480mm high to  the apex.  (24” x 25” x 19” high). This means many full sized vegetables, fruiting plants and salad crops can be accomadated within the cloche.   Low Tomato bushes, melons, squash, dwarf beans, strawberries etc.  Early potatoes can be raised until the cloche is no longer needed and it can be moved to protect other crops. The same with sweetcorn. Rhubarb covered with a cloche will produce an early crop somewhere between forced and open ground grown.  If that’s not enough, cut flowers do very well under cloches. The assembled cloche weighs a little over 4kg (nearly 9 lbs), so, should withstand strong winds without being blown over.

5.  The barne cloche is assemebled from eight parts.  A galvanised ‘A’ frame, three galvanised strong wire clips and four pieces of clear acrylic sheeting, each 24” x 12” which is a standard horticultural size.  Assembly takes moments once the knack has been learned.  The assembled cloche can easily be lifted by the handle above the roof.  This means, when the time comes to harvest or cultivate the soil again, the cloches can be moved aside and they are out of the way.

The design of the ridge retainling clips allows one of the roof panes to be opened at the ridge to allwo ventilation.  This should be undertaken once the weather is warm and then left open, rather than keep opening and closing.

Originally, the glazing was 3mm horticultural glass and there is no reason whey it cannot be used now. However, this is vulnerable to breakage, has sharp edges and can’t be delivered mail order.  The modern alternative of clear acrylic perpex sheeting has excellent light transmission equal and better than glass.  Also, this material is nearly impossible to break making it suitable for mail order.  If you have access to glass or wish to buy your own, then the cloche frames and clips are sold separately.

If you have many of these barn cloches, they can be stacked vertically and nested when not in use.  Or they can be quickly dismantled and take up very little space.

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