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Design & Build

I had a brief to build a garden rookery out of reclaimed walling stone in the style of a boat.

My client wanted a design similar to a boat. This was to be panted up a a rockery, when complete.

I started on an initial design, sketched in pen.

I later embellished the image, so the client knew what I had in mind and what could be achieved with the reclaim walking stone he had.

This is the proposed site for the rockery.

We start the group work. making sure the foundations are solid ready to start work on the dry stone wall rockery.

With the site been next to a parking bay, the client wanted the stone to be secure in case it got knocked by a car. I decided to to buffer the upright stone with breeze blocks for security.

I then start the build phase, from the foundations upwards!

There was sone lovely stone to work with on this job. It had some fantastic square edges and needed very little dressing, making my job a lot easier than having rough stone.

Example of the wall with back filler going in. Tis helps with securing the wall and with drainage.

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Finished Garden Rockery

The finished wall from the front side.

Garden rockeries are an ecological and environmentally a great way of giving garden space character. They are environmentally friendly if they are designed and built with sustainability in mind. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Choice of materials: When building a rockery, it is important to choose materials that are environmentally friendly. This means avoiding materials that have been chemically treated or have negative environmental impacts. Natural stones are good choices as they are long-lasting and durable.

  2. Soil erosion: Garden rockeries can help prevent soil erosion by holding the soil in place. This is especially important if your garden is on a slope, as the rockery will help to prevent soil from washing away during heavy rain.

  3. Plant selection: When designing your rockery, choose plants that are native to your area and well-suited to your garden's conditions. This will help to create a sustainable garden that requires less watering and fertilization.

  4. Water conservation: Consider adding a water feature to your rockery, such as a small pond or waterfall. This will not only add to the aesthetic appeal of your garden but also provide a habitat for wildlife.

  5. Maintenance: Regular maintenance is important to keep your rockery looking good and functioning properly. Use natural pest control methods and avoid the use of chemical fertilizers or herbicides.

A well-designed and maintained garden rockery can be environmentally friendly and provide a beautiful addition to your garden.

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