Stone WallingWe are a family-run landscaping, garden design and stone walling business which is 100% committed to customer satisfaction.
We are based in the small rural town of Accrington which owes many of it's surroundings to Dry Stone Walling and the beauty of the Pennines, We provide a bespoke garden design and landscaping service throughout the North West. We have created beautiful gardens throughout Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Southern Scotland and North Wales.
We specialise in both traditional and contemporary garden design including - Natural Stone, Welsh & Lakeland slate, Rock and Water Gardens, Courtyard Gardens, English Formal Gardens as well as traditional Asian gardens.
Working closely with our clients we take into consideration their practical needs and own design ideas, the end product being gardens that are always distinctive, original and created from thoughtful design.
Dry Stone Walling
Dry stone walls are key features in areas throughout the Pennines & the British Isles, many being thousands of years old.
Dry stone walls are important for farming because they contain livestock, shelter crops, and outlast other types of field boundary many times over.
Dry Stone Walls are also essential to the landscape of this country as they can act as wildlife corridors providing homes for plants, insects, reptiles, mammals and are indicators of our historical cultural heritage.
Because Dry Stone Walls draw on the character, local distinctiveness and landscape of specific places they are sometimes listed as archaeological monuments. Aesthetically some Dry Stone Walls are considered to be 'an unintended beauty' because of the pattern that naturally occurs as the stones are placed together. With all this in mind, it is vital that this indigenous craft tradition is kept alive by maintaining existing walls and constructing new ones.
Dry stone walls are a dominant landscape feature of the Pennines. Together they are the largest man made feature in the Yorkshire Dales and Pennines. A survey in 1988 recorded over 8000 km (5000 miles) together with 1000 km (620 miles) of hedgerow and 250 km (155 miles) of fence. Some dry stone walls have been allowed to fall into disrepair as farms amalgamate, or even removed altogether to make larger fields, but most are maintained as an essential part of farming systems.
The principal functions of field boundaries are to mark a piece of land and to limit the movement of animals. Initially this may have been to keep wild animals away from crops or domesticated animals, but their main uses today are to indicate ownership of land and to help manage sheep, cows and horses and prevent them eating crops or escaping. Some field walls are amongst the oldest man made features of the Pennines landscape but most of those still in use were built during the last five hundred years.
Walling is hard work: our craftsmen can do maybe two to three metres in a day, which entails lifting about three tonnes of stone. The reward – apart from an OK but hardly generous wage – lies in making something natural and sound and beautiful that, looked after, will stand for centuries.
Mortared Stone Walling
A mortared stone wall is built using mortar to hold it together and is usually pointed giving it a different finish to a dry stone wall
The key to good mortared stone work is an even spread of mortar between the stones. A good piece of wall combines the factors of constructional strength with neatness of finish. Craftsmanship involves the marriage of these two factors to produce an end result that is both neat and strong.
It is important to remember that a good craftsman is not charging more, simply because the end result is neater and arguably looks better, but primarily because the whole wall has been built better and as a result also looks neater than a poorly built wall.
Stone walls add beauty and form to your gardens and outdoor yards. A mortared stone wall is strong and stable, adding the feel that it's been there for years.
Cottage gardens appeal to the romantic in all of us. Their generous variety of plants growing together in a relatively small space speaks of bounty and life -- not to mention making for a perfectly manageable backyard garden project -- and the overall look reminds us of a simpler, gentler time.
Wall Rock Gardens
let you play with garden ideas in spots you may have never imagined -- mortared walls, stone steps, loosely laid drystone, brick walls andmore. Wall rock garden ideas result in lovely contrasts between color and texture, and the stones, bricks, and rocks often protect the plants roots from the sun.
Stone Walls & Steps
Stone walls and steps are natural rock-garden sites and make great wall rock garden ideas, since many plants grow on rocky outcroppings in their native habitats. The stones regulate temperature by keeping the direct sun off roots and by retaining warmth even after the sun goes down, which the foliage appreciates.
Vertically-inclined wall rock garden
Vertically-inclined wall rock garden love mortared walls. Mortared walls often allow space for plants to take root at the top and base of the wall, and half-planters may be filled with trailing plants and hung at intervals to cover the surface.