Following our visit to Deepdale Trees where we were given a tour of all the fantastic plants that will be used in the Quarry Garden, we went along to a Bradstone site a couple of weeks ago to take a look at how some of the garden’s stone features will be manufactured.
The tour took us round Bradstone’s Hulland Ward site in Derbyshire. It was really interesting to see how all the different types of stone are produced. The most unexpected thing for me was the sheer scale of the whole operation - huge mechanical robots are working away across the site, producing hundreds of stone slabs a day.
Another great thing to see was the lack of wastage. Everything from excess aggregates to water and even dust is recycled or filtered back into the system to be reused in some way. This was really great to see as it ties in with one of the key messages of the Quarry Garden, which is to challenge the preconception that quarrying and mineral extraction has to be wasteful and environmentally damaging when actually a huge amount of effort is put in to minimise this sort of impact.
It’s so exciting to see this project gaining further momentum and we’ve already learned so much working with Paul Hervey-Brookes throughout the process. As Horticulture students focusing on garden design, we came into this project with limited knowledge of hard landscaping, so it’s great to be given the chance to broaden our horizons. With just 12 weeks to go until the show, I can’t wait to see our garden design brought to life!
For more information on the NTU students and their involvement in the Quarry Garden project click here.