The Quarry Garden is a celebration of the contribution the mineral extractives industry makes to our environment. It aims to show how crucial the industry has - and always will be - to our world. It is therefore rather fitting that one of the garden’s main features will be made using slate from Delabole quarry, the oldest of its kind in the UK (and probably the world).
Delabole Slate quarry, based in Cornwall, has a rich history of mining that spans hundreds of years. Its slate has been used as a building material for around 800 years, and it has been quarried continuously since the early 17th century. Over 10 million tonnes of slate has been quarried since it was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086!
In the late 19th century, approximately 1,000 men were employed to raise an average of 120 tonnes of slate per day. Today, using modern mining techniques and only five skilled quarrymen, an average of 120 tonnes of slate block is still quarried each day - a true testament to how far quarrying has progressed over time thanks to technological advancement.
Delabole Slate will be used to create the statuesque monoliths in the Quarry Garden which will be a key feature of the garden, working in combination with the mix of soft plantings to make a stunning garden for RHS Chatsworth visitors to enjoy.
We’re so excited to see Delabole slate contribute towards the Quarry Garden design, and help bring to life the importance of the quarrying industry to our modern world.
For more information on Delabole Slate visit www.delaboleslate.co.uk