Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has supplied the Institute of Quarrying with quality commercial flag paving and kerbs to the award winning IQ Quarry Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The multiple award winning garden featured at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and was designed by garden expert Paul Hervey-Brookes. It won Best In Show, Best Construction and a Gold Medal. The garden has now been reimagined to fit a bespoke space just inside the entrance to the National Memorial Arboretum.
The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. It is located on a restored former sand and gravel quarry, which was gifted on a peppercorn rent by Tarmac with a 999 year lease.
Mark Barter, Sales Director for Charcon, comments: “It has been an honour to be involved in this project and see the garden installed as a permanent fixture within the National Memorial Arboretum for people to enjoy for years to come. Not only does the Quarry Garden aim to convey to the public how efficient quarrying can be, it also fosters young talent by supporting local students on their horticultural journey. It has been great to showcase the wonderfully creative ways of using Charcon’s Eco range products, which with their quality and durability, will truly stand the test of time in the Quarry Garden.”
Charcon’s 600mm x 600mm EcoPave® Textured flag paving in Grey Fleck has been used throughout the garden. This sustainable product, containing 50% recycled or reclaimed materials, incorporates uniquely formulated Cornish aggregates to optimise performance, durability and the aesthetic appeal of granite.
In addition, Charcon’s Eco Countryside® Kerb served as the garden edging and likewise replicates the look of natural granite. Being manufactured here in the UK from 82% recycled or reclaimed material content, it boasts excellent environmental benefits and is available in a choice of installed profiles.