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  1. Welsh Slate and Breedon Special Aggregates products feature on four Chelsea Flower Show gardens

    Welsh Slate and Breedon Special Aggregates products feature on four Chelsea Flower Show gardens

    Products from Breedon Special Aggregates and Welsh Slate feature at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

     A plethora of products from Breedon Special Aggregates and Welsh Slate, part of the Breedon Group, feature on a quartet of gardens at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (May 22-27).

    Blue Grey roofing slates from Welsh Slate’s newly re-opened Ffestiniog quarry feature alongside decorative aggregates and Breedon Golden Amber self-binding gravel from Breedon Special Aggregates on the RBC Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by acclaimed garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes.

    His garden theme reflects the passing down of knowledge from generation to generation. Built by GK Wilson Landscapes, it also features 4” and 6” solid concrete blocks from Breedon’s Wickwar site, building sand from Severn Sands, standard bagged cement, and MOT-type aggregate from its Dowlow site.

    Paul Hervey-Brookes also mentored two container and balcony gardens using Breedon Special Aggregates materials - The Shifting Garden and The Hampdon Stargart Garden. The Shifting Garden was designed by The Chelsea Gardener to maximise the limited space of typical urban gardens and uses 14mm Cotswold Buff decorative aggregate from Breedon’s Holme Hall site.

    The Hampdon Stargart Garden was built by Sebastian Brand and designed by Joanne Edmonds and Camilla Windsor-Clive as a sensory healing space for visually impaired people. It uses Breedon Golden Amber.

    The fourth garden is the Talitha Arts Garden designed by Carey Garden Design to recognise the therapeutic effect the creative arts can have. It was built by Landcraft, also using 14mm Cotswold Buff.

    All the decorative aggregates and Breedon Golden Amber Gravel can be bought online.

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  2. Genuine Welsh Slate decorative aggregates direct from our own quarries

    Genuine Welsh Slate decorative aggregates direct from our own quarries

    This spring, why not spruce up your outdoor space with decorative slate aggregate.  Our slate aggregate is as popular as ever among gardeners who want to add an elegant touch to their outdoor spaces. These versatile stones can be used in a variety of ways to enhance the look of your garden, and their natural texture and colour make them a perfect complement to plants and other garden features.

    Slate Chippings are made from natural slate and are available in a range of sizes and colours, including Plum, Blue and Grey.

    Why Use Decorative Slate Chipping in Your Garden?

    Here are some of the reasons why you should consider using decorative slate chippings in your garden:

    • Adds Texture and Contrast

    The natural texture and colour of decorative slate chippings make them a perfect complement to plants and other garden features. These stones add depth and contrast to your garden, making it more visually appealing.

    • Low Maintenance

    Decorative slate chippings require very little maintenance and do not need to be replaced every year, making it an ideal choice for busy gardeners. This means that you can enjoy the beauty of these stones without the hassle of frequent upkeep.

    • Durable

    Decorative slate chippings are incredibly durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions, making it a great choice for outdoor use. Unlike some other landscaping materials, decorative slate chippings do not break down or decompose over time.

    • Environmentally Friendly

    Decorative slate chippings are an eco-friendly option for your garden.

     

    How to Use Decorative Slate Chipping in Your Garden

    Here are some of the most popular uses for these stones:

    • Pathways

    Decorative slate chippings can be used to create beautiful and functional pathways in your garden. These stones are durable and slip-resistant, making them a great choice for high-traffic areas.

    • Water Features

    Decorative slate chippings can be used to create beautiful water features in your garden, such as streams or waterfalls. The natural colour and texture of these stones make them a perfect complement to the water.

    • Decorative Accents

    Decorative slate chippings can be used as a decorative accent in your garden. These stones can be arranged in unique patterns or used to create beautiful borders around garden beds or other features.

     

    Decorative slate chippings are a versatile and attractive landscaping material that can add a touch of elegance to any garden. Whether you use them to create beautiful pathways or water features, these stones are sure to enhance the look of your outdoor space. With their low maintenance requirements and eco-friendly nature, decorative slate chippings are a great choice for any gardener looking to add a touch of nature to their garden.

     

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  3. Online Product Selector for Flooring and Paving

    Online Product Selector for Flooring and Paving

    Together with Welsh Slate, we have introduced an online product selector that helps you visualise natural slate in flooring and paving applications.

    The user-friendly visualiser tool gives users – homeowners, self-builders, specifiers, interior designers and architects – the ability to choose flooring and paving options such as product, colour (grout / joint colours), finish and size.

    This free service does not require you to upload an image, and the layout, with up to four mixes of sizes for new-build and refurbishment projects, is ready to view in super quick time.

    Products for flooring and paving are available in Dark Blue Grey or Heather colours, and up to two finishes and seven size ranges.

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  4. Competition Time - Upload your photos

    Competition Time - Upload your photos

    Win 2 tickets for Zip World Velocity 2 and lunch! 

    A unique and exhilarating experience: the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. Velocity 2 will take you zooming down the 1.5 kilometre zip line, soaring above Penrhyn Quarry where you can travel at speeds of up to and over 100 mph while taking in spectacular views of Snowdonia

    Penrhyn Slate Quarry, located near Bethesda in North Wales, is home to Zip World Velocity 2. Enjoy the view of zippers flying by whilst having lunch in the Blondin Restaurant, experience the Penrhyn Quarry Tour on one of the famous red trucks, then take on Velocity 2 itself!

    To learn more about the ride of a lifetime visit Zip World Velocity https://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventure/velocity 

    For your chance to win, simply:-

    Upload your photo to www.ukstonedirect.com/competition-upload-your-photos showing your project using our Welsh Slate Decorative aggregates (4000KB maximum)

    The closing date is the last working day of the month, the winner will be selected at random and will be notified by the 7th working day of the following month

    All T & C’s can be viewed at https://www.ukstonedirect.com/competition-terms-and-conditions 

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  5. Architectural and landscaping products from Welsh Slate feature on award-winning illustrator’s new home.

    Architectural and landscaping products from Welsh Slate feature on award-winning illustrator’s new home.

    Our beautiful, genuine Welsh Slate landscaping and architectural products continue to prove as popular as ever, as customers enjoy the benefits of high quality, technically superior natural slate coming direct from our own quarries in North Wales.  We can provide homeowners with the reassurance they know exactly where their material is coming from and that it is sourced sustainably and ethically.

     Recently our Architectural and landscaping products from Welsh Slate feature on award-winning illustrator’s new home.

     Award-winning British comic book artist and illustrator Charlie Adlard is enjoying a new lease of life in a new home featuring a building material that is seriously old!

    Charlie has been a “veteran” of the comic industry for more than 25 years and recently finished a 15-year spell working on The Walking Dead series which was adapted for television by US network AMC in 2010. Charlie himself appeared in the pilot as a zombie extra!

    Now free to pick and choose his own projects, including life drawing sessions and single illustrations for music, films and other media, Charlie is working from his new home on the banks of the River Severn in his hometown of Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

    The house, which was designed as one of a pair by AHR Architecture, uses Welsh Slate products on various aspects – as vertical cladding on elevational features including a “chimney” on the house, and for hard landscaping, as walling and copings to terraces and walls in the landscaped gardens.

    The architectural and landscaping products manufactured by Welsh Slate at its main Penrhyn quarry near Bangor are produced from a material that is 500 million years old, but at Charlie’s three-storey, split-level house, it has been used to complement the contemporary aesthetics of the building.

    The cladding is from Welsh Slate’s Penrhyn Heather range, in a Honed finish, while the pillared walling is from the same Penrhyn quarry with a textured finish and the same Honed finish also features on the copings.

    Charlie said he specified the Welsh Slate products for a variety of reasons. One was sustainability (the garden features an extensive photovoltaic array), the other sentimentality!

    “The house, as much as possible, is hopefully as environmentally friendly as we could make it, so a natural product like Welsh slate works with that remit. We also wanted to use as much locally sourced product as possible.

    He also explained that his family has a strong connection to North Wales. His wife is Welsh - her family come from Bangor and Anglesey - so to them it made sense to source local materials from that area to complement their house design. They had always known about Welsh Slate, having visited the area many times, and eventually having a holiday home in Beaumaris that virtually looks across the Menai Strait to the quarry.

    Charlie added: “The use of the Welsh Slate products has been mainly decorative, and they have made a striking natural addition to the modern look of the building. It’s the first time we have used Welsh Slate and we love it!”

     

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  6. Interior Designs

    Interior Designs

    As the days start to shorten and more time is spent inside, thoughts turn to interior projects.  For centuries natural stone has been the building material of choice thanks to its technical characteristics, longevity and aesthetic appeal.  Therefore consumers throughout the centuries and decades have chosen natural stone for use in their
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  7. And the next train for slate aggregate is stopping at …

    And the next train for slate aggregate is stopping at …

    As part of the Breedon Group, we extend our commitment to sustainable rail infrastructure. A joint initiative between Breedon Group, Network Rail and the Welsh Government has brought the disused Llandudno Junction freight yard sidings back to life. The Llandudno Junction freight yard had not been used for several years but extensive work -
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  8. Sustainability through Quality

    Sustainability through Quality

    At our sister company, Welsh Slate, the environment we work in is extremely important to us.  To this end, we are continuously identifying ways in which we can reduce the impact on the environment of our quarrying and manufacturing activities and at the same time maximise material yield. Therefore, as part of the Breedon Group, we have
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  9. Welsh Slate and Breedon Special Aggregates aid the return of container gardens at RHS Chelsea

    Welsh Slate and Breedon Special Aggregates aid the return of container gardens at RHS Chelsea

    Products from Welsh Slate and Breedon Special Aggregates feature on five new container gardens at the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show. Hard landscaping products, including decorative aggregates from Welsh Slate and Breedon Special Aggregates will complement the return to the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show of the container gardens introduced last year. Welsh
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  10. Advantages of natural stone paving and decorative aggregates / chippings

    Advantages of natural stone paving and decorative aggregates / chippings

    As part of the Breedon Group, we are very excited to be supplying a number of amazing Garden Designers with our Breedon and Welsh Slate material to use in their gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. As they are starting to build their gardens for the show, we take a look at the various advantages that natural stone products can
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