Enviromat sedum matting from Harrowden Turf has been used for an unusual but fascinating project in a private garden in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.
Andy Barr, Head of Heritage Operations for the London Transport Museum and his sons, under direction from his wife Judith, have spent the last two years building a model railway layout in his back garden. It has been carefully designed to enhance, rather than define the garden. "This is not about turning the whole garden into a huge model railway, it's about adding interest to the garden without disrupting the way it's used" said Andy. "We still have a lawn, flower beds, shrubs, washing line etc. The focus has been on creating a garden which just happens to have a railway in it, rather than creating a great big model railway with a few plants dotted around."
Andy and his family chose Enviromat for landscaping the project because the plants are the size and texture that fits both with the garden and the scale of the railway. The fleshy leaves of the sedum plants resemble the small shrubs that cling to the side of the mountains alongside the Welsh Highland Railways (Andy's inspiration for the project), yet they in no way look out of place in the garden. It's the perfect solution.
"The sedum mats were laid about three months ago and i'm really pleased with the results" says Andy. "Installation wasn't all that easy. Cutting and moulding the sedum mats to fit relatively small contours was quite fiddly, but that just adds to the sense of achievement."
Chris Carr from Harrowden Turf, the growers of Enviromat added "it's always good to hear how our customers have used our products. This project has completely captured my imagination. I absolutely love it."