Clearstone installed resin bound surfacing as part of Anthea Harrison Garden Design’s award-winning project to transform a development site in Wheathampstead into a garden with a swimming pool fit for a couple who are passionate gardeners.
With a house to be demolished, a new home built, excavation for basement and swimming pool, it was a massive re-modelling job.
In addition to a swimming pool, entertaining and barbecue area, Anthea’s brief was to include a new driveway, entrance and sumptuous planting.
But the driveway had several trees subject to preservation orders. The root protection zone on one cedar was so enormous it encroached on the driveway. To comply with regulations from local planning authorities, Anthea needed porous paving and an installation process that would not harm the roots of the ancient trees.
The solution for the driveway and preservation of the trees was 492m2 of Clearstone’s resin bound surfacing in Flaxen Pea. Approved by local planning authorities, resin bound is flexible enough to be laid around tree roots and allows air and water to circulate.
Anthea’s clients originally envisaged a traditional swimming pool requiring a cover in Winter. They planned to hide the pool at the side of the house.
But Anthea persuaded her clients that a natural swimming pool requiring no cover would be a much better option. The swimming pool could be sited in full view at the rear of the property where it would be an integral part of the garden design and an enchanting focal point all year round.
The clients “love their new garden” says Anthea. “They’re so thrilled they’ve opened it up to the public to raise money for charity.”
And the judges at the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) love it too since they’ve awarded Anthea a BALI Design Excellence Award. The judges were particularly impressed with her creation of a stunning garden and her sensitive solution to the preservation of the trees through the installation of resin bound.
Clearstone’s Marketing Director, Debbie Orme, is “proud to have been chosen to install the resin bound and contribute to such a fantastic project”.
“When I was looking for an installer, I approached several companies,” says Anthea. “I chose Clearstone because they came back promptly with samples and quote. Sales Director, Andy Forsey, is easy to deal with and the team is very professional. They turned up on site when they said they would, did the work and it all looks great.”
- Size: 492m2
- Colour: Flaxen Pea
- Tree preservation orders: Clearstone's porous, flexible paving created a root protection zone for a Blue Atlas cedar tree
- Planning approval: SUDs regulation for permeable paving
- Groundworks: excavate driveway area, install MOT and porous open grade asphalt