ACO Water Management’s ground reinforcement system, GroundGuard, was installed by the building and landscape firm Bradfield & Davies to secure gravel and provide a neat outdoor garden area, easily navigable by a wheelbarrow.
The homeowners at Upper Bowen Farm, near Pangbourne had invested a significant amount in the design and development of a 15m x 12m vegetable garden. This was to be an aesthetically pleasing outdoor area finished with decorative aggregate walkways, to enable them to tend to the growing vegetables with ease. Crucially the walkways had to be suitable for wheelbarrow use, to allow the customer to transport planting equipment throughout the garden.
A key consideration for Bradfield & Davies was combining the decorative aggregate and the use of a wheelbarrow. Given materials like gravel can be easily displaced, it was important to explore solutions that would ensure the aggregate would be left undisturbed. Providing adequate drainage was also an important consideration and a permeable surface was necessary to help slow down the drainage and allow rain to soak through to the substrate below.
ACO’s GroundGuard was selected by the contractor and provided the perfect solution. GroundGuard is a lightweight ground reinforcement system which acts as a stabilisation tile, holding gravel in place whilst also allowing a wheelbarrow to navigate the area with ease. The decorative aggregate used was a semipermeable surface. Bradfield & Davies used 180m2 of GroundGuard covering an area of 15m x 12m which retained the aggregate and was also over 90% porous, saving the homeowners cost on additional drainage installation. The GroundGuard tiles could be easily cut to shape for irregular edging, simplifying the process for Bradfield & Davies when shaping each individual walkway around a raised bed. The interlocking clip fixings helped the landscapers to quickly install the solution in the specified times outlined from the outset of the brief.
Using ACO GroundGuard resulted in an attractive, yet practical vegetable garden with a natural surface solution finish .