Leading supplier of landscape design aggregates, Long Rake Spar, has provided an eco-friendly pathway in the re-creation of the Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle in Coventry. English Heritage wanted a scholarly recreation to convert the garden back to how it looked according to Robert Langham, an eyewitness to a visit made by Queen Elizabeth I in 1575.
Goldpath, a warm golden coloured self binding gravel, was chosen to provide a firm finish surface that remains firmer under foot than conventional loose aggregate, recreating the pathway described by Langham in his extracts, “sand, not light or too soft, but smooth and firm, pleasant to walk on, as a sea-shore when the water is availed.”
Commenting on the project, John Watkins, head of gardens and landscapes at English Heritage said, “Goldpath provided a surface material that matched the specific pathway described by Langham, but also provided drainage for the wide paths of the garden. We are very pleased with the natural appearance of the Goldpath and now look forward to the official opening of the garden in May 2009.”
Approximately 200 tonnes of Goldpath was used for the paths that divide the garden into four quarters. Goldpath provides an environmentally balanced alternative to standard lime based products that affect the pH of surrounding soils and habitats making Goldpath ideal for more sympathetic environments such as woodland paths, parklands, heritage sites or areas of ecological importance.
Goldpath has also been used successfully in many other recent projects including Hinkley golf course and London cemeteries.
Further information is available from Long Rake Spar