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Yorkstone and Granite at RHS Chatsworth and BBC Gardeners’ World

Chatsworth had a few teething problems in this, its first year, what with traffic problems and heavy rain making access difficult. However, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the judges when it came to giving Neil Sutcliffe of Creative Roots a Silver Gilt medal for his Time for Everything garden, dedicated to Cruse Bereavement Care.

 

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Based on the very personal experience of his family having to come to terms with his father-in-law’s terminal diagnosis and death, it used many thoughtful details to illustrate the journey made by those who face this situation.

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London Stone tips for perfect pointing

It’s an annoying fact that when we look at something our eyes are drawn to the mistakes, so bad pointing—uneven fill, smudged lines—always stands out a mile.  You can’t beat crisp, clean pointing for a truly professional look and, as here at London Stone we provide some of the best pointing products on the market, we thought it only fair to help you get the best out of them.

Robert Straver Beige Sawn Sandstone

First off—preparation. Wherever possible, we strongly recommend pre-sealing natural stone, especially if you’re laying sawn paving. It’s much easier to clean over-spill off stone that’s been sealed.

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What to expect on a Porcelain Training Day

Our Training and Open Days are always popular; we wish we could run more of them. Last Friday saw the first dedicated to Porcelain. For those of you who couldn’t make it, and to tempt you for next time, here’s a quick rundown of what happened.

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The day opened at 9.45 for refreshments before we hit the ground running with the scheduled subjects:

  • mixing and applying an onsite SBR Bond bridge;
  • applying a pre-mixed slurry primer;
  • porcelain installation using a full bed of mortar;
  • grouting using and exterior tile grout;
  • cutting Porcelain with a dedicated Porcelain blade;
  • core drilling for spot lights.

We always include the main points that people ask us about but we also want to ensure everyone gets exactly what they need out of the day, so we always ask beforehand if there are any subjects that attendees would like added to the list. In this case, we seem to have hit the nail on the head.

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy needs your help

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)—if you haven’t noticed our fund-raising drive for this through our support of Team Felix, then… Well, I can only say we’re not doing our job properly!

 

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To keep you up to date we thought it is time for a progress report, not just on money raised towards our £30,000 target, but the work that’s going on as we speak.

What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

First, though, a quick recap. DMD is caused by a lack of dystrophin—a protein that holds muscles together. Without it, muscles deteriorate and paralysis, heart and lung failure set in, with death usually occurring when the sufferer is in his mid-20s.

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RHS Chelsea 2017 – paved for Gold

Designs on paper are fascinating, but you really can’t beat seeing them made real, can you?  Which is why we get so excited in Chelsea week. And this year, with seven gardens and stands to supply, we’ve had plenty to get excited about.

 

Designers Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson really put us through our paces for Breaking Ground, using 10mm Steel Dark DesignClad engraved with script for the backdrop to heathland inspired planting.

“It’s been a very interesting process,” says Gavin McWilliam. “We did extensive testing with Piotr [London Stone’s Design Project Manager], Craig [our Garden Design Director] and Gavin [Production Director], testing different routing bits for the engraving. We wanted 2mm bits, but they kept snapping; London Stone wanted 5mm and we settled at 4mm.” This, we discovered in collaboration with Gavin and Andrew, gave the handwriting enough character, while remaining a practical solution to the task.

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