Across Berkshire, the Cotswolds and towards Avon and Somerset, there are some amazing choices of locally sourced gravels which are proudly stocked by suppliers and eagerly purchased by DIY landscapers and professionals alike.
Gravel is an excellent choice for people on a modest budget but remember, a lower cost doesn’t mean less quality. Local gravels are normally available in 20mm gravel bulk bags of 450kg or 900kg or loose.
- g. At Rivar Sand and Gravel the Cotswold Chippings in 20mm gravel bulk bags are available in 450kg and 900kg, at £57 and £101 respectively.
So, broken down over 10 years – approximately 3650 days – the Cotswold Chippings 900kg bulk bag at £101 equates to a wallet/purse friendly 2.7p per day. That’s value for money.
Captivating Thames Valley Flint Moonstone Gravel in black, white, grey and brown; the charmingly traditional Cotswold Chippings and the robust South Cerney Gravel, Cotswold Buff which features grey hues and Toffee Gravel, again Thames Valley flint, are exceptional, functional, eye pleasing and enduring locally sourced products.
e.g. Moonstone Gravel:
- Captivating Thames Valley Flint in 10mm or 20mm.
- Quarried around Thatcham and Newbury.
- Black, white, brown and grey chippings.
- The 10mm features less brown.
- Angular, exciting, contrasting.
- Available in 10mm or 20mm gravel bulk bags, half bulk bags or loose.
South Cerney Gravel:
- 20-5mm locally quarried versatile gravel.
- Traditional, elegant. A perfect background to planting.
- Buff-yellow and semi rounded.
- Available in 20mm gravel bulk bags, half bulk bags or loose.
An excellent attribute which gravels offer is their wintertime suitability.
Many landscaping products surfaces can be coated in ice or snow in the coldest months of the year and this can make putting the bins out, getting to and from the car or to the shed a treacherous proposition. Gravel’s chips guarantee that there is a broken surface so a sheet cannot be formed. Gravel gives grip underfoot and under wheel that could save a slip, fall or dent.
Ask the experts
Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue about how much gravel you require for the installation and an additional amount for future top ups. Gravel suppliers can calculate this for you, advise on depths, suitability of the product and recommend maintenance diminishing weed membranes, gravel path frameworks and driveway honeycomb frames like the Core Drive and Core Path products. These incorporate weed membranes in to their design so you can tick two boxes off the task list with one ancillary product.
The supplier should also ensure continuity by using the same batch number of local gravel.
Want delivery? No problem
Several suppliers stock gravels so that they can be taken away without delay or for logistical peace of mind, allow them to deliver to site at your convenience. Rivar Sand and Gravel in Tadley, Newbury and Windlesham are happy to deliver all landscaping materials and aggregates to the client’s address.
Whatever your tastes, budget and landscaping skill level, there’s a local gravel solution for you that will reflect your personality, purpose and echo the interior colour scheme and add charm.