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MAKING a difference
From Stonehenge to
Rome's Colosseum and
St Paul's in London,
stone has been a favoured
are a brilliant focal
point, especially in
seating areas - and they
look as if they've been
fashioned by hand by a mason,
although they arrive at your door
with the various sections cut to size.
Cobbles and pebbles can serve
a multitude of uses within the garden,
from providing a neat edge around
plants to giving a shiny, colourful
surface to a water feature.
Black riven limestone setts (blocks of
quarried stone) can complement such
circles, or be used on their own to create
a striking and durable driveway.
Alternatively, there's a huge choice
of aggregates and gravels available in
any quantity and in every shade from
golden flint to plum slate.
Summing up, CED sales manager
Shane Reddish says: 'We have literally
hundreds of variations and can match
any material, new or old. Just send us
your enquiry and we can arrange
samples to be sent to you.'
In fact, thanks to the latest CAD
(computer-aided design) technology
and CED's skilled team, the firm can
make virtually anything you want in
stone. 'If you can
draw it,' says Giles,
'we can make your
design a reality.'
CED is a member of the
Stone Federation of Great Britain,
British Association of Landscape
Industries, Association of Professional
Landscapers, Horticultural Trades
Association, and the Historic Towns
Forum, among others.
Helping the vulnerable
The company is ISO 9001-registered,
supports a number of industry charities
and is a member of the Ethical Trading
Initiative - a groundbreaking alliance of
companies, trade unions and voluntary
organisations that work to improve
the lives of poor and vulnerable people
across the globe who make or grow
Because CED has an on-site laboratory
and technical department, it regularly
carries out tests on stone products,
ensuring they meet required industry
and regulatory standards.
The company's aim is to ensure that
your project, however large or small, not
only succeeds but stands the test of time.
Sales manager Shane Reddish helped
a customer with a huge project...
Shane received a call from John, who
had been advised by one of CED's
business partners - EH Smith Bulders
Merchants in the Birmingham area
- to contact him for technical advice
on the Tier Natural Stone Panel
System. John had seen the product
on display in the Longbridge branch.
It became clear that John would
need far more than just the Tier
system, so he and his wife Linda gave
Shane a tour of Sledgemoor House,
their Worcester home with stunning
views of the Malvern Hills, which has
three ponds and a helicopter pad.
John and Linda had extensively
extended and totally modernised the
property. After another conversation
about the Tier system and a quick
measure-up, it was time to take a
look at the huge outdoor space.
John and Linda wanted to have
a contemporary, clean and easyto-maintain area that took in the
wonderful woodland scenery.
Another requirement was to give
an illusion of stepping out of the
modern frameless corner glazing on
to edge of the closest pond, which
was actually more than 20m away.
On a second site visit Shane looked
into numerous options, taking into
account the aesthetics, practicality of
the materials and budget.
Collectively they came up with a
design that combined the timeless
beauty of the natural stone Tier,
silver grey granite paving and granite
aggregate with the practicality and
ease of maintenance of artificial turf
and composite decking.
Once all decisions were made, CED
worked with EH Smith and John on
the practicalities of delivering and
cost and managed to achieve all the
timescales required to get the space
ready for Linda's birthday party.
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