Smiths’ Gabion stones primarily function is to fill gabion baskets. Which in turn is used to stabilise riverbanks, railway cuttings, road embankments and bridge abutments amongst other things. However, the way this simple unseen stone product is being used is changing.
Smith’s gabion stone is a crushed and graded Cotswold limestone with its typical Cotswold hues – warm creams and honey appearance – which offers landscape designers a softer more natural appearance to any large engineering project where the stone is left exposed. Equally, this can be used to enhance any smaller landscape or garden project.
With the ability to supply a mixture of sizes in both stone and basket it has opened up a whole new creative use for this product. Landscape and garden designers are using these ‘architectural’ features in their new concepts.
Other designs where our gabion stone has been used is when incorporating other ‘objects’ which may suit the surrounding environment – such as recycled coloured bottles. The simplest of ideas are usually the ones that work best.
Another possibility is to just fill the face of the basket with the Cotswold gabion stone and fill the remainder with a less expensive alternative.
In the example shown, the Smiths Cotswold gabion stone is faced in a wired gabion basket in a waterside landscape project. A design which shows both the engineering and practical side, along with the visually appealing aspect of this simple Cotswold stone! A win-win situation.