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Gold Flint Gravel
Gold flint gravel is a very efficient drainage medium often used around buildings in sizes between 30 – 20 mm. Pleasing on the eye as well as practical, these pebbles offer a most versatile solution in a whole range of garden settings. The pebbles are predominantly of greyish brown though with subtle colour tones typical of the flint family. Flint has been well known to man since prehistoric times because of their quality to produce and retain a sharp edge when snapped. These however have been rounded by the wave action mixing sand and water as a powerful abrasive on exposed storm beaches, smoothing the material into pebbles which nevertheless still possess the same qualities common to all the flint family, durability, brittleness and bright texture. Rounded by the seas in which the chalk from whence they came was laid down in massive beds over countless eons of time, the silica is derived from the calciferous shells of tiny, microscopic organisms which gave rise to the chalk itself.
Commonly found in Southern England along storm beaches, gold flint gravel presents the landscape gardener with a material that combined well with many other materials, offering the potential to create a natural garden evocative of holidays spent beach combing. Build on this effect by adding driftwood and splashes of bedding colour and the whole experience beckons amateurs to become professional landscape-sharpers, passionate in their pursuit of the perfect balance between the natural and the built environment.