Increasingly popular, particularly in Yorkshire, are Landscape Sleeper Projects. Sleepers come in many different guises. When using reclaimed sleepers for raised beds for flowers or vegetables we only use the best grade, untreated hardwood sleepers. Poorer grade sleepers are invariably softwood and treated with copious amounts of creosote. The creosote is damaging to adjacent plants and can contaminate the ground. Its odour remains almost permanently and chemical leakage can occur particularly in hot weather. Reclaimed railway sleepers offer a traditional cottage style finish and provide none of the drawbacks presented by creosoted softwood alternatives. We like to see the holes from the train track pins. We like the fact they are not perfectly sawn and have evidence of many years of wear. We like the fact they have a story to tell.
Often our landscape sleeper projects require a more contemporary feel and finish. For this purpose we use freshly sawn solid green oak sleepers. More specifically we use French oak for our projects. The growing conditions in France produce a more stable product over oak grown in other regions of the continent. Because they are newly sawn, over time splits and cracks will appear adding character to the scheme, whilst not detracting from the style of the project. The shapes and designs we can create with any type of sleeper are limited only by imagination. Straight lines and linear designs are created using sleepers laid flat, whilst curves and more dramatic schemes are created using sleepers installed upright, ‘soldier style’.
Recent projects have seen us use oak sleepers in school playground areas, seating, outdoor teaching and education areas.
Either reclaimed hardwood or French Oak sleepers are ideal for structural retaining walls, either functional or decorative or both. Striking architectural designs can be incorporated into simple or intricate landscaping projects whilst catering for traditional and contemporary tastes. Small raised flower beds to extensive landscaping projects are achievable.
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