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The Natural Beauty of Stone Resonates Through to the Animal Kingdom



A place to appreciate the beauty of some of the world’s most wonderful animals, Blackpool Zoo is also home to dedicated zookeeper John Paul Houston.   Featured in Episode 8 of Love Your Garden, Alan Titchmarsh and his team created a stunning garden for John Paul, nicknamed JP, using products from the Global Stone Natural Stone range Old Rectory.

The aim of the garden was to create a private area for zoo staff to socialise during their break times, away from the public eye. The garden also serves as JP’s private garden as he lives onsite in a converted aircraft hangar. Alan and his team wanted the theme of the garden design to reflect the five continents of the world, representing diversity. The paw print design, made up of circular ‘enclosures’, represented each of the five continents of the world.

Global Stone was proud to contribute to the Australian themed paved area which was created using our Modak Rose circle kit from the Old Rectory range. This specially weathered range has a versatile selection of paving, circles, cobbles, walling and copings available in varying shades which can either be used on their own or together to create a mature appearance.

The Love Your Garden design based on the ‘Australian’ theme created a paved circle with built-in seating using the Old Rectory walling. This created a welcoming entrance to their ‘earth in miniature’. Alan and his team did a terrific job in transforming a bland an uninspiring patch of grass in a tranquil private retreat.

If you’ve inspired by this design and want to find out more on how you can create your own unique period charm then take a further look at Old Rectory range.



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