Drystone Designs – A Natural Art


When we were little we had a special place in our garden where we went to get away from it all. Now we’re grown up, we still seek that place - in the design of a particular feature which is attractive, welcoming, sheltered and ours


n the 18th century, stone features and follies were built to add interest and character to a garden. An unusual design would draw the viewer further into the landscape, and when reached would offer a comfortable seat and viewing point.


Approximately 1 ton of stone is used to build 1 square metre of freestanding stone dyke. Whatever tonnage is used to build a feature, by the time it is finished each stone used might have been lifted – by hand – 4 or 5 times!