Formed over time from layers of sand, particles and other natural debris, these sedimentary rocks often referred to as flagstone include both sandstone and limestone.
‘Flagstone is a flat stone that traditionally was laid out as part of paths and roads,' say the experts at Westminster Stone. 'Traditionally it takes the form of sedimentary stones like sandstone, however, several other rocks have also been used in the same way and mistakenly called flagstone.’
Exceptionally durable and each with their own distinct patterns and layers, they are the perfect paving choice when accessibility and practicality is key. Essentially flat and usually found in a large format, they are great for covering wide open areas, including seating areas next to the house and pathways.
Designers Debbie Roberts and Ian Smith of Acres Wild recognised the importance of this when planning the accessible garden design for a client in Sussex, UK. ‘The garden was designed as a family garden first and foremost, but one that also happens to be fully accessible, engaging and stimulating for the youngest member of the family who has a degenerative illness,' says Debbie.
'With the aim to create an English country garden to complement the house, the surroundings now feature wider than average walkways and no steps, enough space for easy negotiating in a wheelchair and an environment with a variety of spaces, routeways and destinations to be enjoyed at different times of the day.’