Hilly areas of the UK make highly scenic places to live. The gentle undulations of rolling landscapes can provide sensational panoramas and a magnet for walkers and people who generally love being outdoors. But when it comes to practicalities, such hilly terrain can pose a challenge. Take gravel driveways, for example – hills and slopes mean that gravel can easily slide out of place, resulting in a thin, rutted, and unsightly surface, as well as gravel in places where it is not wanted.
The challenges of using gravel on a sloping driveway
When homeowner Jim Greaves came to lay a new gravel driveway at his beautiful home overlooking the valley in Derwen, North Wales, he faced these exact challenges. His driveway slopes towards his property on a 20 percent gradient, and whenever it rained, the gravel on the old driveway would be swept towards the house. This left an unsightly surface that was difficult to maintain. What’s more, it was challenging to drive over because the loose stones made tyres lose traction.
Overcoming the challenges of a sloped gravel driveway
Jim needed a solution. He considered his driveway surface options and thought about removing the gravel and opting instead for a tarmac driveway. However, laying a tarmac driveway would require planning permission, because non-permeable surfaces are not SuDs-compliant, not to mention being a less attractive surface than gravel. After further investigation and weighing up the pros and cons of a gravel driveway, Jim found that the issue wasn’t with the gravel itself; it was with the installation process. The problems he had been facing with his old gravel driveway were, in fact, avoidable.
Fitting a gravel retention system
Whether on a gradient or not, all gravel driveways benefit from being fitted with a superior gravel retention grid system. The innovative Gravelrings gravel grids are designed to keep gravel in place by holding stones in strong circular cavities. Together with his local landscaping contractor, Reddy Landscapes, Jim opted to lay the Gravelrings grid system to keep the gravel on his new driveway where it was intended to be. This included pinning the gravel grids with 1,600 pins to hold them all securely in place.
Laying the Gravelrings system has solved all the driveway’s previous problems, with Jim commenting, “Even in the winter when the weather is bad, it means cars can get in and out with no problem”. As the gravel stays in place, thinning and rutting are a thing of the past, and Jim and his family have a low maintenance and long-lasting driveway to enjoy as they look over the beautiful, hilly landscape that they call home.
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