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Enviromat sedum matting has been used to landscape a very different, and rather special, private garden in Chesham, Bucks.

Andy Barr is the Head of Heritage Operations for the London Transport Museum and has a lifelong connection with trains, railways and all things steam – he even owns his own vintage steamroller.

Taking his hobby to another dimension, Andy and his sons; under direction from his wife Judith; have spent the last two years building a model railway layout in his back garden. 

“It’s been carefully designed to enhance, rather than define the garden. “This is not about turning the whole garden into a huge model railway, it’s about adding interest to the garden without disrupting the way it’s used.” Said Andy. “We still have a lawn, flower beds, shrubs, washing line etc.  The focus has been on creating a garden which just happens to have a railway in it, rather than creating a great big model railway with a few plants dotted around.”

The railway makes use of the whole garden without intruding upon it.  Careful planning means that trains can take 9 different routes around the garden.  There’s even a level crossing to allow safe passage for the lawn mower and Andy’s wheelbarrow.

For those who understand model railways, this one is  “G” Scale. It has a  45mm wide track – which is around 5 times the size of the 00 gauge trainsets that are widely available in toy shops.  All of Andy’s locomotives are remote controlled and gas-fired.  They’re accurate to the smallest detail and even produce real steam.  Andy and his son are currently setting up the points and signals so that they can be operated via an i-pad. “Pretty soon, I’ll be able to control the whole thing from my deck chair” laughs Andy.

The railway is inspired by the Welsh Highland Railways as it travels through the Aberglaslyn Pass.  The garden has been sculpted in parts to look like a scaled down version of the mountain pass where steep slopes are cloaked in vegetation.  Andy plans to build scale models of the station platforms and aluminium buildings to place around the layout.

Andy and his family chose Enviromat for landscaping the project because the plants are the size and texture that fits both with the garden and with the scale of the railway.  The fleshy leaves of the sedum plants resemble the small shrubs that cling to the side of the mountains yet they in no way look out of place in the garden.  It’s the perfect solution.

“The sedum mats were laid about three months ago and I’m really pleased with the results” says Andy. “Installation wasn’t all that easy.  Cutting and moulding the sedum mats to fit relatively small contours was quite fiddly, but that just added to the sense of achievement.”

Chris Carr from Harrowden Turf, the growers of Enviromat added “It’s always good to hear how our customers have used our products. This project has completely captured my imagination.  I absolutely love it.”

How to change the delivery day for your turf

At Turf Online we pride ourselves on the level of customer care we offer. And we know that things don’t always go to plan – especially where the British weather is concerned!

Turf Online have been servicing UK gardeners and landscapers with quality turf since the 1960’s. The Company’s success is due to understanding what the landscape industry needs and offering the best possible customer service.

Over half a century later we may have more up to date harvesting machinery, but our ethos hasn’t changed a bit.

So if you find that you’re not going to be ready to receive your turf on the day you’ve asked to have it delivered, we’ll do our utmost to be flexible.

If you need to change quantities or delivery days

Simply phone us up – it’s always better to phone, that way you can speak to a real person and know for certain what has been arranged.

Our office is open from 7am – 5pm every weekday (except bank holidays) and there’ll be somebody on hand to help you. At all other times, the answer phone will be on – you can leave us a message.

If you’re unable to phone, you can drop us an email via our contact page and we’ll reply as soon as possible.

Please give us plenty of notice

Please call us as soon as you know thee’s a problem. Maybe the landscapers can’t get to you on the allotted day, maybe the weather forecast is awful, perhaps the soil won’t be prepared in time. Whatever the reason, the more notice you give us, the easier it is for us to help you without any of us incurring any costs.

If you turf has already been despatched

Turfl Online only ever cut turf to order. Your turf will be harvested especially for you on the day before it’s due to be delivered. Then it will be loaded onto a lorry and be trunked overnight to you – along with the deliveries for turf buyers in your area.

If you leave it until the last minute to try to change your order – you’ll probably be too late. Your turf will already have left the farm and be well on its way to you. As much as we’d like to help you, in these circumstances, we just can’t.