Creating a Garden with accessibility in mind using Porcelain Paving

Creating a Garden with accessibility in mind using Porcelain Paving

Inspiration

 

By designing a space that is everything from wheelchair-friendly to child safe and reduced mobility focused, how you move around the garden and the activities you want to do in it are considered.

 

Slopes for easy access
Smooth level changes for pushchairs or wheelchairs to travel over easily.

 

Entertainment zones everyone can enjoy
Whether it’s a seating area, summer house or a hot tub, create zones that are accessible to everyone.

 

 

Edging around paths and borders
Consider Mode Profiled edging to create a barrier between surfaces, preventing soil, stones or bark from encroaching onto the path.

 

Easier weeding and watering
Lay mulch or bark chips in flower beds to lessen the need to weed or water

 

Planters at the perfect height
Raise your planters to just the right height to reach from a standing or sitting position. This is perfect for children and those who want to avoid kneeling.

 

An expert’s view of how to design an accessible garden

 

There are a number of important elements to consider when creating an accessible space. 
Everything from the surface texture to the angle of sloped areas and the jointing between pavers need to be considered.Bradstone Assured Landscaper Paul talks us through each of these considerations.

Laying with accessibility in mind
“Applying narrower joints in between paving ensures a smoother journey over the paving in a wheelchair. Also, by keeping all gravel drainage out of the main path it avoids the wheels needing to cross this type of surface.”


“Ramped areas are also essential for creating a consistent path to travel the whole garden. Gentle up and down slopes should be paved by the entrance to the garden from the home and for access to entertainment zones such as a summer house.”


Accessibility within every detail
“When building raised planters, consider the height for both a sitting and standing postion. Something like a hot tub can also be lowered into the ground, making it easier to enter and exit for everyone.”

 

 

Get the look 

 

The team used out Tephra Paving “The surface texture of Bradstone Porcelain Tephra is perfect to give some grip to the tyres on a wheelchair and underfoot, yet smooth enough to move over easily.
A deeper riven finish on the surface of the slabs can make it harder work to turn wheels by hand, particularly if going uphill.”