Cotswold roofing tiles at RHS Tatton

Roofing ideas for your garden

By Paul Hervey-Brookes, October 28

Roofing ideas for your garden

Recently I wanted to create a garden pavilion which would have a timeless quality, a building which felt as if it had always existed. Now for many of us that desire to create a new garage, garden building or extension without it looking too new is quite important. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is always hunting for reclaimed materials and paying a premium for them. Well I found the ideal solution to my building problem and created a stunning roof in the process which made the whole project come to life.

Bradstone's unique Cotswold reconstructed roofing tiles give a wonderfully traditional feel, so good in fact that on a different project in the heart of the Cotswolds we tiled a sloping roof and the owners of the house thought they were real old stone tiles.

The secret is in the pitted and textured surface, as they replicate indigenous Cotswold natural stone slates beautifully. If like me you have more of a traditional taste, the Weathered Buff shade has a wonderful colour patination which adds to the effect.

For the construction minded, the slates are nibbed for ease and come in a range of sizes complete with ridge and hip units so the whole job can be ordered in one quick and easy process. Double holes for nailing make the laying process really quite straightforward. When building for RHS Tatton Park Flower Show the roof was actually one of the quickest elements.

Our Garden at RHS Tatton received not only a Gold Medal but was awarded Best in Show. It was a garden which was created to evoke the great Edwardian gardens of England. The Pavilion and Bothy we made there were key to its success and the roof was sensational drawing a lot of favourable comments from visitors and RHS judges.

However its not only shows where these tiles sing, I use them on projects a lot. For me as a designer, its not only about roofing, there are lots of vernacular and Lutyens style garden details where these tiles work - not only as a good alternative but often as a preference to natural stone tiles.


Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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