Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show 2022

The Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most popular events in England. It’s a showcase of the newest and most innovative flower arrangements, landscaping techniques, and garden designs. It attracts guests from all over the world, who come to view not just the flowers but the latest in horticultural innovation and design.

As one of the most highly anticipated events in the landscaping calendar, and we are always excited to see the latest garden designs. This year, we were particularly inspired to see what creative ways they come up with to incorporate stone.

Here at Hanbeck Natural Stone, we understand the importance stone can make to your garden- a sharp, ugly edge can really take away from the beauty of your plants & flowers.

Lincolnshire Limestone has been used to create some of the most iconic landscaping features in England, and we are proud to have supplied it for many of our previous projects. Our stone has been used on prestigious projects such as Lincoln Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral and the Peterborough Cathedral. 

Our stone is also popular with stone masons and other craftsmen thanks to its easy workability. Lincolnshire Limestone can be used to create a variety of beautiful landscaping features, from walls and patios to sculptures and fountains, and with its timeless quality you’ll always have an amazing garden you can sit back and relax in. If you’re looking for a material that will stand the test of time, our stone is an excellent choice.

The Chelsea Flower Show has inspired us here at Hanbeck Natural stone and we are in awe of their magnificent garden displays. We are proud as a Stone Producer to be able to supply a top quality product. 

What did you think of the Chelsea Garden show? Have you been inspired as well? Let us know in the comments or through our social media platforms!


If you are looking to add some stone features to your garden this summer then contact us here to speak to our team and see how we can help you achieve your dream garden!

How We Work With Stonemasons

How we work with Stonemasons

No other profession quite understands the importance of high quality stone like stonemasons.

These experienced craftspeople are at the heart of the industry. They have responsibility for a
wide variety of buildings, both historic and new, with much of the beauty of our built landscape
being maintained by skilled masons.

Any stonemason will tell you that as well as the skills and craftsmanship they bring to the job,
the most important aspect of any stone building or repair project is the quality of the stone itself.
They handle large amounts of stone of different types and grades over the course of their
working lives and quickly build up a good working knowledge about reliable supply.

At Hanbeck Natural Stone, we’re proud to work with some of the country’s leading
stonemasons. As suppliers to some of the country’s most prestigious conservation projects and
ecclesiastical sites, the quality of our products has been recognised by masons at the pinnacle
of their profession.

What do stonemasons do? 

There are two types of stonemason. Banker masons are generally workshop-based and use a
mixture of tools to shape stones either for new designs or to replace an existing stone. For
example they may work on stone carvings, with our stone being used for high profile carvings at
Lincoln Cathedral.

Fixer masons work on site installing the stones into place that have been shaped by the banking
process. They will usually have an expert understanding of specialist fixings and lime mortars.
Often stonemasons will carry out both banker and fixer roles, particularly if they are self-
employed or work for a small company. All stonemasons require a dependable supply of high
quality stone with enough variety to fit the bill for very different types of job.
Our stone is quarried, transported less than a mile and then cropped and prepared ready for the
stonemason to carry out the necessary work for the stone to be put to use.

How does a mason choose stone?

A stone mason will carefully select the stone they require for the job. Limestone is frequently
used as a building material, not only for the strength and durability it brings, but also for its
aesthetic appeal.

The right quality limestone is required for particular building work and at Hanbeck, our quarry
yields a variety of different stones of varying textures, strength and colours.
Ponton Basebed is a consistent cream coloured stone with little fossil content, whereas 
Clipsham Member is warm and honey coloured, containing clusters of fossil traces.

If a stonemason is looking for an extremely hard stone, Ponton Weatherbed is a good choice.


At Hanbeck Natural Stone, we build strong working relationships with stonemasons.
We understand the requirements of different projects and can offer informed advice and professional support whatever the nature of the job. To find out more about our products and how we work with stonemasons click here.

How We Work With Landcapers

How we work with landscapers

When you’re creating the perfect garden design, be that over rolling acres or in a small urban
courtyard, as much detail needs to be paid to the hard landscaping elements as the planting. As
important as choosing the right flower, tree and shrub palette is for your garden, what knits it
together and helps to give it form are the hard landscaping elements. These might be paving
slabs, or wood, or boundary walls, but without them a garden design will lack structure.
Choosing the right hard landscaping elements for your garden is crucial, and at Hanbeck
Natural Stone we work with landscapers to create truly beautiful gardens.

The beauty of natural stone

A poor choice of hard landscaping elements can ultimately detract from the garden design itself.
Cheap slabs, ugly fences and concrete can all give a garden a hard, uncompromising edge that
all the planting in the world can’t do much to soften. With the right choice of hard landscaping
materials, however, you can create a seamless design where the different elements
complement and enhance each other to perfect effect.
At Hanbeck, we work with world famous Lincolnshire Limestone, that’s given homes, major
public buildings and some of the greatest gardens in England and beyond their distinctive looks.
Right across England’s limestone ridge you’ll find world famous gardens such as Kiftsgate,
Hidcote Manor and the gardens at Burghley House, where limestone features in paving slabs,
walls, loose stone and larger landscape features.

Choosing stone shape and texture to add function and interest

Limestone is an incredibly popular choice of stone for gardens because of its durability and
attractive colour and tone. It’s popular in gravel beds, can be used to create raised beds,
paving, walls and individual features. Our Lincolnshire limestone has pleasing variations in tone
and colour, giving it an attractive mellow look that changes with the light and weather conditions.
Used well, it can become an active feature that subtly changes how it appears and works with
other garden elements throughout the year.
When you use limestone in parts of the country where it’s been a traditional building material
you’re creating a garden that looks as if it fits within the wider landscape. This can be
particularly important with very contemporary designs, where limestone can provide a point of
reference with what lies beyond the garden wall.


The right stone for your project

At Hanbeck we can help you choose the right stone for your particular landscaping project.
However you intend to use the stone, we can select, prepare and supply high-quality materials
that meet your needs. We collaborate with our landscaper clients, helping them find exactly the
right material for each particular job, no matter how exacting the standards of the end client.


To find out more about how we work with landscapers to help them create beautiful garden designs

Producing Our Walling Stone

Producing our walling stone

Words from Dean Baker, Director

Over the years we have refined our processing methods to reduce manual handling, improve efficiencies and, as far as possible standardise our product to achieve a consistently high standard of quality.

Our stone is mechanically ‘teased’ from the quarry face; this helps to separate the larger pieces we can use from the debris and dust. This raw stone is then stockpiled ready for transfer to our on-site processing and bagging plant.

The raw stone, a mix of all shapes and sizes passes through various stages in our purpose-built facility, but only after each individual piece has been inspected for quality and its suitability to make any one of the various components a “Waller” may need before being conveyed for further processing.

The cropping line is where we “guillotine” the raw stone down to size, this action converts the larger pieces of raw stone into manageable sizes and shapes and it also creates a nice crisp flat face which is ideal for building and means it is ready to lay. 

From here the stone is moved via a conveyor belt Into a Tumbler; which is a large rotating drum. Here the rolling effect on the stone removes a lot of the sharper edges. Once the stone is discharged from the Tumbler it receives a final inspection before being packed.


For more information about our Drystone Walling or any other related products, please contact our team today!

Tips For Choosing Natural Stone (Part 2)

Tips For Choosing Natural Stone

Part Two

6. Ask about the manufacturing process
High-quality stone is the result of its natural qualities and the manufacturing process. Ask your
supplier to outline their manufacturing process. How is stone selected and what is the quality
control procedure?

7. Think about sustainability 

One of the great advantages of stone as a building material is that it’s long lasting and more
sustainable than many of the alternatives. Some stone suppliers have more sustainable
practices than others so be sure to find out just how sustainable a supplier is.
8. Invest in quality
When it comes to choosing stone, cheapest is rarely the best. In deciding to build with stone
you’re making a choice to invest in quality materials that will last for decades, if not centuries.
It’s worth paying more for a high-quality and bespoke product.
9. Be sure the supplier can produce what you need
Not all stone suppliers are the same. Many can’t provide the kind of precision needed for some
products. Ideally, they should have a production facility that allows them to work within 1mm
10. Talk to Hanbeck Natural Stone
Hanbeck Natural Stone is a producer of Natural Stone building products direct from the
Lincolnshire limestone built. We provide a top quality service to our customers while producing
materials of the very highest quality. We can help you make the right choice for your project.
Call 01529 306310 or email to find out more.


For more information about our Limestone products or for some guidance and help, contact our team!

Tips For Choosing Natural Stone (Part 1)

Tips For Choosing Natural Stone

Part One

1.  Type of stone
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, you need to consider which type of stone you wish to choose. Ideally, you should choose the stone that’s local to your area. Across much of England, that stone is limestone. It gives villages from the Cotswolds to Lincolnshire their distinctive look and is frequently the stone of choice for churches and cathedrals. Whether you’re building a large residential property or a small section of wall, the stone should reflect local building tradition so as not to look incongruous. 

2. Consider your project

The format of the stone you choose will depend on what you require it for. If you’re building a house you may require split face walling, if you’re finishing a wall then you may need coping stones.
3. Think about the finish
Closely related to the above is the type of finish you require on your stone. A lot will depend on what you’re using it for and the overall look you’re hoping to achieve.
4. Talk to your supplier
Your supplier will understand stone, what it can and can’t be used for and what might be the most suitable for your project. If you are seeking advice our team have a wealth of knowledge and experience and the more you tell us about your plans, the better we will be able to advise. Contact us to discuss your project.
5. Get a look and feel for the products
Stone is a very tactile material. Before you make a choice, be sure to look and if possible handle the stone to get a feel for what it can bring to your project.
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For more information about our Limestone products or for some guidance and help, contact our team!

The Art of Drystone Walling


The history & the how to…

Dry stone walling is an ancient craft that’s still carried out across the world. In fact, it’s one of the earliest building techniques that humans developed. Some of the oldest dry stone walls in continuous use date back to the Neolithic Age, and some can even be found in Britain.

In Cornwall, dry stone walls are known as ‘hedges’ and some of these have been dated to 5000BC, making them the oldest surviving structures in the British Isles. They predate Stonehenge by a couple of thousand years.

Dry stone building techniques are now most readily associated with walls and boundaries, but in ancient times they were regularly used to build dwellings for humans and animals. If you visit some parts of the world today, you’ll still find buildings constructed using the same techniques which are used in Britain to build and repair walls.

Local stone and expertise

Travel around Britain and you’ll encounter dry stone walls that enclose fields. Today, they’re generally more common in upland areas and in places that have been less intensively farmed. They’re still common in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria as well as Devon and Cornwall and the Cotswolds.

Lincolnshire isn’t as readily associated with dry stone walling as other counties, but you can still find miles of Lincolnshire limestone dry stone walling right across the county. Increasingly, it’s being used in domestic gardens and other building projects to add local character and texture.

Dry stone walls reflect the geological diversity of the country. A limestone dry stone wall in Gloucestershire will not only look different to a granite wall in Devon, it will also look different from a limestone wall in Yorkshire. Although there are broad similarities in the techniques used to create walls across the country, local expertise can result in subtle differences in how the materials are handled, prepared and laid.

How to build a dry stone wall

Because they don’t contain mortar it’s often assumed that creating a dry stone wall is a relatively straightforward task. That’s not the case, and although the basic techniques can be mastered relatively quickly, it takes years, if not decades to become truly skilled. The best dry stone wallers are in constant demand.

You begin by preparing your ground with string or chalk lines, then dig a trench around a foot deep. This will hold your foundation stones. You lay these stones flat in the trench and then fill in the gaps with smaller stones. The wall is then built up to an A-shape, so it’s wider at the bottom and narrower at the top, usually with an A-frame as a guide. These layers are built up on either side of the wall, with gaps being filled with smaller stones. The small stones help to keep the whole structure stable. The wall is capped off with coping stones which are large flat stones with a rounded top.

The perfect stone

At Hanbeck Natural Stone, we guillotine our dry stone walling stones to create a defined face, which is then tumbled to remove the sharp edges.

If you’re looking to create the perfect boundary for your garden or other building project then a beautiful dry stone wall using local materials is a work of art that should last for centuries.

Speak to our specialist team and get your next project off the ground today.


For more information about our Drystone or a quote please get in touch now!

Outdoor Landscaping Trends for 2021

Outdoor Landscaping Trends

2021 Landscaping Trends

Over the past year or so, we’ve come to value our outdoor spaces more than ever before. They’ve become multi-purpose spaces that we can escape to when we need to breathe some fresh air and enjoy some peace and tranquillity.

We’ve used them for a change of scenery, as outdoor play areas, and even to work from when we’re getting sick of the sight of our four walls. As a result, this year the outdoor landscaping and garden trends are more creative and more exciting than ever before.

Here are a few of the highlights.

Outdoor Living Areas

Better Homes and Gardens website says it best; “Whether you’re cooking, exercising, or just hanging out, plan to spend more time outside this year as backyards, decks, and patios evolve into comfortable, well-equipped extensions of the home.”

Why not consider adding a fire pit or a pizza oven to help take outdoor entertainment to a whole new level? Or add a gazebo, pergola or even a semi-permanent bell-tent to help you shelter from the sun? Then add fairy lights and cosy, textured blankets and cushions for that uber-modern look.

Eco-friendly Elements

Bring elements of the natural world into your outdoor landscaping design and you’ll not only be capturing the most on-trend look for 2021 but also doing your bit for the environment.

Add natural features that blend with the local habitats, then add elements such as plants and trees to provide shelter for local species, flowers where bees can pollinate and dry stone walls for local bird species to perch.

This landscaping trend is all about minimum effort for maximum results, giving you more time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours.

Growing Your Own

With rising food prices and a surge in plant-based diets, more people are growing their own food than ever before, and you can too.

Even if you only have a tiny back garden or balcony, you can grow delicious fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that will save a significant amount of money on your grocery bill. Start small, perhaps trying your hand with a pot of herbs or some tomatoes and see how you go from there.

If you discover that you have green fingers, why not experiment with heirloom plant choices and innovative varieties instead?

Smart Technology

Technology is making its way into our gardens and outdoor landscapes more than ever before, with trends including cool gadgets like robot lawnmowers, smart bird boxes and even automated sprinkler systems.

Whilst most of these clever systems help you with the logistics of caring for your garden, tech such as portable outdoor projectors, outdoor speakers and wire tech simply help you have more fun.

Secluded Areas

With the chaos of modern life, we all need somewhere to escape to where we can forget our problems and unwind. For this reason, tiny, secluded garden areas are also becoming more popular than ever in 2021.

Why not consider adding a hammock to the corner of your garden, a hot tub or jacuzzi or a platform for outdoor yoga and meditation? Then separate from the rest of the garden with a wall or trellis, decorate the space with abundant greenery and you will have your ideal outdoor spa space.

Natural Stone

Natural stone never really goes out of fashion. Used in a wide variety of commercial and residential settings, natural stone is versatile and beautiful in equal measure. Used extensively in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, conservatories, patios, paths, outdoor kitchens, the list goes on and on.

A favourite with landscape designers when creating gorgeous outdoor spaces, natural stone provides sophistication and elegance to any setting. And with its timeless qualities, you know that by using it in your latest project, you will always be on-trend.

When designing or renovating your outdoor space, get inspired by these wonderful outdoor landscaping trends for 2021. Create relaxation or entertainment areas, embrace the eco-friendly and the technological, indulge in the beauty of natural stone and perhaps even grow a few fruits or veggies of your own. Your garden will be transformed and so will your stress levels.


Find out how natural stone products can help you create your ideal outdoor space by contacting us here.


Our Low Carbon Footprint

Carbon footprint

We pride ourselves with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry. 

At Hanbeck Natural Stone, we are committed to producing natural stone building products that don’t cost the earth – both financially and environmentally.

Lincolnshire limestone is one of England’s most distinctive building materials and has been used in iconic buildings across the world for centuries. It famously plays a part in much of our ecclesiastical architecture, and Hanbeck Natural Stone are proud to have supplied top quality materials for ongoing work at Lincoln, Norwich and Peterborough Cathedrals

The oldest sustainable material

Stone is used for building across the globe. The oldest rocks on earth have been dated to 4 billion years, and all stone gains its characteristics over many millennia. The earth is continually engaged in a process of rock building and re-generation. Stone that gets used in the building process can ultimately be reused again and again. A good example of this is the legacy of monasteries and abbeys across England. After they were dissolved during the reign of Henry VIII much of the stone found its way into the buildings of local people, both grand and humble, where it can still be found today.

How do we judge what’s sustainable?

What it means to be sustainable is continually changing as our knowledge and understanding develops. There is general consensus that for a building project to be considered sustainable it should improve energy efficiency, conserve natural resources, be non-toxic, reduce waste and pollution and have a long life span.

Natural stone ticks many of these boxes. It’s not a heavily processed material, with a minimal number of stages from extraction to final build. The quarrying and processing of natural stone is less energy intensive when compared to the production process of other building materials such as concrete or brick.

How is stone a low-carbon material?

Compared with other building materials, indigenous natural stone is a low-carbon building material. The principal carbon impacts associated with UK stone are related to how the stone is processed, the volume of waste produced and the transport of the stone to the site.

When developers elect to build in the natural stone of the region, not only are they creating buildings that reflect the local aesthetics and traditions, they are using materials that have a much lower carbon footprint. The journey from quarry to building site will be relatively short. Local stone building traditions that have built up over centuries are based on what’s most readily available locally.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do

Concentrating on smaller scale development, conservation and restoration projects we put sustainability at the heart of everything we do.

As a result, we have one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry. We’re keen to help developers reduce their carbon footprint by enabling them to shift back towards local indigenous stone and away from more production heavy building materials.

Working with smaller developers and builders, we provide a bespoke service based firmly in our family values and rooted in a strong local tradition.


How We Work With Builders & Developers

Builders & developers

How we work with together. 

The Lincolnshire limestone supplied by Hanbeck Natural Stone is a distinctive natural material that is synonymous with the built environment of much of England. It can be found in countless prestigious buildings across the world and has been used widely in Ecclesiastical buildings.

Limestone has been quarried in Lincolnshire for thousands of years, and Hanbeck Natural Stone is part of that proud tradition. As a family-run business with a commitment to quality and sustainability, we’re the supplier of choice for a wide range of building, renovation and conservation projects.

We work closely with housebuilders and developers by supplying bespoke natural stone with an emphasis on quality and finish. We don’t mass-produce. The product we supply is tailored to the needs of our clients and sympathetic to the environment.

Providing quality stone for housebuilders

Increasingly, builders and developers are looking to build homes that are rooted in the local landscape and reflect local traditions. As a result, builders are turning to natural stone for their choice of materials. Natural stone is a growing market for housebuilders and there are many good reasons for this. These include…

Harmony & Aesthetic Appeal

Building in local stone has a strong aesthetic appeal. It reflects the building traditions of the region with the homes that get built immediately forming part of the local landscape.

Lincolnshire limestone has variations in tone and colour. This, combined with the skilled way in which it’s sawn and cropped, helps to create an attractive, mellow look that changes with the light. When you use limestone in an area where it has long been a traditional building material your new build immediately looks at home.

This can be helpful during the planning process. Local authorities increasingly consider the overall aesthetics of a development project when they consider the planning application. The use of quality local materials with a design that’s sympathetic to local traditions is much more likely to be approved than one that isn’t.

The aesthetic appeal of a stone built home is also reflected in its kerb-appeal and added value. A stone built home reflecting local traditions will usually carry a premium when it comes to the initial and future sale value. Natural stone products enhance the exterior of the buildings you create. The builders and developers we work with know this and the relationships we build with them whilst working on a project is one of trust and true collaboration.

A sustainable choice

Limestone from Hanbeck Natural Stone is a sustainable choice. We supply smaller quantities for buildings that are built to last. With one of the lowest carbon footprints in the country we produce the highest quality building materials that help improve the built environment in an ethical and considered way.

A family-run business with a personal approach

At Hanbeck Natural Stone, we offer a tailored and bespoke service to the builders and developers we work with. We collaborate with our customers on a one-to-one basis from quote through to completion. Our adaptable approach means we can change according to the specifications and quantity requirements of our clients with ease.

Being part of a long local tradition, when you work with Hanbeck Natural Stone you gain access to expertise, integrity and complete commitment to the project.

For advice on your next building and development project, contact us today.