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Private Roof Garden in Victoria Embankment - Intensive Lightweight Roof Soil and Washed Sand

London's highest botanical gardens on the 35th floor of the "Walkie-Talkie" Building - bulk bags of BS3882 topsoil and BS8601 subsoil

2014 BALI award winning Roof top in Central London - Intensive Lightweight Roof soil

Olympic Park and Athletes Village - supply of 7 types of Topsoil and Subsoil

2014 BALI award winning domestic garden, conversion of an old Church yard - over 100 Bulk Bags of Ericaceous topsoil

Stunning rear garden conversion in Hampstead - over 500 tonne of TS6 topsoil grabbed into position

Post games conversion of Olympic Park into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - over 20,000 tonne of high permeability turf soil and structural tree sand

2014 Grounds Maintenance BALI award winner for the Twickenham Stoop - TS6 topsoil and washed sports sand

250 semi-mature trees planted to create a park feel in the heart of the city - TS6 topsoil and structural treesand


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BS8601:2013 Subsoils

BS8601:2013 Subsoils

The importance of a good subsoil cannot be underestimated.

The majority of planting and landscaping projects concentrate on installing a good, friable and nutrient rich topsoil that allows water and air to pass effortlessly through it into the subsoil layer underneath. However, if the subsoil layer is inadequate and compacted, then this will have a negative impact on the growing conditions in the topsoil layer.

The importance of the subsoil layer was underlined in 2013 with the publication of the British Standard for Subsoil (BS8601:2013), with the intention of complementing the BS3882:2007 (now 2015) topsoil guidelines.

A good subsoil should be high in sand content (at least 65%) with at least 50% of the particles falling into the 'medium' (0.25 - 0.5mm) size range and have little to no organic matter present (less than 2% as set out in the 2013 British Standard). The material should be sourced from a single inert site and should have a full heavy metal and hydrocarbon suite attached to the standard analysis. Always ask for a sample and ensure that any analysis is not more than a year old. If you have time for a site visit, this is recommended.

We have a number of extremely reliable and consistent sources of subsoil that come complete with a full analysis (see the Technical Data section on the left) and have been used throughout the UK on large projects including the Olympic Park, Athletes Village and, more recently, the ongoing TFL Crossrail projects.


Having our own fleet of tippers, grabs and hiab offload facilities allows us the flexibility and reliability to deliver any quantity to you on time with minimal fuss. Plus our drivers have extensive experience of delivering into some very demanding areas, like central London (our entire fleet has been passed by TFL on their FORS scheme).
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We operate two bagging sites in Kent where we have the capacity to bag the majority of our products in either bulk bags or smaller 25kg bags.

    • Up to 40m3
      (lightweight materials)
    • Up to 20 tonne
    • 4/6/8 wheel
    • Up to 40m3
      (lightweight materials)
    • Up to 16 tonne
    • 4/6/8 wheel

    • Up to 50m3
      (lightweight materials)
    • Up to 30 tonne

    • 1m3
      (bark, compost, lightweight soils, manure)
    • 850-950kg
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