Railway Sleepers - Retaining Walls and Raised Beds
Railway sleepers can be used in the garden for a range of landscaping features and are an effective way of building retaining walls or raised bed and with a bit of imagination can enhance your garden giving it stucture, height and style. They can be used either horizontally or vertially (see picture) and installation is simple and straightforward.
Depending on the effect you are trying to achieve, railway sleepers come in both hardwood and softwood, different widths and lengths and can be used or reclaimed. They may also be tanalised making them resilient to the weather and giving them a longer life.
Over the next few months we will be providing useful advice and information to help our visitors create breautiful gardens and there will be a section on railway sleepers.
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Derwent Treescapes Ltd.
Long Thin Tanalised 4.2m 13ft9
4.2m x 245mm x 61mm
Midi Tanalised 2.4m 8ft
2.4m x 200mm x 100mm
8ft x 8in x 4in
A Grade Reclaimed Softwood 2.6m 8ft6
2.6m x 250mm x 125mm
Railway Sleeper - Ideas
Reclaimed Railway Sleepers
Reclaimed and used railway sleepers are an ideal material to build raised beds, water features and interesting structure especially if you want a natural, rustic effect with loads of character, without the need to wait for years of weathering for the same effect.
The picture shows the use of rustic railway sleepers to great effect. The landscaper has taken some fence post which have been set into concrete behind the posts. He has then drilled through the railway sleepers using 8 inch bolt screws to build the retaining wall using the reclaimed railway sleepers.
Derwent Treescapes can supply good quality, inspected reclaimed railway sleepers, trhey come in 2.55m lengths which are 250mm x 150mm wide and deep. They can be delivered locally and if you require your sleepers cutting to certain lengths, the trained staff will be happy to oblige.