The Reuse Revolution

About five years ago, works were underway on a garden build in a lovely Victorian House in the City of Worcestershire, we were preparing the sub-base for a patio install and stumbled upon a house brick with a name stamped on it. It captured our imagination and we were fascinated about the story behind how it came to be – We’ve only found a handful since.

A bit of researching led us to understand that many of the brickworks came and went quickly and were often lost in time or never recorded at all.

These Brick Works were demolished leaving little to no trace, just a select few with a name or pattern stamped in a brick. Later to be discovered hundreds of years and many miles away under the patio in our little townhouse garden in Worcestershire.

To this day, we’re hooked on the heritage and history behind an everyday item that is a staple for the majority of UK houses we still live in today. Our latest find is very close to home, reclaimed from an old school in Hereford. Research suggests these are circa 1858, from the Holmer Works in Hereford, it was only right that they should be a feature for a path and now sit proudly in a Herefordshire cottage garden.

Here at Little Acre Gardens, we strongly believe that sustainability and minimising our impact on the environment should be at the heart of what we do. It is really important to us that wherever possible we can and should reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill by reusing reclaimed and salvaged materials as much as we can.

Not only better for the environment but the warm fuzzy feeling we get knowing that by incorporating into our designs we are keeping the nostalgia and memories alive, and that piece of history can spark the curiosity and intrigue in our future generations.

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