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The Spring countdown

Friday, 22 January 2021 14:21:36 Europe/London

Winter dreaming

As you stoke the fire and stick the kettle on in preparation to snuggle down into sofa oblivion, you may glance out of the frosty window at your garden. As you wait for the kettle to boil you find yourself day dreaming of the garden projects you have in mind for 2021.

Drystone walling
 

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Planning

It may be just a passing thought at the moment, besides spring seems so far away, right? Well yes, its true spring is a good 2 months off, however it certainly doesn't hurt to be prepared, especially when you consider other people may be thinking the exact same thing as you.

Here to help

From patios to garden walling we can help, get in front of the spring rush and give our knowledgeable staff a call, let us help you turn your 2021 garden dream into a reality.

Insects
Comments | Posted By Adam Ashman

Covid-19 Update 5th January 2021

Tuesday, 5 January 2021 10:18:43 Europe/London

 

Issued at 11:00am 05 January 2021

 

Last night the UK Government’s Guidance that prohibits going outside the home except in prescribed circumstances has come into affect. Travel to and from work remains permitted, where work cannot be done from home.

 

Guidance has also been issued which requires certain workplaces to close. Construction sites and quarries are not required to close. Consequently Lantoom remains open for business subject to certain conditions: 

 

1) Customers wishing to visit our office or collect materials are requested to:

a) Confirm that you are healthy, do not have a high temperature or other COVID-19 symptoms

b) Confirm that you have not recently travelled overseas or been in contact with anyone who has COVID 19 symptoms

c) Consider whether the visit is essential. Can you order by telephone or email or use our website?

d) Contact us by telephone before your visit. If we can help you without the need to visit, we will do so. If a visit is essential we will make an appointment for you

e) Customers must abide by social distancing guidelines

f) Obey instructions given to you at Lantoom on arrival

 

Customers who just turn up without a prior appointment will be turned away. This enables us to control the visitor numbers to maintain social distancing and prevent delays


2) Our telephones, emails and website customer support is fully operational

3) We are able to arrange deliveries

4) Delivery drivers must not get out of their vehicles on arrival at the quarry and telephone our office for instructions from their cab.

5) We remain well stocked with all categories of materials

8) To minimise the infection risk we are not accepting cash payments until further notice.

9) All collections and deliveries will be subject to our infection control procedures.

 

Lantoom will continue to operate within Government Guidance and review operations according to the situation.

 

You may contact us through the following methods:

Email: sales@lantoom.co.uk

Website: www.lantoom.co.uk

Telephone: 01579 308234

 

Thank you for your business. Please do not panic. Please minimise infection risk. The response to COVID-19 is likely to be long term and we appreciate your help in adapting to the disease risk.

Comments | Posted By Adam Ashman

The ecological benefits of building drystone walls.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:58:20 Europe/London

Beneficial

There are many reasons why someone might consider building a drystone wall, these include: setting a boundary around a field, incasing a flower bed or tiering a garden. But one benefit that we often overlook is the ecological impact of building one.

Drystone walling
 

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Plant Life

There are many plants which love nothing more then to live out of the gaps of soil between a drystone wall, such as: lavender, primrose, snapdragon and much more, plants with small roots, like the ones listed, are perfect for drystone wall constructions, not only will they have an excellent environment to grow, but they will also add colour to your drystone wall construction and of course combined, these plants help to purify our air.

Insect Life

Once your wall is built it will not take long for the cast of A Bug’s Life to move in. Ants, woodlice, millipedes, spiders and caterpillars will all find there place in your wall. In the end, every foot of your wall will contain at least one species of insect these bugs have various roles including feeding larger critters.

Insects
 

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Larger critters

Unfortunately for the bugs, they will attract birds, frogs and lizards which not only use the drystone wall as shelter but also use it as a restocking buffet and help to control the numbers of insects. Even larger animals can benefit from the wall including large mammals which may use the wall as shade or shelter from winds or rain. All in all when you decide to build a drystone wall, you are not just benefiting your garden you are creating a mini eco system.

Comments | Posted By Adam Ashman

Covid-19 Update 5th November 2020

Thursday, 5 November 2020 09:47:53 Europe/London

 

Issued at 10.00am 05 November 2020

 

Starting from midnight last night the UK Government’s Guidance that prohibits going outside the home except in prescribed circumstances has come into affect. Travel to and from work remains permitted, where work cannot be done from home.

 

Guidance has also been issued which requires certain workplaces to close. Construction sites and quarries are not required to close. Consequently Lantoom remains open for business subject to certain conditions: 

 

1) Customers wishing to visit our office or collect materials are requested to:

a) Confirm that you are healthy, do not have a high temperature or other COVID-19 symptoms

b) Confirm that you have not recently travelled overseas or been in contact with anyone who has COVID 19 symptoms

c) Consider whether the visit is essential. Can you order by telephone or email or use our website?

d) Contact us by telephone before your visit. If we can help you without the need to visit, we will do so. If a visit is essential we will make an appointment for you

e) Customers must abide by social distancing guidelines

f) Obey instructions given to you at Lantoom on arrival

 

Customers who just turn up without a prior appointment will be turned away. This enables us to control the visitor numbers to maintain social distancing and prevent delays


2) Our telephones, emails and website customer support is fully operational

3) We are able to arrange deliveries

4) Delivery drivers must not get out of their vehicles on arrival at the quarry and telephone our office for instructions from their cab.

5) We remain well stocked with all categories of materials

8) To minimise the infection risk we are not accepting cash payments until further notice.

9) All collections and deliveries will be subject to our infection control procedures.

 

Lantoom will continue to operate within Government Guidance and review operations according to the situation.

 

You may contact us through the following methods:

Email: sales@lantoom.co.uk

Website: www.lantoom.co.uk

Telephone: 01579 308234

 

Thank you for your business. Please do not panic. Please minimise infection risk. The response to COVID-19 is likely to be long term and we appreciate your help in adapting to the disease risk.

Comments | Posted By Adam Ashman

Covid-19 Update 4th June 2020

Thursday, 4 June 2020 12:25:48 Europe/London

 

Issued at 12:00 4th June 2020

 

Lantoom has remained open for business throughout the Coronavirus epidemic. However the risk remains high. Currently 1 in 40 people in the general population tests positive for the virus and to minimise the risk to our staff and others we continue to limit visits to the quarry to those which are essential

 

Lantoom remains open for business subject to certain conditions:

1. Customers wishing to visit our office or collect materials are requested to:
 
(a) Confirm that your are healthy, do not have a high temperature or other COVID-19 symptoms.
(b) Confirm that you have not recently travelled overseas or been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms
(c) Consider whether the visit is essential.  Can you order by telephone or email or use our website ?
(d) Contact us by email or telephone before your visit. If we can help you without the need to visit, we will do so.
If a visit is essentail we will make an appointment for you.
 
Customers who just turn up without making a prior appointment will be turned away.  This enables us to control the visitor numbers to maintain social distancing and prevent delays.
 
(c) If your visit is unavoidable, obey our Infection Prevention and Control instructions on arrival.
 
2. Our staff in vulnerable groups remain shielded and working at home.  We are also minimising the risk to other staff by their working at home, where possible.  Consequently we have fewer office staff than normal working at the quarry.
3. Our telephone, e-mail, and website customer support is fully operational.
4. If at all possible, please telephone or contact us by email or through our website to minimise infection risk.
5. We are able to arrange deliveries.
6. Delivery drivers must not get out of their vehicles on arrival at the quarry and telephone our office for instructions from their cab.
7. We remain well stocked with all categories of materials.
8.  To minimise infection risk we are not accepting cash payments until further notice
 

 Lantoom will continue to operate within Government Guidance and review operations according to the situation.

 
You may contact us through the following methods:

Email:  sales@lantoom.co.uk

Website:  www.lantoom.co.uk

Telephone:  01579 308234

 

Thank you for your business.  Please minimise infection risk.  The response to COVID-19 is long term and we appreciate your help in adapting to the disease risk. 

0 Comments | Posted By Richard Crocker

 

Issued at 15:00 27 March 2020

 

Lantoom remains open for business but subject to specified conditions and at a reduced staffing level. Most of our staff are now either working from home or have been sent home on short term paid leave.

 

The UK Government issued Guidance that prohibits going outside the home except in prescribed circumstances. Travel to and from work remains permitted, where work cannot be done from home. Guidance has also been issued which requires certain workplaces to close. Construction sites and quarries are not required to close.

 

Lantoom remains open for business subject to certain conditions:

 

1. We have adapted our working procedures to manage the risk of COVID-19 infection at Lantoom.
2. Quarries are multi hazard environments and we are well prepared for managing health and safety risks.
3. Staff in vulnerable groups have been isolated at home.
4. Where possible other staff are working from home.
5. Most of our production staff have been sent home on leave. Those that remain are not permitted contact with visitors.
6. Our telephone, e-mail, and website customer support remain fully operational.
7. If at all possible, please telephone or contact us by email or through our website to minimise infection risk.
8. Customers wishing to visit our office or collect materials are asked to:
(a) Consider whether the visit is essential.
(b) Contact us by email or telephone prior to visiting. If we can help you without the need to visit, we will do so.
(c) If a visit is unavoidable, obey our Infection Prevention and Control instructions on arrival.
12. We are able to arrange deliveries.
13. Delivery drivers must not get out of their vehicles on arrival at the quarry and telephone our office for instructions from their cab.
14. We remain well stocked with all categories of materials.
15. Prices are being affected by the drop in the value of Sterling and we are having to implement price increases to reflect our higher costs.

 

Lantoom will continue to operate within Government Guidance and review operations according to the situation.
 
You may contact us through the following methods:

Email:  sales@lantoom.co.uk

Website:  www.lantoom.co.uk

Telephone:  01579 308234

 

Thank you for your business.  Please do not panic.  Please minimise infection risk.  The response to COVID-19 is likely to be long term and we appreciate your help in adapting to the disease risk. 

Comments | Posted By Adam Ashman

 

Issued at 14:00 24 March 2020

 

Last night the UK Government issued Guidance that prohibits going outside the home except in prescribed circumstances. Travel to and from work remains permitted, where work cannot be done from home.


Guidance has also been issued which requires certain workplaces to close. Construction sites and quarries are not required to close. Consequently Lantoom remains open for business subject to certain conditions.
 
1. We have adapted our working procedures to manage the risk of COVID-19 infection at Lantoom.
2. Quarries are multi hazard environments and we are well prepared for managing health and safety risks.
3. Staff in vulnerable groups have been isolated at home.
4. Where possible other staff are working from home.
5. Our production staff are not permitted contact with visitors.
6. Our telephone, e-mail, and website customer support remain fully operational.
7. If at all possible, please telephone or contact us by email or through our website to minimise infection risk.
8. Customers wishing to visit our office or collect materials are asked to:
9. (a) Consider whether the visit is essential.
10. (b) Contact us by email or telephone prior to visiting. If we can help you without the need to visit, we will do so.
11. (c) If a visit is unavoidable, obey our Infection Prevention and Control instructions on arrival.
12. We are able to arrange deliveries.
13. Delivery drivers must not get out of their vehicles on arrival at the quarry and telephone our office for instructions from their cab.
14. We remain well stocked with all categories of materials.
15. Prices are being affected by the drop in the value of Sterling and we are having to implement price increases to reflect our higher costs.
16. Lantoom will continue to operate within Government Guidance and review operations according to the situation.
 
You may contact us through the following methods:

Email:  sales@lantoom.co.uk

Website:  www.lantoom.co.uk

Telephone:  01579 308234

 

Thank you for your business.  Please do not panic.  Please minimise infection risk.  The response to COVID-19 is likely to be long term and we appreciate your help in adapting to the disease risk. 

0 Comments | Posted By Adam Ashman

The world's biggest drystone walling project

Friday, 21 February 2020 10:59:22 Europe/London

The idea

Since 2014 Mark Ellis, a drystone waller, has been creating what will be the largest dry stone wall construction in the world; a dry stone maze in Dalby Forest, Scarborough. Once complete the project will consist of over 4000 tonnes of walling stone.

maze
 

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A nice touch

What’s more, members of the public have been welcomed in to leave there mark on the record breaking maze. A workshop has been running allowing members of the public to carve something in stone, this can be anything from a birth date, a wedding anniversary to a stone in memory of someone special. These stones will be incorporated into the final project.

Get involved

The project is still far from completion, meaning we might have to wait about 3-5 years before we are able to see the impressive project completed. It is sure to look A-maze-ing! For more information or if you are interested in carving your own stone Click here.

Awning
Comments | Posted By Adam Ashman

Tips for keeping your patio in tip top shape during the winter months

Friday, 29 November 2019 11:50:11 Europe/London

Protecting your patio in winter

Though not essential, keeping your patio as protected as possible during the winter months can make the clean up in spring so much more easier. The wet conditions can encourage algae growth; fallen leaves can cause marks on your slabs which can take a fair bit of scrubbing to get off and frost can cause damage to the mortar between the slabs if there is a weakness in the pointing. Here are some things you can do to tackle these common issues.

Paving
 

Raised Beds

Sealant

Sealing a patio can make future cleaning much easier. The sealant protects the slabs from common leaf and algae stains and when the time comes, in Spring, it will make cleaning off these marks much easier.

Awning

Some people may wish to protect there patio with an awning, there are all weather patio paving awnings which are designed to give that little extra protection for your patio during the winter and are also handy during the summer to get away from those unexpected summer showers.

Awning
 

Paving area

Check the pointing

If there is damage to the pointing it can cause a few issues. During the Spring and Summer it can cause weeds to sprout out from the gaps and in the winter it can allow frost in, causing potential damage to more of the mortar or even the slabs themselves. Therefore it might be worth checking over you patio and touching up the mortar if needed. In all good patio maintenance can mean that your patio stays in great conditions for many summers to come.

Comments | Posted By Adam Ashman

5 amazing things to do with your garden space

Thursday, 24 October 2019 13:53:13 Europe/London

1: Rockery

Sometimes less is more when it comes to flowers. But when putting less flowers in the garden there can be large patches of wasted empty earth. Rockery stones can be a great way of using up this space. The stones can make the garden seem more natural and once placed need little to no maintenance.

Rockery
 

Raised Beds

2: Raised garden beds:

Adding levels to your garden can be a great idea, not only does it break up the landscape but it can also allow some of the smaller plants to be seen under the larger ones. If done right it can also work to make the area feel more private.

3: Pond

Who doesn’t love a pond? Weather it is big or small a pond can certainly add a rather tranquil ambiance to your garden. If you wanted to go the extra mile, why not add a small water feature to complete the peaceful feel.

Pond
 

Paving area

4: Patio area

Though grass is lovely, sometimes one needs a place where they can just sit and talk whilst picking up on some of the lovely summer rays. A patio area can be ideal for this. Put a wooden table and chairs out looking across your beautiful garden and relax.

5: Fire-pit

Barbecues are a fantastic social event, great food and fun to be had by all ages. But there always comes the time when the sun starts to go down and the temperature drops forcing the guests to move inside or worse go home. That is the beauty of the fire pit, just light the bad boy up and sit round it with a drink, bliss.

Penrhyn slate quarry
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