Local stone, local skills


Somerset Lias are supplying stone for the prestigious Public Realm improvement scheme on Taunton High Street.

Both blue and white lias from Bowdens quarry are being used for the central tree surrounds, which will double as seats. Local artist Anne Smyth has been working together with a dry stone wall specialist to construct the circular stone enclosures. “The design for the planters is simple and clean-lined, using local craft skills in a contemporary way,” she says. “There is a wealth of local stone to be found in rich and varied colours, and we wanted to celebrate that on the high street.”

White lias is being used to create a circular drum effect, designed to stand out against the rest of the stone. Thick segments of blue lias will then form the bespoke circular copings, which will cap the top of the surrounds and form a communal seating area.

With Bowdens quarry situated less than 15 miles away from Taunton, our stone is an ideal choice in terms of both aesthetics and sustainability.

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