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Staffordshire Pink Gravel

Landscaping is Prettier in Pink

28 May 2024

Close up of staffordshire pink gravel

By Ben Parrot - Landscape Gardener & Amateur Geologist

Classification:

Stone landscaping material and construction aggregate

Geological name(s):

Quartzite

Other Name(s):

Pink quartzite, Staffordshire pink stone, pink gravel chippings, Cheshire pink gravel, pink pebbles, pink garden stones, gravel pink

Overview

Welcome to the only encyclopaedia for decorative aggregates and landscaping materials. Staffordshire pink gravel, also called Cheshire pink gravel, is a distinct and visually appealing decorative quartz stone regarded as an economical and hard-wearing decorative aggregate. Landscapers utilise these pink stones for garden design, harnessing their subtle pink overtones for an aesthetic appeal. Staffordshire pink gravel stones add a unique character to any surface or space.

This encyclopaedia entry provides a thorough overview of Staffordshire pink gravel, a hardscaping material and construction aggregate. It details the product's specifications, accompanied by photographs, and outlines its benefits, applications, and incompatibilities as a landscaping material. Additionally, this entry serves as a gateway to a wealth of DIY resources, with a list of comparable alternatives, articles offering design inspiration and fundamental principles, and a collection of straightforward, step-by-step instructions for constructing your own hardscaping features.

Staffordshire Pink Gravel Specifications

material

colour

shape

sizes

fall safety

price

Quartz

10-20mm

durability

fish friendly

eco friendly

degradability

ph

diy friendly

Non-degradable

Neutral

Material

Metamorphic rock

Colour

Pale gravel pink, brown and rustic pink

Shape

Rounded to sub-angular

Close up of pink staff quartz

Size Range

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")
Staffordshire pink gravel 10mm, 20mm Staffordshire pink gravel, Staffordshire pink 20mm gravel, Cheshire pink gravel 20mm

Fall Safety

Unsuitable for play surfaces

Price

Mid

Durability

High

Fish Friendly

Yes

Staffordshire close up

Eco-friendly

Yes

Degradability

Non-degradable

pH

Neutral

DIY-Friendly

Yes

Staffordshire garden path

Benefits

Decorative aggregates products like Staffordshire pink gravel offer numerous benefits in garden and landscaping design. They are durable, require minimal maintenance and provide excellent drainage. Decorative stones discourage the growth of weeds, add to the garden's aesthetic and can even act as a useful security feature for driveways, deterring intruders due to the noise made when walking upon them.

This pink garden gravel is cherished for its unique pale pink and cream colour that complements many landscape styles. This type of pink stone for garden and landscape design is a sub-angular shape, meaning it will pack well for creating stable surfaces.

  • Inhibits weeds
  • Improves drainage
  • Hard-wearing
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable
  • Low-maintenance
  • Moisture retention
  • Versatile all-rounder
  • pH neutral
  • Transform space fast
  • Safe for aquatic life
  • Root protection
  • Easy to lay

Applications

Staffordshire pink gravel is specifically suited to creating attractive, and practical, footpaths and driveways, as well as garden borders. Its subtle pink overtone and sub-angular shape add texture and colour to outdoor spaces, brightening the surrounding area whilst simultaneously making them seem more spacious. Additionally, as a quartz, they are fish-friendly, which makes them a great substrate for use in water features that house your aquatic pets.

In the following section, we list many common Staffordshire pink gravel uses, although it is not exhaustive. Wherever there is a hyperlink beside an item, an article from Outdoor Aggregates about the topic is available.

Pink decorative stone garden

Inspiration and Informational Articles

DIY-Friendly How-To Guides

Need to work out how many stone chippings your  project needs? Try our free gravel calculator.

Other Applications

Some other excellent applications for Staffordshire pink gravel include:

  • Base for terrace, patios or outdoor seating areas
  • Sub base layers, although there are many cheaper options
Pink gravel under garden leaves

Unsuitable For

The following list represents the kinds of applications that Staffordshire pink gravel are not suitable for:

  1. 1
    Areas with fine plantings: If you have creepers or low-growing plants in your garden gravel can make it harder for these plants to thrive, as it may interfere with their root systems as they try to grow.
  2. 2
    Play surfaces
  3. 3
    Erosion control: On steep slopes or areas with significant inclines, the loose nature of the gravel can make it prone to movement which can be problematic on slopes.

Similar Alternatives to Staffordshire Pink Gravel

The following is a list of decorative aggregates which are alternatives to Staffordshire pink gravel. They may offer you a more suitable variation on the primary colour, a more economical option, or a close substitute for cases where the base material may be unsuitable for the project you are creating, e.g. limestone is not fish-friendly, where slate is.

Name

Colours

Material

Size

Shape

Availability

Price

pink, grey

Granite

3-20mm (0.4-0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

gold, apricot

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

pink, grey, buff

3-20mm (0.4-0.8")

angular

UK, USA

pink, grey

10-20mm (0.8")

angular

UK, USA, EU

pink, yellow, white

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")

sub-angular

UK, USA, EU

pink

1-4mm (0.04-0.16")

irregular

UK, USA, EU

Under £80

£80-£120

£120-£150

£150-£200

£200-£300

£300+

Maintenance

Gardening tools leaned against a shed

Staffordshire pink gravel is generally low maintenance, especially when a heavy duty membrane is installed underneath to suppress weeds, with most work limited to raking and the occasional removal of debris. Occasional power washing of the product is advisable to maintain the original colour and prevent algae or moss buildup. Natural quarry materials also may have dust, which should be hosed off with water at the time of installation.

For areas with heavy footfall, such as paths or footpaths, replenishment of gravel may be required over time to maintain depth and coverage. For more on how to clean gravel, read our article: how to clean garden stones.

Purchasing Tips

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When purchasing gravel pink, consider the size and quantity necessary for your project. Where available, it is cost-effective to request a sample to assess the stone's colour and quality against your design requirements. Also, consider the size you'll need; for instance, Staffordshire pink gravel 20mm are typically used for driveways, while smaller 10mm Staffordshire pink gravel is better suited to footpaths.

Using our gravel calculator to get an unbiased estimate for your project needs is one of the best and easiest ways to order the right amount without the risk of shortfalls or over-spending - all you need is a few measurements of the space. Ordering in bulk bags is often more cost-effective than smaller quantities. Also, always ensure you consider the delivery aspects, especially the vehicle access to the site.

FAQs

What is Staffordshire pink gravel?

Staffordshire pink gravel is a decorative, angular quartzite stone with a pale brown or pink colour, often used in landscaping and garden design. Available widely, a pink gravel bulk bag generally costs about £140 at the time of publishing.

What is the best colour gravel for a garden?

The best colour depends on personal preference and garden design, but Staffordshire pink gravel's subtle pink and cream hues offer a unique and elegant choice.

What is the gravel that doesn't move?

Gravels with angular shapes, like Staffordshire pink gravel, interlock better and are less likely to shift than rounded gravels.

What is the best gravel for a footpath?

Angular gravels, such as Staffordshire pink gravel, are ideal for footpaths and paths due to their stability and drainage properties.

There are many wonderful types of gravel and aggregates available for your project needs. Check them out!

About the author 

Ben Parrot is a landscape gardener and amateur geologist. He is the founder of Outdoor Aggregates, with the mission to create the first encyclopaedia for decorative aggregates. From natural stone through to decorative bark, these aggregates are critical to garden and landscape design, universally.

The problem: There isn't any place where all the different types of decorative landscaping materials and construction aggregates can be found, nor are the specifications of each type readily available. So, enriched by his extensive experience, and inspired by the timeless elegance and raw beauty of stone and rock, etched by nature's artistry over millennia, Outdoor Aggregates was born.