Case Study

Apple Tree, Hereford Cathedral

Forest Pennant paving & bespoke masonry

An indigenous stone 'Apple Tree'

Forest of Dean Stone Firms designed and supplied a six-metre diameter mosaic of an Apple Tree, created from 100 individual pieces. The natural stone chosen included our Forest Pennant Sandstone which was used to create the outer ring, tree and hedgerows. The colour and tone of the natural stone was chosen to be complementary to the existing built environment and was part of a £5 million pound refurbishment project to restore Cathedral Close.

The Apple Tree was sketched by Sandy Elliott, Canon of Hereford Cathedral and Landscape Architect, Robert Myers created the concept drawings.

A masonry achievement

Working from original sketches and Autocad, and taking into consideration a number of critical criteria, the team produced a working scheme and templates. Our masons spent over 500 hours processing and finishing the composite pieces for the 100 piece jigsaw and used a combination of modern hand tools and traditional tools.

Natural stone is known to be a hard wearing surface, able to withstand extreme weather conditions, high volumes of footfall and vehicular traffic. Due to the complexities of the design, thinner straights were recessed into larger base stones to create a strong surfacing solution for Cathedral Close.

We also supplied our Forest Pennant mixed colour sawn paving to Cathedral Close.

Award Winning Project

Apple Tree, Hereford Cathedral received a commended in the 2012 craftmanship Natural Stone Awards category.

Products: Forest Pennant paving, bespoke masonry & paving
Client: Hereford Cathedral
Contractor: CJ Bayliss
Landscape Architect: Robert Myers Associates
Project Architect: Robert Kilgour