New Delivery Charges from 1st February 2023

After a period of quite severe inflationary pressure where we have absorbed supplier price increases as far as possible, to ensure we can maintain our service levels we have made the decision to introduce a charging mechanism that more accurately reflects the actual costs incurred in making a lorry delivery to our customers.
As many of you will be aware, these are the first changes to our delivery charges since Madingley Mulch began trading in 1999!
The following changes will be made from 1st February: Our minimum order value eligible for delivery will increase from £40 to £50 Delivery charges will now be applied to all orders to reflect the combined cost of distance travelled and space taken up on the lorry.
Please see our delivery page for more information about the new charges.

Top Tips to Create an Attractive Garden Path

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Not only will an attractive path add style and character to your property, but it will also improve access to your outside space, helping you make the most of your garden. Madingley Mulch offers a great range of specially designed products that will enhance the look and usability of any garden path. From decorative stones and paving slab to bark mulch, we have all the supplies you need to transform gardens in Essex, Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas.

Whether you’re looking to create an entirely new path to take the pressure off of your lawn or you just want to give an existing path a makeover, we can help. Here are our top tips for creating a stylish and useful garden path.

Dividing the Space

Whatever style of path you opt for, the design will delineate your garden and create distinct areas. If you’re adding a new pathway to the space, it’s important you think about how you’re going to use your garden and how you want the area to be divided. Look at any ‘desire paths’ that have naturally been created in your garden, where people regularly walk through. This will show you how you and your family use the space and will help to inform your path design.

Selecting Surfaces

The surface you select for your new garden path will have a big impact on its finished look. One of the most popular surfaces is gravel. Not only does gravel look great, but it can also help to improve drainage both within the soil and around pipes and drains. Choose standard gravel for a classic look or opt for white or gold gravel or round stones for a more contemporary appearance.

Another option for your path’s surface is decorative stone chippings. Offering similar drainage benefits to gravel, stone chippings are an economical and stylish way to create a garden path. You can select from light-coloured Cotswold chip, sophisticated charcoal stone, Staffordshire pink or even red granite for your new garden look.

Homeowners who want to add a feel of permanence to their outside space should select solid paving slabs for their garden path surface. Rustic slabs like our Rutland Oakham stones or our Courtyard Paving design are ideal for those looking for a traditional finish

Alternatively, for a more natural look, opt for a mulch surface. Affordable, easy to walk on and ideal for homeowners who want their new path to blend in with their garden, this organic surface comes in a range of colours and sizes. If you live in Essex and are looking for a nearby supplier of bark mulch, we have one of the best selections around, making it easy for you to find the perfect surface for your new path.


If you want a natural, informal garden look, let your path merge gently into your lawn. Alternatively, for a cleaner aesthetic, install edging and give your path a defined finish. Stone edging can be used with a range of surfaces or you can opt for large pebbles, cobbles or stylish slate chippings to complete your new outside area.

Finishing Touches

As well as edging, your new garden path will look great finished off with appropriate lighting. Solar lights will add a welcoming touch to your new path after dark, helping you navigate your garden and making a real feature in your outside space. You could also consider planting shrubs, flowers and even small trees along the length of your path to give it increased definition and divide up your garden.

If you’re planning on giving your garden a facelift this winter, Madingley Mulch stocks a wide range of materials for paths, patios and all outside spaces. All of our products are available from our shop which is visited by many customers from across Essex, Suffolk and East Anglia. To make your garden makeover as easy as possible, we can deliver supplies to homes in a 15-mile radius of our site in Cambridge.

To find out more, or to start planning a garden path of your own, explore the product range at Madingley Mulch.

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