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South's #1 Independent Quarry & Aggregates supplier.
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The South's No.1 Independent Quarry & Aggregates supplier.

As well as producing the traditional quarry materials such as sand and silt we also manufacture more specialized products. These include W60 Dried, W60 Moist as well as Packed Products.
Our Quarry, which is located in Wrotham, Kent has built a reputation for excelling in quality and service and we operate in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

All of the vehicles in our fleet are less than 5 years old & well maintained.

We pride ourselves on operating a modern, safe and eviornmentally compliant fleet that promotes road safety and emission standards.

The South's No.1 Independent Quarry & Aggregates supplier.

As well as producing the traditional quarry materials such as sand and silt we also manufacture more specialized products. These include W60 Dried, W60 Moist as well as Packed Products. Our Quarry, located in Wrotham, Kent has built a reputation for excelling in quality and service and we operate in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

All of the vehicles in our fleet are less than 5 years old & well maintained.

We pride ourselves on operating a modern, safe and eviornmentally compliant fleet that promotes road safety and emission standards.

Measures of Success

It’s our Skills, knowledge and motivation that determines the performance of our business against the competition.

Our reputation is widely known for our innovation, reliability and enthusiasm while incident and injury free in all of our Health and Safety endeavours. At Ferns we believe in putting customers at the centre of everything we do, while building a positive and successful relationship between our customers and employees. Always acting with honesty, trust, integrity and trade ethically.
Ferns also ensure that efficient and effective systems are in place, like data capture, measurement and organisation structures to deliver optimum operational performance. We continue to improve performance by investing in plant and equipment, people development and processes to grow the business while we comply with all health and safety and environmental legislation.
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It feels soft and smooth when held in the hand, hence the term soft sand. Sand which is clean feels coarse in the hand, hence the term sharp. These are terms used by craftsmen. When soft sand is used, the mortar is very smooth and plastic and it is much easier to spread and to bed the bricks in
than a mortar made of sharp or clean sand. Naturally the bricklayer prefers to use a mortar made with soft or unwashed sand, often called ‘builders’ sand’. A good washed sand for mortar should, if clenched in the hand, leave no trace of yellow clay stains on the palm. Once we have
cleared away the over burden of top soil etc. Our building sand accounts for approx the first 7 – 10m of the formation at our Quarry. Grain size is typically 0 – 2mm We have Grading Sheets detailing Moisture content and Particle size.

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It feels soft and smooth when held in the hand, hence the term soft sand. Sand which is clean feels coarse in the hand, hence the term sharp. These are terms used by craftsmen. When soft sand is used, the mortar is very smooth and plastic and it is much easier to spread and to bed the bricks in than a mortar made of sharp or clean sand.
Naturally the bricklayer prefers to use a mortar made with soft or unwashed sand, often called ‘builders’ sand’. A good washed sand for mortar should, if clenched in the hand, leave no trace of yellow clay stains on the palm. Once we have cleared away the over burden of top soil etc.
Our building sand accounts for approx the first 7 – 10m of the formation at our Quarry. Grain size is typically 0 – 2mm we have Grading Sheets detailing Moisture content and Particle size.

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Silicon and oxygen are the earth's two most abundant elements and together they make silica, one of the earth's three most common rock forming minerals. Silica occurs in three main crystalline forms. The principal occurrence is as the mineral quartz but it also occurs in other rarer mineral forms known as tridymite and cristobalite. It is a very durable mineral resistant to heat and chemical attack and it is these properties that have made it industrially interesting to man. The first industrial uses of crystalline silica were probably related to metallurgical and glass making activities a few thousand years BC.
It has continued to support human development throughout history, being a key raw material in the industrial revolution especially in the glass, foundry and ceramics industries. Silica contributes to today's information technology revolution being used in the plastics of computer mice and providing the raw material for silicon chips. For industrial use, pure deposits of silica sand capable of yielding products of at least 95% silica are required. Often much higher purity values are needed. Deposits where such sand can be found are comparatively rare in the UK.

Production

At Ferns we supply Silica sand in two different forms. W60 Moist and Loose: Screened and washed and dispatched on open back Vehicles. W60 Dried: Screened and washed and then passed through a drying process. It is then stored in silos and dispatched in tankers We can supply Grading sheets for both products.

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Topsoil is the top layer of the earth's surface. Topsoil is dark in colour and high in organic matter, which makes it very easy to till and fertilize ground for growing plants. It is scraped from the ground and sold in bags or bulk, often called "black dirt”.

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We offer a wide range of bagged aggregates including building sand, silica sand moist and kiln dried sand. 

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This is a mixed particle sand containing fines. It compacts very well and has excellent drainage properties.  Its main use is as a back-fill material usually blinded over services to protect them. We have a grading sheet for this product. 

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If the arena footing is hard, the horse will shorten its stride to minimize jarring or adversely modify his jumping form to avoid the sting of landing. Hard footing will also stress their joints. If footing is too soft and rolls away under the hooves, it will cause strain to their soft tissues - tendon, ligaments, and muscles. If the footing is slippery, or insufficient so that the hooves penetrate to a slippery base, the horse may fall or feel insecure and move cautiously. Sand is the key ingredient in all good arena footing. However, not every sand is suitable for riding arenas. 

Types

Natural Sand: Natural sand has eroded from mountain rock and is mined from where it was deposited. The host rock determines the exact mineral composition, however most sand is composed of silica, from broken down quartz crystals. This type of sand is extremely resistant to weathering and breakdown due to its chemical hardness, and will last longer as arena footing. These hard sand particles have been transported and tumbled by water, and the time spent tumbling determines an angular or round grain shape. 
Manufactured Sand: Rock quarries crush rock into various sizes, and the smallest particles are called 'fines' and sold as Manufactured Sand, Man-made Sand, Crusher Fines, or Stone Dust.  

These particles range from 5 mm to fine dust, are sharp and will tightly compact if used alone. The mineral composition can range widely, and these particles are not the hard "surviving" quartz grains of tumbling river action, so they may be softer and break down to dust sooner. Sand Sizes: Sand is defined by its size rather than what type of mineral it is. Particle size or grain size refers to the diameter of a grain of granular material. Technically, particles that fall between one-sixteenth of a millimeter to two millimeters in diameter are referred to as Sand. To determine a sand granule size, a sample is vibrated through a set of sieves of known mesh  sizes to give the percentage that passes each numbered sieve. Most sand producers will have a technical data sheet available for the types of sand they sell. This technical data sheet will have a passing column showing the size of sand that passed through each particular sieve. The majority (90%) of grain sizes will be in the range of the sieve sizes referenced here for each sand type, with a very small fraction larger or smaller sizes. Having this information will help you to determine what type or size of sand you will want for your arena footing. The company selling the sand will be able to help you read their data sheets.

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Our reject sand is mainly Silica based and is a bi-product of our washing process. We often supply this to farmers who use it as a bedding material for their cattle.

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