Our Wilderness Project meadow had a glorious flowering of annual wild flowers this summer in its first season.
Next year we hope to see the perennial flowers coming through that are the main staple of the meadow.
We have other plans for the meadow next year to debate at the AGM, such as one off events we might have down there as well as the ongoing discussions about bee hives, so please remember to come along in March to the annual meeting to voice your ideas to continue the project.
The meadow was cut with an Austrian scythe and the green waste is removed to a temporary pile and will be cleared to compost areas, as leaving it on the ground will build up fertility, which is not good for a meadow (wild flowers thrive on decreased fertility).
Please do not get tempted to dump any weeds or allotment cuttings on the meadow site near any of the temporary piles of cuttings. The area must be left clear from now on in order for the area to develop.
Big thank you to our core helpers who cut the meadow this September: Cheryl, John, Wally (who turns out to be a scythe natural ) and of course, Richard who has done so much of the volunteering on this site ( Management never rests!).
Up at the Hut area Paul, David and Michael are finishing a fabulous rain water station for washing hands with collected rain water next to our wonderful disabled compost toilet
Carol has planted a small hedge to give Vida and Paddy a wind break near their plot and has also planted colourful dogwood and rosa rugosa near the existing viburnum and more planting is planned behind the compost loo!
David has found some recycled pavers to use for a hard surface - we need some volunteers to lay these soon. If you can help please get in touch with David and Carol
Yes it's installed and ready for action!
here's an update from Project Manager Carol Whitehead:-
"The loo was installed in 3 hrs, I have put up instructions for use basically no water is involved and this dry separation encourages good odourless bacteria to work. So gentlemen must either use the urinal or sit on the loo - no standing in front of the loo please!
I wanted the landscaper to install a large concrete area in front so there is plenty of room for a wheel chair if needed.
I will plant the rest of the saplings along the grass path for a wind break for Vida and Paddy and also plant some more shrubs around the area.
Paul is making a rain water station for hand washing on the concrete pad where the old chemical portaloo was."
"Elsewhere on the site, Paul West has also designed a brilliant water station area to collect rain water which will be useful during the winter months when the mains is turned off.
Lewes District Council have finally approved our planning application for this lovely roomy disabled compost toilet, funded by Seaford Town Council and the Big Lottery Awards for All.
This compost loo will save us a lot of money in the long run, and we can stop the monthly expense of the hired 'Port a loo". There is no smell as the waste is separated, and no water is used. The waste will be collected regularly and placed on a compost heap in order to to make compost for the fruit trees and native hedge down in the Wilderness Project area so nothing is wasted.
We are arranging a sub base and soak away to be installed in the area soon at the side of the Hut and the installation will take place there after.
Ahhhhh! What a relief!