14 February 2007
Now that we have got over the excitement of being selected to enter the 'National Urban Community' Category of Britain in Bloom this year. we are getting down to the nitty gritty of working on an exciting project which fits in with the RHS theme for 2007 of `Bloomin' Wild'. (Click here for the RHS press release)
In Partnership with Hayle Library, we are taking part in the new BBC initiative 'Breathing Places', making space for nature and encouraging the Community to work together to create a wildlife space to share. We would also like to use the garden as a learning resource for local children to identify birds, butterflies and the plants on which they live, demonstrating recycling resources and a quiet place to read or relax. There will be disabled access to the garden which will include a ramp from the car park beside the Library for wheel chair users and hand rails for anyone with mobility difficulties.
Hayle in Bloom has applied to the Lottery for funding for plants, topsoil, stone (low stone wall to encourage wild life) and wall boards for educational use and seating, but we have to wait until May to find out if our bid is successful.
Hayle in Bloom is very grateful to Hayle Town Council for giving us a kick start to our project by way of a grant to help towards the costs of Mr Trevor Toms of Country Construction (an expert in his field) whom we have contracted to design a Wildlife Garden and whose proposal is as follows:
- Design the basic landscape structure of the garden to provide a seating area, pond/bog garden (subject to HSE requirements), footpaths and cornish hedge which will provide a variation in heights for aesthetic considerations but also provide variations in habitat types (i.e. wet, medium and dry). The positioning of the features will not drastically alter the view of the estuary from the library.
- Research native wild plant types in order to maximise colour (for people) and nectar (for insects) throughout the growing season in the various habitat types.
- The design will include additional structures such as compost bins, nesting towers, bug boxes, bird boxes bird feeders/tables, bird bath etc.
- Provide the Library with a detailed plan view diagram of the entire garden. If this gets too cluttered then the written detail will go on separate section diagrams. If possible, a 3d view-point as well. Plans to be laminated where possible so they can be displayed in the library.
- Provide a stage by stage breakdown of work for the volunteers, (no point in doing the finer stuff until the heavy, messy work is done).
- Where possible, demonstrate that recycling of resources is not confined to cans and bottles, e.g.; capture rainfall from the gutters into a large water butt and pipe it into the pond/bog garden or re-use old pallets as the sides to the compost bins.
- Brief and lead volunteer teams.
All very exciting isn't it? We can't wait to get stuck in and get on with it. Hopefully the weather will improve sufficiently before long so that we can get started!
Marjorie Roberts, Chairman. Hayle in Bloom