Making an Entrance using Reclaimed Materials
At Blackhill Club Community Garden, work has been underway finishing the entrance to the garden, and we are very close to finishing this whole area. This week the volunteers decided to tackle their vision to create a rockery entrance, in order to make a bold visual impact for guests visiting the club
Fortunately we have been able to store and use reclaimed materials from the site to make our idea a reality. It took 6 volunteers and a total of 20 hours to transform the space from an overgrown area of grass and weeds, to a beautiful, easy maintenance Alpine Rockery.
The group decided to use rocks and gravel in an artistic way to highlight the alpine plants, ferns, ivy and ornamental grasses planted, that can all happily grow in colder or more hardy conditions, like we have here in the North East.
Hill Bed turned out Canny solution
At our Community Garden project at Blackhill Club, we began with a hefty task and many elements stacked against us.
The site although large was unmaintained for years and had very little soil. Much of our soil areas, around the edges of the and had naturally developed over the years with grass and other weeds, and there wasn't enough soil to grow the food and herbs we had planned for the site. We knew after initial observations we had to increase our soil and growing area and began exploring possible solutions.
As well as the lack of soil, some of the edges had been planted with willow and other trees which had over grown and were beginning to bow and break, causing a safety risk. One of our first tasks in the winter was to cut back the trees, and we had an excess of wood material on site to put to good use.
The third issue we had on the site was due to en excessive flow of water coming off the neighboring hills. The water would flood down the car park area of the social club and run off all the green space, collecting in certain areas creating boggy wet land. We needed to find a way to capture and redirect the water.
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