Composting Project Newsletter 1 is below, or click at the link on the link for the full version.
Compost News—How can you help?
The compost team are planning a botanical survey of St. Michael’s church-yard. This is partly to identify weeds that we should not be composting but also to see if there are any other plants of interest hidden away. Having no botanical skills, we could use the help of someone to guide us on the best time of year to make a survey and the methodology to use.
Design Engineers needed
The current compost bins, shown below, are in need of replacement. David Ratcliffe and Paul Treble who are tackling this problem would welcome input from anyone skilled in design engineering. Your input can be limited to suggestions for solving the design problems that we face in the brief we have developed.
If you can help with either of the tasks above or know of someone who could please let Paul Treble know on:
Next Compost turning session
Sunday November 3rd at 2.30pm. All welcome, especially children. Come suitably dressed—wellies and gloves. Just turn up - no need for notification.
Compost News—The story so far
The first two events at the compost heaps have taken place. On a lovely Sunday afternoon in late September a small group with ages ranging from 4 to 70+ gathered to sort the compostable material (including the contents of the brown bins), turn two heaps and build a third. This took 2 hours or so and was greatly enjoyed by those who took part. This was followed by a session with Play and Praise on 7th October where we sorted the compostable material and added to the heap that had been built the previous week. These activities have shown that jobs are available for all. 3 year olds can sort plastic from flowers, tear up paper and fill buckets with water. A 4 year old can do all that and wield a small fork, Fit adults can do the turning while those with a disability can supervise the sorting and tearing up of paper.The steering group are planning activities for the coming winter and spring. These include designing and building new compost bins, conducting a bo-tanical survey of the churchyard and a visit to Dundry Nurseries. We are looking for help with botanical and design engineering expertise—see over-leaf. Not sure about whether or not you can help? Have a word with one (or more) of the following: Andy Barrell, David or Denise Ratcliffe, Paul Treble or Anne Wortley. You can find us in church on Sundays.