This rejuvenation project started in September 2017 and by accident. I was on my way out to do a litter pick as a Litter Champion with Keep Wales Tidy but discovered that the BCBC litter pickers had already been out. I mentioned this to Mark Roberts who said that I could litter pick next to his garage on Bridgend Road which had become full off litter. The area was also covered with dead brambles that acted as a litter trap.
I cleared the brambles and litter. Keep Wales Tidy supply the red bin bags and BCBC take them away.
It’s amazing how much litter you pick up from a small spot of land.
In late February/early March I laid some wood chip in the hope that it would deter the weeds returning and help rejuvenate the soil.
The last stage was to plant flowers. I bought some Violas from Asda (60 for £9) and 80 litres of compost from Poundland (£4) with the donations raised through the generous support of our Patreons. When I first started digging I was shocked to discover that the soil appeared to be coal dust and rubble so realised that I would have to dig holes and fill them with compost and plant the flowers in the holes. Fortunately Rob at the local COOP donated two 50 litre bags of compost which really helped this project.
I bought the plants on 13th March and did not expect the very cold weather we were due so had been looking after them at home waiting for the last frost to pass.
On 3rd April the weather was clear and no further frosts were anticipated. I dug eleven holes and filled them with the compost and planted the flowers; four viola plants per hole.
Now I have my fingers crossed and hope that the plants survive the soil and bring us bloom in the summer months.
I also planted some Shasia Daisy wild flower seeds in the strip of poor soil from the holes dug next to the garage in blind hope.
Thank you Patreons and the COOP (Rob) for donating to this project and Mark for allowing us to rejuvenate his land.
Added some Campanula from my mothers garden.
Sowed some grass seed. If it grows I will get more.
Some of the violas are doing well.
***10th May 2018***
I was advised by a local resident that due to the poor soil it’s a good idea to plant potatoes because the roots are strong and will permeate the soil.
Hopefully the potato plants will create a nice border.
More grass seed sown. A big thank you to Nicola Rogers one of our Patreons who donated 3 x £2 boxes and we bought 5 x £1 boxes with our Patreon donations (Nicola is also a Patreon so she has been very generous). The COOP donated another 2 x 5 litre bags of compost also so we are very grateful to Rob (Store Manager) for sorting that out.
Maybe the flower seeds will grow too.
This Project would not have been possible without our Patreons so a big big big thank you to them. Their generosity is humbling and much appreciated.
Peace & Love
*** 2nd July***
The grass came along just fine
Here’s a link to our Facebook page photo album for this project.