£40,000 secured for eco-friendly composting facility
We are thrilled to have secured a grant of £40,000 from Veolia Environmental Trust, via the Landfill Communities Fund, to build new, environmentally sustainable composting facilities here at the Gardens. We are immensely grateful for this generous and hugely significant support.
The composting redevelopment project will replace the existing 60-year-old structure with new facilities that can process 200m3 of green waste every year while also reducing operating costs.
This new facility will cost £101,000 and thanks to the generosity of supporters -The Veolia Environmental Trust, Banister Trust, Open Gate Trust and Martin Wills Wildlife Trust, we are now just £15,000 from our fundraising target.
We need your help to raise this £15,000, so the project can go ahead, or we will lose our grants.
We have already received donations from members and supporters of the Gardens, for which we thank you. Please help us if you can. Your donation, at whatever level, really will make a difference.
An effective composting process is pivotal to our ability to sustain a varied ecosystem of plants, and soil biodiversity is key to our success.
Compost is a vital ingredient for any garden – it helps us to dispose of green waste, conditions the soil and improves its fertility.
It also saves water because it helps the soil hold moisture; adds nutrients to soil; encourages healthy root structure; balances soil pH (acidity); and prevents erosion.
We will begin the project as soon as we have the funding in place, with the aim of completing it in spring 2023.
Please note: the funds may be paid to a landfill operator and gift aid may not be eligible.