Working Together to Help Our Communities
Funded by Graham Construction, the environmental improvement project will add aesthetic, environmental and educational benefit to the community, including visitors and local primary schools.
Construction Site Supervisor, Iain Arnott, designed a simple sympathetic scheme after meeting with local community members. From design through to construction, the aim was to improve the maintenance of the grounds, as well as provide a safer play area for children.
When the Village Hall was built a short number of years ago there was an ambition to establish a small orchard to compliment the open spaces. This ambition was never achieved properly so our main suggestion was to revisit this, introducing two new areas of mixed fruit to border the orchard.
The proposal included:
- Creation of a reasonable Orchard space that through time will bear crop, bird and insect activity in that new habitat.
- Enhancement of new habitat concept by introducing small mixed fruit areas (Gooseberry, Black & Red Currents etc)
- Enhancement of habitat diversity by allowing grasses to grow and flower (perhaps at a later date volunteers and schools can introduce new wild flowering grasses)
- Engagement with current and future Volunteers in stimulating interest in managing the new areas
- Create a safer experience for children
- Allow schools and others to increase the value of current and future site visits as understanding biodiversity and even harvest forms part of Primary School curriculum
Site Supervisor Iain Arnott commented, “It was great to be able to support Graham Construction on this project. While it’s only a small scheme, we really wanted to make a difference to the area and as the newly planted areas mature, it will provide visitors and local school children a great place to relax and play.”