CCT were successful in their asset transfer request to purchase 1.8 hectares at Seneval Wood to create a community garden waste composting site and a path with exercise areas to provide a link from the forest track to the path at the shore. This would therefore make it possible to walk from the Network Centre to the shore, away from the road.
As some of you may be aware, work has commenced at the Composting Site at Seneval with a view to reopening in early 2023.So far some Composting bins have been removed to allow heavier machinery access to turn future compost and all existing rubbish has been removed, with thanks to Ian and Adam Gull from Carradale Gardening Services. New larger bins are to be erected and two further bins for the storage of horse manure kindly donated by Louise McConnachie and grass cuttings to assist with the production of compost.
Volunteers are key to the success of this project, so a big thank you to those who have already come forward. Training on the sites wood chipping machinery should take place in February once dates have been confirmed by the training company and those who have kindly offered to take part in this training will be notified of the date as soon as it is confirmed. There is to be a meeting of volunteers on Saturday 28th of January at 3pm at the Seneval composting site to discuss ideas on the development of the site and if you would like to join us we would be delighted to see you there. Volunteers are always needed so please come along or leave your details at the village shop. Contact. Phil Moorcroft
The site at Seneval is temporarily closed while while we prepare the bins for winter and plan for next year.
Please following Carradale Community Composting Facebook Page for the latest news and work party details.
Volunteers are required to assist in moving materials about/shredding and general clearing, any little help would be appreciated especially users of the site. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We got a prompt start this morning and had a good day clearing most of the raw material at Seneval today. Thanks to all the volunteers who turned up. There is now some compost available for use in gardens across Carradale. Come along next Saturday (3rd April), Between 10am and noon and fill a bag yourself. £1 per bag - cash only.
We are, weather permitting, hoping to organise a work group for the Seneval Community Composting Project for this Saturday 27th March. Due to C19 and associated restrictions we are going to try this as a relay! So we will start at 10am and finish at 4pm but rather than have a larger group of folk we are asking that volunteers come up for only an hour, 90 minutes max, when they will be relieved by another volunteer. So this is your invitation to pick an hour this Saturday (27/3), let me know which so I can generate a rota. The main task is to shred the stock of raw material and get it into one of the bins and the plan is to have only four people involved at any time. We are in the open air, but please only come if you feel comfortable and have no Covid symptoms. Please give me a call or a text message if you would like to contribute.
All the best, Alan Milstead
Our new entrance sign arrived today courtesy of SSE Transmission Networks. SSE provided a lot of digger time and hardcore when we set up the site. The Hot Boxes seem to be doing well and we could have some compost available in a couple of months.
Members of Carradale Community Trust (CCT), Carradale’s community business, were tempted to get the champagne out earlier this week after finally getting its community composting centre ready for use. It has taken the trust more than six years to complete this project following a number of delays, most recently the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The idea for a composting centre was one put forward as part of a village plan many years ago and East Kintyre Community Council asked CCT, then Network Carradale Limited, to deliver the project. Alan Walker, chair of CCT, said: ‘We are now ready for garden waste as the village tidies up in time for winter. We are very appreciative of the support from SSE which provided hardcore and digger time and to East Kintyre Windfarm Trust for funds to equip the project. This facility is very green and will benefit the village and hopefully stop fly-tipping of garden waste alongside forest tracks.’ The ground works at the site, which is located at Seneval, opposite the play park entrance, were completed by Donald McLean Contractors and the composting bins supplied and installed by Saddell Nurseries. A substantial shed is to be delivered and put up soon by Quarry Sheds, based at Minard. The composting model is for garden waste to be deposited in one of four receiving bins: grass, leaves, tree branches and mixed garden waste like hedge clippings and weeds. Every so often the raw material will be mixed together in ‘hot boxes’ to accelerate the creation of compost. In due course this will be made available to local gardeners.
The village composting project should soon be open for use. This project would not have been possible without digger time and hardcore being donated by SSE. There will be eight bays at Seneval, comprising two rows of four. The rear four are hot boxes, which is where the compost will be nurtured. The front four will be clearly marked to take your garden waste in four categories: grass cuttings, hedge and mixed garden waste, wood cuttings and chipped wood.
We do not take cardboard or paper – it can be composted but really should be recycled through the normal systems as we cannot process it. The site will be under camera surveillance. Every so often garden waste will be moved into the hot boxes by volunteers. If you would like to assist please email email@example.com
THANK YOU to the fifteen folk that turned out to help in clearing the ground at Seneval ready for the contractor to put in the Hard Standing and create the composting bays. We achieved our objective. The two surviving bonfires were fed later in the day and it has all gone.
Carradale Community Community Trust receives £13,960 to buy 4.75 acres of Seneval Woodland in Carradale in order to create a local recycling facility and improve access to surrounding woods
David Prag, Trustee, Carradale Community Trust said: “The Scottish Land Fund has kick started our project to develop a garden composting site and footpath to the shore. Carradale is 15 miles from the nearest point to tip garden waste and this is via a difficult winding road. The footpath will join paths leading from one side of the village to the other making a pleasant walk to the shore and avoiding the road. We are very grateful to the The Scottish Land Fund for providing the funds to purchase the land for our two projects the first of which we aim to complete this summer.