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Norfolk Show preview: Recycled garden aims to inspire

14:03 23 June 2012

NCC recycled garden

NCC recycled garden

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Ideas for an eco-conscious county range from large gardens to a few pot plants, making gardening more affordable, fun and helping the environment at the same time. These include recycled bunting, plant pots created from old welly boots to tin cans and yogurt pots, bird scarers made from CDs, plastic bottle plant cloches and bird feeders, and recycled sculptures.

A number of planters on display on the council stand, such as old bread bins and tea pots, are from reuse shops located at the main recycling centres plus around the county.

The garden will also host children’s activities, such as making recycled paper plant pots, exploring the wormery to find worms and other mini-beasts and a quiz and competition to win a wormery.

Compost bins, wormeries and water butts will be on display, available at reduced prices starting from £16 through a county council scheme.

Compost can be made by recycling vegetable and fruit peelings, tea bags and egg shells as well as garden waste like grass and hedge clippings. It can be used for feeding plants and improving soil structure in pots and beds, which will be on show in the recycled garden, or can be used as a mulch to keep down weeds. Compost mixed into the soil acts like a sponge to retain water in times of drought and also allows better drainage in wet weather.

Master composters and master gardener volunteers from the UK’s leading organic charity Garden Organic, working in partnership with Norfolk County Council, will be on hand to demonstrate composting and growing methods and ideas on show in the garden.

Also on the council stand this year will be the chance to learn about this year’s Olympic Torch Relay next week and the Tour of Britain, which returns again in September.

As a tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there will be a special 1950s themed area, with film footage of the Coronation and a selection of vintage items from Norfolk Museums Service’s costume and textile collections.

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  • The items mentioned are not examples of recycling, rather of re-use. They are not reprocessing old bunting into new are they, or shredding CDs to make new bird scarers are they? Re-use comes before recycling in benefit to the environment,after reduction. Please get your wording right!!!

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    bedoomed

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

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