Julia Smith

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Talkback: Gardeners and the Big Society

Posted: 09/01/2012 at 17:57
I'm leading a project to make the land the York RSPCA occupies act as an asset for the charity.
We got Silver in Yorkshire in Bloom last year and I think we were the only animal charity in the country that entered.
We have five key activities and the feedback we're getting is great with my favourite one being that the place 'looks friendlier!':

- Planting and landscaping to create a stimulating environment for the staff, volunteers, animals and visitors.
- Improving the environmentally friendly practices by; composting the waste from the small animals; harvesting rain water to use in the garden; reusing donated plant pots, fencing and wire.
- Making the garden a friendly and sustainable place for wildlife by installing; insect hotels; a small pond; handmade donated bird boxes; planting bee-friendly perennial plants; nurturing a native hedgerow.
- Establishing a plant nursery to grow plants for sale at the RSPCA events to raise cash for the charity
- Growing fruit and veg for the small animals in the care of the RSPCA to help reduce food bills
- Creating a memorial garden for people who would like to remember their pets who were adopted from the RSPCA

All of this activity must come at no cost to the charity so I have led on a number of fundraising initiatives to date resulting in over £3.5k-worth of materials and plants.
More info here: http://landinglanegardens.wordpress.com/
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