We have had two further sessions maintaining the station garden and have now replanted the boat as a ‘dry garden,’ with grasses kindly supplied by Honnor & Jeffrey. We now look after the library garden and have used some of our funds to buy new plants this month.
Our Open Day was a success, despite the awful weather and a considerable number of Shanklin residents came to find out more about what we do and to offer to help. We now have 20 volunteers for the Green Streets Scheme in which people undertake to spend a few minutes each week in keeping their own street clean. Others have asked to help with beach cleans or have placed their orders for free trees in the autumn or want to attend a free talk on composting at Ventnor Botanics later this year. Many tried the Interactive Recycling Game and had fun learning more about the new scheme.
On 26th May we did a special event, getting a team together to clear the beach from Luccombe Chine to Shanklin Chine. Twenty three volunteers including Cubs, Beavers and pensioners spent two hours collecting nearly 1500 items. This will be our entry for the Daily Mail ‘Spring Clean for the Queen’ competition and we hope to win money to be spent in the community.