Those of you who came to the meeting in May will remember John Little, who kindly invited the Club to visit his home in Essex. Four of us went yesterday and were blown away by his eco-friendly garden filled with amazing ideas. He and his partner also entertained us royally with a two hour tour of the garden which is filled with wildflower meadows, bug hotels, natural hedges, ponds and green roof bicycle sheds and shelters which he makes on site. His principle is not to remove rubble, rubbish or building materials but to use them to create the garden. He also uses inexpensive building materials such as the mesh that goes in concrete and perforated sheet metal. He is a mine of information on wildflowers and insects. They then gave us a lovely lunch. Here are some of the highlights.
Above- Plant pots from wire mesh, sand (for sand nesting insects) and piping on the inside.
Above- Views of his garden with wildflower drifts. The mounds were constructed out of concrete rubble.
(Above) John shows us how he constructed hedges (right) and out of twigs and garden rubbish (left) to create insect and bird havens with trees and bramble starting to grow on the inside and (right) by bending grown trees and inter-planting with hedgerow plants.
Left – back view of his house with a green roof.
Below left – an office/classroom constructed from two shipping containers wood clad with green roof. Below right – a green roof pergola