Blue Flower

On 18 August 2021 we were awarded a Greening Our Communities grant by Norfolk Community Foundation to create a wildflower meadow on our wasteland area which was covered in tall nettles and weeds at the time.

We viewed photos taken in winter without weeds to assess the work needed. Tall soil heaps will be spread out with a digger to form a gently sloping site, level with existing edges. Paths will be mown through the meadow with entrances in various places along the upper and lower levels. 

When earthworks are carried out we will use metal detectors to look for items of interest. There should be plenty of finds as the soil came from uncovering the site in the early days and has not yet been explored. Any historic site features discovered during digging will be preserved and displayed with information boards.

We will buy a native wild flower and grass seed mix to sow the meadow, as well as using the large Poppy seeds we saved from the end of the visitor centre and wildflower seeds donated by Eddie & Helen. There will be insect houses and a picnic bench in the meadow. Once established, when we know what wildlife inhabits the area we will put information signs up about the species found there, it should attract bees, butterflies, other insects and birds which feed on them. 

The project also involves replacing the large green container which is no longer needed and spoils the view, it is also leaning over at an angle. It was used to store materials and tools for restoration work in 2015. We will replace it with a wooden shed attached to our visitor centre for storing garden tools. The shed will be on the right hand side of the building as shown on the model mill. We will make the shed at The Maltings and take the panels to site for assembly. On 21/10/21 we cleared most of the scrap including metal and glass from the container and took it to The Maltings for recycling. 

We put up notices on site about the project so visitors can see what we are planning. This page will be kept up to date with information and pictures during the project as well as including the work on volunteer blogs. I got a book about making garden meadows for Christmas which is full of useful information for this project.

In January 2022 the weeds and nettles had died down so we explored the area which should soon be ready for earthworks. The area backs on to the blacksmiths shop and boiling house and the project involves preserving site features in and around the wildflower area, so on 30/9/21 we uncovered the boiling house foundations which has metal brackets at the corners. On 6/1/22 we made a wooden surround and cover for one bracket so it can be displayed for visitors and covered up to protect from weather. 

On 20/1/22 the insect hotels were taken to the mill, we made a prototype stand for them, more will be made so they are at the right height for the wildflower garden. The cover for the boiling house foundation viewing feature was painted green to match the surrounding grass.

Graham Bartlett           Interactive Plan    Visitor Centre   Site Activity    Green Grant    Volunteer    Blog 20/8/21 

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 Blog 20/8/21