Blue Flower

On 18 August 2021 we were awarded a Greening Our Communities grant by Norfolk Community Foundation to create a wildflower meadow.

The meadow will go on our wasteland area, a digger will spread out the tall soil heaps 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. We put up notices on site about the project so visitors can see what we are doing.

When earthworks are carried out we will invite our metal detectorists to look for items of interest. There should be plenty of finds as the soil heaps came from uncovering the site in the early days and have not yet been explored as they are covered in tall nettles and weeds most of the year. Any historic features discovered will be preserved and displayed with interpretation boards. Since the weeds died down over winter we started clearing the area ready for earthworks, but tall nettles have now grown back.

We bought a native wild flower and grass seed mix which will be used to sow the meadow, as well as 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, we will put information signs up about the wildlife found there, it should attract bees, butterflies, other insects and birds which feed on them. I got a book about making garden meadows for Christmas which is full of useful information.

The large container is no longer needed and will spoil the view of the wildflower area, it was used to store materials and tools for restoration work in 2015. As part of this project it has been replaced with a shed attached to our visitor centre for storing garden tools. The Visitor Centre is based on the main original mill building, the shed is based on the building on the right of it. The attached shed will reduce the structures on site from three to two. On 21/10/21 we cleared scrap metal and glass from the container and took it for recycling, the container will be removed from site soon. The shed is environment friendly as the base is made from re-used RSJs, the sides use reclaimed boards and the roofing slates are also reclaimed. All these re-used materials are from buildings at The Maltings. Most of the grant items are now stored in the shed, items from the store room in the visitor centre will also be moved there which will allow us to use the store room for extra display space.

The project involves preserving site features in and around the wildflower area, so on 30/9/21 we uncovered the boiling house foundations next to the wildflower area, 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, this was painted and installed with an explanation sign

On 20/1/22 five insect hotels were taken to the mill, we made stands for them using an old bed frame and trellis which we took apart using our new pallet breaking tool. Ground stakes were bought to hold the insect hotels in the soil to prevent them blowing over. The insect hotels were bought from Woodside Products of Great Yarmouth, the stakes, pallet breaker, roller and many other items were ordered from Amazon Smile which supports animal charities. The wildflower seeds have now been taken to the mill and stored in our new shed, our seed supplier is in Boston, Lincolnshire. In April a trailer, roller and seed spreader were taken to site and assembled ready for preparing the wildflower meadow. In May the picnic bench was taken and assembled, we will use this on our grass area for the open days and move it to the wildflower area when ready. On 14/5/22 two bags of silver sand were taken to site ready to be mixed with seeds before sowing, as suggested in the seed instructions.

Dennis gave us some Lupin plants, although not wild flowers, they will attract bees. We can't plant them in the wildflower area yet as it needs to be cleared, so we kept some back and planted the rest near our wildlife habitat and along the low wall.

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

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