Blue Flower

On 19 November 2021 at a site visit we were presented with a cheque for a Green Community Grant from Breckland Council for our project which covers Wildlife, Cycling, Renewable Energy, Recycling & Re-Use.

Wildlife: We will provide nest boxes for various birds; riverbank tunnel for kingfishers; boxes for butterflies, Hedgehogs, Dormice and Lizards; bird table, feeders and birdfood; nest box cameras with recorder and split screen display. Bats roost in the tunnels which have partially collapsed, these will be rebuilt and bat boxes will be put on buildings and trees. We will make wildlife habitat piles from fallen trees which we regularly clear from the footpath. Many At Risk species will be helped.

Cycling: There will be a cycle rack, pumps, puncture repair kits and cycle tools to help cyclists and encourage cycling to the mill. We regularly see cyclists on the Nar Valley Way path opposite and we had several cyclists at our open days. The log splitter and chainsaw will allow volunteers to cycle to the mill as they will not need to bring tools from home.

Renewable Energy: Solar panels and batteries will power: Multimedia screens; illuminated shelves in our visitor centre to show items found; fridge for keeping milk and soft drinks cool in the wagon; USB sockets for charging visitors phones; nest box cameras; and an inverter for charging tools. The logstore, log splitter and battery chainsaw will provide logs for our stove and habitat piles. The multimedia screens will show videos of the water wheel turning and slideshows of our model mill, as these features are only available on open days, so visitors at other times can see multimedia versions. On open days the screens will have slideshows of the restoration and history of the mill, plus video clips from wildlife cameras.

Recycle & Re Use: There will be a set of recycle bins as we only have a dustbin at present; an additional water butt for watering the garden and cleaning finds; a compost bay made from old pallets for garden waste and grass cuttings; collapsed tunnels will be repaired with re-used bricks as bats roost in them; wood treatment will enable re-use of old outdoor furniture.

This project will enrich the natural environment at the bone mill and provide more opportunities to see wildlife for walkers on the footpath and visitors to the mill. It will also encourage more environment friendly ways with visitors and volunteers. This page will be updated regularly when the project starts in December 2021.

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 Blog 19/11/21