Paving the way

Our pea gravel paths look nice and sea-sidey but we have discovered they are not the best for those reliant on wheels – or wheelbarrows for that matter. Gravel bogs down wheelchairs and we want our garden completely accessible to all. So we raised some extra funding from something called the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund to put our paths on a firmer footing and the new surfacing is going in this week, ably laid by Peter and Abby. We went for a material called Porous Pave. Its similar to the stuff they used on the Hastings to Bexhill seafront cyclepath which is where our research started. Ours is a lightweight version and is made from 100% recycled plastic. Not pretty, but sustainable, easy to lay and crucially, easy to move when the time comes. As you can see from the pics, it goes down like carpet, clipping together neatly with no fixings required. When it is filled up with gravel this weekend, we will lose the stark black plasticky look and get back to that sea-sidey feel of the original paths. All will look spic and span for our Winter Garden Party next Saturday. There will be bird box building, story-telling, singing, stone painting, plants and cakes for sale, garden tours and lots more. Do come and join us from 11.30am if you can to celebrate six months of this wonderful project.

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