The minutes of the August and September meetings are now here on the website.
Following on from our interesting visit to Envirosort, our evening meeting was to visit some local gardens, including 2 gardens belonging to our own members. We started in Noke Lane at Ann Cleaver's garden, with her lovely pond and tree house. We moved onto the garden of Roland and Liz, further up Noke Lane. They have a lot of land, a garden behind the house (which was originally in front of the house as the road position was changed), a large polytunnel and a second garden on the other side of the road which is a huge vegetable and fruit garden. We learnt all about the organic methods that Roland uses to prevent pests and diseases attacking his crops. After this we moved next door to the garden of Jill and Ian at Chapel Cottage where they also had a large vegetable garden and some lovely shrubs and herbaceous plants. Finally back down to Rhyse Lane and Alison's garden, where we had a tour and then did our WI business accompanied by a glass or two of wine.
In August a group of members and friends, including 2 visitors from Brimfield WI, our partner WI this year, had a very interesting and informative visit to Envirosort just outside Worcester run by Severn Waste Services to learn what happens to all those recyclable items we put into our green wheelie bins. The size of the operation was amazing and we could see most of the operations from a raised viewing area. We were very surprised that the huge warehouse did not smell at all, it was just very dusty. We could see all the materials being sorted out, plastic and paper being baled, and HGV’s arriving to take the goods onto reprocessors. One useful thing we learnt was not to leave the tops on plastic bottles when they go into the bins as the plastic bottles are baled and then compressed and the lids shoot off at high speed with a loud bang! On our way to Envirosort we had a very pleasant lunch at Laylocks Garden Centre, just outside Worcester on the A44, which also gave us the opportunity to do a little shopping.