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20 July 2020 • Forest Row Local
Grass clippings: as long as the grass is added to a compost heap which has a good mix of other (dryer) materials, it is excellent in providing warmth, moisture and nitrogen. If you have too much can use it as a mulch around vegetables and other plants: invaluable in dry weather to retain moisture and prevent weed growth.
Leaves: small amounts can go directly into the compost, but if you have too many then a separate leaf compost area will be required. Most leaves take 2 years to fully rot down (compared to a 6 month compost heap), so putting leaves either in a simple wire frame or a box would be ideal. You would need at least two separate containers to allow for the two year rotting process. Leaves, like weeds and grass are extremely high in nutrients for the garden.
The two exceptions to the above are Bamboo and Japanese Knotgrass, both highly invasive perennials that can spread rapidly; they should not be composted, nor given to the Council for recycling.
The two ways of removing them are either with a weedkiller or by digging and burning. I do not recommend weed-killing as the active ingredient in such weedkillers is Glyphosate, which is highly
Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, is delighted that after raising the issue of lack of investment in local football clubs with the Premier League, seven grants worth £14,500 in total have been awarded to clubs in Wealden through the Pitch Preparation Club.
The Pitch Preparation Club was launched by The Premier League, The FA, the Government and Sport England through the Football Foundation, to invest in projects to improve the facilities at lower league football stadia around the country.
The new £9.56m fund is aimed at supporting clubs and organisations to get their natural and artificial playing surfaces match-fit and ready for when it is safe for football to resume.
The successful organisations offered Pitch Preparation Fund grants are:
likely to be harmful to bees, soil health and cancer- inducing; the other way is digging and burning. It
is labour intensive and will require a few years to completely eradicate but it is possible. Once you have removed the roots, dry them out for a few weeks and then burn them on a bonfire. (For more information on identification and safe disposal of Japanese Knotgrass please see
By questioning our views on ‘rubbish’ we not only reduce our carbon footprint: less trips to the dump and less bonfires, we also increase the nutrient value of our garden, as well as providing more biodiversity. With the realisation that there are very few ‘bad weeds’ we can look at our garden in a different way: no longer something that creates problem rubbish for us to deal with, but rather a place of mutual benefit where our garden helps us as we help the garden.
We no longer feel separate from Nature: ‘at war with the weeds’, but begin to sense a certain deeper connectedness with her as we discover her gifts.
Happy weeding!
By Michael Fuller
Alderbrook playing field, Crowborough Fords Green, Nutley
Forest Row sports ground
Hadlow Down MW cricket club Hailsham Town FC
Lime Kiln playing field, Crowborough The Oaks, Uckfield
Any organisation in Wealden can also access free quality advice on looking after their pitches via the Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community app. Please sign up here.
Nus Ghani said: “Having stressed the lack of investment in Wealden football clubs to the Premier League, I am pleased to share this excellent news. The grants will not only improve local facilities and enhance the
experience of
playing football,
but also
strengthen our
in coming
together to
enjoy the game
they love.”
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