the facilities

We are in the first stages of building a proper compost toilet on site, which we are very happy about. Until that's completed, we have another special way of reclaiming some of the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) that would otherwise be flushed away in the standard toilets around the corner. Our state-of-the-art NPK collection point allows site users to retrieve and then donate their own NPK, applying it directly to the compost heap to use as an activator.

We also have an amazing rainwater harvester which was built with the help of the teenagers from the Challenge. This is a large sheet suspended from a pole lodged between two trees. The water is fed into a row of water butts. To prevent the sheet turning into a sail, it's staked down with flexible ties - old bike tyres. This allows that necessary movement. To help channel water into the butts, bricks are suspended from the sheeting and into the centre of each butt. To prevent squirrels sliding down the sheet and drowning in the butts, we have netting across the top of each butt. I think we can say we've thought this one through! It did take us over a year to reach the final design.

In summer 2014 we built a pond with the help of some year 7 children from Skinners Academy and many volunteers. Here's a write up of the pond launch.

Back in the main building behind the large greenhouses, there are tea making facilities, a microwave and old-fashioned flushing toilets. This is where we cook our PACT meals. The large greenhouse is wheelchair accessible, but parts of the site we mostly use are only wheelchair accessible in dry weather. We do our training in the large metal classroom facing the entrance gate.

Here's a map of 'our' bit of the site.