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Members of Carradale Community Trust (CCT), Carradale’s community business, were tempted to get the champagne out earlier this week after finally getting its community composting centre ready for use.
It has taken the trust more than six years to complete this project following a number of delays, most recently the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The idea for a composting centre was one put forward as part of a village plan many years ago and East Kintyre Community Council asked CCT, then Network Carradale Limited, to deliver the project.
Alan Walker, chair of CCT, said: ‘We are now ready for garden waste as the village tidies up in time for winter. We are very appreciative of the support from SSE which provided hardcore and digger time and to East Kintyre Windfarm Trust for funds to equip the project.
‘This facility is very green and will benefit the village and hopefully stop fly-tipping of garden waste alongside forest tracks.’
The ground works at the site, which is located at Seneval, opposite the play park entrance, were completed by Donald McLean Contractors and the composting bins supplied and installed by Saddell Nurseries. A substantial shed is to be delivered and put up soon by Quarry Sheds, based at Minard.
The composting model is for garden waste to be deposited in one of four receiving bins: grass, leaves, tree branches and mixed garden waste like hedge clippings and weeds.
Every so often the raw material will be mixed together in ‘hot boxes’ to accelerate the creation of compost. In due course this will be made available to local gardeners.