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Sep 6, 2021 |
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The Creation of the Boat Garden

We were never promised a rose garden

If you’ve visited the Club recently we hope you have noticed the work on a “boat” garden.  This is being undertaken by Tuesday Group volunteers and led by Don Garner.  It aims to deal with a number of issues facing the club as well as create something visually and environmentally attractive.

We were never promised a rose garden

If you’ve visited the Club recently we hope you have noticed the work on a “boat” garden.  This is being undertaken by Tuesday Group volunteers and led by Don Garner.  It aims to deal with a number of issues facing the club as well as create something visually and environmentally attractive.

End of life plastic boats and what to do with them

There, currently, no easily accessible recycling facilities for grinding down plastic boats and re-using them in the plastic injection process.  The International Topper Class Association is “working on a full academic study of the recyclability of Topper polypropylene hulls” but has yet to produce a viable operational plan.

The CMYC boat garden is hardly a solution to the problem nationally but it serves to help clear out the “sin bin” area of these boats; space that could be put to better use.  The boats used in the garden are very old Optibats that have given very many years of service to their owners but are now beyond economic repair. 

Turning silt and leaves into growing compost

The grey sludge in the bottom of the boats was scraped out of the lake by Miles Vidler who had the misfortune to be on hand one Tuesday and was seconded to the work party!  Many thanks Miles for your hard work. 

The sludge was removed from the left side of the power boat jetty where the water is no more than 0.5m deep.  Clearly the effort involved in manually shifting this very small amount sludge means that this is not going to be practical on a large scale.

The intention is to mix the silt with leaf compost that has already been made by collecting leaves from the boat park.   The rotted down leaves accumulate very quickly each year so this will use up some of them.  The growing medium should be rich and enable Don to plant up the boats.

A massive thank you to all those involved. 

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