The Eco House in Stamford Road, Blacon, began receiving visitors from the middle of June.
During the first ten days of the month the majority of the signage had arrived and had been put in place. This included those signs prepared and donated to us by Cheshire West and Chester, covering recycling, Love Food: Hate Waste and our fantastic Wormery.
On the 15th June a group from The Blacon Schools Parliament, representing a number of the primary schools in Blacon, came to the Eco House and started the planting of the various flowerbeds in the garden. By the time you are reading this, the garden should be looking splendid.
June 21st was a key day, with the Eco House becoming a stopping off point on a walk which was part of a 5 Ways to Health & Wellbeing event. We were able to provide both welcome refreshments and a complete tour of the house to our visitors.
Shortly thereafter we hosted our first school visit to the new Eco House, a group of Year 7 Science students from Blacon High School.
As well as educational signage, the Eco House benefits from the informative and vibrant pieces of artwork prepared by Year 5 pupils from Dee Point Primary School. Alongside their other studies, the students have been exploring a wide variety of environmental issues. Keen to impart their findings to the wider community, they have created a series of unique artworks to communicate the environmental message. They have used both words and pictures and the finished pieces of artwork are on display at the Eco House for all visitors to see.
We are now getting used to a steady stream of visitors, from local schools, not so local schools – a Primary school from Blackpool combined a visit to the Eco House with a trip to the Old Station Site – and interested individuals. The house has also been visited by Stephen Mosley MP and by Cheshire West and Chester Council Leader, Councillor Mike Jones. In August we expect to host our first community group visits.
We must acknowledge the help and assistance that we have received from Chester West & Cheshire Council, especially Liz Ellis and Cath Evans, Waste Awareness Officers from Waste Management.
On August 17th the Eco House will be formally opened by Councillor Mike Jones. This will represent both the culmination of a period of intense effort to bring the new Eco House to fruition and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Sustainable Blacon.
(June / July 2011)