‘…Set within the main ecology park, the Compound is the site in miniature… The Compound is managed by The Conservation Volunteers [who] aim to create a space where visitors can find peace, inspiration and ideas to take away. The Compound is also a workspace and the base for the practical work carried out in the surrounding woodland and meadows. Here is where gabions, bird boxes and art works are created for the park…’.
As I walked through the gate I had one of those ‘Aha’ moments – ‘Aha, this is going to be interesting, imaginative, and different!’ The Visitor Centre is indeed amazing – a must-visit during the Open Garden Squares Weekend, or indeed whenever it is open.
I love these Insect Hotels, or Habitat Towers as they are called here. They would look wonderful in any domestic garden!
While the Visitor Centre is mainly educational there are always ‘pretty corners’ if one just searches.
And of course there are wild flowers.
What a brilliant idea – a growing wigwam for schools!
Recycling all kinds of materials is a major theme in the Visitor Centre. Throughout the Centre the plant containers are always imaginative and interesting and always recycled material – old bits of wood, plastic bottles, bits of plastic guttering, tyres – anything!
Screens – well, they were built to carry the internet cable!
Do visit this fascinating Centre in your wanderings around the Stave Hill Park!