Hackney Permaculture


Discovering the joys of the sledgehammer
December 21, 2008, 4:02 pm
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Outside the front of the house is lots of boring nasty concrete which has been covered in layers of builders junk for the last few months whilst the basement flat has been being gutted and rebuilt.

After seeing the mischief going on in the back garden my landlord gave me permission to work on the front garden – I am not sure if he realised quite what I had in mind :-)

With a little help and instruction from Dean and the purchase of a lovely new sledgehammer the concrete didn’t stand a chance…

Take one concrete patio and add a sledgehammer and Dean...

Take one concrete patio and add Dean with sledgehammer...

No concrete now... much better!

No concrete now... much better!

Concrete bagged for the council

Concrete bagged for the council

Hackney Council charged me £35 to take away all of the bagged concrete which was paid for by my landlord. Happy days.

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Free compost from Hackney Downs park
September 22, 2008, 5:11 pm
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Note – I was mistaken about the below post – it is actually leaf mould not compost – for free compost see this post

https://hackneypermaculture.org.uk/2009/09/09/free-compost-in-hackney/

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Happy days – I cycled by the park ranger’s hut today and he was in – I thought the hut was just for show!

He was more than happy to give me permission to raid the huge pile of compost in the north east corner of the park which is conviently five mins ride from my front door…

My friend Simon kindly agreed to help me out getting the compost back to mine.

The brown bags are free from Hackney Council for garden waste but are very useful for moving around stuff too as I have found more than once already.

We collected ten bags in fourty minutes then had to stop due to exhaustion – this is proving to be quite a workout for me!

I also managed to get a huge stash of garden cuttings from across the road this morning – I reckon with this load of compost, a pile of cardboard boxes and the neighbours cuttings I have all I need to start mulching.

Simon bagging the compost from Hackney Downs

Simon bagging the compost from Hackney Downs

Compost transporting on a trike

Compost transporting on a trike