Throughout our history we have tried to introduce new ideas into our little community whenever we can. We take some pride in having pioneered community-led composting schemes in Aberdeenshire, but we're not going to sit back and rest at that. This page has been added to the website because we intend to keep doing new and innovative things to benefit our environment. The most recent ones described here are what we have done in 2015 and 2016.
This page will continue to be used in future to describe more ideas. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!
A Living Roof
Living roofs are becoming more common as communities recognise the benefits they bring, see livingroofs.org.
We decided to create one for the container we use at the compost site as an illustration of what can be done and to improve the appearance. In 2014 we painted the container and in 2016 we finally managed to add the living roof, which is a wildflower meadow on a roof. More information about Living Roofs can be found on Build Your own Little Green Roof (courtesy of RedRoseForest)
It was an ambition for quite a long time before we finally managed to complete it in October 2016. The method we used was to purchase a "Living Meadow" turf in rolls, use some of our own compost, and make a wooden frame. See the pictures now on the Living Roof page, which we will keep up to date as the flowers grow in future.
Plastic Bag Free
Our hope is to make Johnshaven plastic bag free! Following on from the Scottish Government's introduction of a charge for disposable plastic bags we wanted to build on this by focusing on the damage such bags cause in our environment, so we organised a competition for pupils at the local school to help in the design for a reusable jute bag, which was then distributed free of charge to village households. The bags are still available if you need one!
You can see the results on the Bag For Life page.